Abits got a pair of Core 2 Duo boards

Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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Abit may well be turning into the comeback kid.  After fading to relative obscurity, these last few months have seen them releasing quite a few new boards.  The newest are up for review at The Tech Report, the AB9 Pro, based around the P965 northbridge is a very solid board, and the AW9D Max with it's P975X offers support for Crossfire and also features solid state capacitors instead of electrolytic ones.  That last feature may decide anyone who has had problems with leaking caps in the past.

Intel Ships its Next-Generation Wimax Chip with Support for Mobile Networks

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
— Accelerating the availability of broadband wireless access, Intel
Corporation today announced the availability of the Intel® WiMAX
Connection 2250
, the company's next-generation system-on-chip and its
first designed to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks.

The all new quad-core Barcelon?

Subject: Processors | October 11, 2006 - 01:45 PM |
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ExtremeTech is sharing everything they know about the upcoming quad-core processor from AMD, currently known as Barcelona.  Taking a different aproach than Intel, they did not widen the instruction pipe, instead optimizing the current one with a 512-entry indirect branch predictor, a 32-byte instruction fetch, a sideband stack optimizer and out-of-order load execution.

Source: Extremetech

Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI™ configurations.

Call it a GTA clone and it will knock you off

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Saint's Row does look very GTA-ish at first glance.  [H]ard|OCP would like to dispel that myth, as they found the game to be better executed that any of the other clones, and feel that calling it an improved sequel to GTA3 might have been a better idea. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Google office appears

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Slashdot has a link to the new incarnation of Writely, as a Google product.  The new Google Docs and Spreadsheets allows you to create documents and spreadsheet, which you probably figured out, but it also allows you to upload various formats, including Excel, Word and Open Office.  It also makes it very easy to get at those documents from anywhere you can log into your Google account.

Source: Slashdot

VIA and UK System Partners Launch World's First Carbon Free Personal Computers

Subject: Systems | October 11, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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IA joins with leading UK-based system providers Evesham and
Tranquil to launch computers ideal for organizations looking to reduce
their Carbon Footprint

London, England, October
11, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of
silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced
with partners Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC the world's first
Carbon Free Computers based on the ultra energy-efficient VIA C7®

Intel Enables Rapid Delivery Of WiMAX Networks with New AdvancedMC-Compliant Baseband Card

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
Intel Corporation today unveiled a new baseband card that helps speed
the creation of WiMAX base stations
. The Intel NetStructure® WiMAX
Baseband Card is Intel's first integrated hardware and software
platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a
standards-based Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC)* form factor.

AMD INTRODUCES MORE CHOICE TO THE AMD LIVE!(TM) PC DIGITAL MEDIA SOLUTION

Subject: Systems | October 11, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — October 11, 2006 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of new AMD LIVE!™ PCs from Alienware and Dell, expanding the selection of popular, easy-to-use PCs designed to help simplify today's digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

The World's Best Headphones?

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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Sporting such features as Ethiopian Sheep leather earcups and headband, S-Logic support, 30 ohm impedance and electromagnetic emissions reduced by up to 98%, the Ultrasone PROline 750 Professional Headphones seem to have a lot of feature.  Digital Trends has a pair for review, so find out if you love any of these features enough to pay the $400 price tag.

Helping out the heatpipes on MOSFETs and chipsets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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If you have a motherboard deisgned to passivly cool your chipsets with heatpipes, the new Coolermaster Hyper TX will help.  The idea behind this heatsink & fan is a shroud that redirects some of the airflow onto any heatpipes located near the CPU socket, to turn the passive solution into an active one.  The HardwareZone does note that this is not a universal cooler, there are 2 seperate versions for AMD and Intel.

RealityMark is available for download

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements

  • AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
  • Microsoft Windows® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
  • 1GB System RAM or higher
  • At least 1 GB free hard disk space
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
  • DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher

Source: AGEIA

Isn't that convenient

Subject: Storage | October 10, 2006 - 02:16 PM |
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The Mercury Elite Pro External is perfect for those who can't make up thier minds.  Working perfectly on Linux, Mac and Windows, with and USB 2.0, FireWire, and eSATA connectors, you will be hard pressed to find a PC that can't talk to this drive enclosure.  Head to ExtremeTech to see the full review, and the drives one Achilles heel.

Source: Extremetech

Is quiet enough for the EAX 1600 XT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150.  The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper.  Read the review to find out if it can compete.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just when you thought it was safe to upgrade

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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You are never guaranteed that the system you buy today won't be obsolete in the next week, in fact the guarantee works the opposite.  However, with the new platforms that just came out, PCI Express, DDR2 and dual core, it would seem logical that a system should be OK with several partial upgrades over the next year.

OCZ Technology Launches the EvoStream Power Supply Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-October 9, 2006-OCZ Technology Group
, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the new EvoStream Power Supply. The exciting
addition to the prominent OCZ PSU family will be introduced in a 600W
configuration and features an advanced 100% modular cable management system
and polished, titanium mirrored case that is reminiscent of the
award-winning ModStream line.


Our forums aren't exclusive, but membership has it's (search) privileges

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 04:51 PM |
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One of our members, PaulDriver, has decided to scrap all his 3.5" drives, as he has 2 ways to boot to DOS using a USB memory stick or card, his guide is well worth a read.  Several members have also realized that with the plethora of newere AGP cards coming out, they can refresh their systems without having to buy a completely new computer.  If you are looking for a new HDD, tuskenraider has done an infor

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DDR2 from Transcend

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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Transcend's DDR2 modules haven't been reviewed as much as the OCZ and Corsair offerings, but they are not out of the memory business by any means.  Big Bruin was pleasantly surprised by their performance, and found it might even be possible to push these DIMMs harder with a better cooling solution.

Source: Big Bruin

Save $45 now, and spend $1450 later

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of.  Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar?  If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.

Source: HotHardware

Some help deciding if you are excited or disappointed by BF2142

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Battlefield 2142 is creating a lot of stir, and not all of it is good.  On one hand you have futuristic weapons and vehicles, on the other hand, you get to pay full price for a game that uses the same engine as BF2, which a lot of fans feel should make it a less expensive add-on.  Then they offer the demo only to people with paid accounts on download sites. 

NGOHQ wants to help, that's why they have a direct link to download the demo, no money or membership required.

Source: NGOHQ