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Subject: Systems | January 19, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS reviews a great system from MESH, their new Titan X1800 FIRE. As you might guess from the name, it is based around a pair of x1800's, running in Crossfire mode. The performance is amazing; it is a fairly expensive system, but you certainly get your moneys worth.
If you are more into building your own systems from scratch, the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard was updated recently, drop by and get some ideas for great hardware to put into your next system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2006 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker checks out the new 6.1 Catalyst release, and they even find some nice surprises.
"Since the RELEASE NOTES didn't mention any performance improvements, we got curious and have
worked up a quick run of benchmarks for ATI's Catalyst 6.1 release compared to the 5.13.
Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2006 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews EVGA's latest s939 motherboard, the K8-NF41, a very feature rich board. Give them a moment of your time, and see just what this board can do.
"The K8-NF41 is EVGA's latest motherboard for the Athlon 64 socket 939 line of processors.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that its board of directors has amended the company's bylaws to adopt a majority vote standard for the election of directors in uncontested elections, beginning with the next election of directors in May. The new standard, which requires each director to receive a majority of the votes cast with respect to that director, further underscores Intel's focus on corporate governance and provides for a greater level of accountability of directors to stockholders.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on Mar. 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2006.
In November the company announced a 25 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, to $0.10 per share.
Subject: Storage | January 19, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The battle between BluRay and HD DVD seems to be drawing to a close, with a whimper and a draw. There is no clear resolution in sight, so the 2 sides have agreed to try to combine the formats into something that combines both. No word on what that will really do to expected production times, but CoolTechZone can give you a lot of other info.
"With many Blu-Ray and HD DVD supporters agreeing to support both formats as o
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a very handy How To guide, one on fixing electronics after they've gotten soaked, and get to dry on their own, leaving all sorts of interesting mineral deposits everywhere. If this has happened to you, you will appreciate the info, and if it hasn't ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ATI's second go at Crossfire, with X1800's has seen a better reception than the first run. Now that the drivers and hardware have improved, and it is actually possible to find a Master card to use in a Crossfire setup, it is time for a rematch against nVidia's SLI. Head to Legit Reviews to see how they stack up.
Don't forget to look at Ryan's sneek peek of the 7300 GS, either.
"While ATI's first generation Crossfire platform proved ATI could offer a dual video c
Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2006 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUSTeK's A6JA 'Napa' Notebook undergoes a close examination at HEXUS, give them a couple of minutes of your time and maybe have a new notebook to dream about.
"When judged in relation to benchmarks that are single-threaded, the supplied A6JA's Intel
Centrino Duo T2500, humming along at 2GHz, and thanks to a dual-core architecture that's been
enhanced in the transition over from single-core Dothan's, together with the use of a faster FSB,
performs in the general vicinity of, say, a Pentium M 780 (2.2
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Techzone grabbed Ideazon's ZBoard Customizable Gaming Keyboard, and tried it out on a few games. Read the review, maybe you'll be tossing your old keyboard out later on today.
"Ideazon has a great idea here, and one that has held up well since its introduction. The Gaming
Keyset supports a surprisingly large number of games, and keymaps are easily accessible from the
Subject: Systems | January 18, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone takes a minute to bust the bubbles of those who thought we would be using a PSU with 1000 watts in order to power SLI rigs by 2006. While the PSU's overall power keeps growing in importance, we haven't quite reached the extremes that we could eventually need.
"Ever since NVIDIA's SLI debuted, we've been hearing about high powered power supplies, which were
supposed to have surpass the 700W+ limit in order to support the power hungry SLI setup, b
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Out of the wild, wacky world of USB devices, The Tech Zone has grabbed a USB powered drink cooler. If you switch your intake from warm caffeine to cool caffeine at some point in your day, this little doohicky will help keep your drinks cooler for longer.
"We all know that USB is very versatile and can be used for anything from transferring data to
powering a laptop light. However, this is the first time we've seen USB used for keeping your
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
The Futuremark download page has a list of sources to get the large (580 MB+) file, but of course our favorite is
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
Besides today's release of the 3DMark06 benchmark, NVIDIA is announcing a new budget level GPU called the 7300 GS. Since I didn't get any samples on it, I'll just quickly go over the specs here.
GeForce 7300 GS
4 pixel pipes
3 vertex pipes
550 MHz core clock
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2006 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs provides a full rundown of ThermalTake's Tai Chi water cooled case. Everything you need, except the liquid, is included in this well thought out case.
"Today we are going to take a closer look at a very interesting system case from Thermaltake with
pre-installed water-cooling system, which features extravagant and demanding image, boasts quiet
operation, efficient internal cooling and the whole bunch of other attractive features."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling r
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone reviews an interesting product from MSI, the Geminium-Go, dual 6600 MXM's power this card, that produces far less heat and needs less power than you would expect. While it still isn't going to work in a laptop, it can bring serious power to an HTPC or SFF system.
Plus, if you haven't read Ryan's review of the XFX GeForce 6800 GS review, shame on you!
"Though SLI for notebooks hasn't arrived yet, MSI has tak
Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not a company most people have heard of, but BlueGear makes soundcards, and their newest is the HDA X-Mystique 7.1. The cards are priced for someone on a budget, but do offer 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for those who don't want to pick up a Creative card. Read the whole review at Penstar Systems.
"The sound card market is a very strange one these days.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming. They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive. If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.
"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be
prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre
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