ATI's Newest Graphics Cards Deliver an Unparalleled Visual Experience and Unmatched Value

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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MARKHAM, Canada — August 23, 2006 — Consumers can now get high-end
performance for gaming and digital entertainment without having to
sacrifice power for cost. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT), a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D
graphics, today launched the Radeon® X1900 XT 256 MB, Radeon X1650 Pro
and Radeon X1300 XT graphics cards, offering the quality and
performance of ATI's highest end cards for unmatched prices.

Source: ATI

Radeon X1950 XTX Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 06:06 AM |
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PC Perspective has just published its review of the new flagship graphics cards from ATI, the X1950 XTX and X1950 CrossFire Edition. Based on a slightly modified R580 GPU core with GDDR4 memory technology, the X1950 XTX has amazingly high memory bandwidth numbers to support the growing number of users with ultra-high resolution displays like the 30" Dell LCD we tested it on.

A keyboard for actual work

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:28 PM |
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Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboards do not tend to make perfect gaming keyboards, there are Bear Claws and such for that.  What they have always done well is a working keyboard, when you are stuck bashing all the keys for 8 hours a day, not just WASD.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a look at the newest incarnation of their Natural series.

Energy Efficiency? We don't need no steenking energy efficiency

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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Some may make the sacrifice, and buy a slightly less powerful, energy efficient version of a processor, or a moblie version of a video card.  If you aren't in that particular category, then Tagan's Turbojet is perfect for you.  Overclock3d reviews this 1.1 KILOWATT power supply.

Source: Overclock3D

16 Schools Named Winners of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2006 — Sixteen elementary and secondary schools across the United States were honored today as recipients of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards.

Forgot to back up you files, here's 3 tools to help

Subject: Storage | August 22, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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Nothing gets your heart racing like a hard drive dying, when the latest backup you did was ... you didn't do a back up?!?
ExtremeTech reviews 3 programs designed to help you get your files back, if the horrible happens.

Source: Extremetech

Showcasing AMD's next generation of processors

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Quad core is coming, and [H] has the slides to prove it.  There is much that is new in these chips, apart from the 4x4 we know about.  Built on 65nm SOI technology, an L3 cache shared between all 4 cores and a clock for each core.  There is a lot more information, so head on over.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Didn't expect to hear this, now did you?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft wants to get coders in to help get Firefox and Thunderbird working on Vista.   As in actually inviting them into their offices, and helping them work with the new Vista kernel and API. 

Source: The Inquirer

SLI is the only thing this board doesn't have

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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The ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP has everything you could possibly want in a motherboard, if you are not planning on buying 2 video cards.  From the layout of the board, to the onboard features, [H]ard|OCP can't really find anything wrong with it.  Head over to check out this overclocking friendly board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI's new TV Tuner

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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The upcoming TV Tuner card from ATI is based on the brand new Theatre 650 Pro processor has quite a few new features.  From supporting SECAM and Digital TV to a 12 bit video decoder, and a lot more.  Drop by HotHardware to see what they thought of the reference model they were sent.

Source: HotHardware

Sneaking a peek at the new Hyper 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2006 - 02:24 PM |
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X-Bit labs has a managed to get a preview of CoolerMasters new Hyper 7, an aluminium heatsink with a 120mm fan and 3 copper heatpipes.  It is compatible with newer LGA775 processors, as well as both s939 and AM-2, though there are some limitations to the way it can be set up on the AMD platforms.

Source: X-Bit Labs

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NFORCE 590 SLI MOTHERBOARD - COMING IN OCTOBER

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (August 21, 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 that their new BFG nForce® 590 SLI™ motherboard will be available in October at leading retailers and e-tailers.

Lots of overclocking headroom on Corsair's new DIMMs

Subject: Memory | August 21, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Corsair's newest EPP XMS modules, the Twin2X 2048-8500C5, have heat spreaders that are fairly skinny, allowing for installation in motherboards with little free space.  With a little over volting, Overclockers Online managed to push the RAM beyond the 1GHz range; Corsair has designed some speedy chips.

What do you call a router that is far more than just a router?

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a wireless router from ASUS, that does a lot more than just connect your network.  For instance, it comes with a 160 Gb IDE harddrive inside, which can be setup up in a RAID if you so wish.  Read the full reivew to find out how much more it can do for you.

Source: TweakTown

More on the way

Subject: Editorial | August 21, 2006 - 12:59 AM |
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The past several weeks have been very hectic around the Shrout household.  Besides the normal work-related time constraints, such as Quad SLI technology review and the much anticipated Asus Crosshair motherboard review, some personal issues crept up that demanded my attention. 


My 10-and-a-half year old golden retriever, Casey, was suddenly ill and required emergency surgery in order to remove something from her intestines that would have been fatal within the next 48 hours (

Sneaking a look at the Zune interface

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 04:19 PM |
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Microsoft's iPod killer, Zune, still has to make an appearance in the plastic, but some have seen at least the interface.  Head to Slashdot for a look at the Zune, and what to expect.

Source: Slashdot

Alienware's Aurora, the sky's the limit

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2006 - 02:22 PM |
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With a 17" display, and over 8lbs, the Alienware Aurora m9700 isn't exactly as mobile as most laptops.   However as Legion PC Gamers proves, it's raison d'etre is pure gaming power.  It's default setup is one Go 7900GS, it is SLI capable, as well as having RAID as an option.  If you need a laptop that can play the latest games at max resolutions, and price is no problem, then take a look at this hot little number.

XT versus Pro, Which X1600 should get your money.

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2006 - 01:17 PM |
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Apart from the Pro running at 500MHz GPU/800MHz RAM, and the XT at 578MHz GPU/1.38GHz RAM, they are the same card.  The XT does tend to be more expensive, and faster, but HotHardware wants to know which is the better bang for your buck.  Handy hint, they are available in both PCIe and AGP.

Source: HotHardware

Free F.E.A.R. Free-for-all

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Hexus has links to the newly announced F.E.A.R. multi-player addon.  Even better, it is a free download!

Source: Hexus

Can it clean the dust bunnies out of my case too?

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:33 AM |
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The Ultimate Troubleshooter undergoes some scrutiny from The Moditory.  With some of the functionality of msconfig, and HijackThis, plus registry info and more, this program puts most of the maintenance you do to your system in one easy interface.  Of course, the programs you use now are probably FOSS, while TuT will cost you about $30, plus yearly subscription fees.

Source: The Moditory