Get to know your SATA interface

Subject: Storage | June 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Drop by PC Mechanic to get an overview of the Serial ATA interface.  Everything from how it differs from it's predecessor, PATA, and why case modders are so in love with it.

Source: PC Mechanic

Zalman tames the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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By copying the design for the s939 CNPS9500LED, Zalman's heatsink for AM-2 systems is bound to impress.  Drop by Pro-clockers to see how well the cooling power transferred.

Patriot loves overclocking

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2006 - 02:20 PM |
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The new Patriot 2Gb kit, runs at PC-5300, but can Overclockers Online easily pushed it to run at 475Mhz by loosening the timings to 5-6-6-18.   If you are looking for some value priced DDR-2, this might be perfect for you.

... and if you haven't read Jon's Corsair XMS2 8500 DDR2 Memory Review, then get to it!

LANWar & The Gamers World Series

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 19, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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This weekend, 1000+ gamers gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the biggest LAN Party going.  Drop by Think Computers, and see what you missed, or if you showed up, maybe someone has posted an embarrasing picture of you.

Use your modding powers for good

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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ExtremeTech is hosting a modding contest with weekly prizes as well a very impressive grand prize.  The rules are very simple, although the contest is only open to US residents.

Source: Extremetech

Beat the summer heat

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2006 - 07:20 PM |
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Save yourself the trauma of having to reduce the overclock on your video card because of the heat this summer.  Even try to increase it, by installing the Zalman VF900-Cu GPU heatpipe!  Drop by Adrian's Rojak Pot to see what a difference this cooler can make.

Source: Tech ARP

Intel's Tri-Gate Transistor To Enable Next Era In Energy-Efficient Performance

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2006 - 07:14 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 12, 2006 — Intel Corporation researchers today disclosed they have developed new technology designed to further extend the company's leadership in energy-efficient performance.  Intel's research and development involving new types of transistors has resulted in further development of a tri-gate (3-D) transistor for high-volume manufacturing.

A closer look at nVIDIA and ATI's AM-2 offerings

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 03:34 PM |
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X-Bit Labs examines 2 AM-2 boards, a reference ATI board from Sapphire called "Sturgeon" and the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe.  Drop by and find out what these chipsets are capable of, and the different implementations used by the two competitors.

Also check out Ryan's review of the Asus N4L-VM DH, a Core-duo motherboard.

Source: X-Bit Labs

BTX - Forgotten, but not gone?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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The BTX form factor is taking a while to be adopted.  While not too many systems are being based on it, you can still find cases that meet the new specs, like the SilverStone TJ08, reviewed by TECHGAGE.

Source: TECHGAGE

[H]ard|OCP has lost their marbles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Seriously, they've posted a full reivew of Marble Blast Ultra for the XBox 360, and they loved it!  I can't imagine what drove them to this level, where they describe a puzzle game involving a rolling marble as "...visually impressive and does a great job showing off the power of the Torque Shader Engine".  Drop by and watch their descent into madness, and see what else they buy with accumulated Microsoft Points.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Memoirs of a Computex survivor

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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It took almost a full week for The Tech Report to recover from their sensory overload at Computex.  As part of their therapy to re-adjust them to this limited world of post-release technologies, they were told to share their experiences with the world.  A warning, you will be jealous by the time you finish reading their article.

Mouse disection online

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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OCMODSHOP disects the XTrac Ripper XXL, to see what makes it tick.  Drop by for some graphic shots of the guts of a mouse.

Source: OCMODSHOP

NZXT provides precise power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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The NZXT Precise 650 Watt Power Supply that Overclockers Club reviews won't have much problems powering newer graphics cards.  Over 500W is dedicated to the 2 12V lines, so even the new 7950GX2 should get enough power.  It also cools well, though that makes it a little louder than other models.

It's cheaper without the installed sunroof

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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The Raptor WD1500 ADFD drive still is not cheap, at ~$250 for a 150Gig drive.  As The Tech Report discovered though, with the new firmware on these newer models, they can actually out-perform the earlier windowed models.

I spy with my i ... something that is not an iPod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers to find out how unique the iRiver is.  It's not very large, at only 0.5" x 2.5" x 1.75", and sports a 2.2" colour display, and a price tag under $200.  Can it displace your iPod from next to your heart?

DirectX 10, now only for Vista

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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It looks like on of the biggest reasons to get Vista when it comes out is to be able to use Direct X 10.  The Inquirer even found out why.


Plus, check out the Video cards and motherboards that Ryan spotted at Computex.

"WE FINALLY got the official word that Direct X 10 won't find its way to Windows XP.

So anyone who plans to buy Direct X 10 hardware and plans to use its full potential will have to buy

Vista as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Keep your northbridge chilled quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2006 - 05:16 PM |
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Drop by BCCHardware to find out about a way to keep your northbridge cool, passively.  The Zalman ZM-NBF47 is a passive cooler that is much quieter than any fan based solution, and it will outperform most stock coolers as well.  The blue tinted aluminium construction is rather nice looking, as well.

Source: BCCHardware

It's not just an HTPC, it's a Media LAB!

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Overclockers Online has a review of the Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB, an attractive HTPC case made of aluminium with a black LED panel.  It is very silent, and can even fit a full sized ATX, though it could get a little cramped inside with a full entourage of add-on cards.

If you could overclock them, they would be too easily spotted

Subject: Memory | June 14, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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OCZ brings you the newest in memory technology, the camoflauged 2GB PC-2 Special Ops Edition kit.  For DDR1 (PC3200) they run at 2.5-3-3-8 timings,
and for DDR2 (PC2-6400) 5-5-5-12.  There is one catch, they do not overclock, as TECHGAGE can tell you.

Source: TECHGAGE

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3 Memory Dominates the 3DMark Hall of Fame

Subject: Memory | June 14, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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Fremont, CA (June 14, 2006) —Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced that the new TWIN2X2048-6400C3 is the system memory behind three new overclocking world records in 3DMark06, 3DMark05 and 3DMark03.