HTPC with Vista and HDMI HDCP

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 05:22 PM |
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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.

Source: TweakTown

Sittin' on the dock by the bay

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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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?

Source: OCMODSHOP

Polywell gets another look

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 02:11 PM |
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The first Polywell system that [H] reviewed was a powerful SFF system, which has gone out of date for 2007.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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Announced

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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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.

AMD Delivers the ultimate mobile graphics performance with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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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.

Source: AMD

CES 2007 - Part 7 (Party Crasher Edition)

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 18, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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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.

802.11N, who needs steenking N?

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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[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."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dual transformers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2007 - 06:03 PM |
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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.

7950GT versus the X1900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2007 - 03:45 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Burning Crusade launch party, from the other side

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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If you dream of living the good life working at a game store, you should read this cautionary tale from OCMODSHOP.  One of their members was working on the night WoW: Burning Crusade was released.  See what the night was like, from the other side of the counter.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Corsair Augments Flash Readout USB Product Family with 4GB and 8GB Capacities

Subject: Storage | January 17, 2007 - 12:48 PM |
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Fremont, CA (January 17, 2007) — Corsair®,

CES 2007 - Part 7

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 17, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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OCIA has gathered every picture they have of CES 2007 into a multi-page tour.  Covering not only the new gear unveiled, but booths and a tour of Las Vegas.  This not your average travel slide show.

Source: OCIA

The news from Intel

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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Ars Technica has gathered news of Intel into an article you can find here.  AMDs profit was hit by the price wars of 2006, and Intel did not get off any easier.  On a more positive note, there were samples of the 45nm cores and new of some sell offs.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel 45nm Process Running Ahead of Schedule

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2007 - 08:52 PM |
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We got the news during CES that the 45nm shrink of Core 2 Duo, code named Penryn, was already up and running, and booting Windows XP on its first revision of silicon.  Well tonight I have news that the Penryn processors have in fact been able to boot Windows Vista, Linux and Apple Max OS-X as well!  Getting a brand new processor spin on a brand new process technology (first 45nm from Intel) running this stable so early paints a good picture on Intel's future into 2007 as Intel is probably going to b

Get behind the wheel

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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The Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel for the XBox360 is definitely aimed at enthusiasts.  The wheel itself, and the foot pedals that come with it are scaled to almost life-size, so you don't end up feeling like you are driving a mini-kart when racing in Project Gotham or other hit titles, and the paddle shifters and normal Xbox buttons are within easy reach.  Of course, the $150 price tag may limit the number of interested parties.  [H]ard|OCP has the full review if you are interested in putting the peda

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dell/Futuremark performance competition!

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 04:03 PM |
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The spoils go to the fastest.  In this case, be a US resident, and get the best 3DMark06 score with Futuremark approved drivers and win a Dell 30" Ultrasharp widescreen flat panel monitor.  Follow this link for all the details.

Source: Dell

A pair of cases from Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2007 - 03:24 PM |
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X-bit Labs does a Thermaltake two-fer.  Under examination are the Armor Jr., is a slightly scaled down Armor and the Aguila, a new design.  The Armor is made of steel, which adds to the weight and stability, but gone are the detachable cages and modular front panel.  The Aguila design incorporates interesting styling as extra ventilation.  Both are worthy homes for good systems, so drop by and check them out.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Quad SLI from Gigabyte and ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2007 - 01:07 PM |
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Gigabyte United, which is a joint venture from Gigabyte and ASUS, have announced the GA-N680SLI-DQ6, a board that natively supports Quad SLI and Core 2 Quad-Core processors.  There isn't  a lot of information, but you can glean a little more from this Gigabyte press release.

Source: Digitimes

CES 2007 - Part 6

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 16, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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PC Stats has gathered all of their scoops and observations from CES 2007 under this link.  From OCZ to Bluetooth keyboards, they saw it all and are sharing their pictures.  Go check it out.

Source: PCStats

The Venice Project gets a new name Joost in time

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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KaZaA and Skype co-founders have some together to provide free TV content to the masses.  The only catch is that there will be commercials, which are quite familiar to most people who watch TV in the first place.  The Tech Report has more on Joost and it's competitors on their front page.