Gigabyte returns to watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2006 - 06:11 PM |
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Legion Hardware looks at Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy 2, the follow up to their original watercooling system.  Find out what improvements they've made, and if they can successfully carry over their expertise in making motherboards to cooling them.

Core 2 Duo versus AM2

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2006 - 02:52 PM |
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The processor market has changed with the introduction of the Core 2 from Intel.  AMD's new AM2 chips don't add anywhere near as much to their systems, apart from DDR2.  With DDR2s looser timings, you don't really gain as much as you would think.  Extremetech takes a hard look at both the performance and the cost of the high and low end of these new chips, and the battle will rage on ... at least until AMD starts up their 4x4 .

Source: Extremetech

MSI and the new ATI SB600

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600.  It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Give your iPod a voice

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Think Computers reviews Altec Lansing M602 Mobile Audio System for iPods.  It isn't exactly mobile in the same way the iPod is, but it is easily setup anywhere, or more permanently mounted on a wall.  Now you can share your iPod without a computer or a bit of rewiring of your home stereo.

The new search from MSN goes Live

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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Live.com, the new search portal from MSN is out of Beta and on the web, and CNet has been playing with it.  The interface is almost familiar, and it promises to be much more useful than the old MSN search page.  Give it a try for a day and see what you think.

OCZ Technology Unveils the Exclusive PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Series

Subject: Memory | September 12, 2006 - 11:14 AM |
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September 11, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Edition, a new series of modules
optimized for 1T memory command rate on the new DFI NF590 SLI-M2R
motherboard.  With the aim of delivering enthusiasts a different method of
attaining high-speed performance results, OCZ developed the industry's first
dedicated 1T DDR2 module for AMD AM2 CPUs thanks t

Power roundup, PSU shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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OCZ, Sharkoon and Silverstone have each sent their toughest PSUs to Madshrimps, to participate in battle for top spot.  It looks to be a close battle, as each has 4 12V rails, with 750W total from Silverstone and 700W even from the other 2.

Source: Madshrimps

Cortina Systems Purchases Intel's Optical-Networking Components Business

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2006 - 05:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sep. 11, 2006 — Cortina Systems Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have completed the sale of product lines and associated assets of Intel's optical-networking components business to Cortina.

The return of the peltier

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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The Titan Amanda TEC is up for review at Virtual-Hideout.  Combining heatpipes and a Thermo-Electric cooler (aka a peltier device), you get some serious cooling power.  It is really not necessary for low power systems, this is designed for serious overclocking, and also manages to draw 50W off of your 12V rail, when cooling at full power.

PC Perspective Spots the New RIM Blackberry Pearl

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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I was at a party this past weekend where I bumped into an old friend of mine who works at RIM. After some small talk, the conversation went something like:


Me: "So have you used the new Pearl?"


RIM Friend: "You want to see it?"


Me: "SURE!!"


When it comes to cool new gadgets and toys, I have no shame in revealing my uber geek. ;-)


This new consumer-oriented Blackberry has an integrated camera, plays MP3s, and does videos.

New Intel Software Developer Kit Bolsters Plug-And-Play VoIP Components for the PC

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 11,
2006 — Intel Corporation
today announced a new software framework and
development kit to enable plug-and-play components for Web-based phone
calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Looking to buy a 7900GS?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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There are a few choices on PriceGrabber

Getting a little more out of the 7900GS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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TweakTown struggled their way through reviewing the XFX GeForce 7900GS, at stock speeds.  When they realised they could go from 480MHz and 1400MHz DDR, to 658MHz and 1648 DDR, they decided they liked the card after all.

Source: TweakTown

Looking to the future

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Wired News has an article about the Freedom Tower, and the other buildings going up in Ground Zero.  they talk about the tech that has gone into it's planning as the safest building around.  They also have a lot of artwork depicting the finshed tower.

Source: Wired News

Take time out of your day today, to just sit

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2006 - 09:34 AM |
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Today is one of those rare days in my life where I have to sit back and relax for a long while and just think.  It has been five years since that fateful day we now know simply as "9/11" and too many, the thougths of the day are still ripe in our minds.  I am one of those people; not because I lost a loved one in the event or lived in NY or anything like that, but just because I am usually one of the most patriotic people I am around.  The attacks made me angry, MAKE me angry, and all the constant bi

Take time out of your day today, to just sit

Subject: Editorial | September 11, 2006 - 09:33 AM |
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Today is one of those rare days in my life where I have to sit back and relax for a long while and just think.  It has been five years since that fateful day we now know simply as "9/11" and too many, the thougths of the day are still ripe in our minds.  I am one of those people; not because I lost a loved one in the event or lived in NY or anything like that, but just because I am usually one of the most patriotic people I am around.  The attacks made me angry, MAKE me angry, and all the constant bi

Killer NIC Goes on Sale

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2006 - 10:17 AM |
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If you haven't heard about the Killer NIC, then you are missing out on one of the biggest debates in hardware community right now.  It is a network card, that has an on-board version of Linux, used to supposed improve ping times while playing games.


Newegg is the first to have the item in stock, and to

New VIA Hyperion Pro drivers

Subject: Chipsets | September 8, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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A new updated version of the VIA Hyperion Pro drivers are now available.
The package contains the following drivers:

INF Driver V2.80A
AGP Driver V4.60A
VIA PATA/SATA IDE Driver Package V1.40A
VIA V-RAID Driver V5.30C, RAID Tools V5.30

Only the INF driver and the AGP driver have changed from the previous
version.

The package supports the following operating systems: Windows 2000,
Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT4, Windows XP, Windows XP 64Bit

Source: VIA Arena

There is always a good reason to visit our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2006 - 03:49 PM |
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Spyware keeps getting smarter and harder to defend against, which is why a few of our members are trying to figure out

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Corsair's DHE Domination

Subject: Memory | September 8, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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Hexus had Corsair's newest and fastest RAM to date, the TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF.  At 800MHz with 5-5-5-18 and a brand new cooling solution, these DIMMs are poised to take over the high end RAM market.

"Recently a plane flew over HEXUS.towers, dropping a package for us. We were being dominated, or were we the ones that would be doing the

Dominating?

Source: Hexus