New and improved power calculator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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PC Apex has rethought their PSU calculator, and updated it to include some of the newer components that have come out.  Pick it up as a quick way to judge if the PSU that comes with the case you have in mind is enough to power the peices you want to put inside.

Source: PCApex

Backup to external hard drives the easy way

Subject: Storage | June 9, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews the Eksitdata Easy ATA and Easy SATA USB adaptors.  Plug in a SATA drive on the fly for backup, or reboot to attach a PATA drive, with no external enclosure.  Cheap and easy to use, though will notice a speed decrease when transferring over USB to SATA.

Source: Bjorn3D

Best of the 7600's

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2006 - 02:31 PM |
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nVIDIA's new replacment for the sub-$200 6600 series is the 7600s, and The Tech Report grabbed 5 different cards to test out.  Everythinf from performance to warranty is reviewed, so give them a minute of your time.

What's up Doc? Computex edition

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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Join motherboards.org at Computex as they tour through the displays.  Corsair, ECS and Gigabyte are all thoroughly investigated, so drop by and see what they found.

As well, Ryan is keeping himself cool, checking out the newest in cooling equipment, and checking out the new cases and power supplies as well.

Tune in next week for the exiting continuation of ...

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Steam has revived an old radio show and T.V. technique, episodic content.  With Episode One finally available over Steam, Elite Bastards ran through it so that they can tell you all about it.  Read on to find out if they will revive another old technique, the cliff-hanger.

"It is thankful therefore, that the advent of their Steam distribution system has helped to persuade Valve to move away from producing major new games every half dozen years or so, and rather to make use of their existing (and ever improving Source engine) to work on episodic content, which can be released as small chunks of gameplay (typically five or six hours or so) as and when it is ready."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Is it a bug if it's tough to exploit?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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There is a java exploit recently discovered; reported by CNET.  It is very difficult to exploit, in order to get at your files, a malicious webpage has to trick you into typing in the full path of the file it wants to try to upload.  On the other hand, this flaw affects Firefox, Mozilla SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, so it could be a problem for anyone.

VIA Technology Forum 2006

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2006 - 02:09 AM |
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As has become a staple, the VIA Technology Forum is going on during the week of Computex at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei.  Wednesday it started off with a keynote from the President of the VIA Technologies, Wenchi Chen, which focused on the continued miniaturization PC circuitry.  (Large quote below.)


Also speaking was the CTO of AMD, Phil Hester, discussing much about the continued

NVIDIA PureVideo HD For HD-DVD and BluRay

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2006 - 01:59 AM |
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NVIDIA officially unvieled their new PureVideo HD technology at Computex this week that enables the viewing of HD-DVD and BluRay content (and other HD content) seamlessly on your PC. 



PureVideo HD allows the user to fully utilize the high resolution content of HD-DVD and BluRay.  By integrating HDCP support into the G71 GPU and adding CrytpROM and HDCP support to the physcial graphics card, NVIDIA is preparing users for the next-generation optical discs.&n

New Corsair Memory Hits PC10,000 with New Cooling

Subject: Memory | June 9, 2006 - 01:47 AM |
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Corsair Memory was at Computex this year showing off some new product designs in the works.  First up is a new heatsink and fan cooling system for high-end memory. 



The system was an Asus M2N32-SLI board with an FX-62 processor from AMD's new AM2 platform.  Most impressively, the DDR2 memory was running at PC10k speeds; thats 1252 MHz! 


Source: PC Perspective

ATI Physics at Computex

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2006 - 01:38 AM |
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I didn't want anyone to think I wasn't covering the Computex Show properly, so I thought I'd go ahead and make some interesting news posts here before getting my entire article online later in the week. 


The first day of the show, ATI demonstrated their adaption of GPU-based physcis acceleration to a few journalists in a very small room.  Nothing very new was shared, though they officially announced support for Havok FX, something we already knew about since GDC in March.  We were already told they would support physic

Getting back to basics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2006 - 05:51 PM |
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The RAIDMAX X-1 gets back to basic case design, with a few extras.  There's no moulded plastic front, it is simply black and silver although there is an integral display included.  Add the 120mm fan, and you have a pretty well designed case, though I'm sure once Modders-Inc has finished with it, it will look quite different.

Source: Modders-Inc

Update to Asus A7J laptop review

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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I've posted a small update to the Asus A7J laptop review we posted last week. It's a small detail concerning the hinge but may have a significant impact on discerning laptop buyers.

"Update: June 6th, 2006 I've taken a closer look at the Asus A7J's hinges and they are indeed steel hinges.

Honey, I shrunk my VAIO

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2006 - 03:37 PM |
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This is no tablet, it runs WinXP professional edition.  Scheduled to be released in July, with a ~$1,800 price tag, this tiny PC offers a lot of possibilities.  Drop by Digital Trends (once called Designtechnica) for a sneek peek.

Intel Sales Chief Readies Industry With New Products, Technologies Ahead Of Widely Anticipated Proce

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 6, 2006 — During a speech at Computex today, Intel Corporation executive Anand Chandrasekher introduced products and technologies that will surround the company's upcoming family of powerful and more energy-efficient Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, telling attendees that all of this innovation will redefine how PCs are used today and attract more buyers around the world.

It's 3D ... but pretty small

Subject: Displays | June 8, 2006 - 01:50 PM |
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Samsung has just presented what they call the first OLED 3D screen.  It's only 4.3 inches, and hopefully it will scale upwards as quickly as CPUs scale downwards.  Get a peek at DigiTimes before they consign the article to their archives.

Source: Digitimes

Take a spin around Computex with NGOHQ

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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NGOHQ has pictures galore this morning.  They've only got 3 days left to get pictures of the rest, and with the amount of things they've seen in the first 2 days, you should keep an eye out for updates.

Plus, Ryan goes shopping for a new ASUS laptop at Comdex, built around a GeForce Go 7400VX, a card unique to ASUS.

Source: NGOHQ

What ever would they call themselves?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Tweaknews has been keeping an ear to the ground at Computex, and they seem to feel that Intel believes the ATI - AMD merger is likely.  No word on Intel taking nVIDIA out on a date though, everyone know nVIDIA's chipsets like hanging out with Opterons.

Source: Tweaknews

NVIDIA TO SHOWCASE NEXT-GENERATION NVIDIA NFORCER PROFESSIONAL 3000-SERIES CORE-LOGIC SOLUTIONS

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 7, 2006 - 07:36 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—JUNE 7, 2006—NVIDIA
Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics
processor technologies, today announced that the Company will be conducting
technology demonstrations this week of its new NVIDIA nForce Professional
3000-series media and communications processor (MCP) at this year's
Computex tradeshow, being held in Taipei, Taiwan.

I will listen to my lossless music

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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ExtremeTech has written an article describing ways to get your music CD's onto your hard drive, and then broadcast them to your home audio system.  I guess those 750Gb drives will be selling a little faster.

Source: Extremetech

Zalman's big HTPC idea

Subject: Systems | June 7, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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The Zalman HD 160 HTPC enclosure that Tweaknews reviews is a little different than most HTPC cases.  For starters, it will acccept full ATX boards, and since it comes without a PSU, you can choose the one you want to power the system with.  Read on for more about this quiet HTPC case.

Source: Tweaknews