Squeeze a full ATX board into 90mm

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2006 - 01:46 PM |
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The Thermaltake Mozart Sx Slim HTPC case uses some innovative ideas to let you fit a full ATX board, and even a normal 1 slot PCIe video card in a tiny area.  hardCOREware has posted a full review of this well made HTPC case.

Source: hardCOREware

BioWare to Integrate AGEIA PhysX Technology into Next-Generation Eclipse Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 01:01 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 7,
2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in
hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that BioWare Corp.
is integrating AGEIA PhysX™ technology into its next-generation
BioWare Eclipse Engine™ for PCs and next-generation consoles
. BioWare
chose AGEIA PhysX for its unmatched physics capabilities and its
straightforward implementation across multiple platforms.

Source: AGEIA

A revealing PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2006 - 12:47 PM |
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Enclosing the top of a PSU in see through acrylic makes the Apevia ATX-IB 680W PSU very unique.   Don't worry about the choice of materials, it does conform to "ATX12V v2.2 spec. Stating that in the event of a catastrophic failure the
unit must protect from Flame, Charred PCB, emission of molten material, and others
".  MODTHEBOX puts it to the test, to find out if it is as stable as it is attractive.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Goof thing there's no shortage of virtual Lego

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP sits back and enjoys some old school Star Wars, with the second installment of Lego Star Wars.  Available on Xbox, Xbox360 and PC, they opted for the Xbox360 version, but the plot can't really change, now can it?  Great screenshots are just a click away.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adobe flashes Mozilla

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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Firefox continues to grow, first working directly with Microsoft on Vista compatibility, and now Adobe has handed them the keys to ActionScript.  Read more at Slashdot, about what this means for Firefox in the near future.

Source: Slashdot

ATI X1950 Issue: CrossFire and Standard Card Render Differently?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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While doing some more game testing for an upcoming review, I came upon an issue that seemed quite confusing.  While playing Prey, the new Doom 3 engine game from HumanHead Software and 3D Realms, I noticed that in at least one case, the X1950 XTX card I was using scored the same when set at 2xAA and at 4xAA.  Looking back at my review of the X1950 XTX card, specifically the Prey gaming section, I did not test the non-AA or lower-AA setti

The Saga of Intel and AMD

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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PC Mechanic takes a look at the recent history of the CPU, starting around the turn of the millennium.  Back in the heady days when Intel's BX chipset ruled the world, until AMD managed to break 1.0 GHz first.  They also include a link to a previous article discussing the more distant past.

Source: PC Mechanic

3 way i975X battle

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2006 - 12:46 PM |
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DriverHeaven takes a Intel Core2 X6800 and benchmarks it on motherboards from Abit, DFI and Intel.  Read their review to see if sticking with Intel's own board is still the way to go, or if one of the other 2 manufacturers can do better.

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Ready for a change of phase?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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When watercooling just doesn't cut it anymore, many turn to Thermoelectric cooling, like the CoolIt Systems Freezone Peltier, that Lee just reviewed.  The other choice, at least without breaking out the liquid nitrogen, is to borrow technology from refrigerators, and get into phase changing.  WaterCooling 101 has just published a guide to phase change cooling, and explain what it is and how you go about doing it.

Decent performance at a decent price

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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With a little bargain hunting, the 3 cards that t-break benchmarks are all within shouting distance of $200.  None of them will be breaking records, but they are up to date, and all 3 sport Dual-DVI for larger LCD screens.  You could also think about SLI/Crossfire.

Source: t-break

Valve's belief in fully loaded cores

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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Not content with just one core being run at 100%, Valve now plans to fully utilize 2 or 4 cores in it's games, depending on which chip you have.  [H]ard|OCP has a lot of info on how Valve plans to implement multi-core threading in it's games, and this includes giving entire cores to AIs so your enemies will truly be working in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD BRINGS NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS TO THE APPLET POWER MAC G5R QUAD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2006 - 10:48 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 6, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI
Radeon(r) X1900 G5 Mac(r) Edition, a next-generation graphics card that
combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D
game performance. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition represents a
high-performance PCI Express graphics upgrade card for the Power Mac G5
Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual
.

Source: AMD

Intel and Micron Announce Advancements in NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture

Subject: Memory | November 6, 2006 - 10:47 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc., today announced they are ahead of schedule on their development of the NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies.

We thrive on audience participation

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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This week on the forums, a member's computer appeared to have been taken over by a special effect from the Matrix, and now all his games and even his desktop display his video card's cries of pain.  Another member is having some issues with installing WinXP on a RAID-0 on an A8N-SLI after a BIOS update.  Even just a quick visit to our storage forum, and BWM will teach you more about hard drives than you m

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Patroit joins the DDR2-1066 crowd

Subject: Memory | November 3, 2006 - 01:31 PM |
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AnandTech reviews Patriot's PDC22G8500ELK, with a pair of 1GB DDR2-1066 modules.  Based on Micron D chips, these modules can get up to 1092, but fail when pushed to 1100.  Overall, you get a good deal for your $350.

Source: AnandTech

EAX2.0 onboard, or not?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 10:33 AM |
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The Tech Report does some serious investigation into 2 onboard EAX2 solutions, Analog Devices' AD1988B codec and Realtek's ALC882D.  This testing was initiated because of a White Paper published by Analog Devices, based on testing done by Creative.  Find out just how well onboard EAX2 really does work.

Halo 3 Pre-orders anyone?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Hexus isn't getting to much into the rumour mongering, but they do know a couple of things about the upcoming Halo3 release that are pretty much confirmed.  It is available for pre-order, there are at least 2 new weapons, and if you order the Legendary edition, you get a replica Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet.

Source: Hexus

The great JPEG wars have ended

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 08:43 AM |
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Forgent wanted $1 billion, but they have settled for a measly $8 million, in what looks to be a move to end the case quickly.  The large PC making companies being sued had convinced the judge to review Forgent's patent, which if it was overturned would cost Forgent a huge amount in royalties it already collects from 60 different companies, like camera makers.  More about the settlement and the cases history can be found at CNET.

Razer tries to do for keyboards what it did for mice

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 03:33 PM |
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Razer did a very good job with their gaming mice, and are trying to apply their skills to gaming keyboards with the Tarantula.   Drop by XYZ computer for a look at it.

The Hypersonic Boom is caused by the money flying out of your wallet.

Subject: Systems | November 2, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Hypersonic Sonic Boom OCX, a hard core gaming system.  The bad new is the price tag, at $3400.00, but the good news is that it gets you a Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz), 2GB of Mushkin RAM and a GeForce 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card.  As [H] finds by the end of their experience, you do get your money's worth if you can afford it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP