80 Plus, and what it means when it comes to PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 11:16 AM |
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SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus.  As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUS® performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater."

The problem being that they are very hard to find.  The 500W Zalman ZM360B-APS is an 80 Plus PSU, though there are other issues that SPCR discovered while reviewing this power supply.

Intel, Omnicom Media Group Announce Collaboration to Bring Internet-Delivered Ads to TVs

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 10:41 AM |
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Santa Clara, Calif., and New York,
Sept. 25, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Omnicom Media Group (OMG), which
includes global media agencies OMD Worldwide and PHD Network, today
announced a collaboration to develop "10 foot" or large screen
advertising templates for Internet-delivered advertising to TVs
connected to Intel® Viiv™ technology-based computers
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A quiet hurricane

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 09:15 AM |
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techPowerUp reviews the full sized XLCIO A380, whose pair of 250mm fans move a lot of air very quietly.  Combine that with the "toolless installation" that is becoming very common and a fairly low price tag, and you have the basis of a good gamming system that won't drown out a vacuum cleaner.

Source: techPowerUp!

Feeling left out of the loop when it comes to Vista?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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Well, you don't have to feel like that any longer, Microsoft has opened up a beta version that anyone can download and install.  The Inquirer has the link straight to the download page for the DVD.  It will take a while to finsh, so don't hold your breath, and whatever you do, don't overwrite your main copy of Windows, use a spare HDD!

Source: The Inquirer

Come visit the upgraded forums, they're still shiny and have that new car smell

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 03:31 PM |
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The PC Perspective forums have undergone an upgrade, which you can read about here.  Or, if you want to head directly into the forums, the ASUS M2N32-SLI thread has moved to mega-thread status, and will cover almost any problem you could run into.  There is a very active argument in the Lightning Round, which asks you to choose your favorite type of government and defend your choice.  The

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Mighty Mini Mouse

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Futurelooks reviews a tiny Bluetooth mouse, not much bigger than the 2 AA batteries that it runs on.  It is easy to recharge, and will fit in even the most cramped laptop case.  Mind you, you might want to keep it tied to something, as it will be very easy to lose.

Source: futurelooks

ASUS blows trhe lid on nVIDIA's new PPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 11:04 AM |
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HEXUS has noticed the answer ASUS gave about the 3rd PCI Express slot on an unrelased (P5N32 SLI) motherboard.  Much like ATI's upcoming PPU, it does more that just process physics in games, it is also meant to be a co-processor for the CPU to dump many mathematical calculations onto.

Source: Hexus

A Vincent shooter, non-RPG Squaresoft game

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 09:11 AM |
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On the one hand, you are playing Vincent, with all his guns.  On the other hand, it's a non-RPG from SquareSoft, who have a dodgy history when they try to break away from that.  Then you read the article at Ars Technica and find out there is an entire level where you are forced to play as Cait Sith.

Source: Ars Technica

A sneek peek at AMDs roadmap

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 08:48 AM |
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Head to the Inquirer, who have a link to a Dutch site that has a list of AMDs upcoming processors and some of the specs.  The new FX's don't have a release date yet, but the 3 GHz X2 6000+ is to be out in November.

Source: The Inquirer

Go 4x4-ing with Barcelona

Subject: Processors | September 21, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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[H] spoke with AMDs Senior VP and CTO, Phil Hester about the upcoming quad core processor, currently named Barcelona.  The interview covers a lot of ground on what AMDs future plans are, including the aquisition if ATI.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Buying big fans won't help much if you don't know how to use them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Technibble reveals the theory behind airflow in cases and how to best utilize it.  Without getting incredibly technical, they show why a sealed negative case is the worst possible situation and why unsealed positive is the best way to go ... plus explaining what those terms mean.

Source: Technibble

Blu-ray, HDDVD and plain old DVD, all on one disk

Subject: Storage | September 21, 2006 - 11:05 AM |
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Buying blank DVDs may be a lot less confusing if these 3 inventors are allowed to continue developing this disk technology.  As CNET reports, because different formats burn to different depths on the CD, by having 3 layers on one disk you can choose which format to burn.

Samsung's 244T, the monitor that thinks it's a TV

Subject: Displays | September 21, 2006 - 08:56 AM |
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With an 16ms grey to grey response time, the Samsung 244T might not seem like the best monitor for gaming and action movies, but at 24 inches viewable it deserves a little slack.  Bona Fire Reviews can show you a lot more about it, including a good idea how big it is, by measuring the screen in CDs.

"Last month we had the chance to review one of Samsung's largest LCD display's with their 24" 244T monitor. The 244T was a very good

performer and quite enjoyable to review.

I call shenanigans!

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2006 - 08:48 AM |
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AMD seems to have hired a marketing company called Design Reactor, who specialize in viral marketing and joining tech forums to spam them with messages.  This time they were advertising AMD's Virtual Tradeshow, and you might have even seen them on our forums.  Drop by NGOHQ for more info.

Source: NGOHQ

Asus Readies P5N32-SLI Premium

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 04:05 PM |
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Asus just sent over some PR that details their upcoming release of the P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset and support Core 2 Duo processors from Intel.  Below is the PR and image.  You can discuss this board, and the apparently lack of Intel-based 590 SLI solutions, in our newly enhanced PC Perspective Forums!


Source: PC Perspective

2 takes on Core 2 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde.  It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x.  In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double.  The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.

Passive extremes, the new XFX 7950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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XFX passed on a GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme to [H]ard|OCP, who pitted it against the toughest competition they could find.  One of the most noticable things about this card is the passive cooling system, which begs the question as to what you could achieve with a 3rd party cooling solution.  Head over to see what this card can do right out of the box.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Revenge of the iPod Mini

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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The new 2nd Generation iPod nano is different from it's predecessor.  With 24 hours of playback time and an aluminium casing, these changes are in the rigth direction as well.  Ars Technica can tell you all about it.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Chairman Unveils The World's Most Remote Digital City

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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PARINTINS, Brazil, Sept. 20, 2006
In one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth, the Amazon,
Intel Corporation has created a wireless, high-speed Internet network

for residents to access vast resources of medical, educational and
commercial knowledge through computers.

Are you a golf addict who's allergic to grass?

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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Thanks to Shot Online, you can now participate in a MMO golf game.  Gamepyre reviews the free online version that is available right now, as well as the bought version which opens up more features for those who fall in love with the game.

Source: Gamepyre