ECS jumps into the enthusiast market

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

720p projector for less than $3000

Subject: Displays | November 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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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.

A Happy and Busy Thanksgiving Week

Subject: Editorial | November 20, 2006 - 01:48 PM |
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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

This waterblock goes both ways

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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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.

Puget Systems tries to keep the heat and noise down

Subject: Systems | November 20, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better get a backup wrist strap

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

New this week from the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 03:56 PM |
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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

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Radeon attempts to take over budget video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Thar be a new MMORPG off the port bow

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 02:31 PM |
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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.

Source: VIA Arena

Something to read while you are standing in line

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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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.

Source: OCMODSHOP

ASUS G1 & G2 Gaming Notebook Series

Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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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 Centrino® 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!

Source: ASUS

Intel Announces 12.5 Percent Increase in Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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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.

OCZ Technology Unveils the XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Memory Cooler

Subject: Memory | November 17, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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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.


AMD boring to the core of Apple?

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2006 - 12:52 PM |
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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.

Time to get that 8800

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2006 - 01:04 AM |
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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.

Source: Gamepyre

You call that broadband!

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2006 - 12:50 AM |
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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!

Source: Ars Technica

Looking for a PS3? Good luck!

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 04:57 PM |
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If you were planning on buying a PS3 tomorrow at mdinight or during the day, I wouldn't count on it.  This report says that Sony will only have 150-200k units for the US launch. 

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.

ECS PN1-SLI2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2006 - 04:53 PM |
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The gang at t-break has gotten a new ECS PN1-SLI2 motherboard that uses the new 680i chipset from NVIDIA.  You can also check out my initial review of the 680i chipset here

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.

Source: t-break

Zune Dissected and Torn Apart

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 04:49 PM |
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This

Source: [H]ard|OCP