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.

Ease to install home security

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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Easy to install, and little or no configuration, the AlphaSheild Pro is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a router, or isn't sure if they have properly configured it.  Drop by 3dGameMan for a look at this hardware firewall.

Source: 3dGameMan

It's toxic and watercooled

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2006 - 06:17 PM |
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The cost is certainly affected, but does the built in watercooling on the Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX make it worth your money?  Drop by ExtremeTech to see if the overclocking potential makes it a contender against nVIDIA's newest.

Source: Extremetech

It's got a 140mm fan!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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The AeroCool Dominator CPU Cooler is huge, and also much quieter than you would expect.  Moving 68.37 CFM at 20.87 dBA, it will perform well, if you're motherboard can fit it.  Drop by ThinkComputers to find out how well it works.

Recordable XM to go

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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XYZ Reviews the newest in XM radio, the Helix XM2go YX-M1Z.  It has MP3 capabilities, in that you can record radio show for later listening as well as being able to perform as an MP3 player.  Check it out.

"Portable audio has quickly become one of the most innovative segments in today's electronics

industry. The rapid growth of digital music and the tremendous potential of satellite radio has made

this segment particularly interesting and the advances have been rapid.

Skipping out of Computex to hang out with Intel Product Managers

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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HotHardware might not have been at Computex, but they weren't being lazy either.  They have been testing the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo and the 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme against an FX-60, so drop by to see how the Core series performs.

Source: HotHardware

ABIT, BioStar and Thermaltake at Computex

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 12, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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AnandTech was very impressed by ABIT and BioStar's motherboard offerings at Computex, and the thermal management tools and more offered by Thermaltake.  Drop by to see what caught their eye.

Source: AnandTech

Abandoned again, this time for good

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2006 - 12:21 PM |
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Well, it looks like Microsoft has well and truly abandoned Win98 and ME, as they have been threatening to do for about 4 years according to CNET.  Guess it's finally time to upgrade to Win2K, eh?

New and improved power calculator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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PC Apex has rethought their PSU calculator, and updated it to include some of the newer components that have come out.  Pick it up as a quick way to judge if the PSU that comes with the case you have in mind is enough to power the peices you want to put inside.

Source: PCApex

Backup to external hard drives the easy way

Subject: Storage | June 9, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews the Eksitdata Easy ATA and Easy SATA USB adaptors.  Plug in a SATA drive on the fly for backup, or reboot to attach a PATA drive, with no external enclosure.  Cheap and easy to use, though will notice a speed decrease when transferring over USB to SATA.

Source: Bjorn3D

Best of the 7600's

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2006 - 02:31 PM |
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nVIDIA's new replacment for the sub-$200 6600 series is the 7600s, and The Tech Report grabbed 5 different cards to test out.  Everythinf from performance to warranty is reviewed, so give them a minute of your time.

What's up Doc? Computex edition

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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Join motherboards.org at Computex as they tour through the displays.  Corsair, ECS and Gigabyte are all thoroughly investigated, so drop by and see what they found.

As well, Ryan is keeping himself cool, checking out the newest in cooling equipment, and checking out the new cases and power supplies as well.

Tune in next week for the exiting continuation of ...

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Steam has revived an old radio show and T.V. technique, episodic content.  With Episode One finally available over Steam, Elite Bastards ran through it so that they can tell you all about it.  Read on to find out if they will revive another old technique, the cliff-hanger.

"It is thankful therefore, that the advent of their Steam distribution system has helped to persuade Valve to move away from producing major new games every half dozen years or so, and rather to make use of their existing (and ever improving Source engine) to work on episodic content, which can be released as small chunks of gameplay (typically five or six hours or so) as and when it is ready."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Is it a bug if it's tough to exploit?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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There is a java exploit recently discovered; reported by CNET.  It is very difficult to exploit, in order to get at your files, a malicious webpage has to trick you into typing in the full path of the file it wants to try to upload.  On the other hand, this flaw affects Firefox, Mozilla SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, so it could be a problem for anyone.

VIA Technology Forum 2006

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2006 - 02:09 AM |
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As has become a staple, the VIA Technology Forum is going on during the week of Computex at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei.  Wednesday it started off with a keynote from the President of the VIA Technologies, Wenchi Chen, which focused on the continued miniaturization PC circuitry.  (Large quote below.)


Also speaking was the CTO of AMD, Phil Hester, discussing much about the continued

NVIDIA PureVideo HD For HD-DVD and BluRay

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2006 - 01:59 AM |
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NVIDIA officially unvieled their new PureVideo HD technology at Computex this week that enables the viewing of HD-DVD and BluRay content (and other HD content) seamlessly on your PC. 



PureVideo HD allows the user to fully utilize the high resolution content of HD-DVD and BluRay.  By integrating HDCP support into the G71 GPU and adding CrytpROM and HDCP support to the physcial graphics card, NVIDIA is preparing users for the next-generation optical discs.&n

New Corsair Memory Hits PC10,000 with New Cooling

Subject: Memory | June 9, 2006 - 01:47 AM |
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Corsair Memory was at Computex this year showing off some new product designs in the works.  First up is a new heatsink and fan cooling system for high-end memory. 



The system was an Asus M2N32-SLI board with an FX-62 processor from AMD's new AM2 platform.  Most impressively, the DDR2 memory was running at PC10k speeds; thats 1252 MHz! 


Source: PC Perspective

ATI Physics at Computex

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2006 - 01:38 AM |
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I didn't want anyone to think I wasn't covering the Computex Show properly, so I thought I'd go ahead and make some interesting news posts here before getting my entire article online later in the week. 


The first day of the show, ATI demonstrated their adaption of GPU-based physcis acceleration to a few journalists in a very small room.  Nothing very new was shared, though they officially announced support for Havok FX, something we already knew about since GDC in March.  We were already told they would support physic