A case that towers over the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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At 7kg (15lbs), 72cm tall (almost 2.5 ft) and 36cm wide and deep (1.2ft), it is hard to imagine using Thermaltakes Mozart Tx as an HTPC case.  Fitting both full ATX/BTX and mini ATX boards, it is very versatile, but when you are easily able to fit 10 120mm fans into the case, it seems more likely the case will be stuffed with top of the line, heat pumping components.  Legion Hardware loved it, and want you to love it too.

Home Theatre Purchasing Advice

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 10:21 AM |
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The Tech Zone will help you buy an awesome Home Theatre, and give you advice on how to get all the components to compliment each other.  They cover everything from the basics for the TV, recievers and speakers to the best A/V connectors  to use.

IDF 2006 - The unexpurgated version

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 28, 2006 - 09:06 AM |
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The Inquirer has taken the hard work of their 3 people on the scene at IDF, and condensed it to one page.  Drop by for a look at IDF, in a way only they would do.

"OUR THREE FRONT LINE hacks have been busy scribing away like there's no tomorrow nor yesterday, and have come up with some fruits from the

high hanging tree that is the Intel Developer Forum."

Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

Open Source goes to Cape Town

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 08:55 AM |
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The VIA pc-1 is a client and server set up, running a flavour of Ubuntu Linux which lets youth in Cape Town program Open Source applications, under the tutelage of University students.  The idea is to enable them to produce software that is usable in their lives, as well as giving them a lot of knowledge in the basics of programming.

Source: VIA Arena

Folding@Home on ATI GPU's: a major step forward

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 08:14 AM |
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Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new, high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from ATI to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new Cell processor in Sony's PlayStation 3), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With this new software and hardware, we will be able to push Folding@Home a major step forward.

Source: Email

Intel Makes Storage More Reliable, Manageable With Set Of New, Flexible Storage Processors

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
- Intel Corporation today introduced a family of storage
processors that serve market segments ranging from small- to
medium-sized businesses.

Intel VP: Intel's Relentless Pursuit Of Moore's Law To Bring CIOs Incredible Performance

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 27, 2006 - 06:42 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 — During his keynote today at the Intel Developer Forum, Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, outlined the next stage of the company's multi-core product roadmap and new industry initiatives that offer developers a design platform for innovation and new capabilities for businesses.

IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension to Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 06:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
— IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of
other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express*
technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models,
such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).

Origen AE X11, an underdog in the HTPC market

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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HEXUS heard tell of a company called OrigenAE, who had an HTPC case just waiting to be reviewed.  Seeing as how it is a company almost no one has heard of, and that the case seemed to be designed for higher end HTPC systems, they jumped at the chance to review it.  Drop by to find out if this company should be more popular, or if it remain languishing in obscurity.

Source: Hexus

ATI is first to annouce a DX10 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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That's right, according to an article on The Inquirer, the upcoming RV6X0 family will be full DX 10 cards.  If you listen closely you can hear the engineers chant Bum Shaka Laka.
Source: The Inquirer

99 Nights in about 25 hours

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 11:08 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the Xbox360 game, Ninety Nine Nights.  It's an epic game, with more than the usual amount of enemies involved in this good versus evil struggle.  Drop by to find out if they came away with a good feeling from all the button mashing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

San Fransisco is the place to be ... Fall IDF news

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 27, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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There is a lot going on in San Fran, from Paul Otellini's speech, to 80 core processors and a firm date for the quad core Kentsfield processor.  [H]ard|OCP is down there keeping an eye on Intel, and trying unsucessfully to scoop Ryan before he can get his news up.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Athlon 63 X2s expected

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 08:48 AM |
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DigiTimes has posted an updated AMD processor roadmap. AMD is extending the 65nm Brisbanes, which has new processors at 100MHz seperation, instead of the original 200 MHz.  All will have 2*512Kb L2 caches.

Source: Digitimes

Intel To Pay Up To $1 Million Bounty For Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 03:55 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation is challenging PC
designers and manufacturers to think sexy, stylish and small as they
design the next generation of home PCs
optimized for multimedia
entertainment and powered by Intel® Core™2 Duo processors.

Intel Extends Embedded Offerings With Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processors

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26,
2006 — Intel Corporation today announced expanded life cycle support
for the Intel® Core™2 Duo E6400 and T7400 processors
for embedded
applications, ranging from bank ATMs to point-of-sale cash registers.

Intel Develops Tera-Scale Research Chips

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation today described the
significant technical challenges that need to be addressed if
computing
, from personal devices to giant data centers, is to keep up
with increasing demand by consumers and businesses for Internet-based
software, services and media-rich experiences.

A possible 7950 GS release?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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NGOHQ has heard that a possible 7950GS card may be released.  The 7950GT was released very recently, at the $300 mark.   This card would have to be cheaper, as it would not be faster, and could be the cheapest and easiest way to get SLI up and running.

Source: NGOHQ

You can't always teach old tech support new tricks

Subject: Systems | September 26, 2006 - 12:24 PM |
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Dell's XPS 410 is a solid performing system, [H]ard|OCP was quite happy with the performance of the sytem when gaming or using it for other multimedia applications.  However, several issues with the system had them dealing with Tech Support, whose performance was far from stellar.

Source: [H]ard|OCP