Gigabyte's second Aurora

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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It's a big sturdy aluminum case, with built in features to make it easier to setup watercooling.  The Guru of 3D is quiet impressed by the Aurora 570, since they like the extra space.  It makes it easier to install the parts, and you can fit more parts in, though the USB ports could use a better location.

Source: Guru of 3D

Bully: all talk, or a tough guy?

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Not since a certain movie involving high flying reptiles, has anything generated such a buzz as Rockstar Games Bully.  It's worst enemy has ended up being it's biggest advertiser, and given people something to talk about while guessing at what the game will be like.  Ars Technica heads to the playground to find out what it's like to be a Bully.

Source: Ars Technica

Minor oops on the AMDing the ATI website

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer caught an odd error on the newly greened ATI website ... 3 of 4 special computer deals have Core 2 Duo inside them.  While you are checking that out take a look at the newly redesigned ATI website, they've done a good job at not moving the Driver section and other often visited areas.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI
Technologies Inc
. Combining the complementary strengths of the two
technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing
powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the
technology industry.

Source: AMD

ATX12V 2.01, Eight ways to ultimate power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Various PSUs from NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master and Silverstone are undergoing testing at R&B Mods.  All have dual 12V rails, although only 4 have the 8-pin EPS12V adapter some dual core systems want. 

If pure overkill is your preference, Lee's review of the Enermax Galaxy 1kW PSU may be what you want.

Intel Encourages Hi-Tech Industry to Meet New EPA Energy Star(R) Specification

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006
— Highlighting its leadership and long history of delivering innovative
energy-saving technologies and products, Intel Corporation today
announced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
newly announced ENERGY STAR computer specifications
.

HP, Intel and Oracle to Modernize Applications for Legacy Mainframe Customers

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2006 — HP,
Intel Corp. and Oracle* today announced a joint initiative to help
customers increase business agility and performance
, reduce operational
cost, and mitigate risk when moving applications from mainframe systems
to open standards-based server environments.

External Firewire Soundcard?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Before you scoff, it's made by Behringer who have a good reputation in the audio industry.  They aren't the best of the best, but they are affordable.  The FCA202 allows you to get good quality audio out of a laptop, although it does use the rare 6 pin Firewire to connect.  DriverHeaven gives you some background in audio terminology before moving on to review this external soundcard.

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So much for 50 cents a gigabyte

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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The Kanguru 32GB Flash Max Drive is USB 2.0, 17 grams, and not that much larger than a normal thumbdrive.  Other than that it's resemblance ends, it holds 32Gbs, but I do find myself siding with CoolTechZone, who is going to pay that much for a flash drive?

Source: CoolTechZone

Velocity Micro's Core 2 Duo laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 24, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, the newest system to undergo their thorough system evaluation is Velocity Micro's L80, with a T7200 (2 GHz) and a Go 7600.  Head over and find out how well this $2300 laptop performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Firefox 2 this afternoon, tweak guide this morning

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Tweaknews grabbed the 'early' release of Firefox 2.0, and has already published a tweak guideMozilla's response to the early release can be found here, they are asking people to refrain from downloading directly from the ftp site, as it could cause voluntary mirror sites to be not so willing to participate in the future.

So for now, read the Tweak Guide, it's only a few hours 'till the release.

Source: Tweaknews

AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its
Dresden-based operations
with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor
Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor
was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO,
Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe.

Source: AMD

ASUS gets into quiet CPU cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2006 - 03:45 PM |
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The ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler is fairly large (140mm*115mm*100mm, and 656g) in order to accomodate a 92mm fan and 5 heatpipes.  X-bit Labs pits it against their current favourite, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, on both AMD and Intel systems.

Source: X-Bit Labs

nFORCE 590 SLI and Core 2 Duo, together at last

Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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The Tech Report is pinching themselves, just to make sure they really do see a 590 SLI for Conroe.  The previous nForce, the 570 SLI was not really anything to get excited about, it was essentially an nForce4 board.  Now they have their hands on ASUS' P5N32-SLI, so drop by to see how this implementation worked.

Intel Launches Software Partner Program, Invites ISVs To Access Global Reseller Network

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 02:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today announced the formation of the Intel® Software
Partner Program
, a membership-based program for independent software
vendors (ISVs). The program is open to any software company developing
commercial products or services for Intel technologies, such as Intel®
Core™ 2 Duo, Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Itanium® processors.

AMD CHAIRMAN AND CEO HECTOR RUIZ PROMOTES "NEW ERA OF CHOICE" DURING ORACLE OPENWORLD KEYNOTE

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 01:23 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO—OCT. 23, 2006—At Oracle® OpenWorld today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.

Source: AMD

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 16.1

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2006 - 12:28 PM |
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The newest release of RivaTuner should be able to cope with all the new video cards that have come out since the last releas.  Also covered is nVIDIA drivers up to 95.97, ATI up to 6.10, and even experimental 32 bit Vista support.  Get over to the Guru of 3D to restore your overclock.

Source: Guru of 3D

Is Firefox 2.0 a little early

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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FireFox 2.0 is supposed to be released tomorrow, but the sharp eyes at [H]ard|OCP have spotted what looks like an early release.  Nothing on the main firefox page mentions it, but if you can't wait for a non-RC FireFox any longer you can try out the download.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's always a good time to drop by

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2006 - 08:10 PM |
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Recently Firefox has made two release candidates of the upcoming Firefox 2 browser.  If you are wondering what they do, and what isn't quite supported yet, drop by Tech Talk where a few members have been trying it outThe Asrock 939DUAL-VSTA seems to have some issues, but nothing we can't help out with.  Flashing your BIOS can be stressful especially when it fails, but it isn't the end of the w

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What big eyes you have

Subject: Displays | October 20, 2006 - 06:12 PM |
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... which is something you are likely to develop watching the Optoma Bigvizion HDBV3100.  Digital Trends reviews this expensive wall mounted DLP TV.  This display is compatible with just about every format on the planet, including 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and as far as inputs go, it has VGA, S-Video, Composite, 3 HDMI inputs, HDMI to and from receiver, HDMI to display, Component YPbPrand a lot more.

"A 100-inch TV is not for everybody.