Folding on a console

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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BOINC is assimilating more and more devices to increase it's power.  As The Inquirer talks about here, the Cure@PS3 project will allow people to Fold on their PS3.  There is also a project in the works to allow you to run Folding on ATI GPUs.

Source: The Inquirer

A pair of Sony Core Duo Laptops

Subject: Mobile | August 23, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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X-bit Labs looks at Sony's update to their S series, two models bearing the moniker SZ.  Sporting various features, like Stamina mode, which disables the Go 7400, and runs the laptop off of the integrated Intel video, and a button to reduce CPU speed while it is running.

Source: X-Bit Labs

PCPer Forums: Come for the advice and stay for the members!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2006 - 03:21 PM |
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When faced with a "Message of Doom" like, boot.ini failed to load, don't panic come to the PC Perspective Forums, and get your PC up and running again.  Mjölnir gives some great tips on what to try when faced with that exact message.  If you are frustrated with something you saw on the news, get it off your chest at The Lightning Round, open 24 hours a day.  You can aways visit the Trading Post either to sell off some of your equipment

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GIGABYTE Presents Radeon X1950XTX Civilization IV Edition: World's First GDDR4 Graphic Accelerator

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 02:17 PM |
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August 23, 2006
— GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY
Co., LTD. (GIGABYTE), a leading manufacturer of VGA
cards, today revealed the world's fastest 3D graphics card, the
GV-RX195X512VB-RH.

A remake of an old classic

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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Thanks to Strategy Informer, there is a link to the full remake of King's Quest 3.  Everything is new again in this remake, graphics have been updated, a new music score and no more typing.

"Infamous Adventures is proud to present a Remake of Roberta William's classic 1986 hit, King's Quest

III. This is version 2.0."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

ATI's X1950XTX and friends

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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After you've read Ryan's review of the new ATI cards, head on over to [H]ard|OCP where they compare the biggest baddest nVIDIA card, as well as the previous best from ATI, the 1900XTX to the new 1950XTX.  Along the way, they discover this card is much easier to setup in Crossfire than others have been in the past.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get rid of those wires you've taped to the floors and walls

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has linked to a guide on how to wire your home for internet, putting the Cat 5(e) or 6 into inobtrusive places.  Perfect if your home didn't come with conduit runs and junction boxes to help you.

Source: MAKE: Blog

ATI's Newest Graphics Cards Deliver an Unparalleled Visual Experience and Unmatched Value

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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MARKHAM, Canada — August 23, 2006 — Consumers can now get high-end
performance for gaming and digital entertainment without having to
sacrifice power for cost. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT), a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D
graphics, today launched the Radeon® X1900 XT 256 MB, Radeon X1650 Pro
and Radeon X1300 XT graphics cards, offering the quality and
performance of ATI's highest end cards for unmatched prices.

Source: ATI

Radeon X1950 XTX Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 06:06 AM |
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PC Perspective has just published its review of the new flagship graphics cards from ATI, the X1950 XTX and X1950 CrossFire Edition. Based on a slightly modified R580 GPU core with GDDR4 memory technology, the X1950 XTX has amazingly high memory bandwidth numbers to support the growing number of users with ultra-high resolution displays like the 30" Dell LCD we tested it on.

A keyboard for actual work

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:28 PM |
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Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboards do not tend to make perfect gaming keyboards, there are Bear Claws and such for that.  What they have always done well is a working keyboard, when you are stuck bashing all the keys for 8 hours a day, not just WASD.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a look at the newest incarnation of their Natural series.

Energy Efficiency? We don't need no steenking energy efficiency

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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Some may make the sacrifice, and buy a slightly less powerful, energy efficient version of a processor, or a moblie version of a video card.  If you aren't in that particular category, then Tagan's Turbojet is perfect for you.  Overclock3d reviews this 1.1 KILOWATT power supply.

Source: Overclock3D

16 Schools Named Winners of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2006 — Sixteen elementary and secondary schools across the United States were honored today as recipients of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards.

Forgot to back up you files, here's 3 tools to help

Subject: Storage | August 22, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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Nothing gets your heart racing like a hard drive dying, when the latest backup you did was ... you didn't do a back up?!?
ExtremeTech reviews 3 programs designed to help you get your files back, if the horrible happens.

Source: Extremetech

Showcasing AMD's next generation of processors

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Quad core is coming, and [H] has the slides to prove it.  There is much that is new in these chips, apart from the 4x4 we know about.  Built on 65nm SOI technology, an L3 cache shared between all 4 cores and a clock for each core.  There is a lot more information, so head on over.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Didn't expect to hear this, now did you?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft wants to get coders in to help get Firefox and Thunderbird working on Vista.   As in actually inviting them into their offices, and helping them work with the new Vista kernel and API. 

Source: The Inquirer

SLI is the only thing this board doesn't have

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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The ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP has everything you could possibly want in a motherboard, if you are not planning on buying 2 video cards.  From the layout of the board, to the onboard features, [H]ard|OCP can't really find anything wrong with it.  Head over to check out this overclocking friendly board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI's new TV Tuner

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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The upcoming TV Tuner card from ATI is based on the brand new Theatre 650 Pro processor has quite a few new features.  From supporting SECAM and Digital TV to a 12 bit video decoder, and a lot more.  Drop by HotHardware to see what they thought of the reference model they were sent.

Source: HotHardware

Sneaking a peek at the new Hyper 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2006 - 02:24 PM |
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X-Bit labs has a managed to get a preview of CoolerMasters new Hyper 7, an aluminium heatsink with a 120mm fan and 3 copper heatpipes.  It is compatible with newer LGA775 processors, as well as both s939 and AM-2, though there are some limitations to the way it can be set up on the AMD platforms.

Source: X-Bit Labs

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NFORCE 590 SLI MOTHERBOARD - COMING IN OCTOBER

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (August 21, 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 that their new BFG nForce® 590 SLI™ motherboard will be available in October at leading retailers and e-tailers.

Lots of overclocking headroom on Corsair's new DIMMs

Subject: Memory | August 21, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Corsair's newest EPP XMS modules, the Twin2X 2048-8500C5, have heat spreaders that are fairly skinny, allowing for installation in motherboards with little free space.  With a little over volting, Overclockers Online managed to push the RAM beyond the 1GHz range; Corsair has designed some speedy chips.