HyperMemory and TurboCache

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2006 - 05:29 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at HyperMemory and TurboCache, and helps you figure out what's what.  Along the way they also explain how their can be many different prices and models off of the exact same core.

Source: PC Mechanic

Secure and portable Harddrive

Subject: Storage | July 31, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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The Hardware Zone looks at the GStor Secure Mobile Storage solution.  While it looks like a normal HDD enclosure, by using the GStor security key, you get 64bit, on-the-fly encryption.  There is a big warning, though the security key slot looks like a Firewire slot, it isn't!  Plugging a normal firewire cord into it may damage the enclosure, your PC, or both.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES CONTINUES LEAD IN U.S. RETAIL MARKET SHARE

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (July 31, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North America and European-based supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that the company continued its #1 revenue market position for NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards in United States retail sales from January through June of 2006, as well as for the month of June, 2006.


Source: Email

More than just a temperature score

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has released a seven way AM-2 cooler shootout.  In keeping with their style, this is more than just a comparison of temperatures, they delve into the ease of installation, what fans are possible to fit onto the coolers, and of course, whether it will drown out a vacuum cleaner, or vice versa.

For more extreme cooling, check out Lee's shiny new review of the peltier based Vigor Monsoon II.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hot Deal: 19" LCD Monitor for $114.99!

Subject: Displays | July 31, 2006 - 01:04 PM |
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Looking for a great deal on a new monitor?  This 19" LCD with a 1280x1024 resolution is on sale for $115 after mail-in rebate at Newegg!


Source: PC Perspective

Shopping for a Conroe system

Subject: Processors | July 31, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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The Tech Lounge ponders buying a new system, based around a Conroe chip.  This involves some guesswork right now, as some parts aren't available yet, and more have no price.  It does give you a good baseline to start your Conroe dreams on.

"Core 2 Duo is here. Sort of.

Previous Versions could save you, or catch you

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Ars Technica looks at the new incarnation of Sahdow Copy that will likely ship with Vista.  Having 5 previous versions of files can be very handy, if you've mistakenly changed and saved a file, but it can also making getting rid of files difficult.  You will also have to be careful the backups don't bloat your hard drive to death.

Source: Ars Technica

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 9, Conclusion)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2006 - 07:26 PM |
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So we tally up the results from them we see NVIDIA obviously dominate everything, even in certain games if ATI is winning NVIDIA remains really close. Especially in low and mid-range performance systems ATI is under attack. But very interesting to see is are the high-end products from ATI perform with that new Cat 6.7 driver. Be sure to check that out. In short: the overall view thus generic performance among the majority of games without a doubt is looking fantastic for NVIDIA SLI. Nobody will deny that even for a second. But do remember what I already stated in the introduction.

Source: Guru of 3D

Get your Intel compatible Radeon chipsets before they're gone

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Some of the fallout from the ATI-AMD merger has made itself apparent.  The ATI RD600 for Conroe will still be released, but as TweakTown discovered, it is likely to be the last Intel compatible Radeon chipset.

If you are looking for an Intel based board for Conroe, Ryan has reviewed the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe right here.

Source: TweakTown

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 7)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2006 - 04:24 PM |
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Legit Reviews carries on benchmarking the systems, testing a bundle of new games with various settings.  Drop by to get a feel for the best SLI and CrossFire can offer.

Take a tour of TEAMS RAM Factory

Subject: Memory | July 28, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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TweakTown takes you on a guided tour of TEAMs production facilities from the initial attachment of the chips to the PCB through production to final testing.

Source: TweakTown

R580 Redux

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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While the Radeon x1900GT is based on the R580 GPU, it's clock speed has been reduced as well as the number of shaders and pipelines.  HotHardware tests this ATI mid-range card against nVidia's to see who offers the best value.

Source: HotHardware

Microsoft Flight Simulator X gets a little more real

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Microsoft has partnered with Aero-News, a world wide real-time news service for aviation and aerospace.  Flight Sim X will be gorgeous already, but this partnership raises the possiblity of real time weather and other new and unique features.

The Quadfather gives a press conference

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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An ATI VP gave a ten minute presentation on what the ATI-AMD merger will mean to consumers.  Head to [H]ard|OCP to find out what was said.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Core 2 Duo T7400 Mobile CPU Article Update

Subject: Processors | July 28, 2006 - 10:27 AM |
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At the request of some user feedback, we now have Cinebench 9.5 test results.

Intel Unveils World's Best Processor

Subject: Processors | July 27, 2006 - 05:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 27, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled 10 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processors for consumer and business desktop and laptop PCs and workstations, reshaping how computers perform, look and consume power—and most importantly—transform how people use them.


"The Core 2 Duo processors are simply the best processors in the world," said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. "Not since Intel introduced the Pentium® processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented like this.

ATI CrossFire(TM) and Intel® CoreT 2 Extreme platforms now available

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2006 - 05:09 PM |
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MARKHAM, CANADA - July 27, 2006 - 'Boundless gaming' comes home today as ATI
Technologies (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) announced that leading system
integrators and OEMs from around the world are bringing to market the
powerful combination of ATI's RadeonR X1900 CrossFireT multi-GPU graphics
and the IntelR CoreT 2 Extreme processor.

Source: Email

NVIDIA® SLI(TM) SELECTED BY GLOBAL PC BUILDERS FOR INTEL® CORE(TM) 2 DUO LAUNCH

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2006 - 05:05 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 27, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that many of the world's leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology.

Source: NVIDIA

320 Gigs of speed

Subject: Storage | July 27, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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AnandTech has pitted two 320 GB HDDs in a battle royal, one from Western Digital and one from Seagate.  Both are fast drives for their size, and even better they are quiet and relatively cool.

Source: AnandTech

Bling for your chipsets & RAM

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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Vizo's Sleet chipset and DDR heatsinks are small, finned and pure copper.  Attach the chipset sinks with the thermal tape that comes pre-stuck and you are ready to go, to install the DDR heatspreaders with the included metal clip.  Pro-clockers went through the whole pack!