Why we want Wii

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation.  Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves.  Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Set a fire underneath your tree

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems.  Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.

Source: HotHardware

VIA Announces Comprehensive Support for Microsoft Robotics Studio

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 13 December 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced full support for Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new Windows-based environment that simplifies the creation of robotics applications, across all VIA processor platforms and the acclaimed range of ultra compact VIA EPIA mainboards.  Whether for academic, hobbyist or commercial robots, the flexible VIA EPIA mainboards powering Microsoft Robotics Studio makes development

Source: VIA Arena

Can VIA get back in the game

Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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With the introduction of nForce2, VIA has an immense hurdle to overcome to position itself as attractive to gamers.  The Foxconn motherboard that TweakTown recently reviewed implies that they may be thinking in a different direction.  The board is as stable as it is inexpensive, and with an AM2 Sempron, you almost have most of a system built without breaking the $100 mark.

Source: TweakTown

Getting in the game for <$100

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality.  Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values.  If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Handy kit to quiet a PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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MODTHEBOX continues their review of 7zoneUSA's DIY kits.  From fan adapters to upsize heatsink fans from 70 to 120mm, to ducting and rubber fixings and silica gaskets, 7zoneUSA has everything you could possibly need to increase cooling and reduce noise.  They will even sell you a stylish blue anti-static wrist strap, for those who are into them.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Well, isn't that special

Subject: Displays | December 12, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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There is a bit of trouble in the world of displays and TVs.  It starts with

Source: Digitimes

Futuremark comic strip competition

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Get your creative juices flowing, FUTUREMARK is having a competition.  Head over and download the blank template, and get to work creating a comic strip, however you feel like.  You have until the 22nd to submit your comic, and the prize winners will be announced on the 28th.  First prize is an Alienware Area-51 M5750.

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Source: FUTUREMARK

Corsair Announces Immediate Availability of the New 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives

Subject: Storage | December 12, 2006 - 11:34 AM |
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Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) — Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, expanded its lineup of the award-winning Flash VoyagerTM USB2.0 drives to include new 16GB capacities.

AMD AND IBM DETAIL EARLY RESULTS USING IMMERSION AND ULTRA LOW-K IN 45NM CHIPS

Subject: Processors | December 12, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device
Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) presented
papers describing the use of immersion lithography, ultra-low-K
interconnect dielectrics, and multiple enhanced transistor strain
techniques for application to the 45nm microprocessor process
generation.

Source: AMD

A pair of handy NAS boxes

Subject: Storage | December 11, 2006 - 05:16 PM |
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HotHardware reviews a pair of NAS boxes from QNAP.  The  TS-101 can function as a print server, as well as handling one drive, either ATA or SATA.  The TS-201 can't handle SATA, but it does fit a pair of drives, up to 1.5 Tb and it can do RAID 1 and 0.

Source: HotHardware

Professional Power Providers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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The ultimate providers of power supplies has been PC Power & Cooling.  With the new power hungry components that are popping up in high end systems everywhere, they went and made a new series of PSU.  Bjorn3D reviewed their newest, the 1kW-SR.  With a .98 Power Factor and 3 12V lines (two 18 amp and one 36 amp) you won't run short on juice.

Source: Bjorn3D

3 Christmas system recommendations

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500.  With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they've covered all your techie friends.

Mouse reviews taken to the next level

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark.  Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds.  His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy.  Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.

"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse

benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...

Source: Hexus

Killer NIC for Christmas, or not?

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP is trying to put the discussions over whether the BigFoot Killer NIC is worth it.  At a cost comparable with a good video card upgrade (but not a great one), you would expect to see some improvement in your experience.  It turns out that you might well be happy with it, if you play the right games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another good week to be a PC Perspective member

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 06:53 PM |
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This week on the forums a lot of handy advice was generated from a hard disk that went bad.  Just about every step you can take before finally formatting appears, so check it out.  Another user is having difficulty with getting a network of 34 PCs to stream video from a server.  If you are in the mood for a new Anti-virus program, there is advice on alternatives to AVG.  Grounding and static

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CrossFire without a master card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card.  By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?

You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!

Source: TweakTown

Lian-Li tries a few new tricks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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TechPowerUp! reviews the PC-A10B from Lian-Li, a case built for watercooling.  From a top intake fan placed to cool a radiator to the pair of knockouts in the back to allow tubing to run into and out of the case.  Read the full review of this good looking case here.

Source: techPowerUp!

Crysis fly through

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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Tanks and chainguns on a tropical island, what more do you need?  Check out HEXUS.tv for a good look at the world of Crysis.

"Following our recent Crysis gameplay and interview videos on HEXUS.tv, we bring you a fly through video of the

game world."

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Source: Hexus

Sony's got the blues

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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Blu-Ray isn't doing so well.  Sony's new format seems to have reminded people of previous failed attempts by the company to introduce new formats, and they aren't buying it.  Add to that Microsoft and HP's backing of HD DVD, dual sided/dual format DVDs and a cheaper price, and it isn't looking good for Sony.  Digital Trends has gathered more information into an article.