PC Club's new Tech Support

Subject: Systems | August 9, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gone through 4 systems from PC Club, but ran into some serious difficulties with their tech support.  Giving them another chance, they try out a new system priced at just over $1200, and call up tech support to find out what, if anything, has changed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair & OCZ ram the competition aside

Subject: Memory | August 9, 2006 - 01:44 PM |
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Anandtech pits Corsair's DDR2 CM2X1024 6400C3 (3-4-3-9 @ 800) against OCZ's Ti Alpha PC2-8000 VX2 (4-4-4-15 @ 1000).  Both have headroom to overclock, and run at different stock voltages.  Find out what can be done with these DIMMs on an Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 system.

Source: AnandTech

Quad SLI for the DIY Guy

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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It's offical as of today, nVIDIA fully supports Quad SLI for home builders, with the release of the new 91.45 WHQL Forceware driver.  Take a trip with [H]ard|OCP into the world of 'SLI8X' gamma corrected antialiasing at 2560x1600.  Be warned though, as with all bleeding edge drivers, results may vary from system to system.

You can also see Ryan's huge article on Quad SLI right here on PC Perspective.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Modern tech envious of past artist's creations

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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Quantum computing promises it will be the next big thing in the computer world.  There are still many obstacles between the concept of one, and actually creating a useful quantum logic gate or processor, but another step has been taken.  CNET reports on an green paint created in Sweden, circa 1870, that may be a huge step forward in figuring out quantum computing, and spintronics.

Super Talent Introduces 2GB PC8000 Low Latency DDR2 Kit

Subject: Memory | August 9, 2006 - 11:20 AM |
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San Jose, California — August 7, 2006 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of memory modules and flash products, today announced one of the world's fastest 2GB DDR2 kits. The new T1000UX2G4 is tested in a motherboard and guaranteed to operate at DDR2-1000 at astonishing 4-5-4-15 latencies at 2.2 volts.

Taking a look at HDCP

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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PCStats reviews the first HDCP enabled video card from MSI, a 7900GT.  Not only do you get the performance of a 7900GT, you will be allowed to watch new HDCP compliant video at the HD resolution you paid for, as long as your player and monitor or TV is compliant as well.

Source: PCStats

You win in the Dual Core pricing war

Subject: Processors | August 8, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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As Ryan's link proved, there are 2 Core Duo processors available for under $200 and 3 AMD X2 socket AM2sThe Tech Report grabbed 2 of the lower priced processors to benchmark, so go take a look at what kind of deal they are.

"The game is changing dramatically, however, with Intel's introduction of its ne

Too cute to be cool? You be the judge.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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If you can handle the shape, these Apack coolers promise to keep your system cool without breaking 30db, and that is with the proprietary fans.  Throw on an efficient and quiet fan and even a Prescott can be cooled without a deafening accompanyment.  Learn more at SilentPCReview.

Intel Teams With Top Universities for Software-Related Research

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced a global effort to prepare university students for a new paradigm of software development as Intel transitions its processors from single-processor engines to ones that will have multiple cores and threads.

So you say your Hard Drive is shock proof

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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BCC Hardware needs your help in shock testing a hard drive from Plextor.  Give them your shocking ideas in the thread they started specifically for suggestions.  Remember they aren't mad at the hard drive, they don't want to just kill it, they are trying to determine the limits of the shock proofing.

Source: BCCHardware

What happened after Microsoft took a little blue pill

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Slashdot has put together several links covering the results of Microsofts invitation for "black hat hackers" to take a poke at Vista's security.  It could spell a more open mindset at Microsoft, at least during betas, on the benefits of listening to that particular crowd.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Core 2 Duo Processors Go On Sale!

Subject: Processors | August 7, 2006 - 10:43 PM |
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The full line-up of Intel Core 2 Duo processors is starting to show up across the country!  Newegg has them all available as of tonight:


Asus to Acquire Gigabyte??

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:44 PM |
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The title pretty much says it all, though we can file this under "rumor-mill" for the time being...

Asustek Computer is interested in acquiring another motherboard specialist Gigabyte Technology, which shows better strength in distribution, according to sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry.

Source: Digitimes

Biostar TForce 550 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:43 PM |
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The gang over at HardOCP has reviewed the Biostar motherboard based on the nForce 550 chipset; and they say it makes a decent budget motherboard. 

As Jake mentioned above that the power components would get hotter when water cooling, this is exactly what I saw. The VRMs on the board were at 250F without any airflow at stock settings with the FX-62.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Apple WWDC Keynote Released

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 7, 2006 - 09:39 PM |
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Looking for some information from this year's WWDC show in San Francisco?  Hop on over to Apple.com for a replay of the keynote from Steve Jobs. 

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote preview of Mac OS X 'Leopard' from San Francisco's Moscone West. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.

Antec's new HTPC chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 04:13 PM |
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Antec does not disappoint with their new HTPC chasiss, the Fusion.  Get the full story at Futurelooks.

"Antec's new baby: The FUSION! It's finally here and we've got one of the first reviews of this highly

anticipated case. Will we be disappointed or totally impressed after waiting over seven months for it

to arrive? Let's find out!"

Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:

Source: futurelooks

The flower evolves

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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FrostyTech reviews the Zalman CNPS7000B-Cu, a cooler very reminiscent of the old flower coolers, with an added 90mm fan in the center.  Also like the old series, performance and noise are balanced, not sacrificing extra performance on one side for a penalty in the other.

Source: Frosty Tech

EPoX's affordable take on NForce500

Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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EPoX's new MF570SLI is based on the new nForce500 series, specifically the 570SLI.  With dual gigabit NICs, onboard Realtek sound, and lots of space around the CPU socket help make this board even more attractive.  [H]ard|OCP has all the info about it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Prey makes it to the Xbox360

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Prey has made it to a console that wasn't even a twinkle in Microsoft's eye, when the original programming was done.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how well it made the transition from PC to console.

"Over a decade in development, Prey's innovative portal technology and unique game play finally land

on the Xbox 360. Today, we step through the portal and see where Prey will take us."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: [H]ard|OCP

They're still not rocket shoes, and there's no phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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CoolTechZone looks at the recent Nike and Apple project, shoes that collect biometric data which is stored in your iPod.  Not only can your shoes now tell exactly how lazy you are, they will build a database so you can track it over time.  They will also play music that matches the beat of your feet.

Source: CoolTechZone