Time to get Medieval

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:22 PM |
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The newest in the Total War series takes us back to medieval times, but it isn't just the same game as the first.  Along with significant graphics improvements, there are new gameplay features that expand your experience.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look.

Source: Gamepyre

Another use for your Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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TweakTown offers an easy way to get an Xbox 360 to play XVID and DIVX videos, without cracking open the shell.  Just a simple tool called TVersity and a bit of time and you are ready to go.

Source: TweakTown

AMD DRIVES NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMPUTING WITH 65NM

Subject: Processors | December 5, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Dec. 5, 2006 - Launching the next generation
of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
transition to 65nm process technology, beginning with the immediate
availability of energy-efficient AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 dual-core desktop
processors
. The move to 65nm process technology enables AMD to produce
more processors on a 300mm wafer, for increased production capacity,
while continuing to aggressively scale performance and reduce power
consumption.

Source: AMD

Palm de-sweater

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 05:35 PM |
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The Logitech Chillstream Gamepad has 2 things going for it.  It is USB based, making it work on both platforms, and the 40mm fan inside will keep your hands cool.  Head over to Techgage to see how it performed.

Source: TECHGAGE

Corsair Expands FB-DIMM Family with Immediate Availability of 2GByte DDR2-667 Fully Buffered DIMMs

Subject: Memory | December 4, 2006 - 04:59 PM |
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Fremont, CA (December 4, 2006) —Corsair® a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Fully Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) family of products to include new high density DDR2-667MHz speeds to support the latest dual-core Intel® Xeon® based platforms. Corsair high density high-speed FB-DIMMs offer enhanced memory throughput allowing for superior application responsiveness.

A peek into the storage room

Subject: Storage | December 4, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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AnandTech has finished talking with some major storage manufacturers, and have compiled what they learned into a 3 page article.  Covering both internal and external storage, as well as a bonus visit to ABIT, you can get a good idea what they are all working on.

Source: AnandTech

Quiet, but not so cool

Subject: Motherboards | December 4, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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HotHardware reviews MSI's K9N SLI board, and really liked the RAID solution, the high speed onboard NIC and the peace and quiet provided by the chipset cooling.  On the other hand, the heat that builds up on the chipset may be one of the things holding this board back for overclockers.

Source: HardwareHell

Intel® Core(TM) Microarchitecture-Based Processor Line-Up Expands to Communications Solutions

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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ITU TELECOM WORLD, Hong Kong, Dec.
4, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced building blocks for
communication servers that deliver enhanced performance
, value and
choice for telecommunications equipment manufacturers and computing
tasks such as call control, mobile location services and subscriber
billing.

The best of the 7950s

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA.  If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.

Source: Madshrimps

The [H]ard|OCP Christmas Systems Guide

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has designed a Consumer Best of the Best Awards, to help you with your Christmas shopping.  They don't tell you what to buy necessarily, but they have a lot of recommendations on the best places to shop for systems online.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Oooh ... Shiny!!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 30, 2006 - 05:22 PM |
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A True Review stumbled upon a very shiny case called the XKROMA.  Not only is the chrome outside spectacular, there are some interesting things going on around back.

Intel Board Elects William Holt Senior Vice President; Three Others Named Corporate Officers

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 04:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has promoted William M. Holt to serve as senior vice president, and also elected Sohail U. Ahmed, Stacy J. Smith and Richard G.A. Taylor as corporate officers.

'These four individuals who've been elected by the board of directors are key to Intel's success,' said Paul S. Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

AMD DEMONSTRATES WORLD'S FIRST NATIVE QUAD-CORE X86 SERVER PROCESSOR

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2006 - 04:24 PM |
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BERKELEY, CALIF. - Nov. 30, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demonstrated
the industry's first native quad-core x86 server processor, achieving
four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon
. At the annual AMD
Industry Analyst Forum, a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(tm) processors (codenamed Barcelona), manufactured on 65nm
silicon-on-insulator process technology, was shown utilizing all 16
cores.

Source: AMD

Steam provides a little surprise

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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The Tech Report noticed something interesting available via Steam this morning, Prey.  If you haven't picked this game up yet, you might find it pretty easy to get now.

New 4x4 models for the new year

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2006 - 12:53 PM |
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Stop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at AMD's dual socket, dual core system.  Each retail package comes with a pair of socket 1207 Opterons, and everyone is benchmarking them to find out if it can put some heat back onto Intel.  You can see Ryan's take at the top of our front page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Looking to buy an electronic friend for Christmas?

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Robots are big for kids and adults right now, and futurelooks took it upon themselves to try out some of the robots that are on the market currently.  They even found the original Robbie the Robot, though that will set you back $50,000.

Source: futurelooks

ECS and the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 28, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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Motherboards.org looks at the very inexpensive KN3-SLI2 from ECS.  The performance is on par with other 680i motherboards, apart from one minor anomaly.  If you are looking to set up an inexpensive SLI system with an AM2 processor, this review may get you started.

Tagan Turbojet & Thermaltake Toughpower, which fits you to a 'T'

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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HotHardware can't overstress the importance of a good power supply, and provide you with some help in getting one.  The Toughpower comes in at 750W with a 14cm fan for cooling, and some nice cable management.  The Turbojet is 1.1kW with a pair of 80mm fans for cooling and a more traditional (non-modular) cable system.  See which is right for you, or skip them both and head straight to Lee's review of the Akasa Power+ 650W.

Source: HotHardware

The sound of gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2006 - 01:24 PM |
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It's hard to recall the days when audio in games barely existed, now that even a PC POSTing has something to say, but they were real.  ExtremeTech takes a quick look back, and then focuses in on the current state of PC audio and what is coming soon.

Source: Extremetech