Clearing the air with Company of Heroes

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory.  Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet.  So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards.  Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.

Tour Computex with The Tech Report

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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In their travels at Computex, The Tech Report stopped by VIA's display, where they were showing off their Nanobook, as well as a new ITX board that is the size of a business card.  Not to be out done Intel is also showing off Menlow mobile internet devices, with some rather impressive graphicsCorsair showed off their 2Ghz DDR3, and Gigabyte shows off some X38 and P35 E

5th time's the charm?

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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If you want to be on the cutting edge of web browsing, you can pick up the 5th public alpha of Firefox 3.  You can check out all the new features, and new bugs, with your very own eyes.  For those less adventurous souls, or those who just want to know what they will be getting into, you can read Ars Technica's review.

Source: Ars Technica

VIA to Define Mobility 2.0 with Revolutionary New VIA NanoBook UMD Reference

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and device platform solutions,
will unveil the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design
at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei.

Designed to meet the needs of today's Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the VIA
NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook
PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs
less than 850g.

Source: VIA Arena

Handy dandy diagnostic card

Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2007 - 05:39 PM |
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BIOS beep codes driving you nuts?  Even worse, is your system speaker dead, and you don't even know what beep code is playing?  OCIA has posted a review of Soyo's TechAID, a PCI card with LEDs that is supposed to display the error code associated with whatever is traumatizing your motherboard.  Read on to find out if it does it's job well, or if it's just better to invest in a motherboard that has a display built into it.

Source: OCIA

2GHz of screamin' DDR3

Subject: Memory | June 7, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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[H] got a sneak peek of some really impressive RAM from Corsair.  The timings aren't really that impressive, 10-10-10-24, but the 1000MHz clock speed is fantastic!  They've got benchmark pictures you have to see to believe.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hitting the high notes

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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ThermalTake has updated their most popular case series with the new Soprano DX.  The old 120mm in the back has been dropped in favour of a 140mm fan at the front of the case, offering a definite improvement in cooling performance.  The only real drawback that X-Bit Labs found was that with the included fastening clips, you can't install dual-slot PCI cards, but it isn't to hard to implement a solu

Source: X-Bit Labs

Post cards from the bleeding edge

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP offers a pictorial tour of Computex, that spans their entire first day.  You can see the booths, the booth babes and even an occasional shot of some new technology.  Head over and enjoy all the sights of Computex, the only thing you will have to read are the signs and displays.

Ryan is also there, and has posted pictures of some really cool gear, don't miss out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dissecting Vista's functions

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security.  They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of.  For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it.  This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin

Source: Ars Technica

The wild and wacky world of ... mice?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM |
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Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute?  If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse?  As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.

Source: Extremetech

I'm a Survivor!

Subject: Storage | June 6, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The Tech Report has been having fun with Corsair's Survivor GT USB drive.  Packaged in an aluminium tube with rubberized ends, it looks like a piece of camping equipment, but inside that shell is an 8GB thumb drive.  They dunked it in water, strapped it to the bottom of a mountain bike, and in a last desperate move to inflict some sort of damage, they ran over it with a car.  The Survivor now has a couple of small s

The cost of onboard sound

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on.  The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage.  As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact.  They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not all Computex right now

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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There is also the VIA Technology Forum, and VIA Arena is there.  The focus is on low power consumption, less size and weight and a lower cost, something they call PC 2.0.  There are slides from the keynote speeches, the new Mobile-ITX form factor and looks at the future of mobile, and ultra mobile, computing.

Source: VIA Arena

Vista or drivers, who is to blame?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently.  What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card.  Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well.  The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Group Makes Ground-Breaking Solutions a Reality at Computex 2007

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 11:17 AM |
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Computex 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan - June 5th, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is exhibiting a number of exciting prototypes and live technology at this year's Computex.

Alienware launches Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center

Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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MIAMI - June 5, 2007 - To ensure the ultimate entertainment experience right
from your living room, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - has introduced
the new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center.

Source: Email

AMD's new efficient take on power

Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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AMD's move to 65nm has brought the opportunity to provide big power savings via their new Brisbane processors.   The two dual core models, the BE-2350
which runs at 2.1GHz and the

BE-2300 at 1.9GHz

both have 64K of L1 instruction space, and 64K of L1 data cache per core.  The L2 has a 512KB cache for each core as well, so there has been no real reduction there.  Drop by HotHardware for a look at how well they managed to reduce power and heat, and also make sure to

Source: HotHardware

Lenovo goes Santa Rosa

Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2007 - 03:50 PM |
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The ThinkPad series has been updated with new models, the T61 & R61 as well as the X61 & X61s.  XYZ Computing has had the pleasure of trying out both the ultra mobile X61s as well as the larger X61.  They include all of the features you would expect the successor of the X60 series to have, as well as some handy new features.  Not to mention updated hardware.

Intel Introduces '3-Series' Chipsets at Computex

Subject: Chipsets | June 5, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.

The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect

New Intel Products Simplify and Speed Software Development for Multi-Core Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.

Source: InsaneTek