Revisiting CoV and PPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2006 - 04:10 PM |
Tagged:

The new City of Villains patch is out, so AnanadTech revisits Ageia's PPU and the effect it has on playability.  To make things easier to compare CoV now supports software physics, so the performance difference the PPU makes can realy be highlighted.

Source: AnandTech

Lacie gives you lego storage

Subject: Storage | September 7, 2006 - 01:44 PM |
Tagged:

Hardware Zone presents a review of the Lacie Brick Desktop Harddrive.  Available in 3 colours, white that holds 160GB or 500GB, red is 250GB and blue at 300GB.  Take a look for yourself, they're dead ringers for Lego bricks.

"The Brick is truly a jaw-dropping desktop hard drive, as it can store massive amount of data and combines functionality and design all in

one beautiful package."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

EPoX's no-frills Core 2 Duo motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
Tagged:

[H]ard|OCP reviews EPoX's Core 2 Duo board, the EP-5P945Pro.  For less than $100 dollars, you get a motherbord with no frills, including no SLI support, but it handles Core 2 Duo chips perfectly well.  A great base to build a PC that sees normal use, but not recommended for gamers or overclockers.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Preorder your flying car, only 5% down!

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
Tagged:

CNet has links to both preorder your Terrafugia and a flight simulator so you can practice while you are waiting for it to arrive ... in 2009ish.   More of a light aircraft you drive to the airport to fly away in, than something you can launch from your own driveway, it at least makes some efforts to get us into the flying cars we were all supposed to have by now.

Wireless Digital Music Network

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 05:55 PM |
Tagged:

The Sonos Digital Music System is difficult to describe.  The ZonePlayers are the hub of the system, one is connected directly to your router, the rest (up to 32 in total) can then connect to that one ZonePlayer wirelessly.  Designed to play music files from a PC, with a NAS device, you don't even need that.  The ZonePlayers come in 2 flavours, one with a built in  amplifier, and a cheaper one that does not.  Once they are hooked to the network, the ZonePlayer is then attached either directly to speakers, or to an existing stereo setup, and it is all run through one re

Source: CoolTechZone

OCZ Technology Group Announces Grand Opening of Asia Pacific Product Development

Subject: Memory | September 6, 2006 - 05:29 PM |
Tagged:

Sunnyvale, CA-September 6, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, is pleased
to announce the opening of the new OCZ Asia Pacific Product Development and
Logistics Center, located in Chung Ho City, Taipei County, Taiwan.

Feast your eyes on Episode 2

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 03:34 PM |
Tagged:

Want to get a peek at HL2 Episode 2?  What are you waiting for, get over to OCMODSHOP and start downloading the new videos!

"OCModShop brings you two new downloadable videos of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 that show off some of the

gameplay features, and reveal a little of the technical updates to the Source engine."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

Source: OCMODSHOP

Spire's new case loves showing off it's insides

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 6, 2006 - 02:14 PM |
Tagged:

Hi-Tech Reviews looks at the Pininfarina, the new stylish case from Spire.  Not only attractive looking, it may well be one of the easiest cases to work in.

Blu-ray Diode Supply Problems and Apple Debuts Core 2 Duo Line-up

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
Tagged:

It appears that Sony is delaying their European launch of the PS3, and reducing initial shipments of the new console in the North American and Japanese markets. The article cites the delay caused by a meagre blue-laser diode supply which is causing other OEMs to start grumbling. Lite-ON (aka.

Source: BetaNews

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW 7-SERIES OVERCLOCKED GRAPHIC CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
Tagged:

Lake Forest, IL — (September 6, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the
leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D
graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast
products, announced today their new BFG GeForce™ 7950 GT OC™ 512MB PCIe
and BFG GeForce™ 7900 GS OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics cards.

Reach for your wallet, the 7900GS's are here

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
Tagged:

nVIDIA's new card, the 7900GS comes out at the competitive price range of $200-$240, making SLI systems a little more affordable.  Although it is only about $50 cheaper than some  7900GTs, that can add up when you are getting 2 cards. Start off at [H] with their review, but don't forget Ryan's at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Google cache expands to dead tree versions

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
Tagged:

Google's new tool is the ability to search 200 years worth of scanned in print pubilcations over the web.  For a small fee, which goes straight to the original publisher you get to read the full article.  If you don't want to pay, you will have to be satisfied with a synopsis.  Head to Slashdot to read more about it. (this article is free)

Source: Slashdot

Intel Announces Restructuring

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 11:12 AM |
Tagged:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2006
— Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis
of the company's structure and efficiency. As a result of the
restructuring, the company expects to generate savings in costs and
operating expenses of approximately $2 billion in 2007. In 2008 the
company expects savings from this restructuring to grow to
approximately $3 billion annually.

Antec's home for overclocked HTPC systems

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 05:32 PM |
Tagged:

The Antec Fusion seems aptly named, a mix of HTPC style, with some serious cooling.  It is very easy to set up with the colour coded instructions and the quiet power supply and 120mm fans don't make that much noise.  Take a look and see if you are as impressed as Overclockers Online.

A laptop mouse you can actually enjoy using

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
Tagged:

Extremetech reviews the Logitech's VX Revolution Notebook mouse.  Not just an undersized mouse that can barely connect to a laptop 6 inches away, it is full sized and has a range of 30 feet.  There are also a lot of extra buttons to make your life easier, so check this 'revolution' in mousing out right now.

Source: Extremetech

Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
Tagged:

With a bit of tweaking, and a good cooling system, [H] will show you how to put together a budget system with the performance of an Intel Extreme Edition or an AMD FX processor.   Make sure you read it.

You can also get a second opinion from Ryan, he has just updated the Hardware Leaderboard, and for the first time ever, 3 of the 4 systems are Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel 2006 Game Demo Contest winners--best threaded game, mobile game & more

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
Tagged:

The Intel Game Demo Contest was launched at GDC 2006 to
empower game developers and break down game development barriers.  Over
the course of the last five months, 80 people entered the contest, narrowed
down to six finalists.  With our two prize categories, Best Threaded Game
and Best Game on the Go, we have the following winners:

 

An ATI Diamond by Best Data

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
Tagged:

You may remember Diamond Multimedia as the graphics company that sold you your first 3DFX product.  The brand itself was purchased wholesale by a company called Best Data, who have produce many different products under the Diamond name.  [H]ard|OCP reivews their Viper X1600 Pro 512MB, not the fastest ATI chipset, but at ~$129.99, it does pretty good.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Not a good day to be reading funny Word attachments

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
Tagged:

CNet reports on an Office flaw particluar to Word, that is running around in the wild.  As opposed to many vulnerabilities, this one was not discovered by researchers in a lab, or a white hat playing with code.  It is out there and it wants to munch your DNS.

The answer to life's little annoyances

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:50 PM |
Tagged:

Sporadic network troubles can drive a person nuts, which is why our Networking forum has been busy this week.  Some members think IE7beta3 may give Firefox some stiff competition, but others disagree, much like this Intel vs.

Source: