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.

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