Team Fortress 2 is coming

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Go to TECHGAGE, watch the movie, and then wait patiently for TF2 to be released.

"We've just posted the latest trailer from Valve. This time it's of the upcoming Team Fortress 2, and it weighs in at 218MB (WMV HD)."

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Tech Talk

Source: TECHGAGE

Does Vista have game?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at the most obvious reason people will want to upgrade to Vista, the gaming improvements.  New and improved minsweeper, not to mention chess games all come with Vista too.

Socket 939 roundup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 05:19 PM |
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The Tech Lounge wants to help you get a little more life out of your s939 system.  By rounding up all the heatsinks they can find and comparing them, they'll help you buy one of the best ones, tweak your multiplier up a bit.  Overclock it far enough, and you might even feel like you have a new system.

"AM2 has revitalized AMD's K8 architecture. Core 2 has spurred the competition fiercely. Socket 939

has lost its leg up. Or has it?

Overdrawn at the capacitor bank

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Madshrimps look at 2 products from Clever Power, a CPU stabilizer and a VGA booster.  Both are essential huge banks of capacitors, which massage the electrical flow to your components into a perfect sine wave.  If you are having random power related problems, you owe it to yourself to check these out.

Source: Madshrimps

General Purpose GPU?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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While tooling around in ATI's newest driver, Beyond3D noticed something a little odd, the GPGPU.  Take a visit and find out what they discovered.

"Using R580 and with unique device IDs of 724E and 724F, at least as far as the Linux driver is

concerned and confirmed on ATI's vendor ID page, these FireStream products appear to be distinct

boards with R580, but with a different purpose than 3D graphics acceleration."

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Source: Beyond3D

Gigabyte adds speed to their reputation

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo.  They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability.  That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Secure browsing, without installing anything

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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The next time you find yourself browsing on a pubic terminal, the creator of Browsar hopes you will use his program to keep your surfing secret.  A tiny download that overlays IE, and deletes any cookies, passwords or autocomplete information you may have left behind.  The Inquirer has a link to this little program, perhaps a way to avoid identity theft.

Source: The Inquirer

Complete Core 2 Duo system for those on a budget

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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AnandTech reviews the PC Club Enpower Sabre Extreme, a Core 2 Duo system with 1Gb of RAM, a 19' LCD, a 250Gb hard drive, a 7900 GT and more.  At $1,400 it won't empty your wallet as badly as some other new systems will, so take a look to see if it's what you want.

Source: AnandTech

You'd better not need this just for your "picture" collection

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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Using VIA mini-ITX boards, Capricorn is now selling racks with an incredibly high amount of storage.  At 3TB per 1U node, 120TB per 19 inch rack, you will not run out of storage sapce anytime soon, and it will probably make a really good space heater as well.  Find out more from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsairs DHX, and why you should care

Subject: Memory | August 30, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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Legit Reviews posted a slide show from Corsair on their new DHX technology for their RAM, and an interview with John Beekely, Corsair's VP of Applications Engineering.  Find out just how they got PC2-8888 into production, which runs at 1111MHz, with 4-4-4-12 timings.

She just keeps going and going and going ...

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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In the 7th installment of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft makes her appearance on the Xbox360.  [H]ard|OCP takes on the onerous task of playing through the game to make sure the animation and ...er physics standards are up to par.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Waiting for the new wireless standard

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles.  While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out.  Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.

Source: AnandTech

Pushing the limits of MP3 players ... or sanity?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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The people at DailyCE are as confused as I am over the soon to be released MP3 player, the Vibex from Trekstor.  With a remote control and an FM Tuner, a docking station and more, you have to wonder if we are going a little overboard.  Mind you this is the company that also proudly proclaims to have made the world's most expensive MP3 player:
"The casing of the organix is cast in 750 gold (18 karat) and adorned with 63 diamonds (one-karat)"

Source: DailyCE

Get your red hot ATI cards here

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 05:23 PM |
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The card that holds the title of best bang for you buck is on Pricegrabber.  Don't limit yourself to just reading the reviews and looking at the benchmarks, get your own X1950 XTX for $485.69, and support your favourite tech site on the net at the same time.

If you need some extra money to get it, why not sell some of your older components at the Trading Post!

Viiv versus AMD Live, just your standard battle for dominance

Subject: Systems | August 29, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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HTPC's are quickly becoming a common thing, so Intel and AMD have decided to each offer their own standards.  They take 2 very different approaches, Intel's is to only allow pre-made machines to carry the Viiv label, while AMD has made a list of approved components, so you can choose between buying a complete system, or building your own.  TweakTown has gathered a lot of information on this battle to rule the Digital Home.

Source: TweakTown

New High-End Intel(R) Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership

Subject: Processors | August 29, 2006 - 02:32 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006
— Intel Corporation
today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon® 7100
series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously
codenamed 'Tulsa,' the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series
delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise
applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family
also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated
energy costs.

OCZ Makes Use of Voltage eXtreme Technology to Shatter DDR2 Speed Records

Subject: Memory | August 29, 2006 - 02:12 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-August 29, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the exciting unveiling of the PC2-9000 Ti Alpha VX2 DFI Special
Edition, an exclusively engineered series of memory optimized for the new
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R.


More info on ATI's latest volley

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 01:51 PM |
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The new chip from ATI, the R580, and it's new flagship card, the X1950 XTX are up for review at Beyond3D.  They focus on inprovements from the last ATI card, and do their best to max out this powerful card. 

Source: Beyond3D

Not the size, but how you use it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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The Ultra Grid case may seem tiny, at 19.5" deep, 7.5" wide and 16.7" tall, but don't let it's size fool you.  This motherboard will fit ATX boards, and even comes with 2 120mm fans.  Drop by Pro-Clockers for the full review of this compact, well laid out case.

I think this might count as masochism

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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Vista RC-1 can be yours, if you are one of the first 100,000 people to downlaod it from Microsoft.  Get yours today, and you can be beta-testing Microsoft's newest in no time.  The Inquirer has the link on this page.

Source: The Inquirer