nForce chipsets for the Core 2 Duo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2006 - 12:24 PM |
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Motherboards.org takes a sneek peek at the nForce4 590 and 570 chipsets, designed for the new Conroe Core 2 Duo chips from Intel.  Even better, they are compatible with all existing LGA-775 CPUs on the market currently.

Ghosts in your Xbox 360

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2006 - 09:46 AM |
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[H] takes a look at Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the Xbox 360.  Find out what the single player is like, and take a look at the multiplayer game types, available with Xbox360 Live.

"The face of war has changed. Enemy lines blur, and there is no longer a clear opponent. New enemies

and new threats require a new type of warfare - a new type of soldier. Enter the Ghosts."

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Tech Talk

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Careful with those funny .ppt emails

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2006 - 09:28 AM |
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Close on the heels of Excel vulnerabilities patched this week, a flaw in PowerPoint could lead to remote code execution.  Be very cautious in opening any .ppt attachments you get, and read the full story at CNET

The Days of the Conroe: Core 2 around the net

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2006 - 09:16 AM |
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Intel has bid goodbye to the Pentium, and released the Conroe Core 2 based processor.  These chips are faster and use less power than the previous Intel CPU's.  Start your tour at [H]ard|OCP, and see how the Core 2 Extreme X6800 and the Core 2 Duo E6700 perform in real games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-7200 Special Ops Editio

Subject: Memory | July 14, 2006 - 08:40 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200
DDR2 Special Ops Edition. The new DDR2-900 SOE is part of the limited
edition Special Ops series which is a line of memory that caters to the
needs of gamers and features a unique camouflage motif XTC heatspreader.

Saitek's Pro Gamer thingamajigger

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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Is it a keypad, a game pad or something else altogether?  Think Computers can tell you all about the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit, and what it can do for you in FPS and RTS games.

A PVR for your PSP

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
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The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is essentially a VCR with a twist.  Hook it up to your cable, exactly like you would a VCR.  It will record MPEG-4s of whatever channel you are on, giving you a choice of 4 resolutions.  Once you've recorded, either plug into a PC for transfer to an iPOD, or a memory stick for PSP.  XYZ Computing can tell you all about it.

A flash of inspiration may extend your laptop's battery life

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2006 - 11:38 AM |
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The Tech Report takes a look at Super Talent's upcoming flash based 2.5" laptop disk drive.  With 3 sizes (4, 8 and 16 GBs), it won't hold huge amounts of data but certainly enough to be useful.  With no moving parts, the power drain is in the neighbourhood of 10% of a normal drive's requirements, this will extend your notebooks battery.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 11:22 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on August 7, 2006.

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 2)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2006 - 09:11 AM |
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bit-tech continues the Multi-GPU World Tour with the second installment.  Read on to find out what GPU's are chosen for the 3 systems.

Source: bit-tech

Affordable Widescreen from ViewSonic

Subject: Displays | July 13, 2006 - 09:07 AM |
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About $350 seems a reasonable price for a 20.1" widescreen LCD.  When you add in 8ms response time, a (typical) 800:1 contrast ratio, 176 degree viewing angle and fullscreen at 1680 x 1050 resolution, it sounds even better.  Get the full review of ViewSonic's VX2025 at A1-Electronics.

Sneak your favorite shows away from home

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 08:59 AM |
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It certainly sounds easy enough to use.  Just plug the USB TV Tuner into your home PC, and then plug your cable into the USB tuner.  Once you are at another PC (at work, for example), just start a Skype video call with your home computer and you are watching TV.  Drop by The Inquirer for more on this handy device.

Source: The Inquirer

Case envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 02:18 PM |
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OCMODSHOP has fallen deeply in love with the Antec P180 case ... perhaps disturbingly so.  Drop by to see just how enamoured they are with this case, you have to read it to beleive it.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Expands Channel Offerings With Customizable Storage System

Subject: Storage | July 12, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 11, 2006 — Targeting the ongoing growth of data and need for availability and protection of storage, Intel Corporation today announced a new storage server hardware platform that can be customized for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Asus Crosshair Series: Republic of Gamers

Subject: Motherboards | July 12, 2006 - 12:47 PM |
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Asus sent along word and images of a new AM2-based motherboard coming out soon from Asus.  The new product series has been dubbed Republic of Gamers and has the goal to be the best motherboard for gamers and overclockers.  What kind of new features are they preparing for these boards?  If you remember looking through our Computex coverage from last month, we had a preview look at some of these new motherboard technologies. 


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PSU testing, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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3dGameMan reviews a handy PSU tester from Ultra Products.  Instead of using a multimetre to test each wire individually, this PSU tester has 6 connectors - 20/24 Pin ATX, 4 Pin/8 Pin CPU, 4 Pin Floppy, SATA, and PCI Express, all with LED lights representing the various voltages.

'So who needs a Power Supply tester anyway? Well, anyone who has a Power Supply should have one to

insure everything is in order. This tester is especially useful for anyone purchasing a new Power

Supply.

Source: 3dGameMan

A PSU for your GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2006 - 10:36 AM |
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Overclock3D has a review of an item that may become very popular as graphics cards demand more power.  The FSP Booster X3 300W 12V PSU is a power supply, that fits in a 5.25" drive bay and delivers 25 amps of 12V power.  To use it, you plug a main power cord into a provided PCI slot cover, and then to the X3 internally, and plug the X3's PCI-E connectors into your SLI setup.

Source: Overclock3D

[H] gets their game on

Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 09:14 AM |
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The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI.  The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Putting bacteria to good use

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2006 - 09:06 AM |
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The Inquirer has linked to the research of Prof. Renugopalakrishnan, who is doing some very interesting work with bacteria.  If you can handle the idea of literal bugs in your data, these disks will store a lot.  I wonder if as a side benefit, they will eat the crumbs and lint that always seem to end up in jewel cases.

Source: The Inquirer

Havok Releases 4.0 and Expanded Suite of Tools

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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Havok 4.0 enhances Havok's
industry-leading game-play physics and animation products
(Havok Physics™
and Havok Animation™).  It also introduces two new products - Havok
Behavior™ and Havok FX™ - to accelerate development of
sophisticated interactive character behaviors, and to deliver an unprecedented
level of physically-based 'special effects' phenomena.  The
combined 4.0 solution represents a

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