Getting what you paid for

Subject: Displays | July 9, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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Samsung's 226BW is a very cheap 22" monitor, and a very nice one ...

Source: BCCHardware

Less of what you don't want

Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+.  While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale.  Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own.  Check out how they fare against one another.

Wanna try some untested medicine?

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:52 AM |
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In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch.  The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were.  The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until

Source: The Inquirer

VIA and Mecer Join Forces on New Education PC for South Africa

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:31 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.

Beat the summer heat, stay inside and surf the forums

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM |
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It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard.  Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.

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PNY shows up the Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 02:12 PM |
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At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads.  HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price.  It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.

Source: HotHardware

TEC and watercooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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TechwareLabs grabbed the CoolIT Freezone, a CPU waterblock, attached to a TEC radiator that is to be attached to one of the rear outake fan grills at the back of the case.  Unfortunately, they used a 92mm fan, rather than opt for the 120mm, but as the pictures show you, it is a tight squeeze and the 120mm might not have worked in many cases.  The technology is sound and the performance is great, but Techware Labs thought there were a few improvements to be made to this powerful cooler.

The new dynamic duo duke it out

Subject: Memory | July 6, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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In one corner ...

Source: Neoseeker

AMD has digested ATI, now hungry again

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design.  They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture.  The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

The Swiss Army knife of card readers

Subject: Storage | July 5, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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PCApex has posted a review of the Aero Cool Infinity 25-in-1 card reader.  It is designed much the same as most fan controllers, and sits in an unused 5.25" bay, and offers more than just card reading capabilities.  It sports 2 USB ports and hides a 2.5" notebook HDD in it's interior.  It's not as easy to remove as some devices, but it is more semi-portable than fully portable, and it will solve any card reading problems you might have, and more.

Source: PCApex

The other end of Dell

Subject: Systems | July 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP recently put the high end $5600 710 H2C Dell, and now they are examining their value end, with the $1000 Dimension E521.  Not only do they put the machine, as configured by Dell, through the wringer, they also scoop up a few higher end video cards to see if they can beef up the performance after the fact.  That testing lead to a few interactions with Dell's tech support.  Head over and get the full story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Light on keys, heavy on usage

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard.  As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second.  Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys!   Take a look at this nifty little device.

What DX10 can give you

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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AnandTech tries out the 3 games which use DX10, and test them in both DX10 and DX9.  While the features that DX10 offer sound quite impressive, and don't look too bad either, you take a hit in performance because of them.  In some cases, it could simply be a matter of driver maturity, because there are some situations where you do see a performance benefit.  At the end of the review, AnandTech makes a good point about the speed needed to be displaying 4 megapixels worth of detail on the screen in a FPS, but don't just

Source: AnandTech

Crack your iPhone, sort of

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways.  2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T.  You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T.  It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.

"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate

Source: The Inquirer

The Silentator: it's name speaks for itself

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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At 153mm x 126mm x 85mm and 640g, the Coolink Silentator has a rather large presence.  With it's prepackaged fan, it moves 90CFM @ 24dB making it essentially silent in most systems.  OCC expected performance similar to other heatsinks that focus on noise reduction, and received a pleasant surprise.

A motherboard for all operating systems

Subject: Motherboards | July 4, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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Phoronix revisits the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi, with a focus on open source OSes.  We have seen how this board performs under various flavours of Windows, but this is a new look that we don't get too often.  Read on to see just how well ASUS has allowed these two OSes to recognize and use all of the extra hardware onboard.

Source: Phoronix

ASUS' sleek new tablet

Subject: Mobile | July 4, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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The ASUS R1F is a tablet, with a 13.3" rotatable LCD screen, an Intel C2D T5500, 1GB DDR2 and and an 80GB HDD.  As a tablet, it is set up to be controlled by a stylus, and does accept handwriting, but also has a mouse and keyboard if that is your preference.  Read the full review at X-Bit Labs before you dismiss this as not a real PC.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Starting a Sci-Fi RPG game from a blank slate

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens.  While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.

Source: Hexus

Shuttle's future launches

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products.  Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots.  They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login.  There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.

Source: TweakTown

Gaming with DDR3

Subject: Memory | July 3, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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The new kid on the block is DDR3, with high frequencies, but also high timings.  TweakTown tries out a set of 1066 DDR2 and DDR3 DIMMs by overclocking the DDR3 to 1333 and 1500 with the best timings they can manage, and going gaming.  You can get a good idea as to whether the technology is mature enough that you want to switch, or stay with high speed DDR2.

Source: TweakTown