NVIDIA Announces the SLI Marketplace!

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 10:38 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 21, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a revolutionary new shopping experience for gamers—the NVIDIA® SLI™ Marketplace. Located at www.slizone.com/marketplace, the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace will allow consumers in the United States to:

Source: NVIDIA

Clovertown, the Quad-core Xeon

Subject: Processors | November 21, 2006 - 09:36 AM |
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The Tech Report gives a quick preview of the new Intel Quad-core Xeon processor.  Of the 4 models seen, the two running below 2GHz have a 1066MHz FSB, the two running above 2GHz give you a 1333MHz FSB.  Read on to see more about the Xeons, as well as a peek at a new Intel motherboard.

"INTEL CHOSE TO DEBUT its first quad-core processor on the desktop with the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, but

quad-core's most immediate potential lies with Xeon processors built for servers and workstations.

You got your GPU in my CPU ...

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 09:08 AM |
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Ars Technica expands on AMD's Fusion, the united GPU/CPU we hope to see sometime before 2010.  They also look at companies that have tried this in the past, as well as a quick look at what Intel may do to unite the 2 processors.

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Announces SPI Support Across All Processor Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 08:52 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 21st November 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.

AMD CONGRATULATES NINTENDO ON THE LAUNCH OF Wii, A REVOLUTION IN GAMING

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 21, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary Wii(tm) video gaming console. The AMD "Hollywood" graphics processor resulted in Nintendo delivering a brand new level of immersive gameplay and interaction for consumers in North America.

Source: AMD

OCZ Technology Unveils the PC2-9200 FlexXLC with Hybrid Cooling Solution

Subject: Memory | November 21, 2006 - 08:42 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA—November 20, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, a
revolutionary new memory solution that offers unprecedented speed,
signal integrity, and thermal management
. These new modules feature the
new OCZ FlexXLC heatsink that delivers superior heat dissipation via a
hybrid copper and aluminum design alterable between passive air or
water cooling.

ECS jumps into the enthusiast market

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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The ECS PX1 Extreme is built with gamers in mind, instead of their usual target, the budget conscious.  [H]ard|OCP gives them credit for trying, but the board lacks features a hardcore gamer requires, like a tweakable BIOS.  They are also still unable to find one for sale on their usual web retailers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

720p projector for less than $3000

Subject: Displays | November 20, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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With a 16:9 ratio and a resolution of 1280x720, the InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP projector offers big HD at a good price.  The Tech Lounge had the screen set to 130" during their testing, and had no image quality problems at all.  The drawback to projectors are the bulbs, which do blow from time to time, and this projector is no different, it's replacements will set you back $400.

A Happy and Busy Thanksgiving Week

Subject: Editorial | November 20, 2006 - 10:48 AM |
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As it turned out, this was an even crazier weekend with the console releases than I had thought.  PS3 caused shootings and fights, while the Nintendo Wii seemed to in just as high demand, with slightly higher availability.  One thing that did irk me though was that EBGames (Gamestop), where I preordered my Wii, didn't have the extra controllers, classic controllers, component cables or even the copy of Zelda I had ordered!  They apparently only got 3 copies in of Zelda, though they had preordered more than a dozen.  So I headed over to the Toys R Us across the street and

This waterblock goes both ways

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2006 - 10:39 AM |
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The CoolerMaster AquaGate Viva watercooling kit is designed to fit both CPUs and GPUs.  Virtual-Hideout tried it in both positions and was impressed by what they saw.  The radiator is also well designed, as it can be fit into a case 3 different ways.

Puget Systems tries to keep the heat and noise down

Subject: Systems | November 20, 2006 - 09:44 AM |
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The Puget Sound Quiet Gaming PC looks solid at first glance.  Running just under $2000 shipped, with an AM2 X2-3800, 2GB of Corsair's 667MHz RAM and a 7600GT.  As [H]ard|OCP runs it through testing they do find that a balance between quiet and hot was reached, but it might not be good enough.  Read on to find out if this system gets a recommendation, or not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better get a backup wrist strap

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2006 - 09:19 AM |
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The Wii's controller has killed for the first time, in this case a 60" TV.  If you are playing an active Wii game, you should keep that in mind, before it kills again.

Source: The Inquirer

New this week from the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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It might sound odd with nForce and the other high powered, bling-full chipsets on the market, but have you considered a VIA based board lately?  Elsewhere on the forums, a member ponders the difficult of having a dual boot machine and a virus on at least one of the OSs.  In the ASUS forum, there is a thread talking about how to get a troublesome A8V Deluxe to recognize a 4th stick of RAM, and also som

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Radeon attempts to take over budget video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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The X1650XT sounds good, at a suggested price of $149 and performance to equal the 7600GT.  As [H]ard|OCP discovered though, it is very hard to find one of these cards for sale, and if you do manage to get one, then you will be paying more than $150.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Thar be a new MMORPG off the port bow

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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VIA Arena offers a sneak peek at Pirates of the Burning Sea, an upcoming new online RPG.  Right now it is in beta, and the article contains a link to the beta-tester application form, if you are interested.

Source: VIA Arena

Something to read while you are standing in line

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 11:15 AM |
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Ended up standing in the wrong line, or just didn't make it in on time?  OCMODSHOP will tell you all about the PS3, it's games, and how much you should envy anyone who did get one.

Source: OCMODSHOP

ASUS G1 & G2 Gaming Notebook Series

Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2006 - 10:30 AM |
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Fremont, CA: Nov. 10th,
2006 - ASUS, a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers,
today announced its fist two notebooks designed for mobile gamers. Based
on the latest Intel Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology with advanced graphic
solutions, the G1 and G2 revolutionize the way games are played: blistering
speed and true-to-life video and audio performances - on the go!

Source: ASUS

Intel Announces 12.5 Percent Increase in Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 10:25 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2006 -
Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has
approved a 12.5 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to
11.25 cents per share
beginning with the dividend that will be declared
in the first quarter of 2007.

OCZ Technology Unveils the XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Memory Cooler

Subject: Memory | November 17, 2006 - 10:22 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 16, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled the premier memory overclocking accessory, the OCZ XTC Cooler. As
active cooling becomes increasingly important for today's high-speed memory
solutions, OCZ developed the XTC Cooler for effective heat management of
OCZ's proprietary XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) modules.