A flash of inspiration may extend your laptop's battery life

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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The Tech Report takes a look at Super Talent's upcoming flash based 2.5" laptop disk drive.  With 3 sizes (4, 8 and 16 GBs), it won't hold huge amounts of data but certainly enough to be useful.  With no moving parts, the power drain is in the neighbourhood of 10% of a normal drive's requirements, this will extend your notebooks battery.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 02:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on August 7, 2006.

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 2)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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bit-tech continues the Multi-GPU World Tour with the second installment.  Read on to find out what GPU's are chosen for the 3 systems.

Source: bit-tech

Affordable Widescreen from ViewSonic

Subject: Displays | July 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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About $350 seems a reasonable price for a 20.1" widescreen LCD.  When you add in 8ms response time, a (typical) 800:1 contrast ratio, 176 degree viewing angle and fullscreen at 1680 x 1050 resolution, it sounds even better.  Get the full review of ViewSonic's VX2025 at A1-Electronics.

Sneak your favorite shows away from home

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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It certainly sounds easy enough to use.  Just plug the USB TV Tuner into your home PC, and then plug your cable into the USB tuner.  Once you are at another PC (at work, for example), just start a Skype video call with your home computer and you are watching TV.  Drop by The Inquirer for more on this handy device.

Source: The Inquirer

Case envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 05:18 PM |
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OCMODSHOP has fallen deeply in love with the Antec P180 case ... perhaps disturbingly so.  Drop by to see just how enamoured they are with this case, you have to read it to beleive it.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Expands Channel Offerings With Customizable Storage System

Subject: Storage | July 12, 2006 - 05:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 11, 2006 — Targeting the ongoing growth of data and need for availability and protection of storage, Intel Corporation today announced a new storage server hardware platform that can be customized for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Asus Crosshair Series: Republic of Gamers

Subject: Motherboards | July 12, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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Asus sent along word and images of a new AM2-based motherboard coming out soon from Asus.  The new product series has been dubbed Republic of Gamers and has the goal to be the best motherboard for gamers and overclockers.  What kind of new features are they preparing for these boards?  If you remember looking through our Computex coverage from last month, we had a preview look at some of these new motherboard technologies. 


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PSU testing, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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3dGameMan reviews a handy PSU tester from Ultra Products.  Instead of using a multimetre to test each wire individually, this PSU tester has 6 connectors - 20/24 Pin ATX, 4 Pin/8 Pin CPU, 4 Pin Floppy, SATA, and PCI Express, all with LED lights representing the various voltages.

'So who needs a Power Supply tester anyway? Well, anyone who has a Power Supply should have one to

insure everything is in order. This tester is especially useful for anyone purchasing a new Power

Supply.

Source: 3dGameMan

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