3 way i975X battle

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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DriverHeaven takes a Intel Core2 X6800 and benchmarks it on motherboards from Abit, DFI and Intel.  Read their review to see if sticking with Intel's own board is still the way to go, or if one of the other 2 manufacturers can do better.

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Ready for a change of phase?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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When watercooling just doesn't cut it anymore, many turn to Thermoelectric cooling, like the CoolIt Systems Freezone Peltier, that Lee just reviewed.  The other choice, at least without breaking out the liquid nitrogen, is to borrow technology from refrigerators, and get into phase changing.  WaterCooling 101 has just published a guide to phase change cooling, and explain what it is and how you go about doing it.

Decent performance at a decent price

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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With a little bargain hunting, the 3 cards that t-break benchmarks are all within shouting distance of $200.  None of them will be breaking records, but they are up to date, and all 3 sport Dual-DVI for larger LCD screens.  You could also think about SLI/Crossfire.

Source: t-break

Valve's belief in fully loaded cores

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2006 - 02:31 PM |
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Not content with just one core being run at 100%, Valve now plans to fully utilize 2 or 4 cores in it's games, depending on which chip you have.  [H]ard|OCP has a lot of info on how Valve plans to implement multi-core threading in it's games, and this includes giving entire cores to AIs so your enemies will truly be working in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD BRINGS NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS TO THE APPLET POWER MAC G5R QUAD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2006 - 01:48 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 6, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI
Radeon(r) X1900 G5 Mac(r) Edition, a next-generation graphics card that
combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D
game performance. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition represents a
high-performance PCI Express graphics upgrade card for the Power Mac G5
Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual
.

Source: AMD

Intel and Micron Announce Advancements in NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture

Subject: Memory | November 6, 2006 - 01:47 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc., today announced they are ahead of schedule on their development of the NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies.

We thrive on audience participation

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 05:50 PM |
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This week on the forums, a member's computer appeared to have been taken over by a special effect from the Matrix, and now all his games and even his desktop display his video card's cries of pain.  Another member is having some issues with installing WinXP on a RAID-0 on an A8N-SLI after a BIOS update.  Even just a quick visit to our storage forum, and BWM will teach you more about hard drives than you m

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Patroit joins the DDR2-1066 crowd

Subject: Memory | November 3, 2006 - 04:31 PM |
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AnandTech reviews Patriot's PDC22G8500ELK, with a pair of 1GB DDR2-1066 modules.  Based on Micron D chips, these modules can get up to 1092, but fail when pushed to 1100.  Overall, you get a good deal for your $350.

Source: AnandTech

EAX2.0 onboard, or not?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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The Tech Report does some serious investigation into 2 onboard EAX2 solutions, Analog Devices' AD1988B codec and Realtek's ALC882D.  This testing was initiated because of a White Paper published by Analog Devices, based on testing done by Creative.  Find out just how well onboard EAX2 really does work.

Halo 3 Pre-orders anyone?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Hexus isn't getting to much into the rumour mongering, but they do know a couple of things about the upcoming Halo3 release that are pretty much confirmed.  It is available for pre-order, there are at least 2 new weapons, and if you order the Legendary edition, you get a replica Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet.

Source: Hexus

The great JPEG wars have ended

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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Forgent wanted $1 billion, but they have settled for a measly $8 million, in what looks to be a move to end the case quickly.  The large PC making companies being sued had convinced the judge to review Forgent's patent, which if it was overturned would cost Forgent a huge amount in royalties it already collects from 60 different companies, like camera makers.  More about the settlement and the cases history can be found at CNET.

Razer tries to do for keyboards what it did for mice

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Razer did a very good job with their gaming mice, and are trying to apply their skills to gaming keyboards with the Tarantula.   Drop by XYZ computer for a look at it.

The Hypersonic Boom is caused by the money flying out of your wallet.

Subject: Systems | November 2, 2006 - 03:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Hypersonic Sonic Boom OCX, a hard core gaming system.  The bad new is the price tag, at $3400.00, but the good news is that it gets you a Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz), 2GB of Mushkin RAM and a GeForce 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card.  As [H] finds by the end of their experience, you do get your money's worth if you can afford it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A big case with a watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2006 - 02:44 PM |
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The Thermaltake Kandalf has been redesigned with a liquid cooling system and given a LCS moniker.  Tweaknews was really impressed with the original design, and it seems this new incarnation has learned a lot from it's predecessor.

Source: Tweaknews

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to
enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets
through Intel® Viiv
™ technology-based PCs, making the games more
enjoyable and accessible than ever before.

Party at the Kentsfield Quad

Subject: Processors | November 2, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Quad core, in the form of dual Core 2 Duo's on a single substrate.  4 cores in a single LGA775 socket, that will be compatible with at least some of the Core 2 Duo motherboards currently on the market.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at some really impressive CPU scores in 3DMark06.

Vista's release is just over the horizon

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer believes they have tracked down someone who knows when Vista will be released.  The RTM (Release To Manufacturer) should be out mid-month, giving Dell, HP and others the chance to get Vista installed on pre-built systems.  It does seem like a tight time-line to get those PCs in stores for Christmas.

Source: The Inquirer

OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream with 850 Watt

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 1, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the
GameXStream family
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More on the GeForce 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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A week before it's release, DigiTimes has posted the specs for the 2 flavours of 8800 that will be released on Nov. 8th.  Read on for a good look at what these cards are made with.

Source: Digitimes

It's big, fast, reliable and here for the long haul

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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The Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB SATA HDD runs at a full 3GB/sec transfer, and is based on the new perpendicular recording technology.  HotHardware finds that the 7200.10 is still slightly faster than this drive, but also point out that until this new Barracuda Enterprise drives were built to last, not built for speed.  This new Seagate HDD is built for both.

Source: HotHardware