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Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | July 3, 2007 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Altec Lansing has been making peripherals for the iPod almost since it came out. There newest is the iMV712, a 8.5" widescreen LCD display with a pair of 3" full range speakers and a subwoofer built in. As well, it is able to handle input from other sources than just the iPod, which is icing on the cake as far as Think Computers is concerned.
Subject: Storage | July 3, 2007 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virtual-Hideout reviews the perfect device for anyone with old 2.5" HDDs lying around, ICY DOCK's MB448UR Removable HDD Rack. Designed to take 2.5" drives, and slide into the external 5.25" bays on your PC, or even into the internal 3.5" ones. Either way, it makes those old drives useful again, and with USB connectivity they are useful in most places.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP put PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR into their new PSU torture chamber, and came away with some interesting findings. Until recently, they have always had the most powerful PSUs on the market, but as the power demand from high end PCs has grown, other manufacturers are entering the upper end of wattage. Read on to see how PC P&C stands up against today's competition.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newly released iPhone has been hacked, sort of. Using a restore image, it has been determined that there are 2 accounts on every iPhone, with the same default passwords. Of course, since there is no console or terminal access to the iPhone there is nothing you can do with these accounts. Slashdot has more on this, as well as some speculation about possible motives for the existence of these users.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Stuck with an out of date system, that needs a complete overhaul to be brought up to speed? Can't quite manage an entire system replacement, but you do want to see some of the graphical bells and whistles in todays games? Drop by Tweaknews to see how well the AGP version of the X1950 Pro performs against the competition. Maybe all you need is a $200 investment to revitalize your gaming experience.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2007 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the form of a case from Tagan. A lot of work has gone into this case, from the exterior looks, to the inclusion of features that make setting up watercooling a breeze. Bjorn3D thinks there are few improvements that could be made to the A+ Black Pearl, like a removable tray and separate fan controllers, but overall were very impressed.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance. Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step. You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans. There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (July 2, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the launch of the ThermoIntelligence series of cooling solutions featured on the new air-cooled, single slot BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card.
"Ever since the inception of BFG Tech back in 2002, we have been at the forefront of high performance custom cooling" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing.
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are ever looking to expand your wireless network, either for range, to separate the ways people connect up or even just to get a few more ports free, you need another wireless access point. One solution is to add a second router to your network, which is not that hard. Neither is switching to a quad core CPU.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join the Tech Report for a look a processors from a money conscious perspective. Getting the latest and greatest CPU is certainly an easy answer to the question of what processor to buy, but what if you are asking that question with a twist. What if you want to get the most processing power per dollar? 16 processors are tested, and a final five are chosen. Find out which ones.
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI PR200 is based on the Santa Rosa design, which has replaced the aging Centrino design. One of the more interesting things about this laptop is it's 3DMark score. Even though this is more of a productivity laptop than a gaming machine, it manages to beat the Santa Rosa reference by about 17% on 3DMark06. With it's 210 minute battery life, you might even have time to get a little gaming in between presentations. Get the full story at the Hardware Zone.
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the world's leading brand in thermal management, Cooler Master has devoted itself to notebook product development for several years, constantly pioneering new solutions through its NotePal series. Cooler Master is very excited to introduce its latest achievement in the NotePal series, the NotePal Infinite, designed with a truly innovative cooling principle, which promises to offer a more stable and comfortable environment for your mobile work and entertainment.
All this begins from the desire to resolve the increasing hassles from multiple heat sources in today’s notebooks.
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a standalone expansion to The Guild 2, allowing you to start your own pirate empire. The Guild series is a very complex strategy game, requiring you to build business to make you money, and to cause the economy of that town to flourish, so that you can make even more money and expand. It's also important to get a family started, to help you run your businesses and to make sure your dynasty flourishes. Not for those who flinch at the word micro-management, it offers great rewar
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a link on Slashdot leading to PC Magazines list of 5 ideas that they feel will revolutionize computing as we know it. Movie theatre quality home projection systems, beanbag mice, and several other advancements are discussed. See what is soon coming of the big labs like Bell Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and PARC, and decide for yourself if they hit the big ones, or if they missed out on your favourite emerging tech.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona", are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a change of mice, consider the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3, your wrists may love you. It is designed on an angle, so your hand is in more of a handshake position that a hiding your poker hand position. It also has adjustable DPI up to 2600, and 5 programmable buttons, which can have different uses in different apps.
Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware has specked out a nice midrange system, that includes a 22" monitor as well as a C2D E6420, ASUS P5N-E SLI = $130, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 640MB eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS. Check out the results of the build as well as the overclocking potential.
If you want a second opinion, head to the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, where there are 4 recommended builds.