New 4x4 models for the new year

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2006 - 09:53 AM |
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Stop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at AMD's dual socket, dual core system.  Each retail package comes with a pair of socket 1207 Opterons, and everyone is benchmarking them to find out if it can put some heat back onto Intel.  You can see Ryan's take at the top of our front page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Looking to buy an electronic friend for Christmas?

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 09:44 AM |
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Robots are big for kids and adults right now, and futurelooks took it upon themselves to try out some of the robots that are on the market currently.  They even found the original Robbie the Robot, though that will set you back $50,000.

Source: futurelooks

ECS and the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 28, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Motherboards.org looks at the very inexpensive KN3-SLI2 from ECS.  The performance is on par with other 680i motherboards, apart from one minor anomaly.  If you are looking to set up an inexpensive SLI system with an AM2 processor, this review may get you started.

Tagan Turbojet & Thermaltake Toughpower, which fits you to a 'T'

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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HotHardware can't overstress the importance of a good power supply, and provide you with some help in getting one.  The Toughpower comes in at 750W with a 14cm fan for cooling, and some nice cable management.  The Turbojet is 1.1kW with a pair of 80mm fans for cooling and a more traditional (non-modular) cable system.  See which is right for you, or skip them both and head straight to Lee's review of the Akasa Power+ 650W.

Source: HotHardware

The sound of gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2006 - 10:24 AM |
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It's hard to recall the days when audio in games barely existed, now that even a PC POSTing has something to say, but they were real.  ExtremeTech takes a quick look back, and then focuses in on the current state of PC audio and what is coming soon.

Source: Extremetech

See what [H] would buy for Christmas

Subject: Systems | November 28, 2006 - 09:00 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP offers up their collective opinions on 2 systems anyone would be happy to find under their tree.  One is $1500 and the other $2800 and both will give you plenty of performance.

Or for something different, Ryan has updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard to include the 8800GTX, and some other goodies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The A to Z of almost eveything to do with security

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2006 - 08:51 AM |
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CNet has published a large series of articles covering computer security, with each one focusing on a particular topic.  From keeping your Wi-Fi connection secure to discussions about Windows vulnerabilities and companies that seek to solve them.  They also make sure not to leave out one of the

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 16.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2006 - 04:11 PM |
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There's a  brand new RivaTuner at Guru of 3D.  If you have never used this tool, you should at least try it out, and if you are a fan, you've probably been holdign your breath for 97.xx and 6.11 support.

Source: Guru of 3D

A glimpse inside the mind of a case maker

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 27, 2006 - 04:05 PM |
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NZXT's head case maker has shown up at futurelooks for an interview.  If you wonder where their ideas come from, you don't have to go any further than this link.

Source: futurelooks

Release To Manufacturer - Vista and Office

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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ExtremeMhz has posted a look at the RTM versions of Vista and Office '07.  No longer in beta, but not officially released, it is still possible to be able to get a look at it before you buy.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Thanksgiving Weekend at PC Perspective

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2006 - 03:00 PM |
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Prerelease peek at OCZ's watercooled RAM

Subject: Memory | November 24, 2006 - 01:50 PM |
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Legit Reviews has gathered as much information about the FlexXLC DIMMs from OCZ as they could find.  It gives you a better idea of what to expect when they become available, and include OCZs own test results.

A killer driver?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2006 - 01:11 PM |
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Tweaktown has had problems this week, in specific a waterpump stopped and the GPU on a 7900GS got hot enough to melt the fasteners keeping it's waterblock on.  On further examination it could have been worse, but they feel it might be a good idea to restore thermal management at the driver level, as a BSOD is probably better than a visit from the fire department.

Source: TweakTown

Ars Technica dissects the Zune

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2006 - 12:38 PM |
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You can learn all about the Zune, without having to run out and buy one thanks to Ars Technica. From it's looks and playback to the tricks it can do and it's software, they've got it all.

Source: Ars Technica

To beta or not to beta

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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Strategy Informer has noticed an Activision site that implies a beta test is coming up for Quake Wars.  Drop back to their blog on Monday and see if they have figured out any more details.

"Activision has launched a new website which appears to be dedicated to an upcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

beta test. The site is currently closed but they do have a message up telling you to come back on Monday the 27th

of November."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Foxconn is for Quads

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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HEXUS reviewed the Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H, an LGA 775 board that will support any Intel chip with the same pinout currently on the market.  While it may be lacking in general features, the selling price can really help you put together a Core 2 Duo system on the cheap.

Source: Hexus

Finding the best 120mm fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2006 - 12:38 PM |
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Madshrimps reviews 4 new 120mm fans, compared against the winner of the 17 fan roundup they finished recently.  Head over to find out how Noctua and Sharkoon perform against GlobalWin.

"We test four 120mm fans which aim to provide lots of airflow at low noise levels. In this roundup 2 models from

Noctua and 2 from Sharkoon are compared to one of the best from our previous 17-fan roundup."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: Madshrimps

Racing notebook

Subject: Mobile | November 23, 2006 - 10:03 AM |
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HotHardware reviews the ASUS Lamborghini VX1.  They expected a sleek body, awesome power for gaming, maybe to the point  of overheating issues, and a fairly low battery life ... sort of a PC equivalent to a Lamborghini.  Read the full review to find out if ASUS could come close to meeting expectations.

You can see Jon's take on this machine at the top of the news page.

Source: HotHardware

Vote for your favourite vapourware

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2006 - 09:06 AM |
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It's time to vote for your favourite vapourware at Wired News.  From Duke Nukem Whenever to quick recharge batteries.  If it did not ship to the public it's vapourware, but if it did ship, no matter how much it sucked, it doesn't count.

Source: Wired News