Intel Delivers First Dual Channel Enhanced Demodulators For Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.

Elementary, Middle and High Schools Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.

How much is extra mobility worth

Subject: Storage | May 30, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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The LOTIS PMO 12GB Pocket D is very small, at 1.5" x 2.3" x 0.4", and the 12Gb of storage does offer you enough space for DVD images, programs, or just about anything else you want to bring with you.  On the other hand, for about the same price you could get an external 60-100Gb 2.5" drive.  If you are more interested in the mobility, check out the full review at the Hardware Zone.

UT2K7: DX10 and PhysX

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish.  The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support.  In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series.   The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o

Source: The Inquirer

Security in an easy to swallow package

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico.  According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU.  A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.

Source: Slashdot

System on the cheap

Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The ECS AMD690GM-M2 is available for under $100.  With the price cuts on AM2 processors, it's onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 and LAN, all you need is a case and a monitor and you are ready to go.  It even has a 16X PCI Express slot if you want to upgrade your graphics.  All in all, PC Stats was rather impressed at what this board delivers.

Source: PCStats

Toshiba Taps AMD Platform for New Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 29, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced that Toshiba will launch three Satellite notebook PCs based on an AMD mobile platform. Combining advanced mobile processor performance with outstanding graphics, Toshiba will offer systems in the popular Satellite product line based on AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology and the AMD M690 Series Chipset.

Source: AMD

Big power, small price

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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Overclockers Online spotted the CoolingWell V14 Vortex 800W, a PSU maker without much of a reputation either way.  When they put it through their tests, it passed with flying colours.  If you are looking for 800W of solid power, and care less about modular cabling than you do about price, check this PSU out.

For even more extreme power, Lee has finished his review of the Koolance 1200W PSU  ... the one that is liquid cooled!

Tightening up DDR3

Subject: Memory | May 29, 2007 - 01:06 PM |
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Kingston has announced it's new lineup of low(er) latency DDR3.  The timings available on DRR3 will take some getting used to, as even these tightly timed DIMMs look sloppy compared to high end DDR2, but the as the actual clockspeed increases, those timings won't seem so bad.  The modules AnandTech tested are rated at DDR3-1375 @ 7-7-7-20, and when they were clocked up to 1520 @ 8-8-8-22 they left Corsair's Dominators in the dust.

Source: AnandTech

Interview with Moderator uddarts

Subject: Editorial | May 29, 2007 - 12:29 PM |
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Well, hope you all had a pleasant weekend. Here in the states we all celebrated Memorial Day....it was an auto racing extravaganza for me on Sunday as well. Grand Prix of Monaco, Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR 600 from Charlotte, NC. All in all over 1300 miles of racing. Man, I'm in heaven. Here it is Tuesday already and back to work we go, so today I have a real pleasure to introduce a quiet but very special Mod here, uddarts. Dave has been a friend of mine since I got here and was asked to Mod. He was one of the few who was just as crazy as I was.

Vista graphics, it's nVIDIA's turn

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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Following up on their testing of ATI's DX9 cards under Vista, Elite Bastards moves onto nVIDIA, again sticking with DX9 cards.  They look at quite a few benchmarks, and found that much like the ATI drivers there is room for improvement.  The big story was less noticeable in the benchmarks.  On the good side, the new drivers are rock solid, with no hitch

Linux on the run

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage.  What is at issue is the OS, Vista.  On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.

CounterStrike: Shrunk

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2007 - 05:13 PM |
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If you've ever been on the road and are desperate to frag something, look no further than the OQO model 02 that VIA Arena has been testing.  We've seen WoW and Starcraft from Blizzard, but now it's Valve's turn.  Follow the link to see Half Life and Counterstrike, in all their miniature glory.

Source: VIA Arena

22" display for under $400?

Subject: Displays | May 28, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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XYZ Computers pick up the 'elegantly styled' Viewsonic VX2235WM 22" LCD.  With 5ms response and a maximum resolution of 1680x1050 it has the stats for a good gaming monitor, and the included speaker will help those missing a good sound system.  However they found the layout of the screen to be a bit odd, almost bottom heavy, and there were some problems with a sticker. 

Get on your feet

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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GWSystems Fragpedal Classic isn't exactly like any other foot pedal I've seen.  As opposed to it acting like a normal pedal, it has a pair of pads with 2 buttons each.  These buttons can be programmed in a number of ways, up to an including making one a shift pedal, so you can bind 2 operations each to the remaining 3 buttons.  If you find yourself confused, read the full review at OCC and you'll get a better idea.

Now that's a blowhole

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The Antec 900 Advanced Gaming Case is up for review at HotHardware.  With a 200mm blowhole on the top, you will want to keep your caffeinated beverage of choice far away from it, but it is great for getting rid of hot air.  It also means that the PSU is located at the bottom, giving you a more stable case, if you are in the habit of trying to knock your PC over.  Read on to see w

Source: HotHardware

Fallen in love with Google's calendar?

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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Google has put a lot of effort into it's online offerings with documents, spreadsheets and a calendar.  According to Ars Technica, now you can bring Google's calendar everywhere, as they will offer it in a form compatible with your cell phone.  You can sync it to your online account's calendar and never miss an appointment again.  It should tie in well with the

Source: Ars Technica

PC Power & Cooling Joins the OCZ Technology Group!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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PC Power & Cooling, THE name in high quality PSUs, has been bought by OCZ!  Their website and products will still be sold, but the company itself is now part of OZC.   They have certainly come a long way from simply selling RAM.

PC Perspective offers you a smorgas-Board

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 04:50 PM |
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Our motherboard forums were the original starting point of what has now grown into PC Perspective, and are still one of the best places to go for support on the web.  Even if you are using a less popular manufacturer, you will find knowledgeable members ready to help you out.  Everything from inexpensive AM-2 boards from ASRock, or Biostar's T-Force series, or a Chaintech board that has some re-occuring p

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UVD or not UVD

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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AMD's UVD is an on-chip decoder for Blu-ray and HD DVD, offering 40MBits of bandwidth, their answer to nVIDIA's PureVideo HD.  As The Tech Report discovered, it is missing from the new HD 2900 XT, even though AMD's presentation seemed to imply that it was on that card.  Read the full article to find out why so many sites thought the 2900 did have UVD, and what that means to someone buying this card to display HD, especially from a Blu-ray or HD-DVD source.