High tech cloth

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 05:56 PM |
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Razer has just released two new cloth mousepads, the Mantis Control for slower paced users and the Mantis Speed for those that like to keep their twitch reflexes sharp.  Tweaknews, not usually a fan of cloth mats, found both of these mousepads to be stel

Source: Tweaknews

Zune two

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 03:05 PM |
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The next generation of Zune's are upon us, although many didn't even notice the first.  Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering 3 models at different prices, as opposed to having a single model.  You can expect to see 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models, and you can fill them with DRM free music from their Marketplace.  The Tech Zone renders the verdict on the new Zune in their full review.

OCZ's experimental cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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The OCZ HydroJet CPU cooler is a cylindrical cooler with a radial fan, aluminium fins and heatpipes as well as a completely enclosed watercooling system, and a copper base doped with carbon nanotubes.  You can get a sneak peek at Hardware Secrets, but we still don't know how well it will cool.

An interesting sales model

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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So, it would appear that UT3 has adopted a rather odd approach to attract Linux gamers.  Their theory seems to be selling them a disk that only work under Windows and a promise that they will get right on the Linux client thing.  While they do say that the Linux port will use the same disk, I am not sure how many people are going to run out and buy a disk they can't use.  The fact that the editor uses wxWidgets does offer some hope to those waiting for the Linux binary to be complete, but still doesn't take the sting out of the snub. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Baked Beans, Egg, Spam, Spam and Spam

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam.  If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be.  The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam.  Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.

Source: Slashdot

Gigabyte leaps into the UMPC biz

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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Gigabyte has certainly been diversifying their product lines recently.  The newest is the U60 UMPC, a 1GHz VIA C7-M, 704 MB of DDR2 667MHz PC2-5300 and runs WinXP SP2.  TweakTown immediately ran 3DMark2001 SE and managed a score of 901 ... this little 740g UMPC ran all the tests, try that on another manufacturers UMPC!  The final verdict was "The GIGABYTE U60 is the equivalent of your desktop PC five years ago."

Source: TweakTown

Corsair Announces TX Series of Power Supplies for PC Enthusiasts & Extreme Gamers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2007 - 05:20 PM |
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Fremont, CA, October 16, 2007 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high-performance memory and peripheral components, today announced the latest addition to their Corsair power supply lineup: the Corsair TX Series. Inspired by Corsair's award-winning HX Series, Corsair has engineered the TX Series to be a family of high-wattage, high-performance power supplies that meets and exceeds the most demanding specifications of enthusiasts and performance seekers.

HTPC on the cheap

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 02:29 PM |
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The good news is that you can build yourself a perfectly capable HTPC for the cost of parts, or cheaper if you have some lying around.  The bad news is you will have to learn some Linux.

Source: Extremetech

SkullTrail will have an extremely limited run

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 01:14 PM |
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TechARP has gathered together everything they could find out about SkullTrail in this list.  The major problem seems to be that Intel is only planning on running 2000 of them off the production line.

Since you probably won't be able to get your hands on one, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, and get some ideas on building your own dream machine.

Source: Tech ARP

A little too much Ripple

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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Corsair's new 750W PSU bears the model number TX750W, and is built by Channel Well Technology who are quite well known OEM PSU manufacturers.  [H]ard|OCP threw it into their torture chamber with some very high expectations, considering how well Corsair's PSU have done in the past.  It turns out that while the performance was stellar in s

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The GIMP gets Photoshopped

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop.  There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP.  OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.

Source: OS Weekly

TGL Roughneck Tournament

Subject: Shows and Expos | October 16, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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The Professional

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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The HD 2900 Pro was released to the world without any fanfare, almost as if AMD was embarrassed by it.  Nonetheless, Neoseeker noticed and grabbed one to benchmark.  On the face, the card seemed a fair match up to the 8800GTS 320MB version, but tempted by the similarity to the XT, Neoseeker tried overclocking it.  They were surprised to see it hit a core clock speed of 858 MHz and 1800MHz for the DDR memory, and suddenly it became a whole new card.

Source: Neoseeker

Lots of extra features, not so much on the extra speed

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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The Gigabyte X38-DQS lets you have all the extras that Intel's X38 chipset offers, without having to invest in DDR3.  Sporting an lot of features, from 8 SATA ports and onboard HD audio to an incredible amount of ports, 2 PCI Express 8x, 3 PCI Express 1x and a pair of PCI slots, you aren't going to have trouble inserting add-on cards.  [H]ard|OCP was also quite impressed by the chipset cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Demand more from your NAS

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The Wireless D-Link DSM-G600 NAS offers a bit more than your average NAS device.  It will accept any PATA drive as it has a separate power input so you don't have to worry about USB power limits, and offers 2 USB 2.0 ports and an RJ45 plug as well as 802.11B and G, giving you plenty of choices to transfer your data.  It also knows how to act as both an FTP server and a media server, so read the

Source: X-Bit Labs

The wind tunnel case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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For those of you who are metrically challenged, 36cm is just over 14".  That is the size of the fan than dominates the side of the Tagan El Diablo case.  It dwarfs the 26cm fan at the front, and a 12cm fan is just going to look like some sort of joke, so Tagan didn't bother including one, though there is a rear bracket if you feel the need for even more airflow. 

Source: Modders-Inc

Intel's fratricidal chipset

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will  be available in the next 3-6 months.  For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end.  Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 15, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder product lineup that enables HDTV on the PC. Available through VisionTek at Best Buy stores across North America, ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB, TV Wonder 600 PCI and TV Wonder 600 PCI Express transform PCs into exceptional high definition digital video recorders. The TV Wonder family of products is AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Things you might have missed on the forums this week

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers. 

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DDR3 on the X38

Subject: Memory | October 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Intel's new chipset seems quite fond of DDR3, giving it's performance a small boost when compared to similarly clocked DDR2.   AnandTech didn't have one of those boards handy for their testing of new modules from Corsair, Kingston and Cell Shock, but a P35 based board will do in a pinch.  The performance of DDR3 is rising rapidly, as the latencies fall, although the prices have not changed much.  If you can afford these newer DIMMs, you won't be disappointed by their performance.

Source: AnandTech