Solid storage for notebooks

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The Tech Report has some information on SanDisk's newly announced 32GB Solid State Drive, designed primarily for notebooks.  Not only do they give you information on the SanDisk drive, but they also provide links to info on the competitors drives.

It looks pretty, but you can't push it too hard

Subject: Motherboards | January 4, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews abit's AW9D-MAX for Core 2 Duo.  It is compatible with CrossFire, and the layout is very well thought out, including the cooling for the chipset.  However, they discovered one little flaw that may cause disinterest among hard core users.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte's 7950 GT is a bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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HotHardware reviews Gigabyte's 7950 GT, a nice alternative to the 7900 GTX.  This particular model comes with a full version of Civ4 and a large Zalman cooler which allows some nice overclocking possibilities.

Lee also offers you an alternative to buying a new VGA, with the Thermalright HR-03 VGA Cooler, which cools hot graphics cards well without a fan, and even better with one.

Source: HotHardware

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 — Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading
Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a
collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based
media PCs, such as those with Intel® Viiv™ technology, to legally
download and record major motion picture movie content to blank DVD
discs for playback on both the PC and consumer electronics devices,
including most standard DVD players.

The winds of change blow cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM |
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Ionic cooling is a little known way of cooling PCs efficiently and silently.  The Future of Things gives you an overview of how the technology works, and an interview with 3 very knowledgeable scientists in that field, one of whom is the CTO of Kronos Advanced Technologies.

Money for nothing, and your clicks for free

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Step 1 - Release free browser
Step 2 -
Step 3 - PROFIT!!!!

Well, Firefox figured out step 2, and The Tech Zone sat down with the head honcho to find out how they made over $50 million in 2005.

"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox

web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell

you."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

EVGA Announces Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 01:22 AM |
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EVGA is announcing four new GeForce 8800 cards, all of which are overclocked.  The new 8800 GTXs run at 626MHz/621 MHz core and 2.0 GHz memory speeds while the 8800 GTS will run at 580MHz/576 MHz core and 1.7 GHz memory.


EVGA, a leading provider of performance computing hardware, today announced the release of their e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO w/ ACS³ (P/N:


768-P2-N837-AR) and 8800 GTS KO w/ ACS³ (P/N: 640-P2-N827-AR) NVIDIA® technology-based graphics card.

Preparing for CES

Subject: Editorial | January 3, 2007 - 04:34 PM |
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Believe it not, this year's CES is actually shaping up to be quite a busy one for me.  Not because of some elaborate launch plans from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel, but mostly because of the alarmingly high amount of meetings that I have setup for a three day time span.  Currently I am 28 -- that's nearly 10 a day and considering all the issues involved with getting around the city of Las Vegas in a timely fashion, I have a feeling I am going to be doing quite a bit of sprinting.

I Want That!!: 300TB Hard Drive

Subject: Storage | January 3, 2007 - 04:16 PM |
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By 2010, it looks like Seagate is aiming for 300 terabyte hard drives for your systems!

PLATTER SPINNER Seagate thinks that it will be able to create a 300 TB hard-drive by 2010.

According to Joystick, Seagate boffins are apparently working on a hard-drive which uses heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) techniques.

Source: The Inquirer

LED-based Notebooks Coming Soon

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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If the LCD screen on your notebook just isn't the quality you demand, then the upcoming releases of LED-based notebooks from both HP and Apple is likely to peak your interest. 

HP's new LED-based notebooks will feature Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) and will aim at high-end, multimedia uses, the sources said, adding that using LEDs as the backlight source for large-size applications will become more popular thanks to more models of such kind from US-based notebook brands.


Source: Digitimes

AMD R600 Chip Pushed Back

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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I don't think this is a suprise to most of us, but the Inq is reporting more info stating a March release for their DX10 GPU

The last revision of the prototype chip - upon which a certain "pre-review" is based - also suffers from problems which are serious enough to get another re-spin, sources tell me. This re-spin puts a hold on the launch for another couple of weeks, and now R600 is looking like an early March launch, probably the week before SnowBIT in Hangover.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD's Quad FX Not Quite the Bargain We Hoped

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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The guys at Tech Report noticed that even though the Quad FX parts are available for sale now, they aren't the prices AMD quoted to everyone last month. 

Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer.

abit Brings AB9 QuadGT Motherboard to CES

Subject: Motherboards | January 3, 2007 - 04:09 PM |
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What does the "quad" mean exactly?  Support for quad-core Intel processors, and, um.... stuff.

The AB9 QuadGT is geared towards extreme performance.

Guarantee your Halo 3 Beta

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2007 - 04:07 PM |
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Want to make sure you are in on the upcoming Halo 3 beta?  Then just buy a specially marked "Crackdown" game

On page 61 of the February 2007 issue of GamePro sits the second of two pages promoting the bright and shiny new world of destruction called Crackdown. As if this game's explosive mayhem didn't look sweet enough already, the lower right corner of the advertisement reads: "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

How to Make a Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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If you have ever wondered exactly how a motherboard is made, PC Stats has a good article that will show you how


Finally the motherboards undergo an 'in-circuit test' which involves testing each motherboard's circuit paths, electrical characteristics and the chips that have just been added by applying electrical current to certain specific test points on the board.

Source: PCStats

MSI P965 and 975X Motherboards Compared

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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Tech Report has a review up that looks at the MSI P965 and 975X motherboards and how they compare with one another. 

Apparent overclocking potential is one of very few differences between MSI's P965 and 975X Platinum. Price is another, and given just how similar the boards are, I'm not sure the 975X is worth the extra $20—not unless you really want Viiv support. That's not a knock against the 975X Platinum, mind you; it's the cheapest enthusiast-oriented 975X board on the market.

Asus Shows Off the Goods at CES

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:43 PM |
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Speaking of Asus, Digitimes is reporting that Asus will be showcasing some new products at CES next week. 

Asustek Computer will showcase its XG Station, an audio-visual workstation for notebooks at the upcoming 2007 International CES in Las Vegas, according to the company.


The XG Station, equipped with discrete graphics chips, Dolby output and USB 2.0, give users better graphics and audio-visual effects when co

Source: Digitimes

Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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The guys at HardOCP have taken the new Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard for a test run

However, there are a few areas of improvement that became more apparent during the overclocking test runs. My biggest complaints center on the board cooling mechanisms, or lack thereof. The northbridge passive chipset cooler was barely adequate for stock running, but quickly became too hot to handle when any overclocking was attempted. This was easily remedied with a low speed fan.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Game of the Year Awards at Shacknews

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2006 - 06:50 PM |
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Head on over to Shacknews to get the scoop on their picks for this year's game awards.

It is December 31st, and that means its time to tally all the votes and present to you the Shacknews Game of the Year 2006 Winners as voted on by our audience. As we switched voting formats this year, results are based on total points per category where a game got 3 points for a first place vote, 2 for a second place and 1 for a third place vote. 

Source: Shacknews

ATI R600 Specs and Benchmarks Revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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Apparently, a new site by the name of Level 505 was able to get a hold of the specs and some early benchmarks for the new R6000 GPU coming from ATI early next year.  Dailytech has coverage of the news as well:

This time around it appears AMD is going for a different approach by equipping the ATI R600 with less unified shaders than NVIDIA's recently launched GeForce 8800 GTX.

Source: Daily Tech