ASUS gets into quiet CPU cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2006 - 03:45 PM |
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The ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler is fairly large (140mm*115mm*100mm, and 656g) in order to accomodate a 92mm fan and 5 heatpipes.  X-bit Labs pits it against their current favourite, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, on both AMD and Intel systems.

Source: X-Bit Labs

nFORCE 590 SLI and Core 2 Duo, together at last

Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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The Tech Report is pinching themselves, just to make sure they really do see a 590 SLI for Conroe.  The previous nForce, the 570 SLI was not really anything to get excited about, it was essentially an nForce4 board.  Now they have their hands on ASUS' P5N32-SLI, so drop by to see how this implementation worked.

Intel Launches Software Partner Program, Invites ISVs To Access Global Reseller Network

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 02:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today announced the formation of the Intel® Software
Partner Program
, a membership-based program for independent software
vendors (ISVs). The program is open to any software company developing
commercial products or services for Intel technologies, such as Intel®
Core™ 2 Duo, Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Itanium® processors.

AMD CHAIRMAN AND CEO HECTOR RUIZ PROMOTES "NEW ERA OF CHOICE" DURING ORACLE OPENWORLD KEYNOTE

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 01:23 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO—OCT. 23, 2006—At Oracle® OpenWorld today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.

Source: AMD

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 16.1

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2006 - 12:28 PM |
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The newest release of RivaTuner should be able to cope with all the new video cards that have come out since the last releas.  Also covered is nVIDIA drivers up to 95.97, ATI up to 6.10, and even experimental 32 bit Vista support.  Get over to the Guru of 3D to restore your overclock.

Source: Guru of 3D

Is Firefox 2.0 a little early

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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FireFox 2.0 is supposed to be released tomorrow, but the sharp eyes at [H]ard|OCP have spotted what looks like an early release.  Nothing on the main firefox page mentions it, but if you can't wait for a non-RC FireFox any longer you can try out the download.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's always a good time to drop by

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2006 - 08:10 PM |
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Recently Firefox has made two release candidates of the upcoming Firefox 2 browser.  If you are wondering what they do, and what isn't quite supported yet, drop by Tech Talk where a few members have been trying it outThe Asrock 939DUAL-VSTA seems to have some issues, but nothing we can't help out with.  Flashing your BIOS can be stressful especially when it fails, but it isn't the end of the w

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What big eyes you have

Subject: Displays | October 20, 2006 - 06:12 PM |
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... which is something you are likely to develop watching the Optoma Bigvizion HDBV3100.  Digital Trends reviews this expensive wall mounted DLP TV.  This display is compatible with just about every format on the planet, including 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and as far as inputs go, it has VGA, S-Video, Composite, 3 HDMI inputs, HDMI to and from receiver, HDMI to display, Component YPbPrand a lot more.

"A 100-inch TV is not for everybody.

Pre-HP Voodoo Small Form Factor

Subject: Systems | October 20, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP published a review of the Voodoo Hexx, just before HP purchased Voodoo, so their review may not be representative of the experience one will have with HP.  That said, this $3000 SFF gaming machine has the stats to perform on paper, but [H] found the real machine a little lacking.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

4 cores and 7 revisions ago

Subject: Processors | October 20, 2006 - 01:55 PM |
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HotHardware had the chance to talk with AMD about the upcoming 4x4 processors, and crack a few Pacino jokes while they're doing it.  Get a glimpse of the 7x series that we hope will give strong competition to Intels Core 2 Duo.

Source: HotHardware

Running With Scissors is back, and I'm not talking about the movie about therapists

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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Postal III is coming, and censors and the easily offended had better hide.  If you haven't played Postal II you missed out, so scour the bargain bins and eBay for copies of them.  If ever there was a game that deserved an R rating, this is it.  Hexus has a bit of info on the game, including mention of motion captured stars that will appear in the game.

Source: Hexus

Cloak of microwave invisibility

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Wired News has an article on the sort of-invisibility cloak that has just recently been created.  While being invisible to microwaves may not seem to impressive, I want to find out what would happen if you wrapped a fork in the cloak and then microwaved it.

Source: Wired News

Faster than a speeding HTPC, more powerful than a normal SFF

Subject: Systems | October 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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It's the Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC, built for Core 2 Duo and Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP was given one to try out and they found that while it's performance certainly stood out amongst other SFF systems, there were some irregularities with the power that caused some concerns.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Transparency anti-aliasing, now available on GeForce6's

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2006 - 03:44 PM |
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The new set of nVIDIA dirvers (91.47) allow Transparency AA on GeForce6's, which was exculsive to the GeForce7's previously.  Elite Bastards explains what exactly this type of AA does, and it's effects on gaming.

It's a PSU that sounds like it should be a really fast Unix based text editor

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D.  This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db.  It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.

Source: Bjorn3D

8 top watercooling setups to tame the heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Virutal Hideout has posted an 8 way watercooling review.  Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance are all represented.  They rate everything from ease of installation to cooling performance, so this is the article to read if you are considering entering the world of watercooling but aren't sure which kit to choose.

The final version of IE 7 appears

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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CNET has a lot of links to reviews and downloads of the just released IE 7.  As long as you have Windows XP or Server 2003, you can update and try out the newest incarnation of this browser.  On the other hand, there has already been a vulnerability revealed, which can disclose personal information on websites with mhtml: URL handlers.

High speed gold

Subject: Memory | October 18, 2006 - 05:34 PM |
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2GB OZC PC2-8800(1100MHz) with gold XTC heatspreaders and 5-6-6-15 timings straight out of the box, now up for review at techPowerUp.  It even comes in a non-melted shut package, so you don't have to attack the RAM with a knife just to get at it.  The total speed may not go up too much further than the default, but the timings can be tightened significantly with some tweaking.

"Even though the OCZ

Source: techPowerUp!

AMD REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 05:11 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Oct.

Source: AMD

A tour of a Turion

Subject: Mobile | October 18, 2006 - 04:27 PM |
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The MSI Megabook S271 is based around a Turion X2, in the model AnandTech reviews, it is a TL-50 (1.60 GHz with dual 256K L2 cache).  Recently they compared this laptop to a Core 2 Duo based machine; this review is all MSI.  They cover everything from customization and betery life to MSI support.

Source: AnandTech