Circuit Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2007 - 02:56 PM |
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The incredibly difficult to find, or afford, ASUS Maximus Extreme is the DDR3 supporting, top of the line X38 based, packed full of extras flagship of ASUS' Intel boards.  AnandTech took on the task of testing all that it is capable of, including running Vista stably with 4GB at DDR3 1800 and a FSB of 450MHz.  When they broke out the extreme cooling, they could boot at 5GHz or more the first time, but after that they saw some interesting behaviour.

Source: AnandTech

A different style of keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers.  This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre.  X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard.  One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,

Source: Gamepyre

Choosing the lesser of two evils

Subject: Processors | December 10, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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Unfortunately for AMD, one of the most publicized features of the new Barcelona chips is the TLB bug, which in a very few cases can cause a system lockup.  Even a small chance of failure like this makes the Barcelona a far less attractive choice to use in any critical system, and as these chips are aimed at the server market, that becomes a very big deal.  AMD has issued a patch, but the patch comes at a price; we have heard it possibly costs up to 14% of total performance.  A different fix i

Some confusion for your Monday morning

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods.   It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it.  So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes? 

Source: Ars Technica

ASUS U6 Notebook Series Elevates Mobile Computing to a New Level

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 10, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today unveiled the new U6 notebook series for mobile warriors who demand ultimate functionalities and head-turning style.

Source: ASUS

VIA Launches ARTiGO Builder Kit for the Pico-ITX

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.

Find fabulous forum facts fast

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:38 PM |
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One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience.  Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible.  Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another.  One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a

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Rightsizing your portable storage and backup

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2007 - 02:54 PM |
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Secure flash drives are nothing new, but with the on going miniaturization of chips in general and flash memory in particular the storage sizes we are seeing available are growing quickly.  The Lexar 8 GB Jump Drive Secure II Plus sits at a threshold between handy storage for a couple of files, and a proper backup medium.  Overclockers Club loved it

They're only good cards if you can buy them

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers.  This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards.  So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost.  See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.

Truth in advertising

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V proves that OCZ knows exactly what made PCP&C the best, and that they aren't going to fix something that isn't broken.  There are no fancy colours or racing stripes, the cabling is not modular nor UV reactive or anything else, what there is instead is top of the line components from the PCB to the resistors.  At it's rated 610W, it is over 80%

Will they be bright enough to firewall Skype?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services.  What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it.  It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging.  More on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

A general use laptop

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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If you drop $4000 on the new Wow laptop, you are not likely to take to too many places where it might get damaged or stolen.  You might even chase away anyone with a drink that comes within 10' of you at a LAN Party.  It isn't going to go on vacation with you, no one else will ever be allowed to touch it and you may even go so far as to handcuff it to yourself if you ever flew somewhere with it.  For those of us who actually want to be able to use the laptop in less than pristine environs, Digital Trends of

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York.  AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses.  Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.

Source: AMD

Overclocking just to reach specs

Subject: Memory | December 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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DDR3 is getting faster, and now that we are seeing DIMMs reaching the 1800MHz range, most boards actually need to be overclocked to reach those speeds.  Without one of the more overclocking friendly boards, you probably won't be able to hit full speed.  X-bit Labs had the chance to try two new modules, and contrast them to the three they have previously seen in the same speed range with a little help from an X38 board.

Source: X-Bit Labs

20" is within your grasp

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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Soyo Group's 20.1in TFT-LCD Monitor 2058 sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to quality.  It's 8ms responses isn't awe inspiring, but should be acceptable in most situations, the 300nit brightness and contrast ratio of 600:1 also place it in the mid range, as does it's 1400x1050 resolution.  Thankfully, it's price also matchesOCIA this regular aspect monito

Source: OCIA

Case modders kit bag

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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Look through this list of case modding tools over at PC Apex.  You should be pleasantly surprised that you can get a nice set of the basic tools for a lot less than you may think.  It is dangerous though, one quick look at the knockout punch or some of the other tools and you may find that you are sprouting all sorts of creative ideas, and a serious desire to head to the hardware store.

Source: PCApex

Comparing your chemical assistants

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking.  The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence.  See which one might become your little helper.

Source: Gideon Tech

ASUS Unleashes the World's First EN8800GT Graphics Card with 1GB of Qimonda GDDR3 On-Board Memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (December 6, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first EN8800GT graphics card with 1GB of Qimonda memory: The EN8800GT/HTDP/1G. Rocking NVIDIA'S latest generation Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and an unparalleled amount of memory, this card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience at ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Source: ASUS

Time to refresh your system

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM |
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Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system.  Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.

Turn any PC into an HTPC with one little stick

Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products. 
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna.  You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t