Adopt a Core 2 for less

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The Tech Report points out the pricing of the Core 2s, and AMDs price cuts, have made it fairly cheap to set yourself up with a new system.  Check out the 4 system recommendations they offer, and their subsititions for those who don't like the basic setup.

Don't forget we have our own Hardware Leaderboard here at PCPerspective, with links right to New Egg to buy all the components.

AMD gets back to it's enthusiast roots - overclockability!

Subject: Processors | August 14, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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Legit Reviews takes a socket AM2 4200+ from it's default 2.2 GHz, all the way up to 3.1.  They went most of the wasy with aircooling, but to get that last bit, they slapped on a Corsair Nautilus 500.  It has been a while since we have seen AMD chips that can be overclocked almost 50% from stock, a free 900MHz is nothing to sneer at.

Self Contained Underwater Cooling Apparatus

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2006 - 02:48 PM |
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The Sapphire TOXIC X1900 XTX offers you all the benefits of watercooling, with none of the extra work usually associated with setting one up.  [H]ard|OCP has the full review of the card, and the reservior/pump/radiator that fits right into a PCI card slot.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Asus to Announce Lamborghini Notebook at Concorso Italiano

Subject: Mobile | August 14, 2006 - 01:50 PM |
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Asus will officially unveil their newly designed Lamborghini notebook computer at this year's Concorso Italiano on August 18th.  We have some of the official PR and specs already lined up before the show starts.  This partnership between Asus, Automobili Lamborghini and Intel will be the first in a series from the group of officially licensed products.  We first saw this notebook in Taiwan at the annual Computex show; see our article here for more picture

Resisting the idea of Modular Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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There is a debate about the effect using modular wiring on the voltages coming out of a PSU. There are those who claim that the connectors cause much more resistance that a foot or two of wire, and others that laugh at the suggestion.  Armed with a digital multimeter, motherboards.org gets to the bottom of this debate.

Firefox's older brother gets an update

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Remember Mozilla, the predecessor to Firefox?  The web browser suite is still alive, being maintained by fans of the extra functionality who call it Seamonkey.  NewsForge has tried out the newest version to see what has changed, and how well it can compete with Firefox.

Source: Newsforge

A funky room for a hard drive

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2006 - 05:51 PM |
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Think Computers reviews the Icy Dock MB122 Drive Enclosure.  With an LCD display and a black finish, this removable HDD enclosure won't spoil the looks of you case.  As well, taking full advantage of SATA's hot swap ability, this is almost as easy to use as a thumb drive, only with a lot more storage capacity.

Barebones dual-core laptop

Subject: Mobile | August 11, 2006 - 03:35 PM |
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HotHardware has found a way to get a dual-core whitebook.  It is from ASUS, based on Intel's 945 chipset, with a 15.4" screen and an integrated X1600 with 256Mb of memory.  Check out the full stats, and what HotHardware decided to put into it, after paying about $710 for the shell.

Source: HotHardware

Now that's some sweet screen real estate

Subject: Displays | August 11, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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22 inches of HCDP compliant, 5ms widescreen goodness. BCC Hardware has their hands on a very attractive HD LCD from Samsung.

Source: BCCHardware

Missed out on QuakeCon this year?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Not to worry, gD Hardware was there, with cameras.  From a sneak peak at Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, to overclocking and more, it's all there for you to see.

Source: gD Hardware

Buy a graphical legend

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 11, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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From the company that invented SLI and quad core graphics cards ... the never officially released Voodoo5 6000 can be yours!  Get a look at the stats on The Register, or just go straight to the bidding (currently $685 on eBay).

Source: The Register

Cooler Master launches a new case series - Mystique 631/632

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2006 - 11:22 AM |
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Mystique --
Fascination, Attitude, Mystery
are the perfect
words to describe the identity of Cooler
Master's new chassis series. The excitement and
sense of achievement PC Modders sought after can
all be found in this all-in-one package of
elegance and sophistication.

Quad SLI Article Power Consumption Update

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 10, 2006 - 10:13 PM |
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Thanks to Lee, our own cooling and power editor, for pointing out to me that I had left power consumption numbers out of my Quad SLI evaluation.  If you haven't read it yet, I of course highly recommend you do.  And if you already did, but are curious to see what the power consumption of a Quad SLI powered system running on a Core 2 Extreme X6800 totals to, head on over the last page of the review for the upda

Take a look at all Corepad has to offer

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2006 - 05:09 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews Corepad's entire lineup, including a choice of many mats, low friction mouse feet and even wax.  Get them all together, you may have no choice but to watch your gaming experience improve.

"Corepad has a really solid line up of products that are sure to meet everyone's needs, one way or

another. From the hardcore gamer, to the regular office user, they have something to offer everyone."

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OCZ gets cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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OZC spends a little time away from pushing memory to it's limits to get into the cooling business.  Red & Blackness Mods reviews their new heatsink, the Tempest.  They have memory down pat, find out if they can do the same with their cooler.

Power for when you have to have 2 of everything

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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The Guru of 3D looks at the 1000W Enermax Galaxy, the PSU for people with 2 cores, and 2 dual-GPU graphics cards.  If you can afford to build a system like that, you might even be able to afford the electrical bills that could come with it.

Source: Guru of 3D

DDR versus DDR2 on the same board

Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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AnandTech utilizes the abilty for the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA to run either DDR or DDR2 to provide a good look at the benefits of moving to the new RAM.  Find out if the tighter timings on the slower DDR can keep up with the faster and looser DDR2.  Also, since this board supports AGP and PCI-E graphics cards, there is no easier way to move to Core 2 Duo.

Source: AnandTech

While AMD goes shopping, Intel exposes it's drivers

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Intel will be making upcoming video drivers open source.  While this move may not be as extreme as running out and purchasing nVIDIA, it makes Intel systems very attractive to those who run Linux and other open source OSs.

XM Radio on the go, no antenna needed

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 04:55 PM |
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Digital Trends reviews the Pioneer Inno, a portable XM radio receiver/player, that can also interface with Napster.  It's about the size of a deck of cards, and masses 4.5 ounces, with a brushed aluminium finish.  If you are hooked on XM, you may not be able to live without this little device.

"XM Radio junkies have another enabler for their obsession with their favorite satellite programs,

with the new Pioneer Inno portable XM Radio player."

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Eicon Networks to Purchase Intel's Media and Signaling Business

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 9, 2006
Eicon Networks Corporation ("Eicon") and Intel Corporation

today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell
the assets of its media and signaling business to Eicon.