Mouse reviews taken to the next level

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark.  Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds.  His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy.  Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.

"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse

benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...

Source: Hexus

Killer NIC for Christmas, or not?

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP is trying to put the discussions over whether the BigFoot Killer NIC is worth it.  At a cost comparable with a good video card upgrade (but not a great one), you would expect to see some improvement in your experience.  It turns out that you might well be happy with it, if you play the right games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another good week to be a PC Perspective member

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 03:53 PM |
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This week on the forums a lot of handy advice was generated from a hard disk that went bad.  Just about every step you can take before finally formatting appears, so check it out.  Another user is having difficulty with getting a network of 34 PCs to stream video from a server.  If you are in the mood for a new Anti-virus program, there is advice on alternatives to AVG.  Grounding and static

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CrossFire without a master card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card.  By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?

You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!

Source: TweakTown

Lian-Li tries a few new tricks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2006 - 10:43 AM |
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TechPowerUp! reviews the PC-A10B from Lian-Li, a case built for watercooling.  From a top intake fan placed to cool a radiator to the pair of knockouts in the back to allow tubing to run into and out of the case.  Read the full review of this good looking case here.

Source: techPowerUp!

Crysis fly through

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 09:07 AM |
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Tanks and chainguns on a tropical island, what more do you need?  Check out HEXUS.tv for a good look at the world of Crysis.

"Following our recent Crysis gameplay and interview videos on HEXUS.tv, we bring you a fly through video of the

game world."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

Source: Hexus

Sony's got the blues

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 08:41 AM |
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Blu-Ray isn't doing so well.  Sony's new format seems to have reminded people of previous failed attempts by the company to introduce new formats, and they aren't buying it.  Add to that Microsoft and HP's backing of HD DVD, dual sided/dual format DVDs and a cheaper price, and it isn't looking good for Sony.  Digital Trends has gathered more information into an article.

AMD TO HOLD FINANCIAL ANALYST DAY

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 7, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET
(5:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 in New York. AMD Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management
team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's business.

Source: AMD

8Gbs in your pocket

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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With an 8Gb USB drive, mobile computer repair gets very easy.  Not only can you store entire anti-virus/spyware programs, plus updated definitions, with newer motherboards you could set it up as a boot device for MemTest86 and other boot programs.  Virtual-Hideout has posted their review of the Corsair 8GB Flash Voyager.

Music, on a diet

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Coming next year from Panasonic is the worlds smallest speaker.  They shrunk from 2.5mm to 1.5mm, and claim no loss in audio quality.  How much longer before we are buying MP3 pants that play music on their own?  CoolTechZone has some pictures and a bit more information.

Source: CoolTechZone

ASUS' new motherboard is up to bat

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2006 - 10:20 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the 680i based Striker Extreme from ASUS.  While it is based around a very good chipset, there is a lot of competition using the same setup.  Read on to find out if ASUS can compete with other Intel nForce boards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The perfect companion to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | December 7, 2006 - 09:22 AM |
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The MediaLab remote control is an accessory to the ThermalTake MozartTX, but is by no means limited to that case.  VIA Arena has already covered a lot about the case, it's PSU and a 7" LCD screen to attach to it, that are all linked to in this article.  Check out the review for a look at everything you need to set up a perfect HTPC, or even an entertainment centre for your car.

Source: VIA Arena

AMD's Quad-Core revealed?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 09:10 AM |
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The Tech Report has encountered some success in tracking down specs on the new native quad-core chips from AMD.  They boil down the translated source page very well, but you may still want to click to the original to see the translated comments.

Can bundled PSUs still compete?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2006 - 03:21 PM |
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It's not that In-Win are a no name company, it's just that their PSUs are usually found pre-installed in cases.  X-bit Labs grabbed 6 of their PSUs, of differing wattages and series to test them with the newer, power hungry components found in enthusiast's PCs.  Find out if they can still hold their own in this big test session.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Just about 6000 MB/s of bandwidth

Subject: Memory | December 6, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews Mushkin's XP2-8500 modules (1066MHz).  The motherboard they used wasn't able to supply more than 2.4 volts to DDR, so they only managed to push it to 1100MHz @ 5-5-4-12 before seeing instability, but they obviously hadn't hit the memory's top speed.

Major U.S. Employers Join to Provide Lifelong Personal Health Records for Employees

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 10:43 AM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6, 2006 -- As
the cost of providing health care continues to rise, Applied Materials,
BP America, Inc., Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Wal-Mart
are funding an independent nonprofit institute to develop 'Dossia,' a
Web-based framework through which

Intel Demonstrates Its First Mobile Wimax Baseband Chip

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 10:40 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HONG KONG,
Dec. 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced design completion of
its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip. Combined with the company's
previously announced single-chip, multi-band WiMAX/Wi-Fi radio, the
pair creates a complete chipset called the Intel® WiMAX Connection
2300. This development marks another major step in Intel's efforts to
deliver an 'always best connected' mobile Internet experience for
future laptops and mobile devices.

Rock on to the Extreme

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 10:38 AM |
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Driver Heaven reviews the monstrous and appropriately named Rock Extreme SL Pro, a 20 inch, 4.9kg (15lbs) laptop.  You will get a workout carrying this beast around, but it us worth it, it gets an average of 78fps in F.E.A.R. running at 1400x1050 with 4xAA and 16xAniostropic Filtering.  If you want a portable gaming beast and have $5000 burning a hole in your pocket, you should think about buying a Rock.

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The incredible shrinking die

Subject: Processors | December 6, 2006 - 09:11 AM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a couple of articles on the upcoming shift to 32nm, which comes hot on the heels of AMD's move to 65nm and Intel's upcoming 45nm process.  Electric companies won't be impressed, as this will lower the power requirements of quad core systems considerably.

What's another Word for hole?

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 09:03 AM |
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Keep an eye out for any Word attachments you get until patch Tuesday, unless Microsoft releases an interim update.  MS Word 2000 and up, including Mac versions and even more recent Works versions all suffer from a vulnerability, according to this article on CNET.