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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2007 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the form of a case from Tagan. A lot of work has gone into this case, from the exterior looks, to the inclusion of features that make setting up watercooling a breeze. Bjorn3D thinks there are few improvements that could be made to the A+ Black Pearl, like a removable tray and separate fan controllers, but overall were very impressed.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance. Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step. You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans. There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (July 2, 2007) - 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 the launch of the ThermoIntelligence series of cooling solutions featured on the new air-cooled, single slot BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card.
"Ever since the inception of BFG Tech back in 2002, we have been at the forefront of high performance custom cooling" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing.
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are ever looking to expand your wireless network, either for range, to separate the ways people connect up or even just to get a few more ports free, you need another wireless access point. One solution is to add a second router to your network, which is not that hard. Neither is switching to a quad core CPU.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join the Tech Report for a look a processors from a money conscious perspective. Getting the latest and greatest CPU is certainly an easy answer to the question of what processor to buy, but what if you are asking that question with a twist. What if you want to get the most processing power per dollar? 16 processors are tested, and a final five are chosen. Find out which ones.
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI PR200 is based on the Santa Rosa design, which has replaced the aging Centrino design. One of the more interesting things about this laptop is it's 3DMark score. Even though this is more of a productivity laptop than a gaming machine, it manages to beat the Santa Rosa reference by about 17% on 3DMark06. With it's 210 minute battery life, you might even have time to get a little gaming in between presentations. Get the full story at the Hardware Zone.
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the world's leading brand in thermal management, Cooler Master has devoted itself to notebook product development for several years, constantly pioneering new solutions through its NotePal series. Cooler Master is very excited to introduce its latest achievement in the NotePal series, the NotePal Infinite, designed with a truly innovative cooling principle, which promises to offer a more stable and comfortable environment for your mobile work and entertainment.
All this begins from the desire to resolve the increasing hassles from multiple heat sources in today’s notebooks.
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a standalone expansion to The Guild 2, allowing you to start your own pirate empire. The Guild series is a very complex strategy game, requiring you to build business to make you money, and to cause the economy of that town to flourish, so that you can make even more money and expand. It's also important to get a family started, to help you run your businesses and to make sure your dynasty flourishes. Not for those who flinch at the word micro-management, it offers great rewar
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a link on Slashdot leading to PC Magazines list of 5 ideas that they feel will revolutionize computing as we know it. Movie theatre quality home projection systems, beanbag mice, and several other advancements are discussed. See what is soon coming of the big labs like Bell Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and PARC, and decide for yourself if they hit the big ones, or if they missed out on your favourite emerging tech.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona", are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a change of mice, consider the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3, your wrists may love you. It is designed on an angle, so your hand is in more of a handshake position that a hiding your poker hand position. It also has adjustable DPI up to 2600, and 5 programmable buttons, which can have different uses in different apps.
Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware has specked out a nice midrange system, that includes a 22" monitor as well as a C2D E6420, ASUS P5N-E SLI = $130, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 640MB eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS. Check out the results of the build as well as the overclocking potential.
If you want a second opinion, head to the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, where there are 4 recommended builds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2 brothers of the recently released 2900XT have appeared, the 2600 and the 2400. With lower clock speeds, lower power consumption and the inclusion of AMD's Universal Video Decoder, these cards are perfect for an HTPC system, or for casual gamers. Unfortunately, they are not going to satisfy any hardcore gamers. It isn't all bad news, the benefit gained in a Crossfire configuration from these two cards is better than any we've seen, which may signal hope for the future of AMD's graphics division.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Intel released a patch to it's C2D processor line, or rather snuck it out. Today on Slashdot is information on what exactly was patched and why you should be worried about it. The issues range from buffer overflow-like vulnerabilities to floating point instruction non-coherencies, and memory corruptions. Even better is the fact that some of these bugs do not seem possible to be fixed via software.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 09:38 AM | Ryan Shrout
Don't worry, it's coming! At about 4am last night I decided it was better to get a few hours sleep than write something that you weren't going to be able to read....so give it a couple of hours and I'll have my full review of the new 2600 and 2400 cards from AMD online.
In the mean time, hang out in the PC Perspective Forum and chat with some other hardware fanatics!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 8000 series has been expanded to cover just about every price point, from under $100 to over $1000, and all are DX10 cards. Over at Tech-Hounds, the low to mid range 8600 GT and GTS are up for review with their older brother, the 7950GT for comparison as well as a X1950 Pro. It turns out that if raw speed is all you are interested in, maybe a lower priced DX10 card isn't what you are looking for.
Subject: Displays | June 27, 2007 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The V7 group has put out a very attractively priced 22" widescreen LCD, the D22W12. A 1680x1050 monitor with a 5ms response rate and a 700:1 contrast ratio, they certainly didn't skimp on the quality, and they even included integral speakers. Motherboards.org was so impressed, they gave it their Hot Product Award.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a low budget case, the Revoltec Zirconium offers some unique features. For instance, the extra external USB and Firewire and audio ports are located in a recess at the top of the case, and the front panel has integral eject buttons for your optical drives. Read on to see how well the case satisfied the Guru of 3D's discerning needs, and where it fell short.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Armed Assault:Combat Operations is not exactly the sequel to Operation Flashpoint, but it is it's descendant. If you missed out on Operation Flashpoint, it was far more than a FPS like the Battlefield or Call of Duty series, more like a simulator. You didn't get to save during missions, but you could take advantage of the entire world to get your job done, including taking control of any vehicle and later in the game, ordering your squad around ...