For when you aren't gaming until 4am

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you.  They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines. 

Source: PC Mechanic

Intel Launches First Industry-Standard Quad-Core Products for High-End, Multi-Processor Servers

Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation has unveiled the industry's first quad-core processors specifically designed for multi-processor (MP) servers running applications requiring uncompromised performance, reliability and scalability. Such applications are typically run in virtualized environments for server consolidation and database uses, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence.

OCZ does PCP&P right

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 5, 2007 - 05:28 PM |
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The PC Power and Cooling 750 Quad Black Power Supply does exactly what you would expect a product from them to do; deliver rock solid power.  Big Bruin threw everything they could at it, and the voltages never varied.  Of course, you can't really expect it to live up to it's Silencer name when you are torture testing it; though there are still much louder PSUs out th

Source: Big Bruin

Auzentech's take on the X-Fi

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 PCI Audio Card offers you a way to get creative with your sound card sources.  This is a modified X-Fi with all the connectors on the card, they are RCA jacks, with an adapter to change them to optical.  Hardware Canucks loved this card and could only fault it in one area, the lack of proper digital surround sound.

So the news is out...

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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Okay, I am so angry right now, that I'm going to leave this as short as possible lest I end up getting PCPer put on any corporate filters.

So, Apple announced some new iPods and then...dropped the price of $599 iPhone to $399.  Just 2 months after I spent 50% more on it.  Apple has officially lost all credibility for me and the new iMac I recently bought will be going back.

C2Quad versus C2D Extreme

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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X-bit Labs pits the Q6600 against the brand new E6850 to see which gives a better bang for your buck, and whether 4 cores helps performance.  They try them both at their default settings, as well as getting the Q6600 up to 3.6GHz and the E6850 to 3.85GHz.  These two are the chips that will end up in a lot of systems,

Source: X-Bit Labs

A different kind of MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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Based on the Unreal Engine 3, Fury combines the speed of a FPS with a MMO game, or as the creator puts it, "Unreal Tournament with swords and auctions".  OCMODSHOP took a look at this game, and the various unique features that it offers, up to and including it's fee structure.  If you like the online play of Guild Wars and WoW, but need a little excitement, or just want to try a team based fighting game, this might be right up your alley.

Source: OCMODSHOP

A surprise from Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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Silverlight 1.0 will run on Linux, a move likely prompted by the lead Mono developer creating a working version of Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight.  It looks like .NET will be a choice for Linux users after all.  Get more on this story and if it signals a change for Microsoft at Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Barcelona Prices Outted?

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month.  If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for.  The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.

Source: Daily Tech

AMD and NVIDIA Battle over New HQV Results

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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It would seem that AMD has taken offense to the results that NVIDIA is posting about their image quality in the new HD HQV benchmark.  Apparently AMD thinks that NVIDIA's drivers are increasing noise filtering to get better scores but that their IQ suffers greatly on other IQ tests because of it.

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA GPU Partner Finds Way to Add HDMI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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A little-known NVIDIA graphics card partner is claiming to have found a way to include DVI audio on GeForce 8-series graphics boards thus allowing for NVIDIA's own version of a DVI-to-HDMI dongle.  This will not however integrate any kind of sound chip on the graphics card itself, but will depend on external solutions.

Source: The Inquirer

Hybrid Hard Drives Could Feature 1GB DDR Memory

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2007 - 11:01 AM |
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Hybrid hard disks have been a hot topic over the last year or so, and a company called DTS plans to release a drive that could have up to 1GB of DDR memory on-board.  It is a 2.5" drive, so current capacities are limited to 160GB.

Source: The Inquirer

Shrinking the HDD, and the performance

Subject: Storage | September 4, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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X-bit Labs tested the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB against the 8GB Seagate USB Pocket Hard Drive, to see which portable solution offers the best way to get your data while on the go.

Source: X-Bit Labs

EVGA jumps into motherboards with both feet

Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2007 - 03:08 PM |
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While the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl sounds like it has something to do with Jack Sparrow, it's only link to that series is that is has been designed with watercooling in mind.  These boards are extremely rare, as EVGA inspects their A1 line and only takes the best to be promoted to the Black Pearl line.  That promotion involves the addition of compression fitted waterblocks, specifically a VREG block, CPU block, SPP Block, and MCP Block.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cooler Master adds to their stack of cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 4, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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The newest style of case from Cooler Master is the Cosmos, a very high end design for a case.  Most of the case is designed to be tool free, but for those few remain screws and for cable management, the Cosmos comes with it's own handy tool kit.  The size makes components easy to install, the four quiet fans will help your ears, and this case will be around for quite a while thanks to it's steel design.  You can

Source: techPowerUp!

Open source nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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You can get a lot of information about the Nouveau project and the team that is trying to bring open source 3D graphics to Linux, over at Linux.com.  Some veterans of the R300 project, which did the same thing for ATI/AMD drivers, are taking their success onto the next major graphics card manufacturer.  They also mention ways in which Linux users can help out, either getting involved in the development, or just doing end-user testing.

Source: Linux.com

Just how many passwords can you memorize

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you.  Maybe you just had a brain fart.  Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password.  Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats.  Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.

Source: PCStats

Packard Bell Makes It Easier To Stay Connected with its New 950-gram Notebook

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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Packard Bell, one of the leading consumer electronics brands in Europe, today announced the launch of its new EasyNote XS, a 7-inch notebook which combines advanced portability with a full featured PC running Windows XP Home Edition. Designed to be your everyday mobile companion, it's the perfect choice for mobile users that find full-sized notebooks too big and PDAs too limited.

Apple to Release a New Series of iPods on Sept 5th

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM |
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It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product.  First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products.  The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:



The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature.