IRC just not Skype-y enough for you?

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 02:33 PM |
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Head to Wired News for a quick preview of Skype 3, then follow their link to download it.  The majority of the improvements are focused around conferencing and IRC like public chatting.

"Windows-based VoIP users rejoice! An open Beta of Skype 3 began today, and you can download and install the client freely

at the address below. Features new to the revised client include public chatrooms, click-to-call and Skypecasts."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Wired News

ECS Elitegroup Named NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced it has been named NVIDIA's authorized board partner. To be recognized by NVIDIA and invited to join the program, it means ECS Elitegroup has designed and manufactured a substantial number of NVIDIA based motherboards over the years.

Source: Email

nForce 680i - made for Intel's Core2 Duo and Quad

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 04:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the brand new nForce 680i SLI board, and were impressed right off the bat.  With no tweaking, they  and were able to reach a 1900MHz Quad Pumped speed with 475MHz FSB on an E6300, and in another test using Corsair's 1200MHz modules they were stable at 1066 bus with the 1200MHz RAM.  Kyle has found an nForce chipset he likes.

Ryan is on top of all this too, of course!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

G80 - The 8800's are everywhere

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:24 PM |
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The amount of changes and improvements in this card can't really be described quickly, there are so many.  The bottom line is simply this ... the only thing that can touch the 8800 is a pair of X1950XTX's in Crossfire, nothing else can come close to this cards overall performance.  The Tech Zone is more than willing to tell you how nVIDIA accomplished this feat.

You should also read Ryan's review at the top of the page.

NEW NVIDIA PRODUCTS TRANSFORM THE PC INTO THE DEFINITIVE GAMING PLATFORM

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-NOVEMBER 8, 2006-PC enthusiasts around the world have a lot
to be excited about today as NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the
worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, introduced
two new product families that transform the PC into the premier gaming
platform: the GeForceR 8800 graphics processing unit (GPU), and the NVIDIA
nForceR 680i SLI media and communications processor (MCP) designed
specifically for IntelR CoreT 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors.

Source: NVIDIA

OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2006 - 03:49 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 8, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled the new and improved OCZ NVIDIAR SLIT-Ready branded memory product
family
. The new PC2-7200 SLI-Ready and PC2-8500 SLI-Ready modules now
feature the first ever exclusively designed heatspreader for NVIDIA.


New ASUS Intel Motherboard: Stiker Extreme

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Fremont, CA; November 9, 2006 — ASUS, the worldwide motherboard leader, today introduced the Striker Extreme, a motherboard specifically designed to simplify the DIY process and add style to gaming systems.  
 

Source: ASUS

Intel Announces Industry's First Volume Shipments of 65nm NOR Flash Multi-Level Cell Products

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Seoul,
Korea, Nov. 8, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today the industry's
first volume shipments of 65-nanometer (nm) NOR flash Multi-Level Cell
(MLC) products, including the industry's first 65nm 1Gigabit (Gb)
monolithic part for cell phones. These new products are based on
Intel's StrataFlash® Cellular Memory (M18) architecture and are drop-in
compatible with Intel's high-volume, 90nm-based flash chips, ensuring
an easy migration path for cellular Original Equipment Manufacturers
(OEMs.)

Press Release: Corsair Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kit

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2006 - 03:36 PM |
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The TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR is designed to unleash performance of the new NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based platform. Built using RAMs that pass Corsair's aggressive speed screening process, the new DDR2-9136 DOMINATOR is the world's only production-ready memory rated at 1142MHz. In performance benchmark testing at third-party review sites, many of these modules have been reported delivering up to 1200MHz of performance when overclocked.

ADRIANNE CURRY AND NVIDIA UNVIEL WORLD'S FIRST REAL-TIME VIRTUAL CELEBRITY

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2006 - 03:18 PM |
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HOLLYWOOD, CA-NOVEMBER 08, 2006- In a move that is sure to send waves
through Hollywood, model and television star Adrianne Curry and the
worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, NVIDIA
Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), have announced today they have teamed up to
create the world's first real-time, virtual celebrity. This breakthrough,
which is enabled by NVIDIA's new flagship graphics technology, will allow
'stars' to create and license detailed replicas of their likeness without
ever having to make a physical appearance or take a photograph.

Source: Email

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE BFG NVIDIA® NFORCE® 680i SLI(TM) MOTHERBOARD

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (November 8, 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 the BFG NVIDIA® nForce® 680i SLI™ performance motherboard.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE WORLDS FIRST GRAPHICS CARDS WITH DIRECTX 10 SUPPORT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (November 8, 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 the BFG NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTX 768MB PCI Express™ and BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI Express™ graphics cards, the first with Microsoft® DirectX® 10 support.


BFG TECH ANNOUNCES SINGLE SLOT BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTX WATER COOLED EDITION GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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'PC Enthusiasts and gamers looking for a single slot, SLI ready solution on the latest hardware can order a BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX water cooled card and get the best water cooling in the business from BFG and Danger Den' said Scott Herkelman, EVP of marketing at BFG Technologies.

HDD enclosure that even supports serial attached SCSI

Subject: Storage | November 7, 2006 - 04:58 PM |
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The SSI SI-1168SAS HDD-ROM is a mouthful, but a very handy one.  Easily installable in a 5.25" bay and with a good locking system, it isn't likely to walk away on you, and it will also extend the life of the drive with it's 40mm fan.  Top that off with rubber feet to keep the noise down and it's easy to see why Hi-tech reviews likes this device.

Squeeze a full ATX board into 90mm

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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The Thermaltake Mozart Sx Slim HTPC case uses some innovative ideas to let you fit a full ATX board, and even a normal 1 slot PCIe video card in a tiny area.  hardCOREware has posted a full review of this well made HTPC case.

Source: hardCOREware

BioWare to Integrate AGEIA PhysX Technology into Next-Generation Eclipse Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 7,
2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in
hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that BioWare Corp.
is integrating AGEIA PhysX™ technology into its next-generation
BioWare Eclipse Engine™ for PCs and next-generation consoles
. BioWare
chose AGEIA PhysX for its unmatched physics capabilities and its
straightforward implementation across multiple platforms.

Source: AGEIA

A revealing PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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Enclosing the top of a PSU in see through acrylic makes the Apevia ATX-IB 680W PSU very unique.   Don't worry about the choice of materials, it does conform to "ATX12V v2.2 spec. Stating that in the event of a catastrophic failure the
unit must protect from Flame, Charred PCB, emission of molten material, and others
".  MODTHEBOX puts it to the test, to find out if it is as stable as it is attractive.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Goof thing there's no shortage of virtual Lego

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP sits back and enjoys some old school Star Wars, with the second installment of Lego Star Wars.  Available on Xbox, Xbox360 and PC, they opted for the Xbox360 version, but the plot can't really change, now can it?  Great screenshots are just a click away.

Source: [H]ard|OCP