Thermalright puts some pressure on Scythe and Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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Brand new from Thermalright is the Ultra-120 eXtreme for any LGA775 or AM2 processors.  It's a big one, weighing in at 790g, and 160mm tall, 132mm wide and 63mm thick, and can fit 2 120mm fans.  X-bit Labs tested it both ways, and their findings place this heatsink as a major contender for the top place in air cooling.

Source: X-Bit Labs

The AMD midrange cards curse has been lifted from The Tech Report

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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The Tech Report has had an interesting time trying to get their review of the HD 2400 & 2600 posted, but their persistence has paid off, and it is up.  As we've seen in other reviews, these cards are lacking in the speed department, but have other benefits to offer users.  The Tech Report tries to focus on some of these, like the Avivo HD that gives native support for dual-link DVI ports and HDCP.  If you also consider the lower heat emission and power requirements, there are certainly applic

HTPC lite?

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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The Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player is being sold as an alternative to a full HTPC.  With support for up to a 500GB drive, an RCA audio jack and both RCA and VGA video outputs, it is certainly slimmed down as is the price, with a MSRP of about $100, but don't expect it to act as a PVR.  If that piques your interest, read to full review at Overclock3D.

Source: Overclock3D

ET at E3

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are putting on a show in Santa Monica to start off E3.  ExtremeTech was there, and caught it all from Microsoft's Peter Moore trying out a game of Rock Band, to Nintendo's Wii Zapper and Sega's upcoming games.

Source: Extremetech

A matter of power

Subject: Memory | July 11, 2007 - 05:55 PM |
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Mushkin's XP2-6400 is 800MHz
DDR2 with latencies of 4-4-3-10, and sits between 1.9V-2.1V.  Once techPowerUp! verified the RAM was stable, they tested it up to 568 MHz @ 5-5-5-15 by bumping the voltage up to 2.35V.  They were disappointed that they couldn't get the DIMMS down to 3-2-2-4, but they decided the overclocking capabilities it exhibited makes this RAM a good deal.

Source: techPowerUp!

Apple's medium for your messages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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The Tech Lounge have spent enough time with their iPhone to give it a full review, 14 pages worth.  If you haven't picked one up because you aren't sure it can do what you want, then read on.  Ther's lots to cover from the bad, like the battery and EDGE problems, to the great UI.

Can headgear ever be cool

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The TrackIR 4 Pro POV Headset is a wonderful idea, the point of view in your game is controlled by the movements of your head.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to look cool while wearing a wire thingy attached to headphones.  Read more at [H]ard|OCP, and see if this is the new thing in gaming, or if it's doomed to obscurity like many POV headsets before it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Say it ain't so!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Tech Report has a very dark secret that they have decided to share with the rest of us.  Console gaming is taking over their lives, to the detriment of their PC gaming habits.  If Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis don't come out soon, the only thing that they will be using their PCs for is work.  You can read the shocking news and what has caused this disturbing behaviour here.

Firefox having difficulty remembering what comes after Alpha

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Firefox will still be releasing a new testing version, but it will still be considered an Alpha, as opposed to moving to Beta, as was originally planned.   Making a solid browser comes before meeting imposed deadlines, and the big hurdle is the upgrade to the Gecko engine to 1.9 to allow Firefox3 to pass the Acid2 test.  You can see the updated roadmap, and a bit more detail on what is going on at Ar

Source: Ars Technica

Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2007 - 11:04 AM |
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Albatron has recently announced the exciting new "Blue Ray Decoder Card" giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system.

Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback

Source: Albatron

Another graphics company moves to motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2007 - 05:29 PM |
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Hot on the heels of eVGA, XFX has released a pair of motherboards, the 680i LT and the 650i Ultra.  Both are C2D boards, and are capable of supporting a 1333MHz FSB, and have all the onboard goodies you would expect, although only the 680i supports SLI.  The full review at Legit Rev

Big time backup

Subject: Storage | July 10, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The Maxtor 750GB OneTouch III makes sure you have no excuses to not have a backup.  Connect it to yo PC via USB or Firewire, and with the touch of one button you can back up selected files, or your whole harddrive.  Overclockers Club couldn't find a single disappointing thing about this drive in their review.

Time to kiss your heatpipes goodbye?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The new hotness in cooling is the self-contained watercooled heatsink.  With no risk of spillage and no more complex to install than a normal heatsink, they are much easier to setup than a full watercooling system.  AnandTech reviews the Xigmatek AIO and the Evercool Silver Knight, to see if this new cooling technique has what it takes to compete with Thermaltake and Scythe's top of the line air coolers.

Source: AnandTech

Room for improvement

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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With the disappointing launch of the 2900XT a few driver revisions behind us, [H]ard|OCP revisits the card to see what improvements have been made, and if it can start to challenge the 8800 series.  They set up a Crossfire rig to benchmark against a single 8800 GTS OC.  With the falling price of overclocked 8800's, can the Crossfire setup and new drivers make the 2900XT the better choice?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Glue with a shocking secret

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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The next time you are thinking about a mod, and have some features you can't figure out how to keep attached, try glue.  Instead of paying through the nose for conductive epoxy from a specialist store, make your own with the help of a link on MAKE:Blog.  Paint on circuits, use it as solder, or maybe even redo the old pencil trick mod, permanently.

Source: MAKE: Blog

VMware And Intel Capital Announce Investment

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 06:44 PM |
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PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9, 2007 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.  VMware's base virtualization platform virtualizes the Intel architecture.

Hot roddin' HTPC

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Shuttle's brand new HTPC, the SDXi is based around the Intel 975X
with a ICH7-R
southbridge.  Handling up to 8GB of RAM, and any C2D Extreme, you get a lot of power for your HTPC, a philosophy they complete by offering custom watercooling setup for an X1950 Pro.  HotHardware reviews this flaming hot HTPC barebones kit and it's paint job, which is the only way you will see it until Shuttle starts making them available.

Source: HotHardware

Decoding power states

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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TechARP presents the PC Power Management Guide, a perfect primer on figuring out what exactly is going with power in your PC, beyond how many amps to expect from your 12W rail.  If you are confused between ACPI and APM, or trying to figure out what a C4 State is and why your CPU went there, then read on, and all shall become clear.

Source: Tech ARP

Getting what you paid for

Subject: Displays | July 9, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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Samsung's 226BW is a very cheap 22" monitor, and a very nice one ...

Source: BCCHardware

Less of what you don't want

Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+.  While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale.  Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own.  Check out how they fare against one another.