BTX - Forgotten, but not gone?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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The BTX form factor is taking a while to be adopted.  While not too many systems are being based on it, you can still find cases that meet the new specs, like the SilverStone TJ08, reviewed by TECHGAGE.

Source: TECHGAGE

[H]ard|OCP has lost their marbles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Seriously, they've posted a full reivew of Marble Blast Ultra for the XBox 360, and they loved it!  I can't imagine what drove them to this level, where they describe a puzzle game involving a rolling marble as "...visually impressive and does a great job showing off the power of the Torque Shader Engine".  Drop by and watch their descent into madness, and see what else they buy with accumulated Microsoft Points.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Memoirs of a Computex survivor

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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It took almost a full week for The Tech Report to recover from their sensory overload at Computex.  As part of their therapy to re-adjust them to this limited world of post-release technologies, they were told to share their experiences with the world.  A warning, you will be jealous by the time you finish reading their article.

Mouse disection online

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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OCMODSHOP disects the XTrac Ripper XXL, to see what makes it tick.  Drop by for some graphic shots of the guts of a mouse.

Source: OCMODSHOP

NZXT provides precise power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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The NZXT Precise 650 Watt Power Supply that Overclockers Club reviews won't have much problems powering newer graphics cards.  Over 500W is dedicated to the 2 12V lines, so even the new 7950GX2 should get enough power.  It also cools well, though that makes it a little louder than other models.

It's cheaper without the installed sunroof

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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The Raptor WD1500 ADFD drive still is not cheap, at ~$250 for a 150Gig drive.  As The Tech Report discovered though, with the new firmware on these newer models, they can actually out-perform the earlier windowed models.

I spy with my i ... something that is not an iPod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers to find out how unique the iRiver is.  It's not very large, at only 0.5" x 2.5" x 1.75", and sports a 2.2" colour display, and a price tag under $200.  Can it displace your iPod from next to your heart?

DirectX 10, now only for Vista

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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It looks like on of the biggest reasons to get Vista when it comes out is to be able to use Direct X 10.  The Inquirer even found out why.


Plus, check out the Video cards and motherboards that Ryan spotted at Computex.

"WE FINALLY got the official word that Direct X 10 won't find its way to Windows XP.

So anyone who plans to buy Direct X 10 hardware and plans to use its full potential will have to buy

Vista as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Keep your northbridge chilled quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2006 - 05:16 PM |
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Drop by BCCHardware to find out about a way to keep your northbridge cool, passively.  The Zalman ZM-NBF47 is a passive cooler that is much quieter than any fan based solution, and it will outperform most stock coolers as well.  The blue tinted aluminium construction is rather nice looking, as well.

Source: BCCHardware

It's not just an HTPC, it's a Media LAB!

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Overclockers Online has a review of the Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB, an attractive HTPC case made of aluminium with a black LED panel.  It is very silent, and can even fit a full sized ATX, though it could get a little cramped inside with a full entourage of add-on cards.

If you could overclock them, they would be too easily spotted

Subject: Memory | June 14, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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OCZ brings you the newest in memory technology, the camoflauged 2GB PC-2 Special Ops Edition kit.  For DDR1 (PC3200) they run at 2.5-3-3-8 timings,
and for DDR2 (PC2-6400) 5-5-5-12.  There is one catch, they do not overclock, as TECHGAGE can tell you.

Source: TECHGAGE

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3 Memory Dominates the 3DMark Hall of Fame

Subject: Memory | June 14, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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Fremont, CA (June 14, 2006) —Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced that the new TWIN2X2048-6400C3 is the system memory behind three new overclocking world records in 3DMark06, 3DMark05 and 3DMark03.

[H] finally got a BFG 7950GX2

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP's review incorporates a lot of comparative image quality highlights, contrasting the difference between the BFGTech 7950 GX2 against a pair of GeForce 7900 GT OCs in SLI mode as well as Radeon X1900 XTX in CrossFire.  Find out who can claim title to the best looking graphics.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cheap and Compact: The new DS Lite

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Digital Trends managed to put down their new DS Lite long enough to give a review.  Take a look at what they think of it, but don't bug them too much ... they are exercising their thumbs.

Stable like a rock, pretty like a glow-in-the-dark butterfly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Having a powersupply that is stable is one thing, but having one that is as attractive as it is stable is quite another.  The Kingwin Mach 1 600W PSU, as reviewed at Club OC, is exactly that.  With a plentiful amount of blue LEDs, this PSU will be at home in any modded case.

Or, for a more unassuming PSU, check out Lee's review of the CoolerMaster iGreen Power 600 PSU here on PC Perspective.

Source: Club OC

A 570 Ultra intended for 1 graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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The HardwareZone reivews MSI's K9N Platinum, an nForce 570 based motherboard. It has most of the extras you would expect from that chipset, with a little trimming, especially on the PCI-E side, making it cheaper while still having some extras, and staying rock solid.

Ten 14' widescreen notebooks

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2006 - 01:31 PM |
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X-bit Labs gets busy testing Acer's TravelMate 3222WXMi &  2423NWXMi, the ASUS W3H00V, LG's LW40 and T1, the MSI MegaBook S425, Samsung's X1 & X11 the Sony VGN-FJ1SR
and the Toshiba Tecra A6-S513.  Not a review to miss if you are shopping for laptops!

Source: X-Bit Labs

Merom and Conroe Hit PC Perspective

Subject: Processors | June 13, 2006 - 12:42 PM |
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Well, after a successful trip to Taipei for Computex last week, a couple of items made their way to my house.



That is a Merom core processor, model T7400 running at 2.16 GHz with a 667 MHz FSB and 4MB of L2 cache on the left.  On the right, a Conroe core E6700 processor running at 2.67 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB and 4MB of L2 cache.  Hmmm....??


Keep checking back as we await a couple of BIOS updates to help our testing begin! 

How to Upgrade the RAM on the Asus A7J

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2006 - 12:32 PM |
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2 weeks ago, we published our review of the 17" Asus A7J laptop. In that review I stated that the primary SODIMM isn't upgradable, even though Asus' product page states it.


Well it turns out you can uprgade that RAM, but it's not a clear procedure and it's very tricky to do! With the help from Asus' A7J Service Manual, I've added a short guide on how to upgrade the RAM on your A7J.