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Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wondering where to start with that HTPC project you keep putting off? T-break comes to the rescue with their first article on choosing the right HTPC chassis, with a comparison between 2 popular designs, one from Silverstonetek and one from DIGN.
"HTPCs seem to be getting more and more popular by the day and while one route to take is to buy a
SFF from Shuttle or MSI, lots of us like to build everything from scratch.
Subject: Storage | January 24, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive that Techniz has up for review provides a very quick way to get your data onto something portable. It takes full advantage of USB2, but is compatible with USB 1 & 1.1, if you are still stuck on that version. Just don't complain about the "This device could perform faster" popup message that Microsoft tends to give you in that situation.
"The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive is a newer technology of flash d
Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
System Cooling has posted a review of Enermax's Noisetaker AX 600W PSU. With dual fans, and dual 12V lines, it is ready for the newest power hungry, heat producing PCIx video cards. It's Power Factor sits between .98 and .99, making it an extremely efficient power supply.
"Coolergiant Computers, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Enermax Technology. In addition to a full line of PC power supplies, their products also include numerous cases and peripheral devices for the PC enthusiast.
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2006 — Four Intel Computer Clubhouses, which are unique after—school learning centers for children ages 10 to 18, are opening in the Chicago area in the next two weeks. These clubhouses will be located in existing community service agencies around the city — specifically the ABJ Community Services, Austin YMCA, Howard Area Community Center and WYTEC.
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Adobe will release Acrobat 3D next monday, according to this story on CNET. While it certainly won't be cheap, it will likely be cheaper, easier to use and much more portable than a full CAD program.
"On Monday, the company is releasing Acrobat 3D, which allows a person to create a PDF (Portable
Document Format) file with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No wonder it's PCB is red, I'd be embarassed if this many people were talking about me, too! [H]ard|OCP is a great place to start, then try seeing just how many reviews you can read before you start thinking about ways to raise the money to get a hold of one ... or two.
If you missed it, here's Ryan's look at it.
"ATI's new series of high-end desktop gaming video cards are poised to provide a more immersive
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 09:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
ATI Launches and Ships New RadeonÂ® X1900 Graphics Processor For Advanced Multimedia and Gaming
RadeonÂ® X1900, All-In-WonderÂ® X1900 and RadeonÂ® X1900 CrossFire™ products will engage and entertain customers while they breakthrough performance and quality barriers
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HardwareZone examines the brand new ATI X1900 XT (512MB), the newest member in ATI's card line up. With performance near par with the 7800GTX (512MB), and about $100 cheaper, this card is likely to raise some eyebrows.
Don't forget to come back, Ryan has posted a review of Asus' AX1800 XT TOP.
"Today ATI debuts its Radeon X1900 series.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2006 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE points out a very easy and economical way to make your case a little more interesting. Logisys' LED Lazer lights let you chose Blue, Red, Green, Ultra-Violet (UV), or a Red, Green, and Blue each about $5.
"Are you looking to add some pizzazz to your computer but don't want to hand over a huge chunk of
Subject: Memory | January 23, 2006 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech takes a second look at 1GB RAM DIMMs (part 1 was here). This go around they test 6 DIMM's, most based on Infineon memory modules, but one with Samsung and one with Micron. Drop by and see if these new DIMM's offer more advantage than you might expect.
"There are many reasons to choose a 2GB kit over a 1GB kit or 4 512MB DIMMs.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Laptop Gamers grabs a set of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless speakers, a 5.1 Dolby Digital system. Check it out to see if the wireless setup has any negative effects on the sound quality.
"Leave it to Logitech to once again raise the bar for computer speaker systems. The Logitech
Z-5450 provides high performance sound with the innovation of wireless rear surround satellite
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I don't mean to cast aspersions or alarm anyone, but it seems that the new owner of Zone Alarm is a little curious about what the people who use Zone Alarm are doing. The Inquirer has posted an article about it, as well as a way to disable the "phone home" in the retail version. If that and the various vulnerabilities get you down, check out the History of BASIC, it may put a smile back on your face.
"Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed
that Zone Alarm
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Jan. 23, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Dirk Meyer has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of
AMD. Meyer previously served as president and chief operating officer of AMD's Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS) business. He will share the
leadership and management of AMD with Hector Ruiz, who relinquishes the president title and now is AMD chief executive officer and chairman of
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2006 - 11:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at The Inquirer have an interesting editorial up today on the status of NVIDIA's most recent product launches. The 7300 GS was announced this past week, but no cards have been found. The quad SLI configuations were shown at CES, but you can't buy them yet even at Dell. And those 7800 GTX 512s are still mighty hard to find.
So the birth of the 7300GS may have been announced already but the hardware itself seems stuck somewhere in the birth canal.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 20, 2006 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One the ways to get more FPS out of an old videocard is to replace the manufacturers cooling solution with a new, more powerful one. Virtual-Hideout has a review of Arctic Cooling's Accelero X1 VGA Cooler, which is an inexpensive cooler that may help you get a few more Mhz out of the GPU or memory.
"With an expected availability of around the end of February 2006 and a proposed MSRP of around
$33 USD, I think it's a pretty good value.
Subject: Storage | January 20, 2006 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 3rd generation of Raptors has appeared, and HotHardware has managed to trap one, and test it. These new drives are bigger, and also faster than the older 74Gig Raptor that held the SATA speed record, until now.
There's no denying WD's WD740 Raptor series of performance desktop and enterprise drives have
earned a solid reputation in the enthusiast community as some of the fastest SATA drives on the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2006 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the Evercool STC-01 that Overclockers Online reviews make not be the top performing thermal paste on the market, it is a very solid product. Hopefully we will see it in heatsink bundles soon, and on store shelves.
"After an interesting battle among the thermal interface gladiators,
we have a verdict. Evercool has earned its place in the thermal interface
market. Though not the best performer, the Sidewinder STC-01 is hardly a
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has found a guy who runs Bad Brothers Racing, and has an interesting project on the go, combining a Yamaha YR-50 motorcycle, and a turbine engine. Cheer them on, it may be the quickest way to get your own jetbike!
"For many years now, I have tinkered with all kinds of interesting projects, and have found a lot
of fun in the realm of DIY gas turbine engines. These engines are based around turbochargers, but
are in every sense real jets.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D has done a full dress inspection of Call Of Duty 2, and presents the results for your approval.
"Developer Infinity Ward obviously doesn't believe in small things, but rather aims towards grand
scale of epic proportions. The first Call of Duty did this for the most part with some of the most
immense battles and a scale and level of intensity never before witnessed on a PC.
This has helped set the Call of Duty series above the rest of the crowded World War II genre.
Subject: Systems | January 19, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS reviews a great system from MESH, their new Titan X1800 FIRE. As you might guess from the name, it is based around a pair of x1800's, running in Crossfire mode. The performance is amazing; it is a fairly expensive system, but you certainly get your moneys worth.
If you are more into building your own systems from scratch, the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard was updated recently, drop by and get some ideas for great hardware to put into your next system.
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