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Subject: Processors | February 13, 2006 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has found what might be the best value CPU to setup a dual core s939 system. The Opteron 165 has come from being better for server systems to a good choice for home gaming, especially if you are looking for a great overclock. The large L2 cache helps in most applications, though it will really shine when the game is able to take advantage of the dual core.
"AMD has been offering Opteron processors for Socket 939 systems for quite a while now.
Subject: Displays | February 13, 2006 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just becuse a game refuses to accept a proper widescreen resolution, doesn't mean you can't play them that way. Widescreen Gamer has put together a guide on getting games to play in wide screen, whether they like it or not. No word on a fix for the HDCP support, a problem highlighted by the first link below (thanks PaternityTest!).
"Now that quality has gone up, and prices have gone down, more and more gamers are buying their
first LCD displays these days.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has found a Master x1900, and they immediately slapped it into a system with a X1900XTX, and set them up in Crossfire. This resulted in fairly impressive benchamrks, and also gives you a rare look into setting up a Crossfire system.
"With the launch of the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX last month, CrossFire cards of this new Radeon
series have already popped up at a few places but aren't in full swing as most people would like.
Subject: Memory | February 13, 2006 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (February 13, 2006) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and watercooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today launched ValueSelect™ 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM memory to support the latest IntelÂ® mobile technology.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kids these days get the best toys. Take this working transformer that goes from functional model car to walking robot and back that MAKE: Blog has linked to. Probably not too long before that is the basis for the next perfect holiday gift for your kids.
"This little robot car from Nakamura-san at Himeji Soft Works in Japan drives around then it
transforms into a real robot and walks around."
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to PC Apex, Arctic Silver 3 may have been displaced as the king of thermal compounds by CoolerMaster's NanoFusion. While 1 or 2 degrees may not seem like an amazing improvement, it might let you push your CPU just that little but harder.
"We have a new, quick review up on an outstanding thermal transfer paste from Cooler Master named
Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo. By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.
"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high
performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 2 reviewed at Extremetech is exactly what it sounds like. A mouse that sits on it's side, so that while you use it, your hand is in the "handshake" position. Find out how well it worked, and if it will help with that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you managed to get after the 7 day LAN party.
"Unfortunately, Evoluent's VerticalMouse 2, which we review today, doesn't win any crazy and kooky
Subject: Mobile | February 10, 2006 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone examines the 02 XDA Atom, a small PDA that succeeds the Mini. It runs Windows Mobile 5, has WiFi, as well as all of the camera phone features you would expect. Read the full review before you make up your mind about this little guy.
"The O2 XDA Mini is easily one of the best PDAs around. It's sleek, it's light and it offers all
the functionality you would really need on the go. However, it lacked a couple of features.
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
See your name in lights with The Movies, the newest sim game. Pamper your starlets, keep your leading men interested, and remember, the only bad publicity is no publicity. Check out the full review at GamePyre.
"Overall, the movies game was one of the first games to have me looking at the time in shock —
it's been a while.
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ThermoHawk 200 Infrared Thermometer is a $60 dollar tool that you may never get bored of playing with. Sure, it is handy for figuring out which capacitor or chip is running really hot and needs a heatsink, or where the hot air gathers in your case. But think, now you will never need to sip a beer to figure out if it is cold, or if the water in the lake is warm enough for a swim, or just how hot your coffee is. Check it out at Think Computers.
'Today I have for review somethi
Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC. With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.
"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.
Subject: Displays | February 9, 2006 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell is offering a 24" display for under $1000 and Designtechnica has the review. It can accept just about any signal output on the planet, and it is not quite large enough to require dual DVI in order to display properly. Check this monster out!
"If you have been waiting for a large LCD at a great price, the Dell 2405FPW is the display for
you. Unless you are dead set on an HDMI with a 24-in. display, there is no reason to pass up on
the Dell 2405FPW.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GruntvillE has posted a review of 2 of Noctua's new heatsinks, the NH-U9 and NH-U12. Both are very large, so not all cases will accomodate them, but if you can squeeze them in, the cooling power is impressive. Neither model comes with fans, as they aren't needed in a normal setup, due to the size of the heatsink, and the number of heatpipes. However, both models can fit 2 fans for overclocking, the U9 using 92mm and the U12 allowing the use of 120mm fans.
"Noctua, a recent upstart in Au
Subject: Memory | February 9, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There's been a lot of discussion recently about various heat spreader types and which type provides the best performance. Or, perhaps, if the best performance results from using no heat spreader at all. We were curious ourselves as to the answers to these questions, so we set out to test the various heat spreader types in a controlled environment.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This Raptor X preview is brought to you by a parnership of the folks of Western Digital and AnandTech, and is approved for all audiences. While sequels in the movie industry are often worse than the original, in the world of tech, we usually function in the opposite manner. The Raptor X is no exception, bundling the tried technology that made the past 2 generations shine together with newer PATA technology into one speedy 150Gb drive.
"The latest version of the Raptor was launched as the WD1500
Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2006 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Connect Magazine has posted an article called "Under Attack", a primer on defending against the various wild nasties currently roaming the virtual world. If you aren't up to speed on what kind of threats are out there, this is a read that could save you a lot of time and money.
"Viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and Hanson lyrics - the internet is a veritable jungle that only
a few can come out of unscathed.
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SilverStone Strider ST60F Modular 600W PSU can provide exactly that. Just because quad SLI systems are only theory at the moment, that doesn't mean you can't get ready for them now! Plus, with a nearly silent 120mm fan and a modular setup with well shielded cables, this PSU shouldn't be crippled by a systems power needs for a while. Read all about it at Techniz.
"The SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bona Fide reviews continues their examination of ATI's range of cards, today it is the HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo, with dual DVI and an IceQ cooler that gives the card a little advantage on overclocking over more standard cooling. Also, the fact that it requires no extra power to run, and it still performs as a solid mid-range graphics card makes it an attractive buy.
"After reviewing the Sapphire X1300, we continue the X1K line of reviews with the HIS X1600XT
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 05:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, January 23 2006 - Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America.
Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128.