The price of being cool

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Pricing on the iPhone, and the plans from AT&T have hit the streets, shortly before the June 29th release date.  The hype surrounding this device has been everywhere, but we have been short on some details, which are being dribbled out as the date goes closer.  Read more about the service plan you can expect to get on CoolTechZone.

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Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing Clusters

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:18 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) - from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers.

VIA Introduces EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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Meeting customer's requirements for connectivity and versatility, the VIA EPIA LT mainboard, featuring the VIA CX700 system media processor, offers a number of innovative features for the fast-growing x86-based embedded market.

5 Way DDR2 shootout

Subject: Memory | June 26, 2007 - 05:04 PM |
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HEXUS tries out Corsair's DOMINATOR XMS2-10000 (with and without the Airflow fan), Kingston's HyperX KHX9600D2K2/2G, OCZ's Reaper HPC Edition PC2-9200, CellShock's DDR2 1000 and G.SKILL's F2-6400CL4D on an eVGA NF68 with an Intel C2D Extreme X6800.  There are some differences in the speeds that these DIMM's run at, but you might be surprised how closely they score.

Source: Hexus

ntel Introduces Worldwide Software Training Curriculum to Spur Multi-Core Computing Software Design

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 03:03 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation unveiled today a global training curriculum for software developers to speed and expand software development for multi-core processors. The Intel Software Training Program offers classroom courses and hands-on lab work to better train software developers in multi-threaded application design.

High volume SD cards and ReadyBoost

Subject: Storage | June 26, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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MadShrimps decided to explore the performance of ReadyBoost, using the USB interface available for SD cards.  In this particular set of tests first they benchmarked the system with 512MB, 1GB and 2 GB, or RAM and then adding the cards.  They also tried using the SD cards to replace RAM, keeping 512MB in the system, and then benchmarking with various USB/SD cards and storage space.

"Prices for mainstream Digital Cameras over 7 mega pixels are going down and they are becom

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High def sound for your high def movies and music

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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7.1 cards are becoming more common as PC add on cards, and they aren't all made by Creative.  Diamond's XS 7.1 cards are relatively inexpensive, and offer you the chance to hear full Dolby surround sound.  OCC compares it to the Turtle Beach Montego, and you can follow their testing here.

Corsair grows more powerful

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Corsair has joined it's competitors in releasing PSUs, in the form of the new HX series.  The HX 620W is a 620W PSU, as you might have suspected with 3 12V rails of 18A apiece.  It's modular design keeps your case tidy, and the variable speed 120mm fan keeps it cool; read the full review at Tech Connect.

Under seige

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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Join Ars Technica in taking a look at spam, phishing, botnets and more.  They briefly look back at the trends that we have seen in the wonderful world of identity theft and scams, and examine the new trends we are seeing currently.  Viruses now mutate, so no matter how long the list of definitions is, anti-virus software is becoming obsolete.  The popularity of social networking programs gives new weapons to the hordes of zombie computers out there, which they are

Source: Ars Technica

Soccer moms need laptops too

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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HP's dv6500t's feature set is almost boring compared to most laptops hitting the market these days, but then how many people really need that ASUS Lamborghini?  When you consider it in the same light as a ThinkPad, you start to get an idea what HP is thinking.  It is highly customizable, with either a C2D T7300 or T7100, it supports up to 4Gb of DDR2-400/533/667 in dual channel mode, and either Intel's GMA X3100 or an nVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS.  If you are looking for flexibility and power, and as few extras as possible

Source: AnandTech

Washable filters, pet owners and smokers rejoice

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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The Sunbeam 3D Storm will remind you of the Quarterback, there some nice changes to this case, including washable filters behind all of the mesh on the case.  the 2 fans placed directly inside the middle of the case on a bar, which is referred to as 3D core fan makes installation a little tight, but techPowerUp's testing proves that it does help with your GPU temps.  Read on to see how the install went, and a

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Low profile bling

Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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Gigabyte has kept the tradition of P35 boards with the P35T-DQ6.  Featuring solid state capacitors cooled with enormous, but low profile copper heatsinks.  They have gone for a passive solution, allowing silence from you chipset cooling, and leaving you enough space for a titanic CPU cooler.  [H]ard|OCP found the supported DDR3 allowed them to reach a synchronous CPU FSB of 400MHz @ 1600MHz<

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's new top model

Subject: Processors | June 25, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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The previews of the C2D E6750 are hitting the streets today, and you can start out at HotHardware.  As far as the raw stats go, you are looking at @ 2.66GHz CPU, with a 1333MHz "Quad-Pumped" front side bus.  It is a 65n process chip, with 4MB of shared, full-speed L2 cache.  As far as the power goes, it runs between .85 - 1.3625v and generated 65 - 75 watts TPD.  Read on to see how much better the increase in FSB makes this chip when compared to the E6700.

Source: HotHardware

Connect3D disconnected?

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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There are rumours of bankruptcy surround Connect3D, a company that has produced ATI cards in the past, and was indicated to be a major partner for AMD.  The US site is no longer up, although there are links to sites Great Britain, Poland and Germany which are still active.  Keep an eye on The Tech Report's coverage of this story here.

Interview with member dangtx

Subject: Editorial | June 24, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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I have the extreme pleasure in posting an interview with a member who has consistently been here since dirt..dangtx..OK,OK, not quite that long, but Dan has become a welcomed addition to PCPer with over 30k posts...just ahead of that bucket mouth UB fella
Dan has lots of great experience and his brand of humor is hard to match or find.

Share your perspective with us on the forums

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 05:42 PM |
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Behind every good http is an ftp, and there are plenty of ftp clients to chose from.  Contribute to this thread in the General forum, and let us know your favourites, or vote on the best (unofficial) 80211n routerWatercooling fanatics can participate in this poll, which asks where you usually keep your reservoir when you build a watercooled rig.

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Not much bigger than a breadbox

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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Ultra has started a new line of HTPC cases, the first of which is the MicroFly BX6.  By designing a PSU to go inside the MicroFly, Ultra is able to make motherboard installation and cable management a snap, more so than most HTPCs on the market.  The only place where TweakNews thought they fell short was on the HDD cage, but overall found it very quiet and stylish, exactly what you want from an HTPC case.

Source: Tweaknews

Logitech Classic

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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After straying away from the MX series with the G5, a move that left off the features that made the MX series so popular, Logitech is going back to that design.  The new revision of the G5 sports the second thumb button as well as new features, like LEDs to show which DPI setting you are at.  Virtual-Hideout also applauded the use of variable weights, so you can get the mouse to feel exactly like you

Biostar TF560 A2+, The World's First Motherboard to support upcoming AMD AM2+ CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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June 2007 - Biostar has released a new T-Series model TF560 A2+ in expectation of the launch of new AMD socket AM2+ CPUs. AMD is going to announce AM2+ socket CPUs, the so-called real Quad Core architecture, later this year. Socket AM2+ CPUs will be backwards compatible. TF560 A2+ is designed for both CPU series, AM2 and AM2+.
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Packed with the same technology used by the most demanding PC Enthusiasts, NVIDIA nForce 560 media and communications processor (MCPs) delivers outstanding quality and performance for every PC user.

Source: Biostar

Who overclocks better?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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ExtremeTech has throughly investigated factory overclocked cards in this eVGA review.  They grabbed a default speed 8800 GTX card, a 8800 GTX they overclocked themselves, an 8800 Ultra at default speeds and one they overclocked, and finally a hard to find 8800 Ultra Superclocked, all from eVGA.  Find