Patroit joins the DDR2-1066 crowd

Subject: Memory | November 3, 2006 - 04:31 PM |
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AnandTech reviews Patriot's PDC22G8500ELK, with a pair of 1GB DDR2-1066 modules.  Based on Micron D chips, these modules can get up to 1092, but fail when pushed to 1100.  Overall, you get a good deal for your $350.

Source: AnandTech

EAX2.0 onboard, or not?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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The Tech Report does some serious investigation into 2 onboard EAX2 solutions, Analog Devices' AD1988B codec and Realtek's ALC882D.  This testing was initiated because of a White Paper published by Analog Devices, based on testing done by Creative.  Find out just how well onboard EAX2 really does work.

Halo 3 Pre-orders anyone?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Hexus isn't getting to much into the rumour mongering, but they do know a couple of things about the upcoming Halo3 release that are pretty much confirmed.  It is available for pre-order, there are at least 2 new weapons, and if you order the Legendary edition, you get a replica Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet.

Source: Hexus

The great JPEG wars have ended

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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Forgent wanted $1 billion, but they have settled for a measly $8 million, in what looks to be a move to end the case quickly.  The large PC making companies being sued had convinced the judge to review Forgent's patent, which if it was overturned would cost Forgent a huge amount in royalties it already collects from 60 different companies, like camera makers.  More about the settlement and the cases history can be found at CNET.

Razer tries to do for keyboards what it did for mice

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Razer did a very good job with their gaming mice, and are trying to apply their skills to gaming keyboards with the Tarantula.   Drop by XYZ computer for a look at it.

The Hypersonic Boom is caused by the money flying out of your wallet.

Subject: Systems | November 2, 2006 - 03:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Hypersonic Sonic Boom OCX, a hard core gaming system.  The bad new is the price tag, at $3400.00, but the good news is that it gets you a Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz), 2GB of Mushkin RAM and a GeForce 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card.  As [H] finds by the end of their experience, you do get your money's worth if you can afford it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A big case with a watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2006 - 02:44 PM |
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The Thermaltake Kandalf has been redesigned with a liquid cooling system and given a LCS moniker.  Tweaknews was really impressed with the original design, and it seems this new incarnation has learned a lot from it's predecessor.

Source: Tweaknews

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to
enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets
through Intel® Viiv
™ technology-based PCs, making the games more
enjoyable and accessible than ever before.

Party at the Kentsfield Quad

Subject: Processors | November 2, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Quad core, in the form of dual Core 2 Duo's on a single substrate.  4 cores in a single LGA775 socket, that will be compatible with at least some of the Core 2 Duo motherboards currently on the market.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at some really impressive CPU scores in 3DMark06.

Vista's release is just over the horizon

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer believes they have tracked down someone who knows when Vista will be released.  The RTM (Release To Manufacturer) should be out mid-month, giving Dell, HP and others the chance to get Vista installed on pre-built systems.  It does seem like a tight time-line to get those PCs in stores for Christmas.

Source: The Inquirer

OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream with 850 Watt

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 1, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the
GameXStream family
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More on the GeForce 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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A week before it's release, DigiTimes has posted the specs for the 2 flavours of 8800 that will be released on Nov. 8th.  Read on for a good look at what these cards are made with.

Source: Digitimes

It's big, fast, reliable and here for the long haul

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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The Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB SATA HDD runs at a full 3GB/sec transfer, and is based on the new perpendicular recording technology.  HotHardware finds that the 7200.10 is still slightly faster than this drive, but also point out that until this new Barracuda Enterprise drives were built to last, not built for speed.  This new Seagate HDD is built for both.

Source: HotHardware

The Tech Report turns 7

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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Believe it or not, seven years have passed since we first started
serving web pages to the world here at TR. Since then, we've seen a
tremendous amount of change and growth. It's taken some time, but we
have essentially reached our initial goals of growing a successful
publication devoted to core PC hardware and building a solvent business
that can support our inclination to play around with such PC hardware
all day. I'm constantly grateful for that fact.

Horror action games have you beat?

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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Futurelooks comes to the rescue with a handy guide on surviving horror action games.  This is a perfect guide for those who can dance through Quake or Halo, but stall out in a game where health and ammo can be severely limited.

Source: futurelooks

Collaborative Spyware

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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US Intelligence agencies have a new tool, their own top-secret version of Wikipedia.  Allowing 16 agencies to share information between each other, this could be a major help to investigators.  CNet has some more information on this project, which should be more reliable than it's open submission cousin.

Corsair offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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Fremont, CA (November 1, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units. Corsair premium modules include the award-winning XMS™, XMS PRO™, XMS XPERT™ and the newly released XMS DOMINATOR™ line of products. This explosive growth reinforces Corsair's position as the world's largest performance module maker, and the 8th largest DRAM module manufacturer, according to iSuppli.

Corsair Ships 1 Million Units -- Win Gold Plated Memory

Subject: Memory | November 1, 2006 - 10:03 AM |
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How's this for being able to show off to your friends?  "What, you have gold-freaking-plated memory???"  All you have to do to win is write a short piece on why you love Corsair, maximum of 200 words.  Come on, that's like third grade level!  You can do this!

Fremont, CA (November 1, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units.

AMD makes nVIDIA an offer they can't refuse

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2006 - 06:09 PM |
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The Inquirer furthers the facts and FUD that surround the pending Quadfather from AMD, including the possibility of having 4 video cards, presumably running in SLI, as opposed to the ASUS P5W64 board recently reviewed by X-bit Labs.  Head over to see what they've discovered, but you will have to wait a while before you find out if they are right.

"AMD asked Nvidia to create a chipset for its Quadfather launch.

Here is the answer to a big question which has bothered many of our readers.

Source: The Inquirer

G2P - Gaming laptop from ASUS

Subject: Mobile | October 31, 2006 - 04:18 PM |
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HotHardware reviews the ASUS G2P Gaming Notebook.  Very stylish looking, in black and red, with some structural improvements designed around gamers needs on the outside, the inside hides an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2GHz) and an ATI Radeon X1700 512MB. 

Source: HotHardware