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Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DXtreme looks at the Terratec Mystify Claw, a customizable gaming device that will let you get rid of the keyboard for gaming. Can it actually help your performance, or will it suffer the fate of most things that try to challenge the mouse+keyboard combe?
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a gaming device for the hardcore in the Mystify
Claw. Everyone is trying to make the gaming experience easier and more ergonomic and that's where
the Mystify Claw comes in.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techniz reviews 2 of VIZO's fan lines today, the Muffle and the Windstorm. The Muffle gives you some pretty good cooling, without trying to deafen you, the 120mm version moves 53CFM @ 28dBA, and the Windstorm will help with OC'ing, the 80mm model moves an impressive 84.1CFM, though it does so at 55.2 dBA.
"The VIZO cooling products is design to provide the cooling solution for the enthusiast that
prefers low noise and also good performance.
Subject: Motherboards | February 6, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown reviews a sweet little s754 board from EPoX, the 8NPA-SLI. Now you can get an SLI setup, without having to upgrade your CPU, memory and everything else at the same time. You get to save some money on the CPU as well.
Also from EPox, the EP-5NVA is an LGA775 board, and our own Jon Hung has posted a fresh review of it.
"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors.
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has put together a 3 page look at the upcoming AM2 AMD processor. If you don't fully understand what this new processor will be capable of, then give this summary a read to see what it can do beyond simply support DDR2.
"The new AMD technology refresh, now called AM2, will bring DDR2 memory to the Athlon64
on-processor memory controller.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D tests the new x1900 to see if ATI will beat nVIDIA, or if they have been delegated to playing catch-up again. For this batch of testing, they have grabbed PowerColors X1900XT.
"The late introduction of R520 had caused ATI to speed up the introduction of its new products.
Going by how the company handles kicker products, most of us assumed it would be just that; a
refresh of the older SKUs. All in all, it was a hasty and wrongful assumption.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MetkuMods has posted a gallery of an extremely unique case by Janos Marton. I can't begin imagine where the inspiration might have come from.
"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power
consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc.
Subject: Memory | February 3, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org pushed OCZ's PC3500GX memory as hard as they could, while keeping the voltage low. If you are looking for RAM that OC's well, without the added wear and tear that overvolting can cause, this is one attractive module.
"Considering that we easily pegged 245MHz at 2-2-2-5 with just 3.2V and no errors, and 250MHz with
the same timings and voltages with only minor errors, OCZ has come out swinging with a winner, now
offering the same low latencies that VX offers albeit with much lowe
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although we have little information yet, Gamehelper has translated a german interview with some Crytek employees and a German website (Gamestar) about the upcoming FPS, Crysis. While it does not exactly seem to be a follow up to Far Cry, it certainly sounds like they took everything that made FarCry great, and improved it.
"There will be a high degree of interactivity with the environment.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has posted a guide on using the boot disk distros of Knoppix to aid in recovering a borked windows install. Simply download the newest version of Knoppix, burn to a disk, and boot the troublesome PC using it. The guide covers various ways to rescue yourself from data loss.
"A bootable CD or DVD with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2006 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Red & Blackness Mods tests the new Danger Den Thermalchill radiator, and as you might expect, it performs admirably. It also manages to cool without being larger than your average tower case.
"Today we take a look at a radiator from Dangerden, we know that Dangerden is one of the top
companies when it comes to watercooling and their previous products have got very good ratings. We
will see how good this radiator performs vs a Alphacool Cora 6 and vs a BlackIce extreme.
Subject: Storage | February 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has grabbed one of Buffalo's TeraStation home servers, a NAS solution that bears a remarkable resemblance to a safe. It is home to 4 Western Digital Caviar 7200rpm 250GB EIDE hard drives, defaulted to give you a 700Gb RAID 5 setup, though there are other options.
"Shopping for a terabyte NAS box can be conflicting. You wonder: "Should I build my own? Hard
drives are so cheap these days, and I am so gifted with technology!
Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviews the ASUS A8R-MVP, a very inexpensive motherboard that combines 2 chipsets, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition and ULi's M1575 southbridge. Head over to see what advantages that gains over a motherboard that uses ATI's SB450.
"Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Its north bridge is capable
of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has gathered an FAQ on the Blackberry patent dispute for those trying to figure out if they will wake up one day to find the service dead. If you have one, then you know the confusion this suit has caused. If you don't have one, but know people who do ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today nVIDIA released the 7800 GS AGP card into the wide world. This is very likely to be the last AGP board released, so you may want to plan your next upgrade around switching to PCIe, though this card will let you put that off for a while, it is quite powerful. It's expected to retail at just over $300. Head to Bjorn3D for a peek at some benchmarks, and a look at what makes the card powerful enough to play the newest games.
Don't forget Ryan's review, either!
Subject: Systems | February 1, 2006 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Firingsquad is putting together a powerful system, with one constraint, no component can cost more than $400. Take a look to see what made it into the system.
"FiringSquad just posted an article describing a system build with a limit of $400 per component.
Subject: Displays | February 1, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has posted a shootout between 5 brands, all offering the latest and greatest High Definition tech. All are huge, between 4 to 5 feet, and either 720 or 1080 resolution. This will be a series, this first installment discusses the technology, what it is, and how it works.
"Liquid Crystal on Silicon, LCoS, is a relatively new and obscure display technology that is now
making its grand entrance into the HDTV marketplace.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SonoWave Digital Media player is a WiFi device that will play back music from just about any source you can stream to it. It's only major drawback is the amount of batteries it eats, just like old ghetto blasters, this guy wants 8 C batteries. Heaf to 3dGameMan for the full review.
'This is not your standard boombox. Being able to play Internet Radio, MP3 and other audio formats
wirelessly sets it apart from many other devices.
Subject: Editorial | February 1, 2006 - 12:31 PM | Ryan Shrout
People keep yelling at me to update this, so here you go.
Okay, well maybe not really, but you really have to get some background on it before you'll agree. If you haven't jumped on the Chuck Norris bandwagon as of late, then you really should check out this link and this link. After laughing a bit at those quotes and trying not to tear up, have a look at these:
Source: PC Perspective
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech compares the quality of DVD playback from ATI and nVidia using the filters in PowerDVD as the base for their experiment. If you are setting up a media PC or just starting to watch more DVD's via your PC you might be interested in the results. Mind you, since they give away standalone DVD players with TicTac's and just about anything else you buy now, maybe you still watch them without the PC at all.
"Graphics cards are all about 3D, right?