Quad SLI, the easy way

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 17, 2006 - 06:39 PM |
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MVKTECH looks at the nVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB Quad SLI.  Take two slightly shrunk 7900's, mate the PCBs like conjoined twins, with only one having the PCI Express connector to the motherboard, and sit back and benchmark.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Sink your teeth into Ideazon's newest gaming device

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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If you find yourself frustrated with the placement of keys in your favourite games, consider the Ideazon FANG gaming pad.  All your keys are in close proximity, and it is easier than trying to manually change key bindings in-game or with a config.ini file.  Read the full review at [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Build a gaming laptop

Subject: Mobile | July 17, 2006 - 01:44 PM |
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Legit Reviews found a "whitebook" (a bare bones laptop, essentially no components other than the casing, screen and mobo), to build a gaming machine from.  The Clevo M575U and Sager 5760 can fit an impressive array of parts, and will function as a perfect desktop replacement.

""It's now officially the summer of 2006 and it's time to do publish another article on how to build

your own gaming notebook. The changes from 2005 to 2006 were significant when it comes to notebooks.

Intel's new server chip

Subject: Processors | July 17, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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The stats on the upcoming Woodcrest server chip from Intel certainly make it seem to be an impressive leap from Xeon.  A 4MB L2 cache shared between it's two cores, a 1333MHz Dual-Independent Bus and signifigantly reduced power consumption are just a few of the improvements AnandTech discusses.

"For the past two years Intel has been holding workshops in Oregon, where they invite a few of the

hardware sites to view their upcoming technology.

Source: AnandTech

Megapixel madness

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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If you are finding yourself at a loss trying to explain digital cameras, megapixels and sensor sizes, Dan's Data can straighten you out.  Drop by to find out why buying a camera just based on the fact that it has a bazillion megapixels might not take pictures any better than a 2 year old model.

Source: Dan's Data

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 3)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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In part three of the multi-GPU World TOur, Bjorn3D examines 6 motherboards, 3 based on Radeon chipsets and 3 on nForce. The three SLI systems are beginning to take shape.

Source: Bjorn3D

What's cool about the Icetank?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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SPCR is concerened about heat, but are also concerned about the amount of noise produced as a by-product.  While they were checking out the nMedia Icetank, they swapped the original fan with their favorite low noise fan ... click over find out what happened.

nForce chipsets for the Core 2 Duo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2006 - 03:24 PM |
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Motherboards.org takes a sneek peek at the nForce4 590 and 570 chipsets, designed for the new Conroe Core 2 Duo chips from Intel.  Even better, they are compatible with all existing LGA-775 CPUs on the market currently.

Ghosts in your Xbox 360

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2006 - 12:46 PM |
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[H] takes a look at Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the Xbox 360.  Find out what the single player is like, and take a look at the multiplayer game types, available with Xbox360 Live.

"The face of war has changed. Enemy lines blur, and there is no longer a clear opponent. New enemies

and new threats require a new type of warfare - a new type of soldier. Enter the Ghosts."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Careful with those funny .ppt emails

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2006 - 12:28 PM |
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Close on the heels of Excel vulnerabilities patched this week, a flaw in PowerPoint could lead to remote code execution.  Be very cautious in opening any .ppt attachments you get, and read the full story at CNET

The Days of the Conroe: Core 2 around the net

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Intel has bid goodbye to the Pentium, and released the Conroe Core 2 based processor.  These chips are faster and use less power than the previous Intel CPU's.  Start your tour at [H]ard|OCP, and see how the Core 2 Extreme X6800 and the Core 2 Duo E6700 perform in real games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-7200 Special Ops Editio

Subject: Memory | July 14, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200
DDR2 Special Ops Edition. The new DDR2-900 SOE is part of the limited
edition Special Ops series which is a line of memory that caters to the
needs of gamers and features a unique camouflage motif XTC heatspreader.

Saitek's Pro Gamer thingamajigger

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 06:14 PM |
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Is it a keypad, a game pad or something else altogether?  Think Computers can tell you all about the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit, and what it can do for you in FPS and RTS games.

A PVR for your PSP

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is essentially a VCR with a twist.  Hook it up to your cable, exactly like you would a VCR.  It will record MPEG-4s of whatever channel you are on, giving you a choice of 4 resolutions.  Once you've recorded, either plug into a PC for transfer to an iPOD, or a memory stick for PSP.  XYZ Computing can tell you all about it.

A flash of inspiration may extend your laptop's battery life

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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The Tech Report takes a look at Super Talent's upcoming flash based 2.5" laptop disk drive.  With 3 sizes (4, 8 and 16 GBs), it won't hold huge amounts of data but certainly enough to be useful.  With no moving parts, the power drain is in the neighbourhood of 10% of a normal drive's requirements, this will extend your notebooks battery.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 02:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on August 7, 2006.

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 2)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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bit-tech continues the Multi-GPU World Tour with the second installment.  Read on to find out what GPU's are chosen for the 3 systems.

Source: bit-tech

Affordable Widescreen from ViewSonic

Subject: Displays | July 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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About $350 seems a reasonable price for a 20.1" widescreen LCD.  When you add in 8ms response time, a (typical) 800:1 contrast ratio, 176 degree viewing angle and fullscreen at 1680 x 1050 resolution, it sounds even better.  Get the full review of ViewSonic's VX2025 at A1-Electronics.

Sneak your favorite shows away from home

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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It certainly sounds easy enough to use.  Just plug the USB TV Tuner into your home PC, and then plug your cable into the USB tuner.  Once you are at another PC (at work, for example), just start a Skype video call with your home computer and you are watching TV.  Drop by The Inquirer for more on this handy device.

Source: The Inquirer

Case envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 05:18 PM |
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OCMODSHOP has fallen deeply in love with the Antec P180 case ... perhaps disturbingly so.  Drop by to see just how enamoured they are with this case, you have to read it to beleive it.

Source: OCMODSHOP