A possible 7950 GS release?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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NGOHQ has heard that a possible 7950GS card may be released.  The 7950GT was released very recently, at the $300 mark.   This card would have to be cheaper, as it would not be faster, and could be the cheapest and easiest way to get SLI up and running.

Source: NGOHQ

You can't always teach old tech support new tricks

Subject: Systems | September 26, 2006 - 03:24 PM |
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Dell's XPS 410 is a solid performing system, [H]ard|OCP was quite happy with the performance of the sytem when gaming or using it for other multimedia applications.  However, several issues with the system had them dealing with Tech Support, whose performance was far from stellar.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Maxtor's 11 Gen drives make themselves available

Subject: Storage | September 26, 2006 - 01:48 PM |
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The Tech Report reviews the DiamondMax 11, a very different drive from the 10.  Where the 10 shone in WinBench and file transfer, the 11 does not perform nearly as well.  The achilles heel of the 10 was single user multitasking, while the 11 beats out 10K Raptors on iPEAK multitasking tests. 

Void your warranty for a higher frequency

Subject: Memory | September 26, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Why not, if you can get 1100 @ 5-6-6-15 to run at 1111 and 4-4-4-12.  OCZ's PC2-8800 Gold Edition offers quite a few opportunities to overclock in various ways.  You don't have to keep the timing so tight, if you are looking for a higher MHz frequency.  Drop by Legit Reviews for a good idea of what these DIMMs can do.

Small vulnerability found in OpenSSL

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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A very specific vulnerability in OpenSSL has been discovered, and patched recently.  It is only one particular signature, so it is likely to have affected very little, but that's no excuse not to patch.  Slashdot has links to the article.

Source: Slashdot

VIA CX700M -Unified Chipset with HDTV support

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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The VIA CX700M integrates premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and
HDTV support all in a single chip design
. This unified design enables
the creation of smaller form factor designs, reduced power consumption,
and easier cooling, all of which opens the door for an expanded range
of embedded solutions. This is all done in a single chip package
exactly the same size as a North bridge, i.e. 37.5mm x 37.5mm,
representing a saving of over 34% in board real estate.

IDF 2006: I'll be here all week!

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 26, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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I am currently sitting in my hotel room, several blocks from the San Francisco convention center (Moscone), awaiting the beginnings of the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum.  What can you expect here?  Two words: quad core.  Yep, its going to be every where; in fact I already saw it last night and a pre-IDF press meeting.  There they showed off a Kentsfield core processor and a new quad-threaded gaming engine created by Futuremark call "Ice Storm Fighters".  Hopefully they come

Source: 3DCenter

Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum

Subject: Editorial | September 26, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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I am currently sitting in my hotel room, several blocks from the San Francisco convention center (Moscone), awaiting the beginnings of the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum.  What can you expect here?  Two words: quad core.  Yep, its going to be every where; in fact I already saw it last night and a pre-IDF press meeting.  There they showed off a Kentsfield core processor and a new quad-threaded gaming engine created by Futuremark call "Ice Storm Fighters".  Hopefully they come

The death of DVD movies?

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 06:05 PM |
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The Tech Zone puts forward some thoughts on the death of DVD movies, in all three flavours.  They cover several points, including the fact that it can be easier and quicker to download from iTunes than to wait for a rental store to have the movie in stock or wait for a mail delivery.

C2D does not always mean "Crash To Desktop"

Subject: Motherboards | September 25, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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In fact, when [H]ard|OCP are talking about Core 2 Duo processors or motherboards, it is just short form.  This motherboard, built on an Intel chipset, has everythign you want from dual Gigabit NICs, as well as a wireless connection that claims "g" speeds.  Add to that respectable overclocking potential and Realtec's ALC882M 8 channel HD audio, and you have a pretty impressive board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

80 Plus, and what it means when it comes to PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 02:16 PM |
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SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus.  As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUS® performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater."

The problem being that they are very hard to find.  The 500W Zalman ZM360B-APS is an 80 Plus PSU, though there are other issues that SPCR discovered while reviewing this power supply.

Intel, Omnicom Media Group Announce Collaboration to Bring Internet-Delivered Ads to TVs

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 01:41 PM |
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Santa Clara, Calif., and New York,
Sept. 25, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Omnicom Media Group (OMG), which
includes global media agencies OMD Worldwide and PHD Network, today
announced a collaboration to develop "10 foot" or large screen
advertising templates for Internet-delivered advertising to TVs
connected to Intel® Viiv™ technology-based computers
.

A quiet hurricane

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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techPowerUp reviews the full sized XLCIO A380, whose pair of 250mm fans move a lot of air very quietly.  Combine that with the "toolless installation" that is becoming very common and a fairly low price tag, and you have the basis of a good gamming system that won't drown out a vacuum cleaner.

Source: techPowerUp!

Feeling left out of the loop when it comes to Vista?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Well, you don't have to feel like that any longer, Microsoft has opened up a beta version that anyone can download and install.  The Inquirer has the link straight to the download page for the DVD.  It will take a while to finsh, so don't hold your breath, and whatever you do, don't overwrite your main copy of Windows, use a spare HDD!

Source: The Inquirer

Come visit the upgraded forums, they're still shiny and have that new car smell

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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The PC Perspective forums have undergone an upgrade, which you can read about here.  Or, if you want to head directly into the forums, the ASUS M2N32-SLI thread has moved to mega-thread status, and will cover almost any problem you could run into.  There is a very active argument in the Lightning Round, which asks you to choose your favorite type of government and defend your choice.  The

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Mighty Mini Mouse

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 03:31 PM |
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Futurelooks reviews a tiny Bluetooth mouse, not much bigger than the 2 AA batteries that it runs on.  It is easy to recharge, and will fit in even the most cramped laptop case.  Mind you, you might want to keep it tied to something, as it will be very easy to lose.

Source: futurelooks

ASUS blows trhe lid on nVIDIA's new PPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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HEXUS has noticed the answer ASUS gave about the 3rd PCI Express slot on an unrelased (P5N32 SLI) motherboard.  Much like ATI's upcoming PPU, it does more that just process physics in games, it is also meant to be a co-processor for the CPU to dump many mathematical calculations onto.

Source: Hexus

A Vincent shooter, non-RPG Squaresoft game

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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On the one hand, you are playing Vincent, with all his guns.  On the other hand, it's a non-RPG from SquareSoft, who have a dodgy history when they try to break away from that.  Then you read the article at Ars Technica and find out there is an entire level where you are forced to play as Cait Sith.

Source: Ars Technica

A sneek peek at AMDs roadmap

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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Head to the Inquirer, who have a link to a Dutch site that has a list of AMDs upcoming processors and some of the specs.  The new FX's don't have a release date yet, but the 3 GHz X2 6000+ is to be out in November.

Source: The Inquirer

Go 4x4-ing with Barcelona

Subject: Processors | September 21, 2006 - 05:50 PM |
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[H] spoke with AMDs Senior VP and CTO, Phil Hester about the upcoming quad core processor, currently named Barcelona.  The interview covers a lot of ground on what AMDs future plans are, including the aquisition if ATI.

Source: [H]ard|OCP