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Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the advent of Blu-ray and HD DVD, HD playback is becoming important. Hardware Zone takes a look at how the 2 major players in the graphics field handle H.264, the main MPEG-4 codec. Read on to find out about the CPU load you can expect without proper support for HD acceleration, and the difference in frame quality.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2007 - 10:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has just released the A8Jr notebook, based on the Radeon X2300. It is build to run Intel Core 2 Duo Processors on the 945PM Express Chipset. It will be powerful enough to handle Vista's Aero interface, if you are planning on switching to Vista, and is indeed the first to utilize the mobile Radeon X2300.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 â€” The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of LinuxÂ® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 09:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks. If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digitimes has a full list of the processors from AMD, and the expected price changes. The top of the line FX series are unchanged, but dual core processors have dropped in price. Semprons have dropped below $50, for those looking for inexpensive PCs.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ever thought about trying open office, for yourself or maybe for a small company? Read on to get an idea of experiences forum members have had. Need some advice on setting up an FTP server? No problems! You can even stream for yourself, from your PC to an XBox360. 64 bit OSs are getting more mature, but what is the best Anti
Subject: Processors | January 19, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews invested the significant amount of money it takes to build a QuadFX system, and overclocked it as far as they could. At 3.1GHz the system leveled out, so that is the speed the used in comparative benchmarks with the QX6700. Even though the performance did increase, can it possibly reduce the performance gap, especially when you consider the $200 difference in CPU price as well as the motherboard.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 09:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP picked up the new Wii title, "Wario Ware: Smooth Moves", without any expectations of enjoying it. As it turns out, this huge assortment of mini-games provided them with a lot of fun. Read the review, and you might just agree with them, this could actually be a lot of fun.
"I have to admit that I was skeptical of Wario Ware: Smooth Moves. The demo looked stupid, the box looked stupid, and the art
looked stupid too.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 19, 2007 - 08:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has even more pictures from CES 2007, 8 pages of them. Everyone gets some coverage, from new Creative Zens, to AMD's Better by Design to OCZ's display in the Bellagio hotel. Read on for even more reasons to be jealous of those who made it to the show.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 08:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't open any emails titled "230 dead as storm batters Europe.", or you will find yourself the recipient of a Trojan-bearing attachment. CNET reports on a virus that has just appeared, trying to take advantage of people's curiosity. Since the storms only hit Europe on Friday, this is a very quickly appearing virus.
Subject: Memory | January 18, 2007 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-January 18, 2007- With the goal of providing their latest
proprietary technology to every enthusiast, OCZ Technology Group, a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today launched the OCZ PC2-6400 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, the mainstream
edition of the recently released DDR2-1150 memory part.
Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte shows off their sense of style with the outside design of the H971 HTPC system. On the inside, it is powered by a E6400 Core 2 Duo and 1GB DDR2-533 on a Gigabyte 8IBGNBX-RH (Intel G965). The graphics are powered by a silent Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS, with an HDMI port, and is HDCP compliant. Drop by TweakTown for a full review of this powerful, pre-built HTPC.
Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Vantec Piano 101 laptop dock is up for review at OCMODSHOP. It contains a fan for additional cooling, 2.1 stereo speakers and USB 2.0 ports, among other handy add-ons. Since it only weighs 3lbs, it can actually be part of your kit on the road, although it may be a bit large to stick in your laptop bag.
"Let's take a look a Vantec's new laptop station: the Piano 101. Piano? I am a veteran pianist, but what do speakers, fans, and
ports have to do with a classical instrument? Perhaps the great sound?
Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first Polywell system that [H] reviewed was a powerful SFF system, which has gone out of date for 2007. Now they return, and order a Core 2 Duo E6400/7900 GT system with 2 GB of Kingston 667MHz DDR2. As is [H]'s habit, Polywell gets a complete review, not just their system, but the ordering process straight through to the tech support.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 10:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 17, 2007 — Three hundred high school seniors today were named as semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The STS, America's oldest and most prestigious science competition, is often called the "Junior Nobel Prize." Each of the 300 Intel STS semifinalists receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools, resulting in $600,000 in total awards.
Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 09:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is ushering in a new era of high performance mobile gaming with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900 available today inside the Alienware Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook. The Mobility Radeon X1900 features an ultra-threaded 3D architecture that radically improves high definition video playback, video game performance, and display enhancements for all of today's mobile entertainment; allowing professionals, enthusiasts and gamers alike to achieve a superior visual experience.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 18, 2007 - 09:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to the Tech Zone, you can get some tips on how to make it into CES parties. You can also see the huge gallery of photos they took at the parties. Head on over and see what you missed.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 09:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP links to a story on some amazingly fast wireless. 6 gigbits a second isn't quite the wired record of 14 terabits, but it certainly beats current standards.
"CSIRO researchers have announced that they have achieved a six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection.
That is fast enough to download almost 10 DVDs a minute. Wow."
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've got dual GPUs, and dual cores, so why not dual transformers? The Tagan EasyCon XL 700W that SPCR reviews has just that, to go with the quad 12V rails. Each can handle up to 20A (56A total) and 672W are devoted to those 12V lines. There were a few issues discovered along the lines, so keep reading before you run out and buy one.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting around the $300 mark are 2 cards, one from nVidia and one from ATI and [H]ard|OCP has put them in a head to head contest. The 7950GT is based on the 90nm G71 core with 24 pixel shaders, 8 vertex shaders, and 16 ROPs with a clock speed of 550 MHz, and a 512 MB of 1.4 GHz DDR. The ATI offering has a faster core and double the pixel shaders, but only half the memory. Find out if there is a clear winner.