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

A big case with a watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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The Thermaltake Kandalf has been redesigned with a liquid cooling system and given a LCS moniker.  Tweaknews was really impressed with the original design, and it seems this new incarnation has learned a lot from it's predecessor.

Source: Tweaknews

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to
enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets
through Intel® Viiv
™ technology-based PCs, making the games more
enjoyable and accessible than ever before.

Party at the Kentsfield Quad

Subject: Processors | November 2, 2006 - 09:31 AM |
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Quad core, in the form of dual Core 2 Duo's on a single substrate.  4 cores in a single LGA775 socket, that will be compatible with at least some of the Core 2 Duo motherboards currently on the market.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at some really impressive CPU scores in 3DMark06.

Vista's release is just over the horizon

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 09:08 AM |
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The Inquirer believes they have tracked down someone who knows when Vista will be released.  The RTM (Release To Manufacturer) should be out mid-month, giving Dell, HP and others the chance to get Vista installed on pre-built systems.  It does seem like a tight time-line to get those PCs in stores for Christmas.

Source: The Inquirer

OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream with 850 Watt

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2006 - 03:01 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 1, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the
GameXStream family
.

More on the GeForce 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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A week before it's release, DigiTimes has posted the specs for the 2 flavours of 8800 that will be released on Nov. 8th.  Read on for a good look at what these cards are made with.

Source: Digitimes

It's big, fast, reliable and here for the long haul

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2006 - 11:15 AM |
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The Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB SATA HDD runs at a full 3GB/sec transfer, and is based on the new perpendicular recording technology.  HotHardware finds that the 7200.10 is still slightly faster than this drive, but also point out that until this new Barracuda Enterprise drives were built to last, not built for speed.  This new Seagate HDD is built for both.

Source: HotHardware

The Tech Report turns 7

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 10:30 AM |
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Believe it or not, seven years have passed since we first started
serving web pages to the world here at TR. Since then, we've seen a
tremendous amount of change and growth. It's taken some time, but we
have essentially reached our initial goals of growing a successful
publication devoted to core PC hardware and building a solvent business
that can support our inclination to play around with such PC hardware
all day. I'm constantly grateful for that fact.

Horror action games have you beat?

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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Futurelooks comes to the rescue with a handy guide on surviving horror action games.  This is a perfect guide for those who can dance through Quake or Halo, but stall out in a game where health and ammo can be severely limited.

Source: futurelooks

Collaborative Spyware

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 08:56 AM |
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US Intelligence agencies have a new tool, their own top-secret version of Wikipedia.  Allowing 16 agencies to share information between each other, this could be a major help to investigators.  CNet has some more information on this project, which should be more reliable than it's open submission cousin.

Corsair offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 08:25 AM |
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Fremont, CA (November 1, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units. Corsair premium modules include the award-winning XMS™, XMS PRO™, XMS XPERT™ and the newly released XMS DOMINATOR™ line of products. This explosive growth reinforces Corsair's position as the world's largest performance module maker, and the 8th largest DRAM module manufacturer, according to iSuppli.

Corsair Ships 1 Million Units -- Win Gold Plated Memory

Subject: Memory | November 1, 2006 - 07:03 AM |
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How's this for being able to show off to your friends?  "What, you have gold-freaking-plated memory???"  All you have to do to win is write a short piece on why you love Corsair, maximum of 200 words.  Come on, that's like third grade level!  You can do this!

Fremont, CA (November 1, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units.

AMD makes nVIDIA an offer they can't refuse

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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The Inquirer furthers the facts and FUD that surround the pending Quadfather from AMD, including the possibility of having 4 video cards, presumably running in SLI, as opposed to the ASUS P5W64 board recently reviewed by X-bit Labs.  Head over to see what they've discovered, but you will have to wait a while before you find out if they are right.

"AMD asked Nvidia to create a chipset for its Quadfather launch.

Here is the answer to a big question which has bothered many of our readers.

Source: The Inquirer

G2P - Gaming laptop from ASUS

Subject: Mobile | October 31, 2006 - 01:18 PM |
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HotHardware reviews the ASUS G2P Gaming Notebook.  Very stylish looking, in black and red, with some structural improvements designed around gamers needs on the outside, the inside hides an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2GHz) and an ATI Radeon X1700 512MB. 

Source: HotHardware

Thermaltake updates the Big Typhoon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2006 - 12:59 PM |
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Now ready for Socket AM-2, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX gives you even more control over fan speeds and noise.  It's performance blew ThinkComputers away.

Double wide video card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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PC Stats reviews MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE, which is 2 single GPUs on full cards with one PCI-Express 16x connector.  That means if you can get 2 of them, you can have a Quad-GPU setup.  Follow the link to find out what one of these can do.

"The GeForce 7950GX2 is nVIDIA's flagship graphics card du jour, and the first true dual core, dual slot PCI Express videocard from the boys

in Santa Carla.

Source: PCStats

It's not just the candy you should be checking tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2006 - 08:42 AM |
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There is a brand new threat that can disable your Windows Firewall with a malformed packet.  It attacks using ICS, which means you will likely loose your internet connection as well as the firewall.  Slashdot has links to more information.

Source: Slashdot

Four PCI Express x16 Slots on a Core 2 Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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The ASUS P5W64 WS Professional is a very unique board, based around the i975X, which means it could support Crossfire.  The board itself seems designed for a different use, as it seems the 8 monitor trick is being used a selling feature more than some kind of 4 card Crossfire, although it does leave space for a PCI-Express PPU.  The overclocking potential was not huge, at least not from the perspective of the tests X-bit Labs performed.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Reviving the ModStream lineup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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OCZ has updated their power supply line with the EvoStream series, including newer features like 600W total power and four +12V rails, perfect for newer systems, while retaining the modular design that made them popular in the past.  OC3D has a new review posted that covers all the bases of the OCZ EvoStream 600.

Source: Overclock3D