The mysterious world of hard disks

Subject: Storage | July 18, 2007 - 05:08 PM |
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TechARP has compiled a list of the most common hard disk misconceptions and myths into one big article, and paired them with the facts.  If you have someone in your life who believes that to mount a HDD vertically, you have to reformat the HDD vertically to ensure proper spreading of magic dust and to fully repair any bad sectors caused by sudden power failures ... please send them there.

Source: Tech ARP

Fighting hard for last place

Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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AMD and Intel seem to currently be in a race to see who can use the least amount of power, especially when it comes to servers.  Instead of measuring who is the fastest, or the most powerful, AnandTech's review focuses on the power consumption of Intel and AMD's low power chips, when performing an identical task.  Whether you are looking to lower your power costs, or even just trying to figure out what TDP means to you, this article will help you along your way.

Source: AnandTech

81 percent is 12 Volt

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2007 - 01:53 PM |
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The Seasonic 500W S12II PSU may sound a little underpowered, until you look at some of the stats, like the fact that 408W is available to the two 12V rails at 34A.  [H]ard|OCP put it on their torture bench, and was quite impressed at this PSUs ability to live up to all the claims Seasonic made.   It even went through a whole hour of the 100% power tests and stayed at 45C.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Interview with Former Mod IAmGhostDog

Subject: Editorial | July 18, 2007 - 12:38 PM |
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I have the extreme pleasure in posting an interview with a former Mod who has been a real asset to our community..IAmGhostDog..or as you may come to know him, Jeff. He has a wealth of culinary skills he is apt to share, as well as a huge collection of music. I am so pleased he agreed to share something of himself to us all, thanks!

Hi there.

CARMACK!!!

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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The next Quakecon may be filled with a lot of new people who've never been there before ... console players.  Id Software has decided to switch their focus.  Now they won't be focusing on PC Games, but instead on consoles, to the point where every PC will have gamepads/controllers attached for testing, not the keyboard & mouse combo that defines PC gaming.  Nor will they be pushing the limits of graphics cards anymore.

Source: The Inquirer

Death of a PC

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Many will have heard of the German that not only managed to get his revenge on a computer, but got away with it too!  If you haven't, drop by [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sounding out the new OSes

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Professional audiophiles have had little say in the benchmarking suites we see during reviews, even when a sound card is under review.  D.A.W. Bench aims to fix that, offering a way to compare audio quality and performance across multiple OSes.  The Inquirer can give you an earful on this topic, if you let them.

Source: The Inquirer

OCZ Technology Announces Enhanced Bandwidth High Performance 1600MHz DDR3 Modules

Subject: Memory | July 17, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 17, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announces two new 1600MHz parts including the world's first enhanced bandwidth high speed DDR3. The newest additions to the OCZ DDR3 family offer enthusiasts performance they can really sink their teeth into and feature blazing fast speeds of 1600MHz and the incredibly fast latencies of 7-7-7 and 7-6-6 on ASUS motherboards.

EVGA Scavenger Hunt 2007

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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  • You need to scavenge the EVGA website for a special EVGA Scavenger Hunt Gold Ribbon icon that you will need to locate (10) ten times on various pages throughout the EVGA website. When you find this icon on a page all you need to do is simply click on it and a small page will popup, it will ask you (2) two questions one about EVGA and one about one of our partners that donated prizes. You will need to enter your name and email address and our system will track the rest for you. You will need to answer the questions correctly to be eligible to win.
Source: EVGA

Healthcare Experts Debate Solutions for Chronic Disease Management and the Aging

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2007 - At a summit hosted by Intel Corporation today, a group of healthcare experts and decision-makers debated solutions to improve care for people with chronic disease and to ease the strain that it and the growing aging population place on individuals and families, the nation and on the healthcare system and providers.

Participants challenged each other to improve the quality and integration of patient care, including the role technology can play in reducing the costs for health institutions and insurance providers.

One G33 Express mobo, hold the IDE

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2007 - 02:24 PM |
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The ECS G33T-M2 has an onboard Intel GMA 3100 graphics chipset, a Gigabit NIC and 7.1 HD Azalia, as well as 1 PCI Express x16, a PCI Express x1 slot a pair of PCI slots and 4 SATA slots.  What it doesn't have is any IDE channels.  It also supports 1333MHz FSB and DDR2.  Read on to find out what PC Stats thought of this all inclusive entry level motherboard.

Source: PCStats

Emaciated heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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The marketplace today is flooded with heatsinks that weigh about 2 pounds, and are 120mm or more in at least one dimension so they can fit the largest common fan size.  This can make it hard for HTPC builders, or anyone who is looking at upgrading a rack-mount case.  FrostyTech has found a heatsink from Akasa, the AK-975Cu which is designed to fit in a 2U case.  It is 77x56x89mm and weighs in at 350g, with a pair of heatpipes and isn't going to be much competition for the Thermalright Ultra 120, or other high

Source: Frosty Tech

New iPhone blues

Subject: Mobile | July 17, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted some info on a lovely little trojan designed to redirect you to a fraudulent site when you try going to an official iPhone website to make a purchase.  Victims will end up giving their credit card. banking information and so on to these botnet farmers, with predictable consequences. Be careful.

"Researchers at PandaLabs have issued a warning to iPhone users about the new Aifone.A bot Trojan that is making the

rounds.

Looking to buy an iPhone?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

One password to rule them all

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Techware Labs has found a handy little program called the RoboForm, which is also available in mobile form, as a USB drive.  It keeps all your passwords, as well as being able to generate ones for you.  The ones generated are fairly strong, and the RoboForm remembers them for you as opposed to you having to remember random letters and numbers.  If you are having trouble keeping passwords straight you can g

WD Announces 750 GB Enterprise-Class SATA Hard Drives

Subject: Storage | July 17, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 17, 2007 - Addressing the needs for the growing
enterprise market for high-capacity, highly-reliable storage, Western
Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it will be shipping its WD RE2
(RAID Edition) 750 GB hard drive this month.

Mid range nVIDIA versus AMD, dollar for dollar

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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The contestants are ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB GDDR4 and XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256 MB GDDR3 card.  The ATI version of that card is exceedingly rare, only the Sapphire cards are up for sale on Newegg and Pricegrabber, although the specs do remain the same.  [H]ard|OCP did a fair amount of research to find two cards that are priced exactly the same (barring mail in rebate that makes the nVIDIA card cheaper), so the apples-to-apples comparison is dead on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Carrier Grade Platforms Certified for Sun Solaris

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 16, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced availability for Sun Microsystems' Solaris Operating System on Intel-based telecommunications rack and blade servers just months after a broad agreement between the two companies.

Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor, Extreme Gaming Goes Mobile

Subject: Mobile | July 16, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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Outrageous mobile performance,
radical mobile enjoyment
.

Designed for gamers and power-users, the
Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor is the
worlds highest performing mobile processor.
For those who want the most intense, high
performance mobile computing experience
available, Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processors
deliver revolutionary mobile dual-core performance, 4 MB of shared L2 Advanced Smart
Cache, and an 800 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB).

Intel's new king of the hill

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM |
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The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware.  We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.

Source: HotHardware

Form and function compete for your attention

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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The Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP is a no frills, dirt cheap external SATA/USB 2.0 enclosure.  The drawbacks to that are obvious, materials and a manual that don't measure up to their more expensive competition, and the lack of eSATA are the prominent ones.  On the other hand, the performance is every bit as good as the more expensive docks, and the extra cash you save can be translated directly into a bigger HDD.  AnandTech can tell you a

Source: AnandTech