A PSU for your GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2006 - 01:36 PM |
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Overclock3D has a review of an item that may become very popular as graphics cards demand more power.  The FSP Booster X3 300W 12V PSU is a power supply, that fits in a 5.25" drive bay and delivers 25 amps of 12V power.  To use it, you plug a main power cord into a provided PCI slot cover, and then to the X3 internally, and plug the X3's PCI-E connectors into your SLI setup.

Source: Overclock3D

[H] gets their game on

Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI.  The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Putting bacteria to good use

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to the research of Prof. Renugopalakrishnan, who is doing some very interesting work with bacteria.  If you can handle the idea of literal bugs in your data, these disks will store a lot.  I wonder if as a side benefit, they will eat the crumbs and lint that always seem to end up in jewel cases.

Source: The Inquirer

Havok Releases 4.0 and Expanded Suite of Tools

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 05:26 PM |
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Havok 4.0 enhances Havok's
industry-leading game-play physics and animation products
(Havok Physics™
and Havok Animation™).  It also introduces two new products - Havok
Behavior™ and Havok FX™ - to accelerate development of
sophisticated interactive character behaviors, and to deliver an unprecedented
level of physically-based 'special effects' phenomena.  The
combined 4.0 solution represents a

Source: Email

This memory goes to 5V+

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 03:55 PM |
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NGOHQ spotted a very interesting RAM module at Computex, from GEIL.  This soon to be released RAM has an independant power supply, right on the DIMM.  It looks to plug into a 3.5" drive power connector to do so, and they also claim you will be able to tweak the voltage on the fly, thanks to a switch on the DIMM.

Source: NGOHQ

Add an extra effect to your next mod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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Take a look at this paint that MAKE:Blog found.  It changes colour with temperature, just like some kids toys, and some older 80's - 90's T-shirts.   With the right setup, it might even be an early warning for overheating.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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PenStar Systems is kicking off a HUGE review of multi GPU systems, that incorporates multiple hardware reivew sites, from Bit-Tech to Rage3D with stops inbetween.  Start with the introduction, and the mega-review will be continued every other day.

Time for PhsyX class

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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After all that time in science class, your physics lessons are about to pay off ... sort of.  [H]ard|OCP examines the PPU offerings on the market, from Ageia, ATI and nVIDIA, and tries to explain the difference between the way they implement physics in gaming.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get your beta on

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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FireFox 2.0 Public Beta is here.  Drop by Ars Technica for a link to get it for yourself.  Although your extensions will not be very likely to work, some of the more popular extensions have been incorporated into the main program.

Source: Ars Technica

570 vs. 590, nVIDIA's chipset maturing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 05:53 PM |
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Legion Hardware compares nVIDIA's 570 SLI chipset (MSI K9N SLI Platinum) against it's newer 590 SLI (ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe).  Considering the price difference between motherboards, is the newer chipset worth what it will cost you?

"The performance of these two chipsets using a single graphics card is almost identical and you can

expect SLI performance to be much the same.

Now that's what I call a multi-function machine

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 03:39 PM |
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Ars Technica has spotted an impressive optical drive in the works, at Ricoh.  Designed to read just about any media, it may make life much easier, as you won't have to choose between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, it will read both.  This first generation will be pretty expensive though, think $1000 or so.

Source: Ars Technica

Dual core is coming to Intel's server chips

Subject: Processors | July 10, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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The long wait for dual core Itaniums may soon be over.  According to CNET, the Montecito chip should be available soon, on July 18th there will be a launch event.

An illuminating typing experience

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Revoltec Lightboard advanced has a lot going for it.  It has fairly well thought out key placement, and overall attractive look, and it glows at the touch of a button.  The lights use barely any power, so the only connector is the USB cable you would expect to see.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a closer look.

Visons of Radeons past

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Join OCMODSHOP for a trip down memory lane, as they recall past ATI products that they used.  From the old days of the Rage cards, when 3DFX was king of the hill, to the 9800 series, take a look at how these cards have evolved.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Second time is the charm

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2006 - 05:12 PM |
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The first time Neoseeker reviewed Crucial's DDR2 it was certainly stable, but not very good on the overclock.  This second run of Crucial's DDR2 is a little more forgiving, reaching speeds above 1000MHz, when the timings are loosened up.

Source: Neoseeker

Old, but not forgotten

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2006 - 01:23 PM |
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The XP-90C was king of the cooling hill for quite a while.  With new sockets coming out, and much hotter systems, techPowerUp! revists this Thermalright cooler to see how it stacks up against the new breed of coolers.

Source: techPowerUp!

It's a game about a game about a designer ...

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers for a very odd concept in gaming ... it's Game Tycoon!  Instead of taking time off your gaming schedule to work on Quake X, travel back to the heady days of the early 80's, when coders were real coders, and cassettes and 51/4" diskettes ruled the earth.

Why read your news, when you can listen to someone do it for you?

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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If you have yet to listen to one of Digital Trends podcasts, today is a good day to try it out.  Always covering many different topics, this go around touches on Apple, Dell and Microsoft, as well as other odd topics.  Give it a listen, there's a good chance it will put a smile on your face.

Samsung's take on the UMPC

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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Take a quick look at Samsung's Q1 UMPC at The Hardware Zone.  It is very modular, with external add-on components like a DVD player and keyboard, but is fully functional by itself.  With 512MB of RAM and a 900MHz Celeron M, it packs some power and a 7" WVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 800x480 means you should have to squint to see it.

"This is exactly where a UMPC, like the Samsung Q1, comes in handy as compared to bigger notebooks.