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Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
7.1 cards are becoming more common as PC add on cards, and they aren't all made by Creative. Diamond's XS 7.1 cards are relatively inexpensive, and offer you the chance to hear full Dolby surround sound. OCC compares it to the Turtle Beach Montego, and you can follow their testing here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has joined it's competitors in releasing PSUs, in the form of the new HX series. The HX 620W is a 620W PSU, as you might have suspected with 3 12V rails of 18A apiece. It's modular design keeps your case tidy, and the variable speed 120mm fan keeps it cool; read the full review at Tech Connect.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Ars Technica in taking a look at spam, phishing, botnets and more. They briefly look back at the trends that we have seen in the wonderful world of identity theft and scams, and examine the new trends we are seeing currently. Viruses now mutate, so no matter how long the list of definitions is, anti-virus software is becoming obsolete. The popularity of social networking programs gives new weapons to the hordes of zombie computers out there, which they are
Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP's dv6500t's feature set is almost boring compared to most laptops hitting the market these days, but then how many people really need that ASUS Lamborghini? When you consider it in the same light as a ThinkPad, you start to get an idea what HP is thinking. It is highly customizable, with either a C2D T7300 or T7100, it supports up to 4Gb of DDR2-400/533/667 in dual channel mode, and either Intel's GMA X3100 or an nVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS. If you are looking for flexibility and power, and as few extras as possible
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sunbeam 3D Storm will remind you of the Quarterback, there some nice changes to this case, including washable filters behind all of the mesh on the case. the 2 fans placed directly inside the middle of the case on a bar, which is referred to as 3D core fan makes installation a little tight, but techPowerUp's testing proves that it does help with your GPU temps. Read on to see how the install went, and a
Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2007 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte has kept the tradition of P35 boards with the P35T-DQ6. Featuring solid state capacitors cooled with enormous, but low profile copper heatsinks. They have gone for a passive solution, allowing silence from you chipset cooling, and leaving you enough space for a titanic CPU cooler. [H]ard|OCP found the supported DDR3 allowed them to reach a synchronous CPU FSB of 400MHz @ 1600MHz<
Subject: Processors | June 25, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The previews of the C2D E6750 are hitting the streets today, and you can start out at HotHardware. As far as the raw stats go, you are looking at @ 2.66GHz CPU, with a 1333MHz "Quad-Pumped" front side bus. It is a 65n process chip, with 4MB of shared, full-speed L2 cache. As far as the power goes, it runs between .85 - 1.3625v and generated 65 - 75 watts TPD. Read on to see how much better the increase in FSB makes this chip when compared to the E6700.
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are rumours of bankruptcy surround Connect3D, a company that has produced ATI cards in the past, and was indicated to be a major partner for AMD. The US site is no longer up, although there are links to sites Great Britain, Poland and Germany which are still active. Keep an eye on The Tech Report's coverage of this story here.
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Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Behind every good http is an ftp, and there are plenty of ftp clients to chose from. Contribute to this thread in the General forum, and let us know your favourites, or vote on the best (unofficial) 80211n router. Watercooling fanatics can participate in this poll, which asks where you usually keep your reservoir when you build a watercooled rig.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ultra has started a new line of HTPC cases, the first of which is the MicroFly BX6. By designing a PSU to go inside the MicroFly, Ultra is able to make motherboard installation and cable management a snap, more so than most HTPCs on the market. The only place where TweakNews thought they fell short was on the HDD cage, but overall found it very quiet and stylish, exactly what you want from an HTPC case.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After straying away from the MX series with the G5, a move that left off the features that made the MX series so popular, Logitech is going back to that design. The new revision of the G5 sports the second thumb button as well as new features, like LEDs to show which DPI setting you are at. Virtual-Hideout also applauded the use of variable weights, so you can get the mouse to feel exactly like you
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
June 2007 - Biostar has released a new T-Series model TF560 A2+ in expectation of the launch of new AMD socket AM2+ CPUs. AMD is going to announce AM2+ socket CPUs, the so-called real Quad Core architecture, later this year. Socket AM2+ CPUs will be backwards compatible. TF560 A2+ is designed for both CPU series, AM2 and AM2+.
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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has throughly investigated factory overclocked cards in this eVGA review. They grabbed a default speed 8800 GTX card, a 8800 GTX they overclocked themselves, an 8800 Ultra at default speeds and one they overclocked, and finally a hard to find 8800 Ultra Superclocked, all from eVGA. Find
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP noticed a video of a guy with a message to send to Apple. It seems they denied his warranty claim on a Macbook, so he vented his frustrations and recorded it for posterity.
Subject: Systems | June 21, 2007 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not too many sites have had much to say about Tesla, the newly announced GPGPU from nVIDIA. You can count PC Perspective in amongst the sites that have, as well as PenStar Systems. Heading over there will give you an idea of the hardware that makes this card tick, as well as the software it will be running; CUDA.
Subject: Storage | June 21, 2007 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brand new Deskstar 7K1000 offers more than just a lot of space on multiple platters. Hitachi has incorporated perpendicular storage, which allows all of that storage space to fit on 4 disks. The 32MB memory buffer pushes the performance up to the level of a Raptor for some tests, but not when it comes to some transfers. Tech Spot is more than happy to tell you all about it here.
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Amarok is a popular and useful media player for Linux, but it also has some secrets you may not know about. TECHGAGE takes you through some of these features, like streaming music and integrating the player with last.fm. If you use Linux, or are even just considering it, take a look at what you can do with this program.
Subject: Memory | June 21, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 20, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the newest OCZ DDR3 product addition.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new style in heatsinks is to have the fan sitting vertically, not horizontally, and it seems to be paying off. Whether it is the increased surface area the fan can directly affect, or the push-pull configuration that some heatsinks allow, it tends to increase cooling performance. The newest is the 3RSystem iCEAGE, and AnandTech has tested it out. Read on to see one of the best retention systems they have seen in action.