Watching TV with a little depth to it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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The 3-D TVs are coming ... red & blue glasses required.  Philips' WOWvx is here, and with the help of a little processing power, each pixel can generate up to 9 angles.  Wired News is more than happy to tell you about it, what it looks like, and Philips' plans for the near future.

Source: Wired News

The future of hard drives is volitile

Subject: Storage | August 25, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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CNET looks at the future of harddrives, and how data density can continue to increase.  As the article points out, the current method of storing data, after a certain density, could become volitile at room temperature, to say nothing of the temperatures seen in some overclocked systems.  The next few years should be interesting for the R&D departments of major storage manufacturers.

"To increase the areal density, which is the amount of data a single platte

9 waterblocks, what's hot, what's not

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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sgOverclockers has gathered quite a collection of waterblocks, and today they gather 9 of them to contrast the best and worst in their designs.

27 Games for the PS3, whenever it gets around to being sold

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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A console is only as good as the games that can be played on it, no matter what the technology behind it can do.  Sony is making sure that gamers have some choices for their upcoming platform.  Head to CNET to look at the choices being offered.

"Sony said Wednesday that it would offer 27 playable games for its PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game

Show next month, a sign of progress in critical software development ahead of the November launch of

the latest

Think North American broadband is fast, eh?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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The fastest residential internet commonly sits at about 2.5Mbs in North America.  There are faster ones availbale, but the cost increase is usually much higher than the speed increase.  Slashdot looks at Broadband around the world, and while they all have certain differences, I still want my 100Mbs download speed!

Source: Slashdot

Cooler Master Case Mod Contest 2006 Officially launched!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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New to the Case Modding scene? Or are you an Expert who
wants to show your case to the world? No matter what level you're at,
we've got the perfect contest for you. Come join the 2006 Cooler Master
Annual Worldwide Case Mod Contest
.

World's greatest mouse?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 05:46 PM |
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Extremetech tests Logitech's claim of releasing the World's Greatest Mouse, the MX.  Are things like a wheel that can scroll line by line, or be set to free wheel and SmartShift technology the best thing since the 2nd button, or just another way to do waht most mice of today already do?

Source: Extremetech

Zalman's GPU cooler gets along with almost everyone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 24, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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OCC reviews Zalmans's newest VGA cooler, a set of RAM heatsinks and a large copper fin style heatsink.  It is compatible with almost every nVidia and ATI card on the market, is fairly quiet and keeps your card nice and cool.

Blame it on the chipset

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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The problems with Creative's X-Fi cards are no longer being blamed on DDR Dual Channel setups.  From what NGOHQ found out, Creative is now pointing the finger specifically on long PCI hold-offs that are supposedly unique to nForce4 boards.

Source: NGOHQ

ASUS makes a triple play with Core 2

Subject: Motherboards | August 24, 2006 - 11:46 AM |
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The Tech Report contrasts three Core 2 motherboards from ASUS.  The P5B Deluxe Wifi-AP Edition (Intel 965), P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe (nForce4 SLIX16) and P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X) are all present.  They all have differences, one of the biggest for gamers being that the Intel965 board doesn't support SLI or CrossFire, though it does have WiFi, the nVIDIA board supports SLI, and the 975X supports CrossFire.

Folding on a console

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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BOINC is assimilating more and more devices to increase it's power.  As The Inquirer talks about here, the Cure@PS3 project will allow people to Fold on their PS3.  There is also a project in the works to allow you to run Folding on ATI GPUs.

Source: The Inquirer

A pair of Sony Core Duo Laptops

Subject: Mobile | August 23, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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X-bit Labs looks at Sony's update to their S series, two models bearing the moniker SZ.  Sporting various features, like Stamina mode, which disables the Go 7400, and runs the laptop off of the integrated Intel video, and a button to reduce CPU speed while it is running.

Source: X-Bit Labs

PCPer Forums: Come for the advice and stay for the members!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2006 - 03:21 PM |
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When faced with a "Message of Doom" like, boot.ini failed to load, don't panic come to the PC Perspective Forums, and get your PC up and running again.  Mjölnir gives some great tips on what to try when faced with that exact message.  If you are frustrated with something you saw on the news, get it off your chest at The Lightning Round, open 24 hours a day.  You can aways visit the Trading Post either to sell off some of your equipment

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GIGABYTE Presents Radeon X1950XTX Civilization IV Edition: World's First GDDR4 Graphic Accelerator

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 02:17 PM |
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August 23, 2006
— GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY
Co., LTD. (GIGABYTE), a leading manufacturer of VGA
cards, today revealed the world's fastest 3D graphics card, the
GV-RX195X512VB-RH.

A remake of an old classic

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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Thanks to Strategy Informer, there is a link to the full remake of King's Quest 3.  Everything is new again in this remake, graphics have been updated, a new music score and no more typing.

"Infamous Adventures is proud to present a Remake of Roberta William's classic 1986 hit, King's Quest

III. This is version 2.0."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

ATI's X1950XTX and friends

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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After you've read Ryan's review of the new ATI cards, head on over to [H]ard|OCP where they compare the biggest baddest nVIDIA card, as well as the previous best from ATI, the 1900XTX to the new 1950XTX.  Along the way, they discover this card is much easier to setup in Crossfire than others have been in the past.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get rid of those wires you've taped to the floors and walls

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has linked to a guide on how to wire your home for internet, putting the Cat 5(e) or 6 into inobtrusive places.  Perfect if your home didn't come with conduit runs and junction boxes to help you.

Source: MAKE: Blog

ATI's Newest Graphics Cards Deliver an Unparalleled Visual Experience and Unmatched Value

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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MARKHAM, Canada — August 23, 2006 — Consumers can now get high-end
performance for gaming and digital entertainment without having to
sacrifice power for cost. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT), a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D
graphics, today launched the Radeon® X1900 XT 256 MB, Radeon X1650 Pro
and Radeon X1300 XT graphics cards, offering the quality and
performance of ATI's highest end cards for unmatched prices.

Source: ATI

Radeon X1950 XTX Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 23, 2006 - 06:06 AM |
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PC Perspective has just published its review of the new flagship graphics cards from ATI, the X1950 XTX and X1950 CrossFire Edition. Based on a slightly modified R580 GPU core with GDDR4 memory technology, the X1950 XTX has amazingly high memory bandwidth numbers to support the growing number of users with ultra-high resolution displays like the 30" Dell LCD we tested it on.

A keyboard for actual work

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:28 PM |
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Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboards do not tend to make perfect gaming keyboards, there are Bear Claws and such for that.  What they have always done well is a working keyboard, when you are stuck bashing all the keys for 8 hours a day, not just WASD.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a look at the newest incarnation of their Natural series.