Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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With a bit of tweaking, and a good cooling system, [H] will show you how to put together a budget system with the performance of an Intel Extreme Edition or an AMD FX processor.   Make sure you read it.

You can also get a second opinion from Ryan, he has just updated the Hardware Leaderboard, and for the first time ever, 3 of the 4 systems are Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel 2006 Game Demo Contest winners--best threaded game, mobile game & more

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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The Intel Game Demo Contest was launched at GDC 2006 to
empower game developers and break down game development barriers.  Over
the course of the last five months, 80 people entered the contest, narrowed
down to six finalists.  With our two prize categories, Best Threaded Game
and Best Game on the Go, we have the following winners:

 

An ATI Diamond by Best Data

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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You may remember Diamond Multimedia as the graphics company that sold you your first 3DFX product.  The brand itself was purchased wholesale by a company called Best Data, who have produce many different products under the Diamond name.  [H]ard|OCP reivews their Viper X1600 Pro 512MB, not the fastest ATI chipset, but at ~$129.99, it does pretty good.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Not a good day to be reading funny Word attachments

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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CNet reports on an Office flaw particluar to Word, that is running around in the wild.  As opposed to many vulnerabilities, this one was not discovered by researchers in a lab, or a white hat playing with code.  It is out there and it wants to munch your DNS.

The answer to life's little annoyances

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:50 PM |
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Sporadic network troubles can drive a person nuts, which is why our Networking forum has been busy this week.  Some members think IE7beta3 may give Firefox some stiff competition, but others disagree, much like this Intel vs.

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Integral speakers in an MP3 player?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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CNet reports on a Samsung MP3 player, that will contain speakers so you can listen to your music without headphones.  That's not the only thing going for it, as is should be compatible with Urge, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Napster.

"At first look, the K5 Digital Audio Player, which is slated to be released Sept. 10, doesn't look too different from other portable audio players.

Burn your own Blu-ray disks

Subject: Storage | September 1, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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25Gb gives a lot of space to back things up.  HardwareZone has tested LG's Blu-ray burner, which can burn onto just about any CD or DVD format on the market.  Drop by and take a look at this drive, which is a big improvement on previous Blu-ray burners.

Team Fortress 2 is coming

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Go to TECHGAGE, watch the movie, and then wait patiently for TF2 to be released.

"We've just posted the latest trailer from Valve. This time it's of the upcoming Team Fortress 2, and it weighs in at 218MB (WMV HD)."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: TECHGAGE

Does Vista have game?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at the most obvious reason people will want to upgrade to Vista, the gaming improvements.  New and improved minsweeper, not to mention chess games all come with Vista too.

Socket 939 roundup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 05:19 PM |
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The Tech Lounge wants to help you get a little more life out of your s939 system.  By rounding up all the heatsinks they can find and comparing them, they'll help you buy one of the best ones, tweak your multiplier up a bit.  Overclock it far enough, and you might even feel like you have a new system.

"AM2 has revitalized AMD's K8 architecture. Core 2 has spurred the competition fiercely. Socket 939

has lost its leg up. Or has it?

Overdrawn at the capacitor bank

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Madshrimps look at 2 products from Clever Power, a CPU stabilizer and a VGA booster.  Both are essential huge banks of capacitors, which massage the electrical flow to your components into a perfect sine wave.  If you are having random power related problems, you owe it to yourself to check these out.

Source: Madshrimps

General Purpose GPU?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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While tooling around in ATI's newest driver, Beyond3D noticed something a little odd, the GPGPU.  Take a visit and find out what they discovered.

"Using R580 and with unique device IDs of 724E and 724F, at least as far as the Linux driver is

concerned and confirmed on ATI's vendor ID page, these FireStream products appear to be distinct

boards with R580, but with a different purpose than 3D graphics acceleration."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Source: Beyond3D

Gigabyte adds speed to their reputation

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo.  They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability.  That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Secure browsing, without installing anything

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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The next time you find yourself browsing on a pubic terminal, the creator of Browsar hopes you will use his program to keep your surfing secret.  A tiny download that overlays IE, and deletes any cookies, passwords or autocomplete information you may have left behind.  The Inquirer has a link to this little program, perhaps a way to avoid identity theft.

Source: The Inquirer

Complete Core 2 Duo system for those on a budget

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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AnandTech reviews the PC Club Enpower Sabre Extreme, a Core 2 Duo system with 1Gb of RAM, a 19' LCD, a 250Gb hard drive, a 7900 GT and more.  At $1,400 it won't empty your wallet as badly as some other new systems will, so take a look to see if it's what you want.

Source: AnandTech

You'd better not need this just for your "picture" collection

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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Using VIA mini-ITX boards, Capricorn is now selling racks with an incredibly high amount of storage.  At 3TB per 1U node, 120TB per 19 inch rack, you will not run out of storage sapce anytime soon, and it will probably make a really good space heater as well.  Find out more from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsairs DHX, and why you should care

Subject: Memory | August 30, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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Legit Reviews posted a slide show from Corsair on their new DHX technology for their RAM, and an interview with John Beekely, Corsair's VP of Applications Engineering.  Find out just how they got PC2-8888 into production, which runs at 1111MHz, with 4-4-4-12 timings.

She just keeps going and going and going ...

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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In the 7th installment of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft makes her appearance on the Xbox360.  [H]ard|OCP takes on the onerous task of playing through the game to make sure the animation and ...er physics standards are up to par.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Waiting for the new wireless standard

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles.  While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out.  Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.

Source: AnandTech

Pushing the limits of MP3 players ... or sanity?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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The people at DailyCE are as confused as I am over the soon to be released MP3 player, the Vibex from Trekstor.  With a remote control and an FM Tuner, a docking station and more, you have to wonder if we are going a little overboard.  Mind you this is the company that also proudly proclaims to have made the world's most expensive MP3 player:
"The casing of the organix is cast in 750 gold (18 karat) and adorned with 63 diamonds (one-karat)"

Source: DailyCE