Complete Core 2 Duo system for those on a budget

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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AnandTech reviews the PC Club Enpower Sabre Extreme, a Core 2 Duo system with 1Gb of RAM, a 19' LCD, a 250Gb hard drive, a 7900 GT and more.  At $1,400 it won't empty your wallet as badly as some other new systems will, so take a look to see if it's what you want.

Source: AnandTech

You'd better not need this just for your "picture" collection

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Using VIA mini-ITX boards, Capricorn is now selling racks with an incredibly high amount of storage.  At 3TB per 1U node, 120TB per 19 inch rack, you will not run out of storage sapce anytime soon, and it will probably make a really good space heater as well.  Find out more from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsairs DHX, and why you should care

Subject: Memory | August 30, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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Legit Reviews posted a slide show from Corsair on their new DHX technology for their RAM, and an interview with John Beekely, Corsair's VP of Applications Engineering.  Find out just how they got PC2-8888 into production, which runs at 1111MHz, with 4-4-4-12 timings.

She just keeps going and going and going ...

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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In the 7th installment of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft makes her appearance on the Xbox360.  [H]ard|OCP takes on the onerous task of playing through the game to make sure the animation and ...er physics standards are up to par.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Waiting for the new wireless standard

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 08:35 AM |
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The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles.  While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out.  Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.

Source: AnandTech

Pushing the limits of MP3 players ... or sanity?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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The people at DailyCE are as confused as I am over the soon to be released MP3 player, the Vibex from Trekstor.  With a remote control and an FM Tuner, a docking station and more, you have to wonder if we are going a little overboard.  Mind you this is the company that also proudly proclaims to have made the world's most expensive MP3 player:
"The casing of the organix is cast in 750 gold (18 karat) and adorned with 63 diamonds (one-karat)"

Source: DailyCE

Get your red hot ATI cards here

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 02:23 PM |
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The card that holds the title of best bang for you buck is on Pricegrabber.  Don't limit yourself to just reading the reviews and looking at the benchmarks, get your own X1950 XTX for $485.69, and support your favourite tech site on the net at the same time.

If you need some extra money to get it, why not sell some of your older components at the Trading Post!

Viiv versus AMD Live, just your standard battle for dominance

Subject: Systems | August 29, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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HTPC's are quickly becoming a common thing, so Intel and AMD have decided to each offer their own standards.  They take 2 very different approaches, Intel's is to only allow pre-made machines to carry the Viiv label, while AMD has made a list of approved components, so you can choose between buying a complete system, or building your own.  TweakTown has gathered a lot of information on this battle to rule the Digital Home.

Source: TweakTown

New High-End Intel(R) Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership

Subject: Processors | August 29, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006
— Intel Corporation
today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon® 7100
series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously
codenamed 'Tulsa,' the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series
delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise
applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family
also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated
energy costs.

OCZ Makes Use of Voltage eXtreme Technology to Shatter DDR2 Speed Records

Subject: Memory | August 29, 2006 - 11:12 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-August 29, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the exciting unveiling of the PC2-9000 Ti Alpha VX2 DFI Special
Edition, an exclusively engineered series of memory optimized for the new
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R.


More info on ATI's latest volley

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 10:51 AM |
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The new chip from ATI, the R580, and it's new flagship card, the X1950 XTX are up for review at Beyond3D.  They focus on inprovements from the last ATI card, and do their best to max out this powerful card. 

Source: Beyond3D

Not the size, but how you use it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 09:14 AM |
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The Ultra Grid case may seem tiny, at 19.5" deep, 7.5" wide and 16.7" tall, but don't let it's size fool you.  This motherboard will fit ATX boards, and even comes with 2 120mm fans.  Drop by Pro-Clockers for the full review of this compact, well laid out case.

I think this might count as masochism

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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Vista RC-1 can be yours, if you are one of the first 100,000 people to downlaod it from Microsoft.  Get yours today, and you can be beta-testing Microsoft's newest in no time.  The Inquirer has the link on this page.

Source: The Inquirer

Crossfire's new and improved southbridge

Subject: Motherboards | August 28, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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The main achilles heel for ATI's motherboards have been the lack of features incorporated on the board.  The Crossfire issues of the first runs seem to have been fixed, but compared to the features found on nForce boards, they just can't compete.  The Tech Report looks at the Crossfire Xpress 3200, and the new SB600 southbridge, to see what ATI has done to remedy the situation.

Dell Offers Core 2 Duo XPS M1710

Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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While a lot of notebooks are being announced today featuring the latest Core 2 Duo mobile CPU (which we reviewed here), but the one that jumps out to me is the Dell XPS M1710 with the Core 2 Duo announced by Dell today.


Of course this shouldn't really be a surprise to many of you since we put a Core 2 Duo into a XPS M1710 almost 1 month ago and found that it worked nearly flawlessly.

Battle for encoding dominance

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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AMD has held the speed title for a while now, but with the introduction of Core2, the speed battles are much different.  LOSTCIRCUITS grabs a handful of the less expensive chips from Intel and AMD to see who can claim the fastest speed, and the most bang for the buck.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Cool-Looking—and Running—Laptops Get Performance Boost from Intel Core2 Duo Processors

Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 28, 2006
Laptops around the world are getting a make-over as systems based on
Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology are now shipping with Intel®
Core™2 Duo mobile processors inside, Intel Corporation announced today.

The best power costs a little more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2006 - 10:41 AM |
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3dGameMan reviews PC Power & Cooling's answer to Crossfire and SLI systems, the Silencer 750W.  With more than enough power to keep your cards going, and a very high efficiency, you do get your $400+ worth.

Source: 3dGameMan

Introducing Intel's new low power mobile chips

Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2006 - 09:02 AM |
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HotHardware has the goods on Intel's new Core 2 Duo Merom.  They have all the bells and whistles you expect, like unified 4MB L2 cache, just running at a lower voltage and heat.  If you have any questions left after reading their review, Ryan's is bound to answer them.

Source: HotHardware