The sound of Linux

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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Amarok is a popular and useful media player for Linux, but it also has some secrets you may not know about.  TECHGAGE takes you through some of these features, like streaming music and integrating the player with last.fm.  If you use Linux, or are even just considering it, take a look at what you can do with this program.

Source: TECHGAGE

OCZ Technology Group Unleashes Enthusiast-Grade DDR3-1333 CL7 Solution

Subject: Memory | June 21, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 20, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the newest OCZ DDR3 product addition.

Vertically gifted

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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The new style in heatsinks is to have the fan sitting vertically, not horizontally, and it seems to be paying off.  Whether it is the increased surface area the fan can directly affect, or the push-pull configuration that some heatsinks allow, it tends to increase cooling performance.  The newest is the 3RSystem iCEAGE, and AnandTech has tested it out.  Read on to see one of the best retention systems they have seen in action.

Source: AnandTech

Royalties killed the internet radio star?

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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In protest to the rise in both the minimum royalty payment, and the price per listener per hour, webcasters are planning a day of silence on Tuesday, June 26th.  The royalties do not come into effect until July 15th, so the participants still have some time to attempt to get it changed.  [H]ard|OCP can supply you with the tools you need to get the whole story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Turning memory into a multilayer cake

Subject: Mobile | June 20, 2007 - 06:53 PM |
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New with the Santa Rosa chipset is a feature called Intel Turbo Memory, which is flash-based memory designed to cache data, and allow the hard drive to spin down, thus saving energy and extending your battery life.  AnandTech tries it out to see just what effect it has, if any.  As well they contrast it with Vista's RedayBoost technology, which while similar focuses more on performance enhancement than battery extension.

Source: AnandTech

A very well behaved PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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SilverStone, better known for their cases, has joined the kilowatt crowd with their Olympia 1000W.  While it lacks many features that are common in PSUs, like modular cabling and multiple 12V rails it is still a very solid PSU.  In fact, the single 12V rail offers 80A, which is one of the most powerful on the market, and one of the most well regulated as well.  [H]ard|OCP puts i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's low power initiative

Subject: Processors | June 20, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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Rather than letting the Pentium line die, Intel has repositioned it as low cost and low power.  With the E2140 and E2160, they are positioned to take on AMD's new BE series of chips.  Techgage puts these chips through their banchmarks, as well as managing overclocks worthy of the old Celeron series.

Source: TECHGAGE

Antec Introduces TruePower Quattro Power Supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Fremont, CA - June 20, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of
high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself
markets, today announced its latest power supply unit (PSU), TruePower
Quattro. Antec's most powerful PSU is designed for high efficiency while
providing the ultimate in green energy for system builders and support for
the latest generation of dual video cards.

TruePower Quattro is the most efficient power supply to date in Antec's
successful TruePower line due to Active Power Clamping technology.

Source: Antec

The return of Pipboy

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Fallout 3 is definitely more than just a few ink spots on a designers wall, although it will still be locked away in a vault for a year before we get our hands on it.  The trailer was really just a tease, but The Tech Report has spotted a bit more info, and what looks like gameplay screens.  Bethesda has been being very quiet about this game, but as details emerge it looks to be something special, as long as they didn't make a bloody mess, in which case they're dogmeat.

Asset Light

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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The Inquirer has a link with a bit of interesting news about AMD.  It would seem that they are looking for a partner to help them set up a new fab in Saratoga County, in upper NY State.  Also in the article, although denied by the AMD rep, is a question about the future of one of the two AMD Dresden fabs.

Source: The Inquirer

Opening up ATI/AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 06:43 PM |
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Phoronix has a look at the new Linux driver for ATI, the xf86-video-avivo.  They take you through the build process, and discuss the limitations that currently affect it.  Take a look at what the replacement for the fglrx binary blob can do, and what still needs some ironing out.

Source: Phoronix

The MFD & Fan Controller for micro managers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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Check out the NZXT Sentry Temperature Controller MFD up for review over at OCC.  Along with the clock display and fan controllers you would expect, there are also 3 thermocouples.   These allow you to take temperature readings from 3 separate areas in your system, your choice which ones.  As well there are 3 separate programmable temperature alarms, so you can adjust for the components you are monitoring. 

OCZ Technology Unveils 4GB Platinum Edition Kit with Optimized Timings for Enthusiasts

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - June 18, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum Vista Performance Edition 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kit.

GeForce 8400 GS hits retail soon

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 01:53 PM |
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We are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft Direct X 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience.

Source: NVIDIA

A proper copper ... motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2007 - 01:43 PM |
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It seems easy to spot a P35 based motherboard from afar, just look for the board with the copper roller coaster on it.  In the case of the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, look for the heatpipes that embrace the LGA775 socket, which are low profile enough not to interfere with any of the monstrous heatsinks needed to cool the C2Quads or C2DExtreme chips.  Join [H]ard|OCP as they put this motherboard thr

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Alienware Offers Exclusive Dekstop Chassis in Limited-Time Barebones Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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MIAMI - June 19, 2007 - Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - is now giving
PC enthusiasts a limited-time opportunity to purchase an Alienware barebones
kit featuring the company's highly popular P2 desktop chassis.

Source: Alienware

Heatpipes and high voltage

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The Reaper line of heatpipe cooled memory from OCZ continues to expand, and HotHardware grabbed the 2 from the middle of the pack.  The Reaper HPC PC2-8500 is rated for 1066MHz, @ 5-5-5-15, and theSource: HotHardware

So, ya wanna be in IT?

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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More than that though, you want to work at a place you like.  To that end, Slashdot has linked to an annual survey done by Computerworld on the best I.T. departments in the USA to work at.  Check it out to see if there's one would apply at.  Be forewarned though, the workers that completed this survey may have done so under the vengeful eye of a representative from the H.R. department.

Source: Slashdot

High density caviar

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2007 - 05:37 PM |
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With half again the storage of it's predecessor, the 750GB Caviar SE16 has switched to perpendicular storage which also increases the speed of it's internal transfer rates while leaving the SATA interface unchanged at 300MB/s.  This increase places it in a league that used to be the exclusive domain of the 10,000 RPM Raptors, which have less than 1/2 the storage capacity.  The Tech Report has more, give th

AMD's new attack cat

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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The news on the mobile front from AMD is their Puma platform, based around their upcoming socket AM3 Griffin CPU , the RS780 northbridge, and the SB700 southbridge.  It will still utilize DDR2 on a HyperTransport 3.0 bus, offering 2.6GHz 16-bit scalable link.   Sticking with their main game plan in 2007, we will see significantly reduced power consumption, including the ability to separate the voltages supplied to each core in the CPU.  Read the full art

Source: Ars Technica