A little known Digital Media Players

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:25 PM |
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The Tech Lounge would like you to know about Cowon.  They are a little known company with some good offerings.  Their D2 is a 2/4 GB flash-based MP3 player with a 2.5' 24 bit TFT LCD screen for video playback, and space for 52 hours of music.  It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and FLAC, as well has having TV out, a voice recorder, and photo viewing.  The FM tuner and support for Microsoft's DRM10 is the icing on the cake.

XLC and OCZ lead to better OC?

Subject: Memory | January 23, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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The OCZFlexXLC Edition 1150MHz DDR2 modules run at 5-5-5-18 out of the box and support up to 2.4v.  What this means is TweakTown managed to push them to 1200MHz DDR2 at 5-9-9-24, using both passive cooling and watercooling.  The benefits of having watercooled RAM seem to apply more to the longevity of the DIMMS than it does to extreme overclocking.

Source: TweakTown

Storm Warning

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Storm Worm made an appearance this weekend, and it's botnet is growing quickly.  With multiple versions released in a very short time, and with the ability to upgrade itself after it has infected PCs make this one look to be around for a while.  CNET has more info on this Trojan that we are likely to be removing from relatives computers quite frequently in the next while.

Vista Home Premium For Sale Today - Update for All of them!

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:47 AM |
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Newegg sent along word that they have the Windows Vista Home Premium OEM DVD for sale and showing IN STOCK TODAY for $119.99.  You can be the first on the block to start testing out the new Vista features with this full version OS; not an upgrade!

Update: Newegg now has just about all of the Vista versions ready and for sale today!

CPU bottlenecking GPU in games

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 04:24 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP took 2 BFG 8800GTX's, 2 GB of Corsair RAM and 2 different motherboards.  One is an EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i with a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor.  The second is an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe 590 SLI with an Athlon 64 FX-62.

This a straight up head to head on some of the newest and most demanding games.  Any difference seen is an example of the CPU not being able to keep up to the SLI cards. 

Read on for a very interesting article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel® Xeon® processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java™ and NetBeans™ software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies.

HD playback; ATI's AVIVO and NVIDIA's PureVideo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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With the advent of Blu-ray and HD DVD, HD playback is becoming important.  Hardware Zone takes a look at how the 2 major players in the graphics field handle H.264, the main MPEG-4 codec.  Read on to find out about the CPU load you can expect without proper support for HD acceleration, and the difference in frame quality.

ATI's new tricks, the X2300 and R680

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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ASUS has just released the A8Jr notebook, based on the Radeon X2300.  It is build to run Intel Core 2 Duo Processors on the 945PM Express Chipset.  It will be powerful enough to handle Vista's Aero interface, if you are planning on switching to Vista, and is indeed the first to utilize the mobile Radeon X2300.

Source: ASUS

New Linux Foundation Launches - Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 — The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of Linux® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.

How a heatsink gets tested

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 12:49 PM |
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SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks.  If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in. 

Price drops from AMD

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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Digitimes has a full list of the processors from AMD, and the expected price changes.  The top of the line FX series are unchanged, but dual core processors have dropped in price.  Semprons have dropped below $50, for those looking for inexpensive PCs.

Source: Digitimes

You can never get bored hanging out on our boards

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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Ever thought about trying open office, for yourself or maybe for a small company?  Read on to get an idea of experiences forum members have had.  Need some advice on setting up an FTP server?  No problems!  You can even stream for yourself, from your PC to an XBox360.  64 bit OSs are getting more mature, but what is the best Anti

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Overclocking the QuadFX

Subject: Processors | January 19, 2007 - 03:09 PM |
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Legit Reviews invested the significant amount of money it takes to build a QuadFX system, and overclocked it as far as they could.  At 3.1GHz the system leveled out, so that is the speed the used in comparative benchmarks with the QX6700.  Even though the performance did increase, can it possibly reduce the performance gap, especially when you consider the $200 difference in CPU price as well as the motherboard.

Get in touch with your inner child

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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OCMODSHOP picked up the new Wii title, "Wario Ware: Smooth Moves", without any expectations of enjoying it.   As it turns out, this huge assortment of mini-games provided them with a lot of fun.  Read the review, and you might just agree with them, this could actually be a lot of fun.

"I have to admit that I was skeptical of Wario Ware: Smooth Moves. The demo looked stupid, the box looked stupid, and the art

looked stupid too.

Source: OCMODSHOP

CES 2007 - Part 8

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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HotHardware has even more pictures from CES 2007, 8 pages of them.  Everyone gets some coverage, from new Creative Zens, to AMD's Better by Design to OCZ's display in the Bellagio hotel.   Read on for even more reasons to be jealous of those who made it to the show.

Source: HotHardware

Something rotten in the wind

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Don't open any emails titled "230 dead as storm batters Europe.", or you will find yourself the recipient of a Trojan-bearing attachment.  CNET reports on a virus that has just appeared, trying to take advantage of people's curiosity.  Since the storms only hit Europe on Friday, this is a very quickly appearing virus.

OCZ Technology Announces new Premium Flex Memory Series, PC2-6400 Flex XLC

Subject: Memory | January 18, 2007 - 06:43 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-January 18, 2007- With the goal of providing their latest
proprietary technology to every enthusiast, OCZ Technology Group, a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today launched the OCZ PC2-6400 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, the mainstream
edition of the recently released DDR2-1150 memory part
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HTPC with Vista and HDMI HDCP

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 05:22 PM |
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Gigabyte shows off their sense of style with the outside design of the H971 HTPC system.  On the inside, it is powered by a E6400 Core 2 Duo and 1GB DDR2-533 on a Gigabyte 8IBGNBX-RH (Intel G965).   The graphics are powered by a silent Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS, with an HDMI port, and is HDCP compliant.  Drop by TweakTown for a full review of this powerful, pre-built HTPC.

Source: TweakTown

Sittin' on the dock by the bay

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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The Vantec Piano 101 laptop dock is up for review at OCMODSHOP.  It contains a fan for additional cooling, 2.1 stereo speakers and USB 2.0 ports, among other handy add-ons.  Since it only weighs 3lbs, it can actually be part of your kit on the road, although it may be a bit large to stick in your laptop bag.

"Let's take a look a Vantec's new laptop station: the Piano 101. Piano? I am a veteran pianist, but what do speakers, fans, and

ports have to do with a classical instrument? Perhaps the great sound?

Source: OCMODSHOP

Polywell gets another look

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 02:11 PM |
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The first Polywell system that [H] reviewed was a powerful SFF system, which has gone out of date for 2007.  Now they return, and order a Core 2 Duo E6400/7900 GT system with 2 GB of Kingston 667MHz DDR2.  As is [H]'s habit, Polywell gets a complete review, not just their system, but the ordering process straight through to the tech support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP