To beta or not to beta

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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Strategy Informer has noticed an Activision site that implies a beta test is coming up for Quake Wars.  Drop back to their blog on Monday and see if they have figured out any more details.

"Activision has launched a new website which appears to be dedicated to an upcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

beta test. The site is currently closed but they do have a message up telling you to come back on Monday the 27th

of November."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Foxconn is for Quads

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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HEXUS reviewed the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H, an LGA 775 board that will support any Intel chip with the same pinout currently on the market.  While it may be lacking in general features, the selling price can really help you put together a Core 2 Duo system on the cheap.

Source: Hexus

Finding the best 120mm fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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Madshrimps reviews 4 new 120mm fans, compared against the winner of the 17 fan roundup they finished recently.  Head over to find out how Noctua and Sharkoon perform against GlobalWin.

"We test four 120mm fans which aim to provide lots of airflow at low noise levels. In this roundup 2 models from

Noctua and 2 from Sharkoon are compared to one of the best from our previous 17-fan roundup."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: Madshrimps

Racing notebook

Subject: Mobile | November 23, 2006 - 01:03 PM |
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HotHardware reviews the ASUS Lamborghini VX1.  They expected a sleek body, awesome power for gaming, maybe to the point  of overheating issues, and a fairly low battery life ... sort of a PC equivalent to a Lamborghini.  Read the full review to find out if ASUS could come close to meeting expectations.

You can see Jon's take on this machine at the top of the news page.

Source: HotHardware

Vote for your favourite vapourware

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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It's time to vote for your favourite vapourware at Wired News.  From Duke Nukem Whenever to quick recharge batteries.  If it did not ship to the public it's vapourware, but if it did ship, no matter how much it sucked, it doesn't count.

Source: Wired News

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Subject: Editorial | November 23, 2006 - 09:39 AM |
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As I sit here this morning, there are numerous people in my kitchen preparing a huge meal just for me...okay, for the rest of the family too, but I get to eat some of it!  I am definitely looking forward to a day a sitting on my butt and doing nothing but watching football on the big screen and maybe taking a drive in the car with the windows down and the heat on high. 


Now that doesn't mean we are taking the WHOLE weekend off here at PC Perspective; in fact we have lots of stuff to do on Black Friday besides going shopping ta 5am; hopefully none of you are doing that anyw

The new tricks to expect from PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2006 - 05:06 PM |
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With the advent of SLI and Dual Core, Power supplies have gone through a recent evolution.  Drop by X-bit labs for a PSU shootout, and an overview of the new features that high end PSUs are sporting today.

"We continue our series of indepth PSU roundups. This time we would like to offer you two articles.

Source: X-Bit Labs

You call that an enclosure!?!

Subject: Storage | November 22, 2006 - 03:18 PM |
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That's not an enclosure, this is an enclosure!  [H]ard|OCP reviews a HDD enclosure that can fit 4 drives.  The enclosure it's self is much more stylish than most, but the cooling solution in it is fairly loud, mostly so it can manage to keep 4 10,000RPM Raptors nice and cool.  You might blink at the price, but the good news is that it isn't the final price yet.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Giving a budget card a push

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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The X1600 didn't match up to the nVidia 7600GT very favourably.  HIS took the already increased GPU speed and pushed it up even further.  HotHardware puts it onto the test bench to find out if they have managed to unseat nVidia's current best value card.

Source: HotHardware

Too much hype while gearing up for war?

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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The hype surrounding Gears of War seems a little less than that which surrounded Daikatana and hints of a new Duke Nukem release, but not by much.  At least it made it to stores, which means Ars Technica has a chance to review it

Source: Ars Technica

You might want to turn off password manager

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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There is a new login and password vulnerability in both Firefox 2 and IE7.  Not quite a phishing attack, nor a full web page spoof, it can nonetheless capture entered user data.  Read more at this story on CNET.
 
Don't feel too singled out though, as there is also a 0-day exploit for Mac OS X floating out there too!

Microsoft and Razer get together, make Habu

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 05:06 PM |
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Microsoft has been making mice for a while, but they do not tend to aim for gamers.  This changes with Habu, a mouse designed by both Microsoft and Razer.  As you might expect, 2000DPI and on the fly sensitivity change is included, but the LEDs are a nice touch.  You can read more about this collaboration at I4U.

Source: I4U News

Keeping it cool with Corsair

Subject: Memory | November 21, 2006 - 02:34 PM |
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Corsair has joined the memory cooling revolution with their new Dominator lineup and Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX).  Some even come with an added fan assembly that clips overtop of the DIMM slots on the motherboard.  Find out just what that does to your overclocking potential at The Tech Report.

Bigfoot Announces First Linux-based FNApp for the Killer NIC; posts bounty for more

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 02:24 PM |
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AUSTIN, Texas — Nov. 21, 2006 — Bigfoot
Networks, Inc., a research and development company announced the first Flexible
Network Architecture (FNA.TM) application for the Killer™ Network
Interface Card (NIC) to help make online gaming safer and more secure.

Source: BigFoot

Full size performance in a small package

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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HotHardware reviews MSI's SFF PC.  While not as stylish as some systems purely designed for HTPC use, there is a nice tradeoff, it's performance is on par with a M2N32-SLI.  Find out if this system strikes the balance you are looking for. 

If you are looking for a large HTPC case, that is still going to fit into a living room, check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Mozart TS.

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA Announces the SLI Marketplace!

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 21, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a revolutionary new shopping experience for gamers—the NVIDIA® SLI™ Marketplace. Located at www.slizone.com/marketplace, the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace will allow consumers in the United States to:

Source: NVIDIA

Clovertown, the Quad-core Xeon

Subject: Processors | November 21, 2006 - 12:36 PM |
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The Tech Report gives a quick preview of the new Intel Quad-core Xeon processor.  Of the 4 models seen, the two running below 2GHz have a 1066MHz FSB, the two running above 2GHz give you a 1333MHz FSB.  Read on to see more about the Xeons, as well as a peek at a new Intel motherboard.

"INTEL CHOSE TO DEBUT its first quad-core processor on the desktop with the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, but

quad-core's most immediate potential lies with Xeon processors built for servers and workstations.

You got your GPU in my CPU ...

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Ars Technica expands on AMD's Fusion, the united GPU/CPU we hope to see sometime before 2010.  They also look at companies that have tried this in the past, as well as a quick look at what Intel may do to unite the 2 processors.

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 21st November 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.

AMD CONGRATULATES NINTENDO ON THE LAUNCH OF Wii, A REVOLUTION IN GAMING

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 21, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary Wii(tm) video gaming console. The AMD "Hollywood" graphics processor resulted in Nintendo delivering a brand new level of immersive gameplay and interaction for consumers in North America.

Source: AMD