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Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista. With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid? Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.
Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Big Bruin has some tips on how to extend your laptop batteries life. They cover tips that will keep the battery going longer on a charge, as well as delaying the inevitable slow death of your battery. From tips you would expect like hibernation mode, to making sure you don't expose the battery to temperatures beyond it's comfort zone. Read on, if you don't feel like buying replacement batteries anytime soon.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer. Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python. With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.
"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele
Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown managed to get their hands on a pre-production solid state drive from Team. At 16GB and a 2.5" profile, this is designed to be a rugged hard drive for a laptop. With no moving parts, the noise and heat that most HDD create are completely absent. Unfortunately, the large speed benefits that SSDs were hoped to have is also absent, but don't sneer at a cool, quiet and nearly indestructible (under normal usage) HDD.
Subject: Memory | April 30, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ's 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper HPC kit is designed for speed and quiet at the same time. The DIMMs are totally covered in a black heatspreader that has a heat pipe running along the top, and extends to another heatspreader located above the DIMM, attached only by the heatpipe. It is timed @ 5-5-5-18 out of the box, and is capable of 642MHz at those timings.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra ChillTec Thermoelectric CPU Cooler is designed in such a way that the TEC part does not begin to draw power until a certain temperature is reached allowing you a bit of savings in electricity. It also comes with an LCD panel to display current temperatures, fan speed and the load that the TEC is under. Since it is a TEC, the cooling capability is quite impressive allowing you respectable overclocking potential, as Le
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Saitek Obsidian Wireless Rechargeable mouse has a very sleek look to it, to the point where scroll wheel has even been removed. In it's place is a touchpad that acts as the scroll wheel, as well as being able to perform a few more tricks as well. Head to ExtremeTech for the full review, and find out if this mouse has been designed more for style than usability.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a long hiatus, [H]ard|OCP presents a new State of the Silicon Union address. There is a lot to talk about, with AMD/ATI losing ground with their aging architectures, both CPU and GPU. nVIDIA also causes him to wonder, as many companies have managed to start partnerships but nVIDIA is still going it alone. Head over and read the full editorial
Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (April 30, 2007) — CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the new Flash Survivor™ family of USB drives. Designed and engineered to be the industry's toughest USB drive, the Flash Survivor is a water-resistant, aluminum encased, shock-proof way to store user's information and files. Offering unique features and the highest price/performance solution in the market - the Flash Survivor is immediately available in two variations:
* Flash Survivor GT 8GB — MSRP $129.99 USD
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2007 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to The Inquirer, we now have the stats on the 8800 Ultra, it's GPU runs at 612MHz, the 128 scalar units runs at 1.5GHz and the memory is 2.16GHz. That also puts the theoretical memory bandwidth below the upcoming Radeon HD 2900XT; the Radeon will be 105.60GB/s to the Ultra's 103.68GB/s. Looks like you are better off with a volt mod.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2007 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Fatal1ty brand has expanded into cases, with the release of the Zalman Fatal1ty Champ1onship Series FC-ZE1 Chassis. Now you can build an entire PC, barring the processor, out of Fatal1ty branded parts and peripherals, although you will probably still lose to him in a CS:S match. There are some things about the case that disappointed Hi-Tech reviews, but overall they were very impres
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown reviews Theatre of War, a new World War 2 RTS with a bit of a twist. This game is not based around starting a base from scratch and climbing troop tiers, or on the fly research. You are forced to use strategy and terrain, not simply reflexes in order to win the battles. The army you battle with in a campaign is slightly modifiable, but once you take the field you aren't going to get to build more troops. If you are aching for an RTS that relies more on careful planning th
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has put some effort into finding out more about Larrabee that what was revealed in the PR from Intel. One of the first things they try to do is kill the rumour that Larrabee has anything to do with the Terrascale project ... they are not related. Read on to see what they did manage to find out.
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 26, 2007 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 9:00 a.m. PDT (12:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.
A real-time audio webcast of the meeting will be available at
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lefties of the world rejoice, Logitech has designed an MX 610 just for you. It is cordless, and sports 10 programmable buttons and scroll wheel in total, including volume controls and a mute button. Join in the celebration at Overclockers Club, where the resident lefty is quite satisfied that this isn't just a bad gimmick.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2007 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new mid-range cards from nVIDIA are the 8500GT, 8600GT and the 8600GTS, and Pro-clockers have rounded up one of each from Zotac. The cards they tested do not appear on PriceGrabber, but other manufacturers have priced the 8500GT at about $100, the 8600GT at $160 and the
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abit's Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI and MSI's P6N SLI Platinum are both based on the new 650i nVidia chipset, although the implementation is different. Abit's board is less expensive, though that comes at the cost of Firewire and eSATA while the MSI gives you those few extras that many people want. The problem is that MSI's is also one of the most expensive 650i boa
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W is one impressive PSU. With four 12V rails, and a combined output of 100A, [H]ard|OCP thought it sounded to good to be true until they loaded the PCI-E with a full 1200W and 100A and the PSU pulled it off easily. If you are looking for that kind of power, then read on.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next time you use a free WiFi connection to surf, you should probably question who provides it. Some of those networks could easily be run by someone trying to harvest your personal data, and not just an altruist with bandwidth to spare. Ars Technica tells you just how easy it is to fall prey to a scheme like that.