We've come a long way, baby

Subject: Storage | October 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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The Tech Zone takes a look at the past 50 years of hard drives.  From the gigantic beasts of old, to flash drives and the biometric protection you see on newer systems, it's all there.

Open Beta for multiplayer strategy

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:24 PM |
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Massive Assault Network 2 is an online strategy game, but not in the traditional MMO genre.  Instead it runs more like the online lobbies of Total War, Warhammer 40K or Starcraft.  If you are looking for some online mayhem, head to Gamehelper to see if MAN 2 is right for you.

Source: Gamehelper

Intel's new quad-core is a little pricey

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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... but if you work it out, it is only $250 per core.  Keep in mind that the $1000 figure is probably lower than what you will have to pay, unless your local retailer or online shop is in the habit of buying lots larger than 1000 units.  DigiTimes has more here.

Source: Digitimes

It's a NAS jukebox

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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The Rapsody N35 Home Media Center is a network media storage system allowing playback of audio or video, in a variety of formats.  The fact that it uses normal 3.5 IDE hard drives lets you keep a lot on this box, and you can set up RAIDs to help with the speed.  Find out the whole story at Hardware Zone.

Intel's Ultrawideband Wireless Personal Area Network

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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It's quite a mouthful, but Intel's WPAN is kind of like Bluetooth on steroids.  You get 480Mbps at a range of 10 meters or less, but no further, and Intel refers to it as wireless USB.  Tweaktown can give you more from the demo at IDF Taiwan.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Opens Up Key Server Acceleration Technology to Industry

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,
Oct. 17, 2006
— Intel Corporation announced today that it will
encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input
and output acceleration technology designed and added to its server
product lines earlier this year.

AMD'S ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT APPROVAL

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 17, 2006 -Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has
issued the final order approving the arrangement under which all of
ATI's outstanding common shares will be acquired by an indirect wholly
owned subsidiary of AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24,
2006, is expected to be completed during the week of October 23, subject
to satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.

Source: AMD

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 1000 WATT AND 800 WATT POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (October 17, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc.,
the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D
graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast
products, announced today that the BFG 1000 Watt and BFG 800 Watt power
supplies backed by BFG's famous lifetime warranty will be immediately
available at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America.

The X1950 Pro, a more mature Crossfire

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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ATIs newest card sits at a very nice price point, and is incredibly easy to set up in Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP ran some benchmarks against nVIDIA's 7900 GS OC, which gives about the same frame rate, but they discovered some visual advantages the ATI card has over the competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A mouse that goes a little overboard?

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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You can tell by the name, the Fanatec Heäd$h0t, that this mouse is a little unusual.  The fact that it comes in a clear plastic briefcase, just to hold the mousepad/USB hub, the power brick you need to run the thing, oh, and the mouse too.  ExtremeTech attempts to figure out what this 200dpi beast does, and if it will help you get more "Heäd$h0ts".

"What happens when someone throws in the kitchen sink?

Source: Extremetech

Dual video with an onboard graphics card

Subject: Motherboards | October 16, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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The ASUS M2NPV-VM is very handy for putting together a simple system.  With onboard audio, LAN and a graphics chip, it sets up very easily.  Even better, you can use monitors that require dual DVI, because the onboard graphics card can be used while another PCI Express card is running.  Don't plan on an SLI setup though, the onboard graphics isn't really designed for gaming.  Read all about this board at TweakTown.

"Added to this is the fact that the GeForce 6150's onboard graphics controller can be enabled at

Source: TweakTown

Peltier cooling, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 02:35 PM |
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The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today.  The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement.  While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.

Source: Extremetech

There goes the main reason to buy Windows Vista

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10.  According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games.  Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.

Source: The Inquirer

It's a Digtial Life

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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HotHardware visited New York and the Digital Life show.   They brought back a lot of pictures and sneak peeks at upcoming tech from AMD, Nokia, nVIDIA and much more.

Source: HotHardware

Corsair Expands Flash Memory Line with New 2GB microSD Removable Card

Subject: Storage | October 16, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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 Fremont, CA (October 16, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched a new line of microSD™ removable flash memory cards to further expand the company's award-winning line of flash products.

Gems of wisdom from our forum this week

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 05:25 PM |
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One of our members is off to college, so the planned $2000 desktop has become a laptop, with less of a budget, and the advice on a good system just keeps coming.  The guys in our overclocking forum are helping another member get the most out of an A64 3800+.  UncleBob, a moderator and resident old fart here at PCPer feels the cases these days are too small, so he built his own.  At 36" wide x 68" hig

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Sneak Peek at the upcoming nForce 680i SLI for Intel

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI.  Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions.  Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now? 


Source: NVIDIA

Mobile Graphics Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX.  Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950  GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX. 

Source: HotHardware

ATI Shareholders Approve Acquisition by AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:36 PM |
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MARKHAM, Ontario - October 13, 2006 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) shareholders voted overwhelmingly today to approve the proposed acquisition of all outstanding common shares of ATI by an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). More than 99 per cent of the votes cast by shareholders were in favor of the transaction. No ATI shareholders have exercised rights of dissent in connection with the proposed acquisition.

ATI will seek final court approval for the arrangement at a hearing on October 17, 2006.

Source: AMD

How memory hungry is Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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BCC Hardware sets out to reveal that by benchmarking many games in a system.  They benchmark the system with 2GB of RAM and and with 4GB.  Drop by to see what effect it had on the FPS.

Source: BCCHardware