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Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XMod from Creative is essentially a driverless external USB soundcard. It has 2 modes, Crystalizer and CMSS-3D, the first of which attempts to fix the horrible things that happen when you compress audio and the second takes a basic 2 channel signal in interpolates a full surround signal. If you have an ear that can tell what level compression was used in making an MP3, drop by t-break for a look at this little device.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new OCZ Equalizer Laser Mouse is sure to excite today's demanding gamers with its unique features, high performance engine, and competitive edge.
Subject: Memory | February 14, 2007 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot is trying to figure out what makes this particular OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 kit "Crossfire Certified". They are bright red and have an ATI logo on them, but seem no better than the Crucial or Corsair modules they tested it against. They run at 4-4-4-12, needing 2.1V to get up and running and can be pushed to 975MHz @ 5-5-5-12 and 2.2V, so whether Crossfire ready or not, they are not slowpokes.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its No. 2 ranking on the '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list for 2007 by CRO magazine. The '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list identifies companies that excel at combining strong financial performance with responsible practices on environmental and social issues. This is the second consecutive year AMD has been recognized in the top five on the list for its corporate and social responsibility practices.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2007 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermalright Ultra-120 is the cooler to beat. You have probably seen it's name in mentioned in most heatsink reviews, sitting beside temperatures that are lower than whichever heatsink was being reviewed. PC Apex reminds us why it is so powerful, it weighs over 700g, is almost 6.5" tall and 5" thick on it's wider side.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers got their hands on 10 screens from the upcoming EA game, Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike. As the previous BF expansions have done, there will be new vehicles including a nasty looking tracked vehicle. Check them out, or try to live with the suspense.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last thing you need on Valentine's Day is a virus, and of course their are plenty of opportunities to get one. Ned Slider warns about one that may try to get you via a Valentine's e-card claiming to be from American Greetings, so if you don't want to spend the evening running virus scans, be careful.
... and is some of you don't want to spend the evening in the dog house, take the advice at the end of the post too!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have noticed in Ryan's review of the XFX 8800 GTX XXX, that the card demands more than 300W to run, and you can double that in an SLI rig. Bottom line is that a 600W PSU will not be enough, and 700W probably won't be either.
Subject: Mobile | February 13, 2007 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has a review of Nokia's third attempt at an Internet Tablet device. The first had bad interface software and the technical spec were too slow to enjoy it's use, the second revision helped the interface, but it was still slow. The new version, the N800 is powered by an ARM 330MHz with 128MB of SDRAM and an additional 256MB of Flash RAM. Drop by to see how well this new incarnation, with 802.11b/g as well as Bluetooth, impressed Ars.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2007 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has managed to pull themselves away from gaming on the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB long enough to write a review. Their findings agree with other reviews you may have seen, this is a great performing DX10 card at a good price. The only real impact the RAM has is if you have a 30" widescreen display and crank the resolution up to 1920x1200 and 2560x1600, and frankly if you bought the widescreen, you probably want the full 8800 GTX anyways.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Killer K1 is powered by Lag and Latency Reduction Technology, which fully optimizes the way networking works in your computer: tweaking it out for specifically for Online Games. Learn more about LLR here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rosewill is probably not the first name that jumps into your mind when you think of CPU coolers, but over the past 3 years they have had some successes. Overclockers Online discovered that their new RCX-Z775-EX is another one. Coming within a few degrees of the performance of the might Thermalright Ultra-120, and doing it very quietly is not easy. There is one thing to keep in mind, this cooler stands about 5 1/2 inches tall, so make sure your case is wide enough t
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you aren't a member of a distributed computing program (and you really should be!) folding proteins or searching for a ride off the planet, sooner or later you need to get rid of your old computer.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 13, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new business focused on developing and licensing leading-edge graphics core technologies to semiconductor manufacturers throughout the handheld industry. This move is a part of the AMD commitment to enable The Ultimate Visual Experience™ across all devices from handhelds to PCs.
Subject: Processors | February 13, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2007 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO (InfoWorld
Virtualization Executive Forum) - Feb. 12, 2007 - Novell and Intel
Corporation today announced the availability of paravirtualized network
and block device drivers that will allow Microsoft* Windows* Server
2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen* virtual environments on SUSEÂ®
Linux Enterprise Server 10 from NovellÂ®, operating on Intel-based
server platforms featuring IntelÂ® Virtualization Technology.
SAN FRANCISCO (InfoWorld
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2007 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Getting yourself a Boomslang or Habu might raise a few eyebrows at work, but is that really the mouse you want to be using? Logitech's LX 710 Cordless Desktop might make a better impression, and since response rates aren't as important as they are in Battlefield, you can enjoy going cordless. Modders-Inc has a full review of this black cordless keyboard and mouse combo that will look nice on your desk. I won't give you any ideas on what to do at work with a mouse that has the extra weight of AA batteries in it.
Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2007 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard features the AMD 690G Chipset with an AMD RS690G Northbridge, an AMD SB600 Southbridge and an ATI A-Link. It's onboard ATI Radeon X1250 graphics chip offers a nice feature, it can use up to 512MB of system memory for its frame buffer. With only 1 PCIe 16x slot, the board is aimed at the price concious consumer, and you can find out a lot more about it on TweakTown.