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Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermoelectric cooling offers a very powerful way to cool your PC, but it does come with a hefty price. OCIA looks at a scaled down version of the Freezone, the CoolIT Systems Eliminator. They found the installation to be totally problem free, although the power draw that the TEC needed when the system was at full power added to the overall noise.
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Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare. It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back. Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set. Read more about their plans at Slashdot.
Subject: Mobile | August 15, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Club Enpower ENP660 is essentially an HP dv6500t, with different options available. What does make it stand out is the full-size keyboard that includes a numpad. On a 15.4" notebook, that is a rarity, but it also the only thing that really stands out on this notebook. AnandTech spent a bit of time with this system, and you can see what they learned about it in their review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards. If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't need 1000W, and most PCs do not, then it's better to go with a high quality PSU that meets your needs, as opposed to just getting the cheapest, most powerful PSU you can find. To address the needs of those systems Corsair sells their VX450W PSU, and [H]ard|OCP has reviewed it. Much like in Lee's review they found it to be a
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the biggest games back in the 80's were the point and click adventure games. From Kings' Quest to Police Quest to Leisure Suit Larry, just about every possible permutation of the genre was covered. For whatever reason the 90's became the property of Quake and Hexen, and many gamers haven't looked back. DriverHeaven reviews The Evil Days of Luckless John, an new PC point and click adventure that looks nothing like the old ones did.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Novel has no plans to sue anyone over UNIX. With that announcement and the court ruling, it looks like UNIX is essentially a FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) operating system. SCO, the distributor that wanted to make sure UNIX remained their property exclusively has been told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't own UNIX and therefore cannot expect to hold copyright on it.
Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2007 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has gathered 5 motherboards based on the P35 chipset. ASUS, ABIT, ECS, Foxconn and Gigabyte are all represented, so read the full review to get a look at who has implemented the P35 chipset best, and of course; who gives the best extras.
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone. If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice. Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather. OCC reviews the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2007 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xclio 3060 Plus has a 36cm fan, just over 1 foot in diameter that takes up most of it's side panel. They seem to have felt that that is enough, and haven't included any front or rear fans although there are grills for them if you feel they are necessary. Big Bruin loved the noise level that came from this fan, as it was very quiet and provided powerful cooling at the same time.
Subject: Storage | August 14, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is rather impressed by their receiving an actual SATA terabyte drive, Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000. In terms of size, it is unique, unfortunately it's performance is not. While it can out perform drives that have been on the market for a year or more, it has difficulty with the new generation of 750 GB drives that the competition offers. There is also the fact that that extra 250GB costs you about $150, but if you need 1000GB of storage on a single SATA drive, <
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Linux.com you can find a post detailing every single website that they could find that list hardware Linux compatibility. From peripherals like printers and digital cameras to graphics cards and laptops. Not every type of component is covered as well as others, but they all will help you part out a future Linux PC.
OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed DDR3 within the Flex XLC Series for Ultimate Performance and Op
Subject: Memory | August 14, 2007 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - August 13, 2007 - With the goal of providing proprietary technology combined with the latest industry platform hardware, OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today launched the OCZ PC3-12800 Flex XLC kit. This high-speed DDR3 solution features the industry's most unique and powerful cooling capability on the market.
Subject: Displays | August 13, 2007 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
22" screens sit at about the $300 price mark, and tend not to have some of the features you see on higher end LCDs, like response time compensation. This tends to mean that the published response rate tends to be much lower than what you will actually experience, even to the point of ghosting in games and action movies. X-bit Labs has done some homework on this size of monitor, and give a complete break down on seven TN matrix monitors and their various strengths and weaknesses.
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Subject: Processors | August 13, 2007 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2007 - Continuing with its flurry of delivering quad-core server processors and other products ahead of schedule, Intel Corporation launched two quad-core Intel Xeon processors. The new processors boast unprecedented combinations of performance and energy efficiency, along with a pricing strategy to move the enterprise industry to multi-core systems.
Subject: Systems | August 13, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Mozart IP adds some new functionality to the Mozart HTPC series, including an integrated iPod dock. Even with the design being mostly focused on looks, which they do very well, there is enough space inside the case for a full ATX motherboard. techPowerUp liked the solid construction of this case, as well as Thermaltake's decision to make the Media Lab display optional, for those who want a different LCD display panel.
Subject: Editorial | August 13, 2007 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SCO's lawsuit against Novell has hit a huge speed bump. A major part of their case was based on the claim that SCO owned UNIX and UnixWare, a claim that those who have been working with UNIX since it's inception have been saying is fallacious, from the very beginning of this legal battle. The judge has agreed with them, UNIX and all associated copyrights belong to Novell. SCO nows owes quite a bit of money to Novell as a result of the ruling and will hopefully mean that SCO will shut up about Linux ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has reviewed two silent 8600's from Gigabyte, an 8600GT and an 8600GTS. The GT features Silent-Pipe II, which we have seen on other passively cooled graphics cards, but the Silent-Pipe III on the GTS model is a first, and much larger than it's predecessor, and both come with a copy of Supreme Commander.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services. TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members. Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.