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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCStats reviews the first HDCP enabled video card from MSI, a 7900GT. Not only do you get the performance of a 7900GT, you will be allowed to watch new HDCP compliant video at the HD resolution you paid for, as long as your player and monitor or TV is compliant as well.
Subject: Processors | August 8, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Ryan's link proved, there are 2 Core Duo processors available for under $200 and 3 AMD X2 socket AM2s. The Tech Report grabbed 2 of the lower priced processors to benchmark, so go take a look at what kind of deal they are.
"The game is changing dramatically, however, with Intel's introduction of its ne
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can handle the shape, these Apack coolers promise to keep your system cool without breaking 30db, and that is with the proprietary fans. Throw on an efficient and quiet fan and even a Prescott can be cooled without a deafening accompanyment. Learn more at SilentPCReview.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced a global effort to prepare university students for a new paradigm of software development as Intel transitions its processors from single-processor engines to ones that will have multiple cores and threads.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BCC Hardware needs your help in shock testing a hard drive from Plextor. Give them your shocking ideas in the thread they started specifically for suggestions. Remember they aren't mad at the hard drive, they don't want to just kill it, they are trying to determine the limits of the shock proofing.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has put together several links covering the results of Microsofts invitation for "black hat hackers" to take a poke at Vista's security. It could spell a more open mindset at Microsoft, at least during betas, on the benefits of listening to that particular crowd.
Subject: Processors | August 7, 2006 - 10:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
The full line-up of Intel Core 2 Duo processors is starting to show up across the country! Newegg has them all available as of tonight:
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
The title pretty much says it all, though we can file this under "rumor-mill" for the time being...
Asustek Computer is interested in acquiring another motherboard specialist Gigabyte Technology, which shows better strength in distribution, according to sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry.
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang over at HardOCP has reviewed the Biostar motherboard based on the nForce 550 chipset; and they say it makes a decent budget motherboard.
As Jake mentioned above that the power components would get hotter when water cooling, this is exactly what I saw. The VRMs on the board were at 250F without any airflow at stock settings with the FX-62.
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 7, 2006 - 09:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looking for some information from this year's WWDC show in San Francisco? Hop on over to Apple.com for a replay of the keynote from Steve Jobs.
Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote preview of Mac OS X 'Leopard' from San Francisco's Moscone West. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec does not disappoint with their new HTPC chasiss, the Fusion. Get the full story at Futurelooks.
"Antec's new baby: The FUSION! It's finally here and we've got one of the first reviews of this highly
anticipated case. Will we be disappointed or totally impressed after waiting over seven months for it
to arrive? Let's find out!"
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FrostyTech reviews the Zalman CNPS7000B-Cu, a cooler very reminiscent of the old flower coolers, with an added 90mm fan in the center. Also like the old series, performance and noise are balanced, not sacrificing extra performance on one side for a penalty in the other.
Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2006 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EPoX's new MF570SLI is based on the new nForce500 series, specifically the 570SLI. With dual gigabit NICs, onboard Realtek sound, and lots of space around the CPU socket help make this board even more attractive. [H]ard|OCP has all the info about it.
Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2006 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Prey has made it to a console that wasn't even a twinkle in Microsoft's eye, when the original programming was done. Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how well it made the transition from PC to console.
"Over a decade in development, Prey's innovative portal technology and unique game play finally land
on the Xbox 360. Today, we step through the portal and see where Prey will take us."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone looks at the recent Nike and Apple project, shoes that collect biometric data which is stored in your iPod. Not only can your shoes now tell exactly how lazy you are, they will build a database so you can track it over time. They will also play music that matches the beat of your feet.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2006 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has put together a very exclusive list of PSUs, in fact only 2 qualify for their exacting specifications. Drop by to find out why they chose the criteria they did, and what you can expect from setting your sights as high as theirs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has noticed that Centrino branded laptops do not have any difference in brand name or serial # to let you tell if you are buying a Core or Core 2. The good news is that they will be compatible (much like Jon discovered about Dell's XPS). AnandTech took advantage of that compatibilty to go benchmark crazy, go check it out.
Subject: Processors | August 3, 2006 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Raw power is one thing, but achieving it while being efficient is another. In order to reduce the heat output and power requirements, AMD released the energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 series. HotHardware reviews two of them, the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+. Find out if efficiency has hurt performance at all.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The mid range cards from ATI and nVIDIA run in price between about $120 to $250, which makes it much more affordable to set up an SLI or Crossfire machine. [H]ard|OCP looks at such a card from nVIDIA, the MSI NX7600 GT, pitting it against a Radeon x1800.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on the goings on at the Black Hat conference. Yesterday tools to test the security of VoIP were discussed, and handed out. Read about the kinds of vulnerabilities VoIP has, before you go out and switch.