A physics scandle brewing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 4, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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An anonymous discussion has lead The Inquirer to report that ATI and nVIDIA's phsics engine, designed to run directly on thier cards is nowhere close to the technology Ageia uses in their dedicated PPU.  Mind you, we are still waiting for DX10, which may change that.

Source: The Inquirer

Low profile heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2006 - 12:52 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout has  a review of the Zalman CNPS8000, a powerful cooler that is only 62.5mm tall.  This makes it perfect for HTPCs and other slim cases, but still keep an eye on the sides, it is as wide as most current heatsinks.

Have a blast on Independance Day

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has several links on how to have a bit o' fun making or photographing fireworks.  Drop by and see if any of their tips can make your holiday brighter, and maybe safer too!

"Spark it up for the Fourth with your own home brewed sparklers! United Nuclear has the goods you'll

need & Wired has a geek fireworks guide, from detonators to taking photos"

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Source: MAKE: Blog

Some thoughts on a distant view

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a well thought out look at Windows Vista.  Not exactly a review, but more an overview of what could be the main reasons to upgrade when it is available.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Summer of Defeat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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Techgage will take you through the improvements offered by the summer update of Day of Defeat.  Read the article while you are waiting for Steam to finish the download.

"Valve has unleashed a new DoD: Source update, and this one is a winner. Included is a brand new mode, Detonation, which will be familiar to some CS players. Two new maps and the film grain graphic effect are also included. We give our first impressions inside."

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Source: TECHGAGE

Build an Ultra-matic HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 29, 2006 - 06:48 PM |
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Drop by motherboards.org for a look at the Ultra Products Microfly SFF case, a perfect home for an HTPC system.  It might take a bit of planning to squeeze a full system in the box, but once you get it in, it should run nice and steady.

Storage Area Networks versus Network Attached Storage

Subject: Storage | June 29, 2006 - 06:09 PM |
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Drop by Extremetech for a look at the Hammer Z-box, a 1 Terrabyte storage solution.  Along the way they will explain NAS and SAN and what unique features each has.

Source: Extremetech

Transform your laptop into a PVR with Diamond

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 29, 2006 - 05:40 PM |
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The Diamond Multimedia PVR-660 USB TV Tuner lets you turn a laptop, or any other computer, into a PVR.  It also comes with extra cabling to make your life easier.  Drop by [H] for all the info.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Four 12V rails, with 500W to split between them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 29, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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ClubOC puts the 750W iStar TC-750PD2 to the test.  With 4 rock solid 12V rails, it is perfect for quad SLI.  It only has one fan, an 80mm exhaust, so you shouldn't find it terribly loud either.

Source: Club OC

Yes, you still have to brush them

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Over at Slashdot, there is an article about some very Sci-Fi testing that has completed at the University of Alberta.  Using ultrasound and an implanted wireless device, they have regrown diseased and damaged teeth to perfect health.  Eventually they figure to be able to use it on any bone in the body.

Source: Slashdot

Quietly cooling your HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2006 - 05:52 PM |
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The nMedia Icetank is not strictly for HTPC usage, but considering how quietly it can cool, it is perfect for that type of use.  It is fairly large, but designed to fit almost any processor type, which greatly helps during installation.  Drop by O2 for the full review.

Antibacterial keyboard

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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The Fellowes Split Design Keyboard that XYZ Computing tested looks like many split design keyboards, but with an extra feature.  It has "Microban coating is designed to prevent microbe growth in order to stop
the growth of the bacteria which can ultimately cause stains, odors,
and hurt the life of the product
".  This may keep it clean and smelling fresh(?), but they also warn that it is NOT designed to "p

Socket AM2 From ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | June 28, 2006 - 01:55 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for their review of the impressively decked out M2N32-SLI Deluxe.  This motherboard's features and extras are so inclusive, it even comes with a fan and assembly to be used in systems with watercooling.  Add the fact that with a little fiddling, the memory bus broke 400MHz, and you have a board worth your consideration.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dell's 19 inch monitor (system sold seperately)

Subject: Displays | June 28, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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You can buy a monitor from Dell, and still get the support you would get from buying a whole system, which makes this monitor handy for those you know who can break anything.  Techgage has a full review of the 19" UltraSharp 1907FP LCD Monitor, with 8ms response, so drop by for a peek.

Source: TECHGAGE

Hexus presents their Computex Best of Show picks

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Drop by for a look at the winners in 10 different categories, and even more pictures of the show, and the winning products of course.

Source: Hexus

Sony's Core-Duo VIAO

Subject: Mobile | June 27, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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Drop by HotHardware for a look at Sony's Core Duo notebook, the VGN-SZ150P/C.  Not exactly an ultramobile, but not very large either, it should satisfy most of your multimedia needs, while you are on the go.  It even does it with typical Sony style.

Source: HotHardware

What's new at Mushkin

Subject: Memory | June 27, 2006 - 03:28 PM |
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The newest DDR2 DIMM from Mushkin is the Redline XP2 8000.  It is meant to run at 1000MHz, and 4-5-4-11 timings, you will be able to tighten those timings up when running at 800MHz.  Drop by Bjorn3D for the full story.

Source: Bjorn3D

Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million

Subject: Processors | June 27, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 — Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell for a purchase price of $600 million plus the assumption by Marvell of certain liabilities. The planned sale will give Marvell a strong presence in the growing market segment for processors used in smart handheld devices.

iBUYPOWER versus [H]ard|OCP

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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The next retailer on [H]'s list is iBUYPOWER.  Opting to buy the same system they purchased from Cyberpower, this reivew focuses on the experiences they had with the original purchase and shipping of the system, as well as the Tech Support they used after the box had arrived.  Find out if they met [H]'s expectations or not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair Expands Popular XMS PRO and XMS XPERT Product Families

Subject: Memory | June 27, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Fremont, CA (June 27, 2006) —Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of two new DDR2-800 low latency 2GB kits. Designed with the advanced users in mind who demand performance, aesthetics and functionary in one package, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 memory kits are optimized for the current AMD® socket AM2 platform and the upcoming Intel® platform.