EPoX's affordable take on NForce500

Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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EPoX's new MF570SLI is based on the new nForce500 series, specifically the 570SLI.  With dual gigabit NICs, onboard Realtek sound, and lots of space around the CPU socket help make this board even more attractive.  [H]ard|OCP has all the info about it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Prey makes it to the Xbox360

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Prey has made it to a console that wasn't even a twinkle in Microsoft's eye, when the original programming was done.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how well it made the transition from PC to console.

"Over a decade in development, Prey's innovative portal technology and unique game play finally land

on the Xbox 360. Today, we step through the portal and see where Prey will take us."

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Tech Talk

Source: [H]ard|OCP

They're still not rocket shoes, and there's no phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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CoolTechZone looks at the recent Nike and Apple project, shoes that collect biometric data which is stored in your iPod.  Not only can your shoes now tell exactly how lazy you are, they will build a database so you can track it over time.  They will also play music that matches the beat of your feet.

Source: CoolTechZone

PSUs for picky people

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2006 - 05:56 PM |
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Legit Reviews has put together a very exclusive list of PSUs, in fact only 2 qualify for their exacting specifications.  Drop by to find out why they chose the criteria they did, and what you can expect from setting your sights as high as theirs.

Core Duo or Core 2 Duo, it may be hard to tell

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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AnandTech has noticed that Centrino branded laptops do not have any difference in brand name or serial # to let you tell if you are buying a Core or Core 2.  The good news is that they will be compatible (much like Jon discovered about Dell's XPS).  AnandTech took advantage of that compatibilty to go benchmark crazy, go check it out.

Source: AnandTech

Congratulations. Be efficient, be happy.

Subject: Processors | August 3, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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Raw power is one thing, but achieving it while being efficient is another.  In order to reduce the heat output and power requirements, AMD released the energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 series.  HotHardware reviews two of them, the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+.  Find out if efficiency has hurt performance at all.

Source: HotHardware

Video cards you can afford to buy 2 of

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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The mid range cards from ATI and nVIDIA run in price between about $120 to $250, which makes it much more affordable to set up an SLI or Crossfire machine.  [H]ard|OCP looks at such a card from nVIDIA, the MSI NX7600 GT, pitting it against a Radeon x1800.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Giving VoIP a hard time in the name of security

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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CNET reports on the goings on at the Black Hat conference.  Yesterday tools to test the security of VoIP were discussed, and handed out.  Read about the kinds of vulnerabilities VoIP has, before you go out and switch.

Super Talent Launches Trio of New USB Drives

Subject: Storage | August 2, 2006 - 09:17 PM |
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San Jose, California — August 2, 2006 -- Super Talent
Technology
, a leading manufacturer of memory modules and flash products, today
announced three new styles of USB flash drives.

Source: Email

OCZ Technology Releases the SOE Urban Elite Series for High Performance DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 2, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 SOE
Urban Elite, a premium DDR2-800 part with ultra-low timings of 4-4-3.

Perhaps they heard about someone wielding a cluebat

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM |
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EMI, Vivendi and BMG have recently started experimenting with the new fangled internets in a way to make money by selling customers what they want.  Drop by eCoustics to see what they are trying, and some good places to go to buy albums and songs.

Source: eCoustics

Core 2 Hits and the Deck is Done!

Subject: Editorial | August 2, 2006 - 03:23 PM |
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I have gotten several complaints about a lack of updates on my blog, so here it is: FINALLY!


First, a lot of work has been going on at PC Perspective, if you haven't noticed already.  Probalby most interesting of which has been the change in Intel's processor lineup with the introduction of Core 2 Duo.  I reviewed the desktop aspects of the new core while Jon has been using a Merom processor to test out its effects on current Core Duo systems such as the Asus Z96J an

Hard drive with serious theft deterrent built in

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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In the old days, if we dropped a hard drive we didn't worry about us killing it ... we worried about it killing us ... kids these days and their 2.5" harddrives.

"What is 340MB, weighs 85lbs and cost almost $18,000 when it was new? Here's a few pictures from [H]

reader extraordinaire, JLangejans, to help you figure it out."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Alphacool has the answer to easy watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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The Guru of 3D looks at a company new to the watercooling mainstream.  Alphacool, and their Answer III, may not be the first to your mind when you think watercooling, but that could change.  Their system is not at the top of the cooling performance pile, but it is hard to find an easier to install watercooling setup.

Source: Guru of 3D

Sneak a peek at the new Radeon RD600 chipset

Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2006 - 12:49 PM |
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TweakTown somehow managed to sneak into a lab working on the upcoming Radeon chipset for Core 2 CPUs.  90nm manufacture, three 16x PCI express slots, 2 X8s for graphics and one X2 for a PPU plus support for DDR3 ... just a few of the mysteries they reveal.

Source: TweakTown

Smile at a Mac user

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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On this day of the 286, CNet reports 26 Mac OS flaws have just been fixed, including remote code execution vulnerabilites.  Add to that the Macbook Pro issues [H] links to, and it's not a good day to be a Mac fanatic.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES GEFORCE 7300 GT 256MB PCIe OVERCLOCKED GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (August 2, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European-based NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today their new BFG GeForce™ 7300 GT OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics card.

Core 2 Duo on a Dell XPS M1710? Sooner than you think?

Subject: Mobile | August 2, 2006 - 10:43 AM |
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We continue with our experimenting with the new Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 CPU and this time we drop it into a Dell XPS M1710 laptop! The darn thing works! Granted the testing results are a bit mixed, the outlook is positive for a Core 2 Duo upgrade for existing M1710 owners.



"The heatpipe is easily taken out by undoing seven screws holding the mechanism to the motherboard.

Be Quiet, sit Straight and look at my shiny PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 06:19 PM |
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DriverHeaven reviews the Be-Quiet StraightPower, a new lower cost version of their original series, the DarkPower.  Boasting very solid rails and a black finish so shiny it looks copper in the review, due to it reflecting the wooden table it is sitting on, this is definitely worth a look, even without modular power cabling.

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Stop laughing! It IS a real mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 04:23 PM |
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In the search for a better mouse, many odd shapes and designs have been considered, in the hopes of banishing RSS and carpal back to the tennis courts and assembly lines, where they belong.  Extremetech will not give up until they find the newest mouse, in this case the "Zero Tension Mouse" which looks like ...
well ... umm....
Go look for yourself, I'm not going to say it.

Source: Extremetech