Systemax tries again

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well.  Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve.  Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review.  As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Aerocool is a lover of BIG fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM |
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The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower has some serious cooling built into it.  A 250mm side panel fan is pretty much the biggest you will find on a non-modded case.  The front panel has room for 2 120mm fans and the back can fit either 1 120mm or a pair of 80mm.  There is a lot more that makes this case unique, so head to Pro-Clockers and take a look.

A Core 2 Duo that OCs like a Celeron

Subject: Processors | January 25, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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The new E4300 is essentially an E6300 without Intel's Virtualization Technology, and a slightly slower clock speed ... 1.8 GHz versus 1.86.  However, with a reasonably efficient air cooler it can reach 3.47GHz, which is pretty reasonable for a $130 dollar processor.  The bad news right now is that the only places you will find it for sale have it priced about $10 less than the E6300, so it isn't worth buying ...

Source: Tech Spot

But how will you ever find it once you put it down?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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The storage density record was destroyed by a joint group from Caltech and UCLA.  While you are not likely to see this for sale anytime soon, that circuit seems to be well ahead of Moore's Law and proves we have a while to go before we hit any sort of limit to the complexity of circuits.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Announces Strategic Partnership with TCL Computer

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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BEIJING - Jan. 25, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that TCL Computer Tech. Co.

Source: AMD

Age of the MicroPC

Subject: Mobile | January 24, 2007 - 06:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a look at the MiniPC, something that didn't really exist until the past year.  PDAs have been common for a while, as well as browser enabled phones, but neither really had the functionality of a laptop.  With the MiniPC, or UMPC as it was first called, you have a much more useful device, and in a much smaller package than a laptop.  Read the editorial for an overview of what these little wonders can do, and if smarter phones, like the iPhone, will replace them before they can even

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Exclusive ASUS Motherboard Technologies Maximize Vista Enjoyment

Subject: Motherboards | January 24, 2007 - 03:35 PM |
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Fremont, CA, January 23rd, 2007 - ASUS, the world's motherboard leader, is now offering 4 motherboard models that are designed especially for the new operating system.

Source: ASUS

Absolutely fabulous, or total flop?

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 02:17 PM |
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Slashdot links to a game currently in development, called The Crossing.  It is based around the idea of having the enemies controlled by other humans.  In the single player, story mode, you have missions to accomplish, and occasionally skirmishes to fight in.  In the mission mode, you will likely be on your own, but with a chance another human may take over one of the AI characters, a la 'Agent Smith'.  In the skirmish mode, those playing single player games take the roles of Elites, and the purely muli

Source: Slashdot

Well, that won't cause controversy

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 01:01 PM |
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The Inquirer and Ars Technica have 2 different takes on the news out of Redmond today, that 1 in 5 Windows installs fail a WGA check.  To put it another way, 114 million systems of the 512 million that have installed WGA have failed, and you can add a significant amount of systems that people have never installed WGA on to that total.  Of the 114 million that failed, Microsoft has stated about 20% are not due to piracy, and although they do not say

Source: The Inquirer

Lunch @ Piero's @ CES 2007

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 24, 2007 - 12:39 PM |
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VIA Arena represented VIA at an Ultra Mobile PC focused event, called Lunch @ Piero's.  From the extremely portable  to designs made to fit in your car, the UMPC has come a long way in the past year.  There are quite a few shots of the products, which help you get an idea of what the UMPCs released this year will look like.

Source: VIA Arena

Cooler Master and Smooth Creations Presents: CSX

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2007 - 12:24 PM |
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Imagine your dream machine.

A machine so unique, so stylish, you will be the envy of all your friends.

Up until now, Custom Painted PC gaming systems have always been pre-built.  If you wanted a Custom Painted PC — you have one of two choices:  buy a pre-built system which might not have all the components you want or build your own and find someone who's skilled enough to bring your visions to reality.

AMD Continues to Give Embedded Designers More Choice

Subject: Processors | January 24, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan.

Source: AMD

VIA News: VIA Announces PCI Express Chipset for Vista-Ready Mobility

Subject: Chipsets | January 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 24 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA VN896 digital media mobile IGP chipset for the VIA C7®-M processor, certified Vista Basic-ready by Microsoft and designed to provide users with unsurpassed visual clarity for notebooks and the new breed of ultra mobile devices.

So long Intellipoint, Microsoft and Razer join forces

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 06:06 PM |
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The Habu gaming mouse is the product of a joint venture between Microsoft and Razer.  It has all that you would expect, like on the fly DPI adjustments and multiple buttons.  It also has some extras like the ability to move the buttons, and it swings both ways so lefties can use it.  If you like your mouse to glow, the side rails and mouse wheel will attract you, as it did in ExtremeTech's case.

Source: Extremetech

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.— Jan. 23, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006.  As a result of AMD's acquisition of ATI, fourth quarter financial results include the results of the former ATI operations[1] beginning October 25, 2006.

Source: AMD

Gigabyte revises their 965P board

Subject: Motherboards | January 23, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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Over at Tech Spot, you will find a review of the Gigabyte 965P-DS3P, Rev 2.  With more reliable capacitors, and a few more improvements, this board gives a much better experience than the original revision.  Even more impressive, it's overclocking potential is much better, as well as easier to set up.

Source: Tech Spot

New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range

Subject: Mobile | January 23, 2007 - 01:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 — Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks.

A little known Digital Media Players

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:25 PM |
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The Tech Lounge would like you to know about Cowon.  They are a little known company with some good offerings.  Their D2 is a 2/4 GB flash-based MP3 player with a 2.5' 24 bit TFT LCD screen for video playback, and space for 52 hours of music.  It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and FLAC, as well has having TV out, a voice recorder, and photo viewing.  The FM tuner and support for Microsoft's DRM10 is the icing on the cake.

XLC and OCZ lead to better OC?

Subject: Memory | January 23, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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The OCZFlexXLC Edition 1150MHz DDR2 modules run at 5-5-5-18 out of the box and support up to 2.4v.  What this means is TweakTown managed to push them to 1200MHz DDR2 at 5-9-9-24, using both passive cooling and watercooling.  The benefits of having watercooled RAM seem to apply more to the longevity of the DIMMS than it does to extreme overclocking.

Source: TweakTown