Blu-ray Diode Supply Problems and Apple Debuts Core 2 Duo Line-up

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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It appears that Sony is delaying their European launch of the PS3, and reducing initial shipments of the new console in the North American and Japanese markets. The article cites the delay caused by a meagre blue-laser diode supply which is causing other OEMs to start grumbling. Lite-ON (aka.

Source: BetaNews

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW 7-SERIES OVERCLOCKED GRAPHIC CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (September 6, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the
leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D
graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast
products, announced today their new BFG GeForce™ 7950 GT OC™ 512MB PCIe
and BFG GeForce™ 7900 GS OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics cards.

Reach for your wallet, the 7900GS's are here

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's new card, the 7900GS comes out at the competitive price range of $200-$240, making SLI systems a little more affordable.  Although it is only about $50 cheaper than some  7900GTs, that can add up when you are getting 2 cards. Start off at [H] with their review, but don't forget Ryan's at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Google cache expands to dead tree versions

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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Google's new tool is the ability to search 200 years worth of scanned in print pubilcations over the web.  For a small fee, which goes straight to the original publisher you get to read the full article.  If you don't want to pay, you will have to be satisfied with a synopsis.  Head to Slashdot to read more about it. (this article is free)

Source: Slashdot

Intel Announces Restructuring

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2006 - 11:12 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2006
— Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis
of the company's structure and efficiency. As a result of the
restructuring, the company expects to generate savings in costs and
operating expenses of approximately $2 billion in 2007. In 2008 the
company expects savings from this restructuring to grow to
approximately $3 billion annually.

Antec's home for overclocked HTPC systems

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 05:32 PM |
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The Antec Fusion seems aptly named, a mix of HTPC style, with some serious cooling.  It is very easy to set up with the colour coded instructions and the quiet power supply and 120mm fans don't make that much noise.  Take a look and see if you are as impressed as Overclockers Online.

A laptop mouse you can actually enjoy using

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Extremetech reviews the Logitech's VX Revolution Notebook mouse.  Not just an undersized mouse that can barely connect to a laptop 6 inches away, it is full sized and has a range of 30 feet.  There are also a lot of extra buttons to make your life easier, so check this 'revolution' in mousing out right now.

Source: Extremetech

Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Systems | September 5, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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With a bit of tweaking, and a good cooling system, [H] will show you how to put together a budget system with the performance of an Intel Extreme Edition or an AMD FX processor.   Make sure you read it.

You can also get a second opinion from Ryan, he has just updated the Hardware Leaderboard, and for the first time ever, 3 of the 4 systems are Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel 2006 Game Demo Contest winners--best threaded game, mobile game & more

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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The Intel Game Demo Contest was launched at GDC 2006 to
empower game developers and break down game development barriers.  Over
the course of the last five months, 80 people entered the contest, narrowed
down to six finalists.  With our two prize categories, Best Threaded Game
and Best Game on the Go, we have the following winners:

 

An ATI Diamond by Best Data

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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You may remember Diamond Multimedia as the graphics company that sold you your first 3DFX product.  The brand itself was purchased wholesale by a company called Best Data, who have produce many different products under the Diamond name.  [H]ard|OCP reivews their Viper X1600 Pro 512MB, not the fastest ATI chipset, but at ~$129.99, it does pretty good.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Not a good day to be reading funny Word attachments

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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CNet reports on an Office flaw particluar to Word, that is running around in the wild.  As opposed to many vulnerabilities, this one was not discovered by researchers in a lab, or a white hat playing with code.  It is out there and it wants to munch your DNS.

The answer to life's little annoyances

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:50 PM |
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Sporadic network troubles can drive a person nuts, which is why our Networking forum has been busy this week.  Some members think IE7beta3 may give Firefox some stiff competition, but others disagree, much like this Intel vs.

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Integral speakers in an MP3 player?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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CNet reports on a Samsung MP3 player, that will contain speakers so you can listen to your music without headphones.  That's not the only thing going for it, as is should be compatible with Urge, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Napster.

"At first look, the K5 Digital Audio Player, which is slated to be released Sept. 10, doesn't look too different from other portable audio players.

Burn your own Blu-ray disks

Subject: Storage | September 1, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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25Gb gives a lot of space to back things up.  HardwareZone has tested LG's Blu-ray burner, which can burn onto just about any CD or DVD format on the market.  Drop by and take a look at this drive, which is a big improvement on previous Blu-ray burners.

Team Fortress 2 is coming

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Go to TECHGAGE, watch the movie, and then wait patiently for TF2 to be released.

"We've just posted the latest trailer from Valve. This time it's of the upcoming Team Fortress 2, and it weighs in at 218MB (WMV HD)."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: TECHGAGE

Does Vista have game?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at the most obvious reason people will want to upgrade to Vista, the gaming improvements.  New and improved minsweeper, not to mention chess games all come with Vista too.

Socket 939 roundup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 05:19 PM |
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The Tech Lounge wants to help you get a little more life out of your s939 system.  By rounding up all the heatsinks they can find and comparing them, they'll help you buy one of the best ones, tweak your multiplier up a bit.  Overclock it far enough, and you might even feel like you have a new system.

"AM2 has revitalized AMD's K8 architecture. Core 2 has spurred the competition fiercely. Socket 939

has lost its leg up. Or has it?

Overdrawn at the capacitor bank

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Madshrimps look at 2 products from Clever Power, a CPU stabilizer and a VGA booster.  Both are essential huge banks of capacitors, which massage the electrical flow to your components into a perfect sine wave.  If you are having random power related problems, you owe it to yourself to check these out.

Source: Madshrimps

General Purpose GPU?

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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While tooling around in ATI's newest driver, Beyond3D noticed something a little odd, the GPGPU.  Take a visit and find out what they discovered.

"Using R580 and with unique device IDs of 724E and 724F, at least as far as the Linux driver is

concerned and confirmed on ATI's vendor ID page, these FireStream products appear to be distinct

boards with R580, but with a different purpose than 3D graphics acceleration."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Source: Beyond3D

Gigabyte adds speed to their reputation

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo.  They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability.  That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.

Source: [H]ard|OCP