I spy with my i ... something that is not an iPod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers to find out how unique the iRiver is.  It's not very large, at only 0.5" x 2.5" x 1.75", and sports a 2.2" colour display, and a price tag under $200.  Can it displace your iPod from next to your heart?

DirectX 10, now only for Vista

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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It looks like on of the biggest reasons to get Vista when it comes out is to be able to use Direct X 10.  The Inquirer even found out why.


Plus, check out the Video cards and motherboards that Ryan spotted at Computex.

"WE FINALLY got the official word that Direct X 10 won't find its way to Windows XP.

So anyone who plans to buy Direct X 10 hardware and plans to use its full potential will have to buy

Vista as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Keep your northbridge chilled quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2006 - 05:16 PM |
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Drop by BCCHardware to find out about a way to keep your northbridge cool, passively.  The Zalman ZM-NBF47 is a passive cooler that is much quieter than any fan based solution, and it will outperform most stock coolers as well.  The blue tinted aluminium construction is rather nice looking, as well.

Source: BCCHardware

It's not just an HTPC, it's a Media LAB!

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Overclockers Online has a review of the Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB, an attractive HTPC case made of aluminium with a black LED panel.  It is very silent, and can even fit a full sized ATX, though it could get a little cramped inside with a full entourage of add-on cards.

If you could overclock them, they would be too easily spotted

Subject: Memory | June 14, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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OCZ brings you the newest in memory technology, the camoflauged 2GB PC-2 Special Ops Edition kit.  For DDR1 (PC3200) they run at 2.5-3-3-8 timings,
and for DDR2 (PC2-6400) 5-5-5-12.  There is one catch, they do not overclock, as TECHGAGE can tell you.

Source: TECHGAGE

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3 Memory Dominates the 3DMark Hall of Fame

Subject: Memory | June 14, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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Fremont, CA (June 14, 2006) —Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced that the new TWIN2X2048-6400C3 is the system memory behind three new overclocking world records in 3DMark06, 3DMark05 and 3DMark03.

[H] finally got a BFG 7950GX2

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP's review incorporates a lot of comparative image quality highlights, contrasting the difference between the BFGTech 7950 GX2 against a pair of GeForce 7900 GT OCs in SLI mode as well as Radeon X1900 XTX in CrossFire.  Find out who can claim title to the best looking graphics.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cheap and Compact: The new DS Lite

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Digital Trends managed to put down their new DS Lite long enough to give a review.  Take a look at what they think of it, but don't bug them too much ... they are exercising their thumbs.

Stable like a rock, pretty like a glow-in-the-dark butterfly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Having a powersupply that is stable is one thing, but having one that is as attractive as it is stable is quite another.  The Kingwin Mach 1 600W PSU, as reviewed at Club OC, is exactly that.  With a plentiful amount of blue LEDs, this PSU will be at home in any modded case.

Or, for a more unassuming PSU, check out Lee's review of the CoolerMaster iGreen Power 600 PSU here on PC Perspective.

Source: Club OC

A 570 Ultra intended for 1 graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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The HardwareZone reivews MSI's K9N Platinum, an nForce 570 based motherboard. It has most of the extras you would expect from that chipset, with a little trimming, especially on the PCI-E side, making it cheaper while still having some extras, and staying rock solid.

Ten 14' widescreen notebooks

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2006 - 01:31 PM |
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X-bit Labs gets busy testing Acer's TravelMate 3222WXMi &  2423NWXMi, the ASUS W3H00V, LG's LW40 and T1, the MSI MegaBook S425, Samsung's X1 & X11 the Sony VGN-FJ1SR
and the Toshiba Tecra A6-S513.  Not a review to miss if you are shopping for laptops!

Source: X-Bit Labs

Merom and Conroe Hit PC Perspective

Subject: Processors | June 13, 2006 - 12:42 PM |
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Well, after a successful trip to Taipei for Computex last week, a couple of items made their way to my house.



That is a Merom core processor, model T7400 running at 2.16 GHz with a 667 MHz FSB and 4MB of L2 cache on the left.  On the right, a Conroe core E6700 processor running at 2.67 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB and 4MB of L2 cache.  Hmmm....??


Keep checking back as we await a couple of BIOS updates to help our testing begin! 

How to Upgrade the RAM on the Asus A7J

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2006 - 12:32 PM |
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2 weeks ago, we published our review of the 17" Asus A7J laptop. In that review I stated that the primary SODIMM isn't upgradable, even though Asus' product page states it.


Well it turns out you can uprgade that RAM, but it's not a clear procedure and it's very tricky to do! With the help from Asus' A7J Service Manual, I've added a short guide on how to upgrade the RAM on your A7J.

Ease to install home security

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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Easy to install, and little or no configuration, the AlphaSheild Pro is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a router, or isn't sure if they have properly configured it.  Drop by 3dGameMan for a look at this hardware firewall.

Source: 3dGameMan

It's toxic and watercooled

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2006 - 06:17 PM |
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The cost is certainly affected, but does the built in watercooling on the Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX make it worth your money?  Drop by ExtremeTech to see if the overclocking potential makes it a contender against nVIDIA's newest.

Source: Extremetech

It's got a 140mm fan!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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The AeroCool Dominator CPU Cooler is huge, and also much quieter than you would expect.  Moving 68.37 CFM at 20.87 dBA, it will perform well, if you're motherboard can fit it.  Drop by ThinkComputers to find out how well it works.

Recordable XM to go

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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XYZ Reviews the newest in XM radio, the Helix XM2go YX-M1Z.  It has MP3 capabilities, in that you can record radio show for later listening as well as being able to perform as an MP3 player.  Check it out.

"Portable audio has quickly become one of the most innovative segments in today's electronics

industry. The rapid growth of digital music and the tremendous potential of satellite radio has made

this segment particularly interesting and the advances have been rapid.

Skipping out of Computex to hang out with Intel Product Managers

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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HotHardware might not have been at Computex, but they weren't being lazy either.  They have been testing the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo and the 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme against an FX-60, so drop by to see how the Core series performs.

Source: HotHardware

ABIT, BioStar and Thermaltake at Computex

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 12, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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AnandTech was very impressed by ABIT and BioStar's motherboard offerings at Computex, and the thermal management tools and more offered by Thermaltake.  Drop by to see what caught their eye.

Source: AnandTech