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Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles. While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out. Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The people at DailyCE are as confused as I am over the soon to be released MP3 player, the Vibex from Trekstor. With a remote control and an FM Tuner, a docking station and more, you have to wonder if we are going a little overboard. Mind you this is the company that also proudly proclaims to have made the world's most expensive MP3 player:
"The casing of the organix is cast in 750 gold (18 karat) and adorned with 63 diamonds (one-karat)"
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The card that holds the title of best bang for you buck is on Pricegrabber. Don't limit yourself to just reading the reviews and looking at the benchmarks, get your own X1950 XTX for $485.69, and support your favourite tech site on the net at the same time.
If you need some extra money to get it, why not sell some of your older components at the Trading Post!
Subject: Systems | August 29, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HTPC's are quickly becoming a common thing, so Intel and AMD have decided to each offer their own standards. They take 2 very different approaches, Intel's is to only allow pre-made machines to carry the Viiv label, while AMD has made a list of approved components, so you can choose between buying a complete system, or building your own. TweakTown has gathered a lot of information on this battle to rule the Digital Home.
Subject: Processors | August 29, 2006 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006
— Intel Corporation today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel XeonÂ® 7100
series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously
codenamed 'Tulsa,' the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series
delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise
applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family
also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006
Subject: Memory | August 29, 2006 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-August 29, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the exciting unveiling of the PC2-9000 Ti Alpha VX2 DFI Special
Edition, an exclusively engineered series of memory optimized for the new
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new chip from ATI, the R580, and it's new flagship card, the X1950 XTX are up for review at Beyond3D. They focus on inprovements from the last ATI card, and do their best to max out this powerful card.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra Grid case may seem tiny, at 19.5" deep, 7.5" wide and 16.7" tall, but don't let it's size fool you. This motherboard will fit ATX boards, and even comes with 2 120mm fans. Drop by Pro-Clockers for the full review of this compact, well laid out case.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vista RC-1 can be yours, if you are one of the first 100,000 people to downlaod it from Microsoft. Get yours today, and you can be beta-testing Microsoft's newest in no time. The Inquirer has the link on this page.
Subject: Motherboards | August 28, 2006 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The main achilles heel for ATI's motherboards have been the lack of features incorporated on the board. The Crossfire issues of the first runs seem to have been fixed, but compared to the features found on nForce boards, they just can't compete. The Tech Report looks at the Crossfire Xpress 3200, and the new SB600 southbridge, to see what ATI has done to remedy the situation.
Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2006 - 03:44 PM | Jonathan Hung
While a lot of notebooks are being announced today featuring the latest Core 2 Duo mobile CPU (which we reviewed here), but the one that jumps out to me is the Dell XPS M1710 with the Core 2 Duo announced by Dell today.
Of course this shouldn't really be a surprise to many of you since we put a Core 2 Duo into a XPS M1710 almost 1 month ago and found that it worked nearly flawlessly.
Subject: Processors | August 28, 2006 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has held the speed title for a while now, but with the introduction of Core2, the speed battles are much different. LOSTCIRCUITS grabs a handful of the less expensive chips from Intel and AMD to see who can claim the fastest speed, and the most bang for the buck.
Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 28, 2006 —
Laptops around the world are getting a make-over as systems based on
IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® Duo mobile technology are now shipping with IntelÂ®
Core™2 Duo mobile processors inside, Intel Corporation announced today.
Subject: Memory | August 28, 2006 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (August
28th, 2006) —CorsairÂ® Memory, the
worldwide leader in design an
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2006 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan reviews PC Power & Cooling's answer to Crossfire and SLI systems, the Silencer 750W. With more than enough power to keep your cards going, and a very high efficiency, you do get your $400+ worth.
Subject: Mobile | August 28, 2006 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has the goods on Intel's new Core 2 Duo Merom. They have all the bells and whistles you expect, like unified 4MB L2 cache, just running at a lower voltage and heat. If you have any questions left after reading their review, Ryan's is bound to answer them.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There hasn't been a virus that attacks anything but the OS since the Chernobyl worm, almost a decade ago. According to this story at the Inquirer, there's a proof of concept virus that could directly target AMD processors. It seems Symantec is busy this past month, first targeting Microsoft and Vista's insecurities, and now AMD.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | August 25, 2006 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
sgOverclockers has gathered quite a collection of waterblocks, and today they gather 9 of them to contrast the best and worst in their designs.