570 vs. 590, nVIDIA's chipset maturing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 05:53 PM |
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Legion Hardware compares nVIDIA's 570 SLI chipset (MSI K9N SLI Platinum) against it's newer 590 SLI (ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe).  Considering the price difference between motherboards, is the newer chipset worth what it will cost you?

"The performance of these two chipsets using a single graphics card is almost identical and you can

expect SLI performance to be much the same.

Now that's what I call a multi-function machine

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 03:39 PM |
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Ars Technica has spotted an impressive optical drive in the works, at Ricoh.  Designed to read just about any media, it may make life much easier, as you won't have to choose between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, it will read both.  This first generation will be pretty expensive though, think $1000 or so.

Source: Ars Technica

Dual core is coming to Intel's server chips

Subject: Processors | July 10, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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The long wait for dual core Itaniums may soon be over.  According to CNET, the Montecito chip should be available soon, on July 18th there will be a launch event.

An illuminating typing experience

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Revoltec Lightboard advanced has a lot going for it.  It has fairly well thought out key placement, and overall attractive look, and it glows at the touch of a button.  The lights use barely any power, so the only connector is the USB cable you would expect to see.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a closer look.

Visons of Radeons past

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Join OCMODSHOP for a trip down memory lane, as they recall past ATI products that they used.  From the old days of the Rage cards, when 3DFX was king of the hill, to the 9800 series, take a look at how these cards have evolved.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Second time is the charm

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2006 - 05:12 PM |
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The first time Neoseeker reviewed Crucial's DDR2 it was certainly stable, but not very good on the overclock.  This second run of Crucial's DDR2 is a little more forgiving, reaching speeds above 1000MHz, when the timings are loosened up.

Source: Neoseeker

Old, but not forgotten

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2006 - 01:23 PM |
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The XP-90C was king of the cooling hill for quite a while.  With new sockets coming out, and much hotter systems, techPowerUp! revists this Thermalright cooler to see how it stacks up against the new breed of coolers.

Source: techPowerUp!

It's a game about a game about a designer ...

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers for a very odd concept in gaming ... it's Game Tycoon!  Instead of taking time off your gaming schedule to work on Quake X, travel back to the heady days of the early 80's, when coders were real coders, and cassettes and 51/4" diskettes ruled the earth.

Why read your news, when you can listen to someone do it for you?

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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If you have yet to listen to one of Digital Trends podcasts, today is a good day to try it out.  Always covering many different topics, this go around touches on Apple, Dell and Microsoft, as well as other odd topics.  Give it a listen, there's a good chance it will put a smile on your face.

Samsung's take on the UMPC

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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Take a quick look at Samsung's Q1 UMPC at The Hardware Zone.  It is very modular, with external add-on components like a DVD player and keyboard, but is fully functional by itself.  With 512MB of RAM and a 900MHz Celeron M, it packs some power and a 7" WVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 800x480 means you should have to squint to see it.

"This is exactly where a UMPC, like the Samsung Q1, comes in handy as compared to bigger notebooks.

How quickly the mighty have fallen

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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The X1600 XT sat near the top of the video card pack fairly recently, and has fallen to the point where you can buy one for less than $200.  Drop by [H] for a look at how the new PowerColor Radeon X1600 XT BRAVO performs.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

My, what big fans you have!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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The most noticable things on the ICute 0502ULA case are the 140mm fan on the front panel and the 250mm fan on the side.  Head to Overclockers Club to see what effect an enclosed tornado has on running temps.

"Captain, we need MORE power! Hurry men fire up that extra turbine. The latest addition to a large

line of cases from ICute the astutely named 0508ULA Series. While the name may not be very appealing,

the looks are.

Born to RAID

Subject: Storage | July 6, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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The Western Digital Caviar RAID Edition is up for review at TweakTown.  It comes in various sizes between 100-500 Gb, has a 8.7ms seek time, and is designed to be run in RAID 0.  Find out if it gets a benefit, and if running it as a single drive might not be a good idea.

Source: TweakTown

What's in a sticker anyway?

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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3 of the systems that [H]ard|OCP reviewed over the past while bear a 'Windows Vista Capable' sticker somewhere on thier case.  Armed with a Vista Beta 2 disk, they decide to find out if that is true.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Clearwire Secures $900m In Financing With Intel Capital, Announces The Sale Of NextNet To Motorola

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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KIRKLAND, Wash., SANTA CLARA, Calif., and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 5, 2006 — Clearwire Corporation, a high-speed wireless broadband services provider founded by Craig McCaw, today announced a series of transactions with Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, Motorola and Motorola Ventures to accelerate the development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

Aspire becomes Apevia, releases new PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The recently rebranded Aspire sent their new As550w-bk PSU to R&B Mods for testing.  With an LED switch to change the colour of the 120mm fan and a blck finish you can have power and style.

If you feel function trumps form, then check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU.

A hard case for your laptop

Subject: Mobile | July 5, 2006 - 03:19 PM |
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If you feel paranoid about bumps and spashes when you are carrying your laptop in a soft case?  Drop by Think Computers to see their review of the Otterbox, a hard, water resistant case that comes designed for 3 laptop sizes, 13", 15" and 17".

It's three reviews in one

Subject: Memory | July 5, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews GeIL's DDR2 Ultra Series - 1066 PLUS Multi-spec Dual Channel Kit and a pair of Corsair's CM2X1024-8500C5, both on the brand new An9 32x SLI Fatality mobo from ABIT.  Go on and see how they run.

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ABIT offers a peek at their new P965 chipset based motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 5, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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AnandTech recently received an AB9Pro from ABIT for Socket775.  While this evaluation version does not yet support Core Duo processors, you can have a look at the performance with a single core chip.

Source: AnandTech