Save $45 now, and spend $1450 later

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 10:35 AM |
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HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of.  Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar?  If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.

Source: HotHardware

Some help deciding if you are excited or disappointed by BF2142

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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Battlefield 2142 is creating a lot of stir, and not all of it is good.  On one hand you have futuristic weapons and vehicles, on the other hand, you get to pay full price for a game that uses the same engine as BF2, which a lot of fans feel should make it a less expensive add-on.  Then they offer the demo only to people with paid accounts on download sites. 

NGOHQ wants to help, that's why they have a direct link to download the demo, no money or membership required.

Source: NGOHQ

Could AMD be making a mistake?

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 08:47 AM |
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This HEXUS article could be a conversational hand grenade.  They are wondering if the inroads that AMD has made into corporate servers, and having Dell build systems around AMD processors displays a change in direction from AMD.  Intel's Core 2 Duo is the PC enthusiast's choice, and AMD doesn't seem to be doing much in response.

Source: Hexus

ATI's TV Wonder knows a few tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 02:13 PM |
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After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves.  Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.

[H] takes another shot at the Falcon

Subject: Systems | October 5, 2006 - 12:53 PM |
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Falcon Northwest's FragBox II is undergoing close scrutiny at [H]ard|OCP.  They discovered some issues the first time the reviewed a system from them, and this system had some too.  Of course, if they didn't run into any problems, how can they find out how well the Tech Support team performs.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hot rodding Mini-ITX baord?

Subject: Motherboards | October 5, 2006 - 12:32 PM |
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The Tech Report has found a mini-ITX board from Albatron that seems to have a lot more power than most of the other boards that size.  At $310, it does have a lot to prove though, so head over to find out how well it performs.

Going against the grain

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2006 - 09:16 AM |
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Bjorn3D offers some advice on building a truely unique case, without having to get a CNC machine.  They start out with several designs of wooden cases, but as the build progresses they find some of their ideas don't work out the way they wanted.  In the end though, a great looking wooden case is made, and advice on how to start your own is plentiful.

Source: Bjorn3D

Scotty, could you beam me a foot to the left?

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2006 - 09:00 AM |
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Sure, teleporting something the size of a single bacterium about 1/2 a meter or so isn't quite what science fiction promised us by the year 2000.  It is a good start though, and you can read a little about it at CNET.

Intel to Purchase NVIDIA Rumors Swirl Again

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 09:12 PM |
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Normally I would look past headlines like this without a pause, but with the recent purchase of ATI by AMD, I no longer think these people are completely nuts.  And the AMD/ATI rumor started in a fashion VERY similar to this...remember our post just towards the end of May from a Forbes analyst?

Now that radio can be good, you might want to save some of it

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Gone are the days of listening to your radio late into the night to record your favorite DJs onto a cassette tape.  Thanks to the rise of XM Radio, the first part is coming back, but you can't easily tape the feed.  Digital Trends has a look at Pioneer's Inno, a device deisgned to replace that old tape deck with something a little more modern and satellite radio friendly.

The Skype Mouse Phone

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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Just because it's odd, doesn't mean you can't find one for sale.  Sysgration melded a Skype phone and mouse in some sort of bizarre experiment, and now you can buy one of your own.  CoolTechZone seems as confused as I, but someone, somewhere must have a use for this little USB device.

Source: CoolTechZone

Small Form Factor, not just for HTPCs anymore

Subject: Systems | October 4, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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Ars Technica has published a guide to Small Form Factor PCs.  While the main usage for that footprint still lies in home built HTPCs, it has matured to the point where it can make an attractive and powerful system.  Now that most of the major features come built into the motherboard, and you can buy smaller video cards that are every bit as powerful as the larger versions, you really can consider SFFs for gaming and other computer tasks.

Source: Ars Technica

World War 2 gaming, Version 429, with a twist

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 12:21 PM |
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The twist being that Company of Heroes is a RTS, not a FPS.  From the awesome sounds of mortar fire and the soldiers reactions to it, to the rag doll physics and fully destructable terrain thanks to the Havok engine, you have to agree with Gaming Illustrated ... this game has serious potential.

Intel gets a bigger Imagination

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Imagination Technology Group works on systems on a chip, including graphics and video chips, and are now working closely with Intel.  HotHardware has an article containing thoughts on what this means, in the light of the recent AMD-ATI merger.  It almost looks like nVIDIA has to get into the CPU business by themselves.

Source: HotHardware

Viewsonic's non Multi-functional display

Subject: Displays | October 3, 2006 - 02:52 PM |
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Viewsonic's VP2330wb is a monitor, plain and simple.  No HDTV connectors, no S-Video, no speakers, just a well designed 23" TFT type LCD.  It boasts an 8ms grey to grey response time, 250-nit brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio and .258mm dot pitch, which DriverHeaven has found to be accurate, and not just a boast.  Read more about it in their full review.

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OCZ Technology Announces PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules

Subject: Memory | October 3, 2006 - 01:10 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-October 3, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the next addition to OCZ's line of NVIDIAR certified Platinum DDR2
memory modules. The new PC2-8500 series is SLIT certified ensuring ultimate
breakthrough compatibility for advanced SLI platform performance.

620 rock sold Watts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Corsair has moved into the PSU market with the same panache as they display with their memory.  The HX620W Modular PSU really impressed TweakTown with the stability of it's rails, a .01 V difference between idle and load. 

Source: TweakTown

Crossfire on a LanParty

Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2006 - 10:56 AM |
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DFI's new LanParty UT CFX 3200-DR is a feature rich CrossFire board.  With 2 x16 PCI-E slots, 2 PCI Express x1 slots and three PCI slots, you have more room for cards than you will need, considering the onboard sound and gigabit ethernet.  Hot Hardware pits it against the nVIDIA based ASUS A8N.

Source: HotHardware

These new drives can store as much as you can dish out

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2006 - 09:13 AM |
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It really wasn't that long ago that a 500Mb drive was a pretty impressive thing to have, but now you would be hard pressed to fit just an OS on that disk.  Now 500Gb drives are becoming common, and today The Tech Lounge is comparing 3 of the top brands.

So much for Firefox beinga "complete mess"

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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It seems that the reports of Firefox's vulnerability have been greatly exaggerated.  The javascript vulnerability is an old flaw, that is well known, and nobody as yet has managed to use it to successfully run code.  Ars Technica has more on information on the story.

"Mozilla has been able to reproduce a DoS issue based on the information, according to a new post on the Mozilla Developer Center.

Source: Ars Technica