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Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Google Earth is a fun program to work with, but have

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2 takes on the CrossFire Xpress 3200

Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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On one side, the ASUS M2R32-MVP and on the other, the ECS KA3 MVP.  Both use the same chipset, and the basic performance is essentially the same.  HotHardware takes on the challenge of determining which board's feature set will decide victory.

'Looking at the two boards for overall value, the first place to start is price. Using various price search engines, we

found the ASUS M2R32-MVP being offered for anywhere from $144 - 159.

Source: HotHardware

Quad core and Crossfire from ABS

Subject: Systems | November 10, 2006 - 03:35 PM |
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ABS, one of [H]ard|OCP's favorite vendors has designed a very powerful gaming system.  The performance is something to behold, both gaming and encoding, but as it was a pre-release system, there were a few troubles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Looking at the next generation of consoles

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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Slashdot links to a prognostic article which talks about the next generation of consoles.  Not an easy thing to predict when not all of the current generation have been released yet.

Source: Slashdot

What if Microsoft absorbed Firefox?

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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The Inquirer links to a bizarre parody site featuring MSFireFox Professional Edition.  It's designed very well and even includes a commercial, so head over to put a little smile on your face.

"A CHEEKY web designer has unleashed a site showing what life might be like if Microsoft took over Firefox.

The mystery developer bought the web address www.msfirefox.com/ and seems to have let his or her imagination run riot

with a pseudo-Vole web page.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Expands Investment in Vietnam

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov.
10, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that it will increase the
size of the assembly and test facility it is building in Vietnam
from
150,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and raise its investment
from the USD$300 million announced in February to USD$1 billion.

Buying gifts for things that don't even exist yet

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 03:22 PM |
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Taking a page directly from Apple, Microsoft's Zune player will have a huge assortment of accessories you can buy for it.  You can even see a list of them over at CoolTechZone.  The only problem I can see is that you can't buy a Zune yet, so why shop for accessories?

Source: CoolTechZone

The old diNovo Media Desktop revived in a single keyboard

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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ExtremeTech reviews the new diNovo Edge, a keyboard designed with many functions.  With a body designed out of Plexiglas with an aluminum frame around the outside the keyboard is nicely designed, and sturdy as well.   Check the full review to get an idea what extra features were incorporated.

Source: Extremetech

ATI Radeon X1900GT, Rev 1 versus Rev 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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ATI released a new revision of the X1900GT, something they have done for a lot of past cards as well.  In this particular case, they lowered the core speed, while raising the memory's.  Legion Hardware puts the 2 cards head to head, and shows what you can expect to see because of this change.

Koolance's redesigned watercooled case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 02:46 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews Koolance's new take on a watercooled case.  While many features were updated, it seems that the CPU waterblock hasn't changed in 4 years.  It does do well at giving you the ability to balance noise and cooling easily, so all is not lost.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

IRC just not Skype-y enough for you?

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 02:33 PM |
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Head to Wired News for a quick preview of Skype 3, then follow their link to download it.  The majority of the improvements are focused around conferencing and IRC like public chatting.

"Windows-based VoIP users rejoice! An open Beta of Skype 3 began today, and you can download and install the client freely

at the address below. Features new to the revised client include public chatrooms, click-to-call and Skypecasts."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Wired News

ECS Elitegroup Named NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced it has been named NVIDIA's authorized board partner. To be recognized by NVIDIA and invited to join the program, it means ECS Elitegroup has designed and manufactured a substantial number of NVIDIA based motherboards over the years.

Source: Email

nForce 680i - made for Intel's Core2 Duo and Quad

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 04:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the brand new nForce 680i SLI board, and were impressed right off the bat.  With no tweaking, they  and were able to reach a 1900MHz Quad Pumped speed with 475MHz FSB on an E6300, and in another test using Corsair's 1200MHz modules they were stable at 1066 bus with the 1200MHz RAM.  Kyle has found an nForce chipset he likes.

Ryan is on top of all this too, of course!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

G80 - The 8800's are everywhere

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:24 PM |
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The amount of changes and improvements in this card can't really be described quickly, there are so many.  The bottom line is simply this ... the only thing that can touch the 8800 is a pair of X1950XTX's in Crossfire, nothing else can come close to this cards overall performance.  The Tech Zone is more than willing to tell you how nVIDIA accomplished this feat.

You should also read Ryan's review at the top of the page.

NEW NVIDIA PRODUCTS TRANSFORM THE PC INTO THE DEFINITIVE GAMING PLATFORM

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-NOVEMBER 8, 2006-PC enthusiasts around the world have a lot
to be excited about today as NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the
worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, introduced
two new product families that transform the PC into the premier gaming
platform: the GeForceR 8800 graphics processing unit (GPU), and the NVIDIA
nForceR 680i SLI media and communications processor (MCP) designed
specifically for IntelR CoreT 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors.

Source: NVIDIA

OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2006 - 03:49 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 8, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled the new and improved OCZ NVIDIAR SLIT-Ready branded memory product
family
. The new PC2-7200 SLI-Ready and PC2-8500 SLI-Ready modules now
feature the first ever exclusively designed heatspreader for NVIDIA.


New ASUS Intel Motherboard: Stiker Extreme

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Fremont, CA; November 9, 2006 — ASUS, the worldwide motherboard leader, today introduced the Striker Extreme, a motherboard specifically designed to simplify the DIY process and add style to gaming systems.  
 

Source: ASUS

Intel Announces Industry's First Volume Shipments of 65nm NOR Flash Multi-Level Cell Products

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Seoul,
Korea, Nov. 8, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today the industry's
first volume shipments of 65-nanometer (nm) NOR flash Multi-Level Cell
(MLC) products, including the industry's first 65nm 1Gigabit (Gb)
monolithic part for cell phones. These new products are based on
Intel's StrataFlash® Cellular Memory (M18) architecture and are drop-in
compatible with Intel's high-volume, 90nm-based flash chips, ensuring
an easy migration path for cellular Original Equipment Manufacturers
(OEMs.)

Press Release: Corsair Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kit

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2006 - 03:36 PM |
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The TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR is designed to unleash performance of the new NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based platform. Built using RAMs that pass Corsair's aggressive speed screening process, the new DDR2-9136 DOMINATOR is the world's only production-ready memory rated at 1142MHz. In performance benchmark testing at third-party review sites, many of these modules have been reported delivering up to 1200MHz of performance when overclocked.