Free antivirus from AVG

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2006 - 08:35 AM |
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If you have never heard of Grisoft or Free AVG, you really should check out this Tweaknews review.  Then I would suggest downloading it and giving it a try.  If you really like the free version, there is a version you can purchase for fairly cheap which gives you more options to get support from Grisoft.

Source: Tweaknews

New Dell Dimension PCs Featuring NVIDIA nForce and GeForce technologies

Subject: Systems | September 13, 2006 - 02:44 PM |
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Quickly go from work-mode to play-mode with a Dell™ Dimension™ desktop powered by NVIDIA. Whether you are crunching numbers, watching a Hollywood blockbuster, or taking on the enemy in your favorite game, the new Dell™ Dimension™ can deliver the performance and features you need with the flexibility you desire.

The new Dell™ Dimension™ E521 and C521 feature the NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics processing unit (GPU), which is designed to deliver:

Source: NVIDIA

X1300 on plain old PCI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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Why would someone release a new ATI X1300 for regular PCI?  The main reason would be the size, it can be much smaller than a PCI-E card, and work better in tight spaces such as an HTPC setup.  Of course, many HTPC setups do have PCI-E, and there are smaller versions of cards in existance.  Tech Spot's benchmarking also gives a perfect example of the difference in bandwidth between PCI and PCI-E.

Source: Tech Spot

A8Js Notebook Series with World's First NVIDIA GeForceR 7700 GPU

Subject: Mobile | September 13, 2006 - 02:27 PM |
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ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers, today announced the A8Js notebook series empowered by the latest visual processing capabilities. Based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor, the slim and lightweight A8Js is the world's first notebook series to adopt the NVIDIA GeForce® 7700 GPU for a spectacular graphics performance.

Source: ASUS

Game on: Yahoo! and Intel Team Up to Bring Fantasy Sports to the TV

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. and Santa Clara,
Calif. — Sept. 13, 2006
— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global
Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced the kick off of
Yahoo! Sports for TV, a new service that brings the excitement and
camaraderie of fantasy football to TVs connected to Intel® Viiv™
technology-based PCs this football season.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 13, 2006 —
Intel Corporation
's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share
quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be
payable on Dec. 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on Nov. 7, 2006.


Samsungs SpinPoint hard drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2006 - 11:10 AM |
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The Tech Report reviews Samsung's SpinPoint T, a 400GB SATA drive with a 16MB cache and only 3 platters.   It does an impressive job of keeping up with the competition, even spinning at only 7200RPM, and it does it quietly and fairly cheaply too.

nVIDIA versus ATI on Vista

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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Legit Reviews gets to the bottom of the beta drivers for Vista.  They find out how well the 2 main companies graphics cards perform when gaming, and find out if it is even worth upgrading from Windows XP, as far as gaming is concerned.

Easy wireless for PCs and consoles

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 08:50 AM |
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Visit [H]ard|OCP for a look at Logitech's new wireless appliance for PC's and consoles.  It is called the Play Link, and it offers some interesting uses, as well as being very esay to set up.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Announces World's First Carbon Free Processor

Subject: Processors | September 13, 2006 - 08:29 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 13, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a
leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC
platform solutions, today announced the VIA C7®-D processor for a new
breed of PC desktop solutions.

Source: VIA Arena

abit Launches NF-M2 nView Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2006 - 08:19 AM |
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September 08, 2006 —abit is expanding their digital home series into AMD processor supported platforms with the nVidia® GeForce®6150/nForce430 chipset based NF-M2 nView motherboard. 7.1 channel high definition audio and powerful integrated GeForce®6150 onboard graphics with a DVI-connector for digital high definition graphics output are the ideal basis for a cost-effective home theater multimedia system.
 

Source: ABIT

Gigabyte returns to watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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Legion Hardware looks at Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy 2, the follow up to their original watercooling system.  Find out what improvements they've made, and if they can successfully carry over their expertise in making motherboards to cooling them.

Core 2 Duo versus AM2

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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The processor market has changed with the introduction of the Core 2 from Intel.  AMD's new AM2 chips don't add anywhere near as much to their systems, apart from DDR2.  With DDR2s looser timings, you don't really gain as much as you would think.  Extremetech takes a hard look at both the performance and the cost of the high and low end of these new chips, and the battle will rage on ... at least until AMD starts up their 4x4 .

Source: Extremetech

MSI and the new ATI SB600

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 11:06 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600.  It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Give your iPod a voice

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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Think Computers reviews Altec Lansing M602 Mobile Audio System for iPods.  It isn't exactly mobile in the same way the iPod is, but it is easily setup anywhere, or more permanently mounted on a wall.  Now you can share your iPod without a computer or a bit of rewiring of your home stereo.

The new search from MSN goes Live

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2006 - 08:39 AM |
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Live.com, the new search portal from MSN is out of Beta and on the web, and CNet has been playing with it.  The interface is almost familiar, and it promises to be much more useful than the old MSN search page.  Give it a try for a day and see what you think.

OCZ Technology Unveils the Exclusive PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Series

Subject: Memory | September 12, 2006 - 08:14 AM |
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September 11, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Edition, a new series of modules
optimized for 1T memory command rate on the new DFI NF590 SLI-M2R
motherboard.  With the aim of delivering enthusiasts a different method of
attaining high-speed performance results, OCZ developed the industry's first
dedicated 1T DDR2 module for AMD AM2 CPUs thanks t

Power roundup, PSU shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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OCZ, Sharkoon and Silverstone have each sent their toughest PSUs to Madshrimps, to participate in battle for top spot.  It looks to be a close battle, as each has 4 12V rails, with 750W total from Silverstone and 700W even from the other 2.

Source: Madshrimps

Cortina Systems Purchases Intel's Optical-Networking Components Business

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sep. 11, 2006 — Cortina Systems Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have completed the sale of product lines and associated assets of Intel's optical-networking components business to Cortina.

The return of the peltier

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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The Titan Amanda TEC is up for review at Virtual-Hideout.  Combining heatpipes and a Thermo-Electric cooler (aka a peltier device), you get some serious cooling power.  It is really not necessary for low power systems, this is designed for serious overclocking, and also manages to draw 50W off of your 12V rail, when cooling at full power.