Making noise at SPCR

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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It was with great trepidation that SPCR fired up the Enermax Galaxy EGA1000EWL-DXX02.  In the search for quiet systems, a kW PSU isn't going to fit in very well, but it will support quad core and quad video card setups, as well as having two sets of electrically isolated 12V transformers, to give it 5 12V rails.  It may not reach the 80% efficiency rating they claim at most power levels, but with essentially no ripple or voltage fluctuation, it is one solid performer. 

Intel Releases Energy Star(R) Implementation Guidelines

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 02:18 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — Intel Corporation announced today that it has released a new implementation guide, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that helps PC manufacturers and system integrators deliver ENERGY STAR*-qualified PCs based on Intel microprocessors and other system components.

techPowerUp! goes wild at CeBit

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 21, 2007 - 01:04 PM |
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techPowerUp! really did the laps at CeBit, I don't think there was a single vendor they didn't hit.

Source: techPowerUp!

Think Max Payne, only shorter

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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You probably haven't heard of Infernal, created by a company called Metropolis Software.  DriverHeaven certainly hadn't before they wrote this review.  It is billed as an HD game, and it's screenshots are certainly good looking.  It fully supports Vista, as well as Ageia PPUs to give you a very interesting gaming experience as you make your way through the story as a fallen angel.  The biggest drawback to the game, apart from it's obscurity, is how short it is.  Hopefully this engine will spawn more game

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Make the first DX10 game

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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FPS Creator is an editor that allows you to make your own FPS games, in DX10.  The Inquirer gives you an overview of what The Game Creators have added in this beta DX10 upgrade.  It is likely to favour nVidia cards, as it has been that graphics company working with them, but not ATI/AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

Time for Creative to live up to it's name

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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Graphics cards are evolving quickly.  No one company can claim to be king of the hill for long, before a competitor replaces them.  The components and slot interface keeps advancing and the newer cards are capable of things earlier generations couldn't have dreamed of.

Fine imported European RAM

Subject: Memory | March 20, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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CellShock and MSC GmbH are probably not names that spring to mind when someone is talking about RAM.  However, they have been active in Europe for over 20 years.  Legit Reviews takes a look at their DDR2 1000 2GB kit.  The DIMMS have a good heatsink, use Micron D9GKX IC's, live on an 8 layer PCB and can hold their own against Corsair. 

Terabyte storage for the desktop

Subject: Storage | March 20, 2007 - 01:30 PM |
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Hitachi has won the race to get terabyte storage to the desktop with their 7K1000.  With 200 GB platters (as opposed to trying to get 250GB ones to work), the seek times are a little slower at 8.5 ms/14ms Silent.  It doesn't slow it down too much, in fact it is pretty quick, but slower on the large files.  Read on at AnandTech to see the future of large scale home storage.

Source: AnandTech

Too much of a bling thing?

Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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On one hand you have the full featured ASUS Striker Extreme, with blinking LEDs and LCDs, more features than you can shake a stick at and heat pipes running every which way.  On the other hand is the ASUS P5N-E SLI, without the fancy add-ons and the same solid chipset at less than 1/2 the price.

The Killer NIC's little brother

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC.  They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth.  A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper.  Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.

Source: Extremetech

Keeping old skool, graphically

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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Can't be bothered to deal with all this newfangled PCIe stuff?  Maybe you can't justify replacing your entire system just to get a new graphics card, but still want to run some of the newer games?  This review at Hardware Upgrade may be perfect for you, the X1950Pro in AGP!

OCZ gets into mind reading

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future.  Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well.  Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.

Source: Madshrimps

The fans are big, but what else can they do?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2007 - 01:26 PM |
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AeroCool's AeroEngine JR, AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T, and AeroCool Zero are all up for review at X-bit Labs.  Although all 3 sport very large fans to help with the cooling, there were some issues discovered during installation and usage.  Drop by to find out if one of these cases is right for you, or if you are better off looking elsewhere.

Source: X-Bit Labs

[H]ard|OCP does SXSW

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 19, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP went South by South West to get a look at some of the new and cool coming up in the entertainment industry.  The pairing of mobile phones and video games was a big topic, as was HD DVDs and the X-box.  Drop by for a look at what is new when it comes to entertaining yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

5 fixes for "known issues"

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces.  They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.

Source: Extremetech

Interview with Moderator Niner

Subject: Editorial | March 17, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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Well, it's Saturday morning. I've waited to publish another interview because, frankly, we are running out of interviews!

I may have to beg you interested readers to cajole, bother, harass and just plain threaten your favorite Mod to step up to the booth and be interviewed! I currently have a few more in the can, but not more than 3!!

I may just start a poll in here to help Mods realize they need to be interviewed.

Friday forum fun

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM |
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A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer.  Help him out in this thread.  In this year the old Intel vs.

A budget professional monitor

Subject: Displays | March 16, 2007 - 01:15 PM |
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The Samsung SyncMaster XL20 undergoes the scrutiny of The Tech Zone, as they find out how well LED technology works as a light source in an LCD monitor.  With much better colour reproduction than is found in most monitors and good brightness, this is less an expensive gaming LCD and more a cheap way to get a professional quality monitor.  It even comes with a hood to let you work w

Peeking into Bearlake

Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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DigiTimes now has Part 1 and Part 2 of their look at the upcoming chipset family from Intel, Bearlake.  In Part 1 they look at the main chipset, the P35 which supports DDR3 memory up to 1333MHz and will be the chipset for the soon to appear 45nm CPUs, Wolfdale (C2D) and Yorkfield who will be the quad core version.  In part 2 they look at the G33, similar to the P35 but with DX9 onboard graphics, the X38 which will replace the
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A more flexible architecture

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan.  By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one.  There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.

Source: The Inquirer