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Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BIOS beep codes driving you nuts? Even worse, is your system speaker dead, and you don't even know what beep code is playing? OCIA has posted a review of Soyo's TechAID, a PCI card with LEDs that is supposed to display the error code associated with whatever is traumatizing your motherboard. Read on to find out if it does it's job well, or if it's just better to invest in a motherboard that has a display built into it.
Subject: Memory | June 7, 2007 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H] got a sneak peek of some really impressive RAM from Corsair. The timings aren't really that impressive, 10-10-10-24, but the 1000MHz clock speed is fantastic! They've got benchmark pictures you have to see to believe.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2007 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ThermalTake has updated their most popular case series with the new Soprano DX. The old 120mm in the back has been dropped in favour of a 140mm fan at the front of the case, offering a definite improvement in cooling performance. The only real drawback that X-Bit Labs found was that with the included fastening clips, you can't install dual-slot PCI cards, but it isn't to hard to implement a solu
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP offers a pictorial tour of Computex, that spans their entire first day. You can see the booths, the booth babes and even an occasional shot of some new technology. Head over and enjoy all the sights of Computex, the only thing you will have to read are the signs and displays.
Ryan is also there, and has posted pictures of some really cool gear, don't miss out.
Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security. They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of. For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it. This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute? If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse? As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.
Subject: Storage | June 6, 2007 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been having fun with Corsair's Survivor GT USB drive. Packaged in an aluminium tube with rubberized ends, it looks like a piece of camping equipment, but inside that shell is an 8GB thumb drive. They dunked it in water, strapped it to the bottom of a mountain bike, and in a last desperate move to inflict some sort of damage, they ran over it with a car. The Survivor now has a couple of small s
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on. The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage. As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact. They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is also the VIA Technology Forum, and VIA Arena is there. The focus is on low power consumption, less size and weight and a lower cost, something they call PC 2.0. There are slides from the keynote speeches, the new Mobile-ITX form factor and looks at the future of mobile, and ultra mobile, computing.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently. What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card. Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well. The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan - June 5th, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is exhibiting a number of exciting prototypes and live technology at this year's Computex.
Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MIAMI - June 5, 2007 - To ensure the ultimate entertainment experience right
from your living room, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - has introduced
the new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center.
Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's move to 65nm has brought the opportunity to provide big power savings via their new Brisbane processors. The two dual core models, the BE-2350
which runs at 2.1GHz and the
BE-2300 at 1.9GHz
both have 64K of L1 instruction space, and 64K of L1 data cache per core. The L2 has a 512KB cache for each core as well, so there has been no real reduction there. Drop by HotHardware for a look at how well they managed to reduce power and heat, and also make sure to
Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2007 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ThinkPad series has been updated with new models, the T61 & R61 as well as the X61 & X61s. XYZ Computing has had the pleasure of trying out both the ultra mobile X61s as well as the larger X61. They include all of the features you would expect the successor of the X60 series to have, as well as some handy new features. Not to mention updated hardware.
Subject: Chipsets | June 5, 2007 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.
The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2007 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked has been pushed to a 650MHz core, and 1125MHz memory. It is a case of nVIDIA competing with it's self, so it's no surprise that nVIDIA still has the fastest card out there. If you are dying to be able to enable those last few settings like 16xQAA at huge resolutions, then the review at PureOverclock is right up your alley.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2007 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Start off your look at what everyone who could make it to Taipei gets to see at HotHardware. This particular look focuses on ASUS and MSI, and some pretty snazzy looking motherboards. You also get a look at a nice dual GPU AMD 2600 card.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year. They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try. They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it. If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!