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Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
March 1, 2006 — ABIT Computer Corporation, maker of high performance hardware and PC peripherals, is proud to announce the launch of its first ATI CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 motherboard solution. Based on the very latest ATI™ chipset technology, the AT8 32X delivers an unprecedented visual experience and total hardware control. With native support for full-bandwidth 2x16 PCI ExpressÂ® graphics, the ABIT AT8 32X motherboard might just be the answer to all the dual graphics prayers of the ATI™ fans.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you thought that Valve did a great job on the engine and physics behind Half Life 2, but got the actual game a little wrong, use the SDK and build your own. Tech Connect Magazine has assembled over 9 of their favorite mods, so drop by and see if you need to cancel your plans for the weekend.
"Whether Half Life 2 was your favourite or most loathed game of 2004/2005, the promise for
user-created content that the Source engine and Software Development Kit deliver cannot be
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2006 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Securing your Wireless Network is not very hard, and with this guide from Digital Grabber, it just got even easier. They take you through all the steps, from encrypting the signal, to changing the routers IP address slightly, to make it harder to find and get into.
"The days of buying a wireless router and just hooking it up without turning on any of the
security features are long gone. Only a fool would leave their network wide open.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2006 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCApex has a look at Alphacool's NexXxoS XP, a copper CPU waterblock with a beautiful finish and an innovative way of getting more surface area closer to the CPU. They are so impressed with the changes from the last model, they feel it should really have deserved a new name.
"The fact that the lion's share of the potential for cooling a processor is within a few
millimeters of the core is not lost on Alphacool.
Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The following 4 system reviews cover almost every possible base in system design. Start off loking at OCIA's dream system setup, and picture yourself eating Spam for a while, until you manage to pay off the bills. Or go for a more mainstream system, a budget system, or a very quiet one, your choice.
"Carrying over from the mainstream guide is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+. This chip is clocked from
the factory at 2.0 GHz (10 x 200) but is capable of MUCH more.
Subject: Processors | March 2, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena has posted an article that atttempts to demonstrate the difference dual core will make for an average user. They compare the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, Athlon 64 3800+ and Athlon 64 3200+. Take a look before you buy a new CPU, some of the results may not be what you expect.
"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a
question from people wanting to upgrade or buy a new PC.
Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All the usual suspects were rounded up by X-bit labs, and recieved electric shocks until they cried uncle. Drop by and see which power supply survived with the best marks.
"We are going to introduce to you 9 power supply units in our detailed roundup today. We will
discuss in great detail the solutions from Enermax, FSP Group, MGE, SilverStone, SinTek, Zalman
and Foxconn. These models are all very powerful ones with over 400W capacity that are available in
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The TV news would have you believe that kids today do nothing but shoot bad guys on the computer, and pirate software and music. Well at least one 14 year old is working to disprove that theory by finding a critical hole in Gmail, according to this story in The Inquirer.
across this vulnerability.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jonathan Hung
It finally happened and I figured it was going to be sooner rather than later. There is now a third-party patch available that allows everyone to run SLI regardless of chipset! The story started with a leaked ULi patch that enabled SLI, then users created their own universal patch. All you need is a motherboard capable of running two PCI-Express graphics cards (i.e. Intel 955X, 975X, XPress 200, XPress 3200, etc.).
If anything, this homebrew software will help increase the sales of NVIDIA cards; so I hope NVIDIA doesn't come down too hard on this patch.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 10:41 AM | Jonathan Hung
Matrox has launched the world's first portable (and reusable) multi-display adapter - the TripleHead2Go, and DualHead2Go. These palm-sized devices allows a user to add up to three external displays without needing to upgrade their motherboard or graphics.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 07:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Futurelooks trys out the Gemini iKey USB audio recorder, a nifty little audio capture device. It will take any line signal, and store it to another attached device of your choice. With on the fly encoding, you get several choices of fiel type to capture the audio as, it is definatly worth a look.
"So what exactly is an iKey? The iKey is an Audio Recording Product from Gemini Sound Products
Corporation. The iKey can take any Line Level audio signal and convert it to an MP3 or WAV audio
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2006 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn 3D examines another budget concious card from ATI, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2. While the card won't break any speed records, it sports a 600Mhz core and 400Mhz DDR memory, all for under $100.
"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the
PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced
another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE).
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers is thinking big with this review of the Corepad Deskpad XXL. The thing is huge, about 3 feet by 1.5 feet, with a smooth, even surface. Make sure your desk can handle this thing, you don't want to be mousing right off the side in the middle of a firefight!
'Are you one of those people that love a big mouse pad? Then BOY have I got something for you to
check out for review today.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2006 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asys is not a well known name in case manufacturing, but that may well change. Pro-clockers has posted their reveiw of the Freedom Tower Full case. It is a large case, and would work perfectly as a server enclosure, or there is more than enough space for watercooling.
"Every once in a while a company come alone that makes a big splash on the computer community. And
I think that this is one of those 'once in a while'.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New for 2006 is the Gentoo LiveCD. This time the installer is GUI based, although it is still Linux, so easy installation is a relative term. Read the review at TECHGAGE, and see if you'd like to take this distro for a spin.
"A new version of Gentoo has been released, so I am going to take a quick look at it to see what's
new. Alongside this new release, there is a LiveCD version available in which you can install
Gentoo from within a GNOME desktop.
Subject: Memory | March 1, 2006 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2006 - 10:11 AM | Jonathan Hung
This morning begins a new chapter for ATI's CrossFire technology! The new CrossFire XPress 3200 chipset is hitting the web like rubber balls in San Francisco and we have a MASSIVE 21 page article to give you all the details!
As if that isn't enough, the review of the Asus A8R32-MVP premieres Ryan's new testing suite.
Subject: Systems | February 28, 2006 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HTPC's are becoming quite common, not only the purpose built cases, but even micro-ATX boards built with the quiet HTPC in mind. Silent PC Review has posted a huge review of the Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure, that is more of a giant, stylish heatsink than a normal case. The included PSU keeps with the same style ethic, and provides enough power without producing excess heat or noise.
"It's raining TNNs at SPCR!?
Subject: Displays | February 28, 2006 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hot Hardware has grabbed a hold of a gamer's LCD from ASUS, the PM17TU. It is a 17' LCD monitor with built in speakers and a 3ms response time. Although limited to 4:3 ratio, which makes it less than perfect for DVD movies, the complete lack of ghosting makes it a great, and inexpensive monitor for those just wanting to game.
'â€¦the LCD industry has made great progress in the realms of gaming and motion video.
Subject: Storage | February 28, 2006 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 controller provides all the modern advantages. Support for the lastest SATA drives, both types of command queuing, and PCIe. Read the full review at X-bit Labs and you won't be stuck with your Raptors in RAID 0 or 1.
"Today we are going to introduce to you a hardware RAID 5 controller from HighPoint that supports
SATA-II and SATA150 hard disk drive, advanced PCI-Express interface, both command queuing
technologies, such as TCQ and NCQ.
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