Press Release: Corsair Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kit

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2006 - 03:36 PM |
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The TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR is designed to unleash performance of the new NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based platform. Built using RAMs that pass Corsair's aggressive speed screening process, the new DDR2-9136 DOMINATOR is the world's only production-ready memory rated at 1142MHz. In performance benchmark testing at third-party review sites, many of these modules have been reported delivering up to 1200MHz of performance when overclocked.

ADRIANNE CURRY AND NVIDIA UNVIEL WORLD'S FIRST REAL-TIME VIRTUAL CELEBRITY

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2006 - 03:18 PM |
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HOLLYWOOD, CA-NOVEMBER 08, 2006- In a move that is sure to send waves
through Hollywood, model and television star Adrianne Curry and the
worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, NVIDIA
Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), have announced today they have teamed up to
create the world's first real-time, virtual celebrity. This breakthrough,
which is enabled by NVIDIA's new flagship graphics technology, will allow
'stars' to create and license detailed replicas of their likeness without
ever having to make a physical appearance or take a photograph.

Source: Email

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE BFG NVIDIA® NFORCE® 680i SLI(TM) MOTHERBOARD

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (November 8, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® nForce® 680i SLI™ performance motherboard.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE WORLDS FIRST GRAPHICS CARDS WITH DIRECTX 10 SUPPORT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (November 8, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTX 768MB PCI Express™ and BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI Express™ graphics cards, the first with Microsoft® DirectX® 10 support.


BFG TECH ANNOUNCES SINGLE SLOT BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTX WATER COOLED EDITION GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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'PC Enthusiasts and gamers looking for a single slot, SLI ready solution on the latest hardware can order a BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX water cooled card and get the best water cooling in the business from BFG and Danger Den' said Scott Herkelman, EVP of marketing at BFG Technologies.

HDD enclosure that even supports serial attached SCSI

Subject: Storage | November 7, 2006 - 04:58 PM |
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The SSI SI-1168SAS HDD-ROM is a mouthful, but a very handy one.  Easily installable in a 5.25" bay and with a good locking system, it isn't likely to walk away on you, and it will also extend the life of the drive with it's 40mm fan.  Top that off with rubber feet to keep the noise down and it's easy to see why Hi-tech reviews likes this device.

Squeeze a full ATX board into 90mm

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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The Thermaltake Mozart Sx Slim HTPC case uses some innovative ideas to let you fit a full ATX board, and even a normal 1 slot PCIe video card in a tiny area.  hardCOREware has posted a full review of this well made HTPC case.

Source: hardCOREware

BioWare to Integrate AGEIA PhysX Technology into Next-Generation Eclipse Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 7,
2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in
hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that BioWare Corp.
is integrating AGEIA PhysX™ technology into its next-generation
BioWare Eclipse Engine™ for PCs and next-generation consoles
. BioWare
chose AGEIA PhysX for its unmatched physics capabilities and its
straightforward implementation across multiple platforms.

Source: AGEIA

A revealing PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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Enclosing the top of a PSU in see through acrylic makes the Apevia ATX-IB 680W PSU very unique.   Don't worry about the choice of materials, it does conform to "ATX12V v2.2 spec. Stating that in the event of a catastrophic failure the
unit must protect from Flame, Charred PCB, emission of molten material, and others
".  MODTHEBOX puts it to the test, to find out if it is as stable as it is attractive.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Goof thing there's no shortage of virtual Lego

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP sits back and enjoys some old school Star Wars, with the second installment of Lego Star Wars.  Available on Xbox, Xbox360 and PC, they opted for the Xbox360 version, but the plot can't really change, now can it?  Great screenshots are just a click away.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adobe flashes Mozilla

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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Firefox continues to grow, first working directly with Microsoft on Vista compatibility, and now Adobe has handed them the keys to ActionScript.  Read more at Slashdot, about what this means for Firefox in the near future.

Source: Slashdot

ATI X1950 Issue: CrossFire and Standard Card Render Differently?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2006 - 07:00 PM |
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While doing some more game testing for an upcoming review, I came upon an issue that seemed quite confusing.  While playing Prey, the new Doom 3 engine game from HumanHead Software and 3D Realms, I noticed that in at least one case, the X1950 XTX card I was using scored the same when set at 2xAA and at 4xAA.  Looking back at my review of the X1950 XTX card, specifically the Prey gaming section, I did not test the non-AA or lower-AA setti

The Saga of Intel and AMD

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2006 - 03:56 PM |
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PC Mechanic takes a look at the recent history of the CPU, starting around the turn of the millennium.  Back in the heady days when Intel's BX chipset ruled the world, until AMD managed to break 1.0 GHz first.  They also include a link to a previous article discussing the more distant past.

Source: PC Mechanic

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