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Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Friday afternoon again, and there is plenty of stuff going on in our forums.  A member has had an unpleasant experience with Sapphire's RMA process, and has been billed what looks suspiciously like a restocking fee.  There are good tips to be found on troubleshooting laptop problems in our General forum.  One of the common problems we find is a high end machine with a low end PSU, and you just cannot

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Keeping it to yourself

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 10:35 AM |
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Surround sound headphones have come a long way recently, and now some offer a really engaging aural experience.  techPowerUp! reviews Saitek's GH50 Surround Sound Headset, which uses SRS to give you surround sound experience and great bass.  Read the review to see what they thought of it's ability to handle music and gaming.

Source: techPowerUp!

Maingear maintains it's reputation

Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 09:58 AM |
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One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you.  Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service.  Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Run 1:1, if you can get your processor to keep up

Subject: Memory | April 13, 2007 - 09:22 AM |
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Mushkin's XP2-9200 runs at 1150MHz @ 5-5-4-12 out of the box, and Overclocker's Club pushed it to 1200MHz without any effort at all.  With a different board and a bump in voltage, these DIMMs can probably go even further.  As this RAM will keep up with any processor on the market right now, it lets you take full advantage of a 1:1 ratio between RAM and CPU.

"You know the drill: countless hours spent in front of the magic box, doing research trying to get the most performance for

your hard earned dollar

Save the hair metal bands

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 09:01 AM |
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OCIA reviews a product that reminds me of the old days when I played Adventure until the cassette tape got eaten.  The BTO Plus Deck 2c is a tape deck for your PC, so that you can get all of the music off of the dozens (or hundreds) of old cassette tapes you have, and convert it to MP3 on your PC.  If you've never owned a tape in your life, you can give this a miss, but if you want to save all those old mix tapes then check out the review.

"The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck...

Source: OCIA

OCZ Launches the ModXStream Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2007 - 08:45 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 12, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the ModXStream Series, a new line of power
supplies designed to offer consumers a combination of OCZ's legendary PSU
architecture and an efficient modular cable management system. Available in
780W and 900W models, the high efficiency ModXStream offers the industry's
highest performing modular power supplies on the market.

Fatal1ty's new economical product line

Subject: Motherboards | April 12, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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Fatal1ty branded products tend to be much more expensive than ones that do not bear his name.  The new RX700 Universal abit F-190HD motherboard is a huge exception, offering many features including onboard HDMI.  A great all in one solution for all but the hardcore gamer, as motherboards.org points out the integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 does not support Pixel Shader 3.0 or 4.0.

OCZs' 3-in-1 SD

Subject: Storage | April 12, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Phoronix has posted a review of the new 3 in 1 SD memory card, the Trifecta.  Not only does it work as a normal SD card as well as a microSD card, it will also plug into a USB port, so you don't even need a card reader.  Find out how well they implemented the USB compatibility in the full review.

Source: Phoronix

A laptop that offers a little more

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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Laptop overclocking has never been easy, if you didn't get one with a desktop CPU in the first place.  From the first step of figuring out how to disassemble the laptop, to getting under the cooling solution to the CPU to swap it with a desktop model to assembling the whole back together can be time consuming and frustrating.  Newer mobile CPUs offer useful features not found in desktop purposed chips, which you will lose when swapping it out for a desktop processor, but at least you can overclock now.

Source: Extremetech

The keyboard is done, time to try mice

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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Ideazon has had great success with their Zboard, especially with RTS gamers.  Now they are going to take the mouse and try to improve it with the Reaper.  They have added rubber to the buttons, made it longer than most mice and on the fly DPI changes.  Head to R&B Mods to see of they think it compares to the competition.

Intel's take on the GPU

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 08:34 AM |
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Beyond3D has captured slides from an Intel presentation about the future of the CPU and GPU.  The slides give you a very good idea of Intel's plans to retaliate against AMDs current move towards a GPU, and Beyond3D highlights out some very interesting points.

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ASUS has a new bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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Hot Hardware's review of the ASUS EN8800GTS shows the performance you would expect from a non-overclocked 8800GTS.  Where this card might get your attention is the bundle that is attached.  You get full versions of 3DMark06, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and RACE the Official WTCC game, as well as several programs to tweak performance and quality, and even a leather CD case.

Source: HotHardware

Pushing the bar ever higher

Subject: Processors | April 11, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Intel keeps raising the bar, this time with the introduction of the quad core QX6800.  While there is no doubt that it is the fastest retail processor on the market, the A64 FX-74 just can't keep up.  Head to The Tech Report to watch this chip sweep the processor playoffs!

So, a heat spreader isn't good enough for you?!?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2007 - 11:06 AM |
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The Inquirer reminisces about the days before the the heatsink, when a heatspreader was all a CPU needed.  Now we are placing 1lb blocks of copper on the CPU's, and they are only getting hotter, especially with work on 3 dimensional processors.  Find out what the future may hold.

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It finally came in the mail

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2007 - 09:15 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP finally got their PS3!  After spending a month locked away with it in a small dark room they have emerged to give their opinion.  Since the boxen they bought had the firmware upgrades applied by the time they bought it, most of the issues early adopters had do not enter into the review.  Find out what they think of Sony's Blu-ray player and console.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If you make it, they will come

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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It's not quite a Star Trek replicator, but the Fab@Home project will let you make 3D objects for ~$2,500.  It can handle many types of material, from silicone to chocolate, letting you build lego bricks or chocolate forms.  Ars Technica has more on this first venture into affordable fabrication at home.

"Malone's goal was to build something cheap and reliable, something that hobbyists could use to kickstart a "home fabbing

revolution" that would have analogues to the personal computer revolution that h

Source: Ars Technica

Halo 3 Beta coming May 16 - only lasts 21 days

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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If you are like me and bought a copy of Crackdown on the Xbox 360 purely for the entry into the Halo 3 beta, you'll want to hear this news.  This post at Microsoft confirms the beta will only run from May 16th until June 6th -- after that you are S.O.L.

REDMOND, Wash.

BFG Tech 8800 GTX OC2 Review at HardOCP

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Looking for a review on a top-of-the-line graphics card for your new system?  Check out this review of the BFG 8800 GTX OC2 at HardOCP.

BFGTech has finally delivered a competitive highly overclocked video card with their new 'OC2' line, offering better factory overclocks than previous 'OC' versions. This video card provides the best gaming experience you can buy in a single card format.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another CableCard PC Pictured and Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Looking for some more information on the upcoming AMD CableCard-ready TV tuner and systems using them?  Then head over to this quick preview at

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NVIDIA GeForce 8300 Pictured

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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While information on the 8600 and 8500 cards from NVIDIA has been leaking out for some time, this is the first 8300 images we have seen thus far. 

Nvidia's upcoming 8600 and 8500 series cards have already revealed themselves a few times so it was only fair that the baby-DirectX 10 low-end 8300 card would eventually step out into the spotlight.