AM-2 Boards from Foxconn & Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | June 22, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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Drop by AnandTech for a look at 2 AM-2 boards, both using the nForce 590 chipset.  They can help you decide between the feature rich Foxconn, or the well laid out Gigabyte offerings.

Source: AnandTech

High-Powered Shoot Out

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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Legit Reviews grabbed 8 SLI/CrossFire PSUs, none less than 550W.  Drop by to find out who makes the cut.

Intel Opens Third High-Volume 65nm Manufacturing Facility

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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LEIXLIP, Ireland, June 22, 2006 — Extending its leadership in chip making technology, Intel Corporation today opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Ireland.

Burnin the Blu-ray way

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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ExtremeTech managed to find a real, live Blu-ray DVD burner, the Pioneer BDR-101A.  Drop by and find out just how long it takes to burn 25GBs onto a DVD, and if you feel like paying the ~$1,000 to get one for yourself.

Source: Extremetech

Getting to know services.msc

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Windows XP has a lot of services the run by default, many with names you may not recognize, or understand what they do.  While disabling svchost is not the best of ideas, maybe you don't need UPnP running in the background.  Drop by PC Stats, they've just published a guide on understanding and tweaking the services WinXP runs.

Source: PCStats

Foxconn provides the basis for a killer HTPC system

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2006 - 06:23 PM |
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Foxconn's Winfast 6150K8MD Micro-ATX Motherboard, based around nVidia's 6150 chipset will let you build a powerful s939 HTPC system.  With 7.1 sound onboard, as well as 4 SATA ports, you will be able to store and play a lot of media.  Drop by TweakTown for the full review.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Helps Expand Use Of Technology In Turkey Through Intel's World Ahead Program

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced that Intel will increase efforts in Turkey to drive greater technology accessibility, Internet connectivity and enhanced education to advance knowledge and skill development, job growth and quality of life.

Through its World Ahead Program, Intel, together with several local technology companies, will make available a new type of low-cost, fully featured desktop PC to first-time computer users, and the company will significantly increase its work with educators to improve teaching and le

Intel And VMware Launch Virtualize ASAP To Accelerate And Fuel Virtualization Into Data Centers

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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PALO Alto, Calif., June 21, 2006 — Intel
Corporation and VMware*, Inc. announced the launch of the Intel-VMware
Virtualize ASAP*, a global program to further accelerate IT customer
deployment of applications in virtual environments using VMware
Infrastructure on Intel® Xeon® processor-based platforms. The program
also strengthens the collaboration between Intel and VMware around
optimizing Intel platform support for virtualization.

Get a Gremlin in your ear

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at a new music service called Gremlin and the MP3 player that goes with it.   By using WI-Fi, you aren't tied to a PC to change the music on the player, by paying the monthly subscription fee, you can connect to their database of songs from anywhere the player can get a wireless signal.

ZoneAlarm picks a fight with Eudora and McAfee

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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CNET reports that ZoneAlarm users are having dating difficulties with Eudora, and some McAfee users are unable to install the program.  The fix was released yesterday, so drop by ZoneAlarm to have your difficulties removed.

eMachines revisited

Subject: Systems | June 20, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP revisited eMachines website, this time to order the new T6528.  For an extra $50, they've moved from a Sempron to a full fledged A64 3500+.  Check out the full review, which even covers trouble they had with a hard drive.

As well, Ryan has updated the Hardware Leaderboard, to include the new AM-2 chips, as well as the nVidia 7950GX2
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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Discontinued Laptop Discussion

Subject: Mobile | June 20, 2006 - 03:58 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP purchased a Dell XPS M170, which was promptly discontinued.  Check out the review, and pay close attention to the specs, as their XPS line was updated, but not completely revised.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The X1800GTO2 sneaks onto the market

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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NGOHQ has spotted Sapphire's X1800GTO2 on the market.  While they have yet to test it out, it is likely that at least some can be transformed into a X850XT PE with a BIOS tweak.

Source: NGOHQ

Giving the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ a bit of a push

Subject: Processors | June 20, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP found some X2s clocked a little lower than the ones they have been benchmarking recently, in the hopes of getting some overclocking done.  After reaching 2.7 GHz, an increase of 1/2 a GHz, at a 340 MHz processor bus, and the RAM humming along at 1088MHz, they concluded that yes, there is some potential there.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fahrenheit 451

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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Imagine having someone give you an experimental chip, and telling you to overclock it as far as it will go, no matter what it takes.   The chip runs at 350GHz, but by reducing the temperature to 8 degrees above absolute zero, it was run at 500GHz.  Drop by CNET for more info.

Get to know your SATA interface

Subject: Storage | June 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Drop by PC Mechanic to get an overview of the Serial ATA interface.  Everything from how it differs from it's predecessor, PATA, and why case modders are so in love with it.

Source: PC Mechanic

Zalman tames the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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By copying the design for the s939 CNPS9500LED, Zalman's heatsink for AM-2 systems is bound to impress.  Drop by Pro-clockers to see how well the cooling power transferred.

Patriot loves overclocking

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2006 - 02:20 PM |
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The new Patriot 2Gb kit, runs at PC-5300, but can Overclockers Online easily pushed it to run at 475Mhz by loosening the timings to 5-6-6-18.   If you are looking for some value priced DDR-2, this might be perfect for you.

... and if you haven't read Jon's Corsair XMS2 8500 DDR2 Memory Review, then get to it!