Mobile cooling for the big guys

Subject: Mobile | October 23, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Keeping a smaller laptop cool is important, but it is the big 17" or 19"ers that someone has managed to shoehorn an SLI setup into that really need serious cooling.  Dragon Steel Mods has posted a review of the Vizo Ninja II (Sumo Size) Laptop Cooler, for larger size notebooks.  It is the better part of 3 pounds of aluminium, so the portability isn't wonderful, but your 17" notebook isn't made of feathers either.  It was certainly capable of cooling o

When is a driver update not just an update?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware.  Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise.  We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change.  On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro

Source: Slashdot

Give your cables a trim

Subject: Storage | October 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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MektuMods wasn't overly impressed by the length of their SATA cables, and in the effort to clean up their case design, they took an axe to them.  Figuring the pin out was the easy part, but if you want to shorten your SATA cables as well, get ready to break out the soldering iron and hot glue gun.

Source: MetkuMods

A blue PSU, is it for you?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2007 - 02:50 PM |
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Antec's Neopower 650W Blue PSU offers you 3 19A 12V rails, as well as some nice modular cabling.  It's price is well below $200, offering a great value for those who don't feel the need to get a kilowatt or more of power into their case.  Hardware Canucks feel that the efficiency and ripple will satisfy anyone who can't

AMDs cute new form factor

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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Considering the overwhelming success that the BTX form factor has created, it seems odd that AMD would go about creating their own form factor, but that is exactly what they have done.  The DTX comes in 2 sizes, the full 9.6" x 8" and mini-DTX boards that are 6.7" x 8".  This is an attempt to standardize SFF cases, with the added bonus that these board will also line up with the mounting holes in ATX cases.  If you have a SFF case that you love, you will still be able to use it with these new boards, although there will also be cases designed to hide behind LCD monitors.  <

Source: AnandTech

EVGA's new BIOS doesn't play nicely with others

Subject: Motherboards | October 22, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The new P29 through P31 BIOSes from EVGA allow the use of 1333MHz FSB CPUs, and so they are really quite popular with owners of the boards.  On the other hand, they also make it impossible to use 3rd party RAID cards, although there was no problems doing so on the previous P28 BIOS.  According to what The Inquirer noticed on the EVGA boards, this problem has been known for over a year, but neither nVIDIA or EVGA have stepped up to the plate and provided a solution.

Source: The Inquirer

Birth of the Commie 64

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Ars Technica carries on in their look at the history of Amiga, this time focusing on the time surrounding the birth of the hugely popular Commodore 64.  The story at that point was more than just the hardware, or even the debacle that was the Commodore Amiga Operating System.  Some of the people that were involved in Commodore and the recently purchased Amiga team were rather interesting individuals.

Source: Ars Technica

The birth of a new forum (and a mod too)

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum.  Strangely enough,  it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard.  You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for

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Some competition for the nano

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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Overclocker's Club has reviewed a miniscule 1GB flash based MP3 player from Super Talent, the SmartClip.  They made it very easy to load songs onto it, just drag n' drop in explorer, but it turned out to be much slower than the competition.  If it is small that you want, then this is probably as small as you can find right now.

Thinking inside the box

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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The first Apevia X-QPack was a good looking and solid box shaped case, perfect for LAN parties.  The new X-QPack 2 incorporates more serious cooling solutions that are needed with dual and quad core systems, and the backplate has change to fit modern mATX board layouts.  TechPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Last of the Kentsfeilds

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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The Kentsfeild is pretty much dead, with the 45nm Penryn coming soon, but there is one new model left to review.  The 3GHz core clock frequency and 1333MHz front-side bus, plus an 8MB L2 cache will add to it's performance, but The Tech Report wants to see a serious increase to justify the chip's $1000 dollar premium over the Q6600.

Windows 7 to undergo liposuction?

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel.  Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler, quieter, faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2007 - 05:31 PM |
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Arctic Cooling has recently released the big brother to S2 the Accelero S1, and for $20-$30 you can set up either a perfectly quiet VGA cooling system, or strap up to 2 fans onto it to get some serious cooling.  Bjorn3D didn't try pushing the graphics card they had attached it to, as they were focusing strictly on the cooler, but when the temperatures are lowered, the clock speed gets a chance to go up.

Source: Bjorn3D

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct.

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Kingston's secret plans revealed

Subject: Memory | October 18, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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OCMODSHOP sat down with a rep from Kingston at WGC2007 for a talk about their upcoming plans.  It seems that they have plans to reposition themselves in the memory marketplace to compete directly with the enthusiast brands like OCZ and Corsair.  They also got a sneak peek at some flash storage that you will be able to purchase soon.

Source: OCMODSHOP

AMD makes HDMI easy

Subject: Motherboards | October 18, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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The MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital takes advantage of AMD's 690G chipset and provides a proper HDMI jack that is fully HDCP compliant, right on the motherboard.  An HTPC system just doesn't get any easier than that.  As well, it is a full ATX board, so you won't have to squeeze your components onto a mATX board.  PC Stats has finished their review, which HTPC builders (

Source: PCStats

Western Digital's mysterious green machine

Subject: Storage | October 18, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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Western Digital's Caviar GreenPower is a large storage drive with a mission, offering high capacity (500GB, 750GB & 1TB) with a low energy requirement.  The mystery comes in when you try to determine the spindle speed and maximum sustained transfer rate which fall under WD's new IntelliPower, that will vary spindle speed based on storage capacity.  This backs up their claim to green power, as the drive is focused on efficiency, not speed re

A commanding view of spirited simians

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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There are two brand new bits of news out today, one for Windows users and one for fans of Ubuntu.

Source: TECHGAGE

ABIT EXCITED ABOUT PARTICIPATION IN NEW E FOR ALL SHOW TO PROMOTE FATAL1TY BRAND PRODUCTS

Subject: Shows and Expos | October 18, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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Calabasas, CA - October 17, 2007 - Fatal1ty Brands and Universal ABIT announce abit's participation in the Entertainment for All Expo (E for All) scheduled for October 18-21, 2007, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The full range of Fatal1ty motherboards will be on display at the large Fatal1ty exhibition area, which will host Fatal1ty shootouts, product demonstration, Fatal1ty Jeopardy contests and prize give-a-ways. The E for All show fills a void left by the down sizing of E3, which was open only to the trade.

Source: ABIT

OCZ Technology Introduces Two New Titanium Edition Memory Kits

Subject: Memory | October 17, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - October 17, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new PC2-6400 Titanium Edition dual channel kits. These modules feature enhanced timings with low latencies, and are the ultimate upgrade in performance or capacity for gamers and enthusiasts in need of a rock solid memory kit.