Can it clean the dust bunnies out of my case too?

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 08:33 AM |
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The Ultimate Troubleshooter undergoes some scrutiny from The Moditory.  With some of the functionality of msconfig, and HijackThis, plus registry info and more, this program puts most of the maintenance you do to your system in one easy interface.  Of course, the programs you use now are probably FOSS, while TuT will cost you about $30, plus yearly subscription fees.

Source: The Moditory

abit launches AW9D Series - Intel 975X Chipset motherboards built for Core(TM) 2 Duo and beyond

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2006 - 08:18 AM |
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August 16 th , 2006 — Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to please. The benchmarking has been exceptional in typical abit style and our tweakability and overclocking features have exceeded even our own expectations:

Source: ABIT

VIA Launches "Get the Girls into the Game" Contest with Free Trip to Sweden

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 08:16 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 18th August 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc.,
leading supplier of high definition PC silicon for the gaming market,
together with VIA Chrome Ambassadors the girlz 0f destruction, today
announced an exciting new contest: "Get the Girls into the Game," with
the winning girl spending a weekend at the Home of Chrome in Sweden
with a friend, learning how to play PC games like a professional while
visiting beautiful Stockholm. 

Ignore those pesky power outages, get a UPS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Ultra Products 1200W UPS is pretty impressive as a backup.  It will give most systems about an hour of power, which should be long enough to save whatever it was you were working on when the power went down.  Add to that coverage up to $125,000 for equipment damaged by electrical surges that make it past the UPS, and you can see why Legit Reviews considers this a very good investment.

Intel is currently winning the processor wars

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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The Guru of 3D takes a long hard look at three Core 2 Duo processors, the E6600, E6700 and X6800.  Benchmarking is only part of the review, they also look at how Intel managed to make such a huge jump from the Pentium 4 architecture they have been using.

Source: Guru of 3D

24" widescreen LCD that knows a few tricks

Subject: Displays | August 17, 2006 - 10:34 AM |
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BFR reviews the Samsung SyncMaster 244T 24" WUXGA LCD.  In addition to the DVI and analog inputs you would expect, it also accepts component, CVSB, and S-Video.  Even more uncommon, this display can do Picture In Picture, and Picture Beside Picture. 

Three Thermaltakes to tame temperatures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 08:41 AM |
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AnandTech compares three cases from Thermaltake, the Eclipse DV, the Eureka and the Aguila.  Ease of installation, airflow effectiveness and the noise level all get compared to help you decide between the coolest and loudest, or quiet, without quite so much airflow.

Source: AnandTech

Intro to virtualization, add Linux to a Windows machine

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2006 - 08:28 AM |
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XYZ computers has started practicing safer browsing, without having to fully install Linux on their Windows box, or play with dual booting. Thanks to virtualization, they can have the security that comes from browsing on a much less commonly attacked OS.  Check out Player, the free version of VMWare's Workstation.

What once was old becomes new again

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 03:31 PM |
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If you have heard music, live or recorded, through an old tube amp, then motherboards.org review of the Cooler Master Musketeer III Tube Amp will interest you.  If you haven't heard music through a tube amp, you're missing out.  By placing the vacuum tube in the front panel, the heat produced shouldn't be too much of a problem, as it was on a particular motherboard released not too long ago (the AOpen AX4GE Tube-G).

Biometrics on a thumbdrive, or is that finger drive

Subject: Storage | August 16, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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Big Bruin found a secure thumbdrive from Transcend, the JetFlash 210.  It comes in 1 and 2 Gb sizes, and you can set it up so that accessing certain secure partitions require your fingerprint.  Check out how well it managed that, and take a peek at the other features on it.

Source: Big Bruin

No, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD.  They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly.  HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.

Source: Hexus

Good Zombie bashing fun

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 09:44 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP really likes Dead Rising for the XBOX 360.  The open playing style allows you to go almost anywhere, assuming the zombies don't eat you.  Everything can be used as a weapon, from bowling balls to heated cooking oil, and there are other ways to amuse yourself, like playing dressup with a live zombie.  There is a lot more to the game, go check out the review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

In the case of Slashdot versus Bigfoot, gD Hardware presiding

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 09:25 AM |
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The announced Killer NIC coming from Bigfoot, guaranteed to reduce lag for online gaming seems to have a bit of FUD surrounding it.  gD Hardware has compiled an article featuring the main questions Slashdot members, and Bigfoot's responses.  Head over to get a clearer idea of what this NIC is going to do.

Source: gD Hardware

OCZ Technology Group Remains Performance Leader with Worlds First 1100MHz DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 16, 2006 - 08:12 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first ever
production DDR2-1100 modules
, developed for the latest processors from AMD
and Intel. The new OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition will offer computer
enthusiasts and gamers unparalleled performance and the piece of mind they
are guaranteed to produce the world's fastest memory speeds within their
personal desktop or gaming system.

Performing today in the Forum

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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Don't think that PCPerspective is just the front page.  If you haven't visited the forums, or have just not been visiting as much as you used to, you are missing out.  Get advice to help you decide between a Pentium D or an AMD X2.  Perhaps an older system's RAM isn't working quite right, and you can't figure it out.  If you are looking to blow up some friends online, the Fragging Frogs are always

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The ultimate mousing surface?

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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A True Review tries out the SteelPad 5L, a mousepad with many layers.  Hard plastic, foam, rubber and cloth are all combined in an attemy to give you the accuracy benefits of a hard surface, and the comfort of a soft pad.  Find out if they can make it all come together, or if it makes as good a mouse pad as 5 layer dip would.

Cooler Masters new Mystique series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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The Hardware Zone got their hands on a brand new Cooler Master Mystique 631, a case that may look a little like a Wave Master with new tricks.  At 6.3 kilos, made of brushed aluminium, with an included 120mm fan, and even 2 drainage outlets if you use watercooling, this case is worth a look.

Crucial Ballistix goes DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 15, 2006 - 11:15 AM |
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Think Computers reviews Crucial's new DDR2-5300, running at 667 Mhz.  Since it is part of their Ballistix line, it comes with Gold coloured heatspreaders and black PCB.  With the low latencies at stock speeds, overclocking reveals some interesting results.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES MILESTONE FOR ITS SUPPORTED GAMING COMMUNITY

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 09:36 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (August 15th, 2006) — BFG Technologies
®, Inc., the leading North America and European supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that the company has had over 100,000 unique users play on its free to the public gaming servers hosted by Insomnia365 since the company launched the community in December of 2004.

"BFG is a company of gamers building products for PC enthusiasts and gamers throughout North America, Europe, Australia andparts of Asia," said Scott H

Tech Convergence in the new millenium

Subject: Motherboards | August 15, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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The recent purchase of ATI by AMD, and the merger of Gigabyte and ASUS are very much in the news.  DigiTimes has noticed another, much quieter deal.  It looks like Flextronics has purchased Iwill.  Just what could this all mean to the consumer?

Don't miss out on Ryan's review of the new Socket AM2 motherboard from ASUS, the Crosshair.

Source: Digitimes