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Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS PX1 Extreme is built with gamers in mind, instead of their usual target, the budget conscious. [H]ard|OCP gives them credit for trying, but the board lacks features a hardcore gamer requires, like a tweakable BIOS. They are also still unable to find one for sale on their usual web retailers.
Subject: Displays | November 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a 16:9 ratio and a resolution of 1280x720, the InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP projector offers big HD at a good price. The Tech Lounge had the screen set to 130" during their testing, and had no image quality problems at all. The drawback to projectors are the bulbs, which do blow from time to time, and this projector is no different, it's replacements will set you back $400.
Subject: Editorial | November 20, 2006 - 01:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
As it turned out, this was an even crazier weekend with the console releases than I had thought. PS3 caused shootings and fights, while the Nintendo Wii seemed to in just as high demand, with slightly higher availability. One thing that did irk me though was that EBGames (Gamestop), where I preordered my Wii, didn't have the extra controllers, classic controllers, component cables or even the copy of Zelda I had ordered! They apparently only got 3 copies in of Zelda, though they had preordered more than a dozen. So I headed over to the Toys R Us across the street and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2006 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The CoolerMaster AquaGate Viva watercooling kit is designed to fit both CPUs and GPUs. Virtual-Hideout tried it in both positions and was impressed by what they saw. The radiator is also well designed, as it can be fit into a case 3 different ways.
Subject: Systems | November 20, 2006 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Puget Sound Quiet Gaming PC looks solid at first glance. Running just under $2000 shipped, with an AM2 X2-3800, 2GB of Corsair's 667MHz RAM and a 7600GT. As [H]ard|OCP runs it through testing they do find that a balance between quiet and hot was reached, but it might not be good enough. Read on to find out if this system gets a recommendation, or not.
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2006 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Wii's controller has killed for the first time, in this case a 60" TV. If you are playing an active Wii game, you should keep that in mind, before it kills again.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might sound odd with nForce and the other high powered, bling-full chipsets on the market, but have you considered a VIA based board lately? Elsewhere on the forums, a member ponders the difficult of having a dual boot machine and a virus on at least one of the OSs. In the ASUS forum, there is a thread talking about how to get a troublesome A8V Deluxe to recognize a 4th stick of RAM, and also som
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2006 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X1650XT sounds good, at a suggested price of $149 and performance to equal the 7600GT. As [H]ard|OCP discovered though, it is very hard to find one of these cards for sale, and if you do manage to get one, then you will be paying more than $150.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena offers a sneak peek at Pirates of the Burning Sea, an upcoming new online RPG. Right now it is in beta, and the article contains a link to the beta-tester application form, if you are interested.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ended up standing in the wrong line, or just didn't make it in on time? OCMODSHOP will tell you all about the PS3, it's games, and how much you should envy anyone who did get one.
Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA: Nov. 10th,
2006 - ASUS, a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers,
today announced its fist two notebooks designed for mobile gamers. Based
on the latest Intel CentrinoÂ® Duo Mobile Technology with advanced graphic
solutions, the G1 and G2 revolutionize the way games are played: blistering
speed and true-to-life video and audio performances - on the go!
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2006
- Intel Corporation today announced that Susan Decker, chief financial
officer and executive vice president, finance and administration at
Yahoo!, has been elected to serve on Intel's board of directors. The
company also announced that John Browne, an Intel director since 1997,
is retiring from the board.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2006
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2006 -
Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has
approved a 12.5 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to
11.25 cents per share beginning with the dividend that will be declared
in the first quarter of 2007.
Subject: Memory | November 17, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-November 16, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled the premier memory overclocking accessory, the OCZ XTC Cooler. As
active cooling becomes increasingly important for today's high-speed memory
solutions, OCZ developed the XTC Cooler for effective heat management of
OCZ's proprietary XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) modules.
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2006 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has noticed that future Apples might just have AMD inside, now that they have switched to x86 architecture. It also ties in with some comments made by the head of AMD.
Ryan has also noticed something rather interesting about the new HD-DVD drive for the Xbox360.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2006 - 01:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamepyre reviews the latest from BioWare, Neverwinter Nights 2. To top off a brilliant sequel, it includes an editor to allow you to create your own scenarios and campaigns.
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2006 - 12:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure it's not 14 terabits asec, but it's not over fiber. Ars Technica reports on a company that managed 100Gb on exisiting 10 Gb cable already laid in the ground!
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 04:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sony has said that it plans to ship 400,000 units to North America for the PS3's launch day, with between 1-1.2 million shipping by the end of calendar 2006.
Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2006 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
It's also one the few boards that will allow you to run an SLi setup under Intel's Core 2 as a lot of older nForce 5xx based boards don't work with Core 2 and require a refresh as far as we know.