Toshiba Gets Touchy Feely

Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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The guys at The Inq snapped some pics of the new Toshiba Qosimo laptop with HD-DVD built in. The pictures show a new touch-pad design that has tap-sensitive areas that macro to actions (i.e. e-mail, web browser, print) and to top it off the pad is also backlit. It's not a huge innovation, but it's still good to see something different on a laptop.


"The best of the bunch was the backlit trackpad function buttons.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobo makers confirm May launch for Turion64 X2 and Socket AM2

Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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According to unnamed motherboard manufacturers it appears that AMD is still on track to release the Turion 64 X2 mobile and Socket-AM2 processors in May.


The availability of AMD's next-generation CPUs — the Turion 64 X2 mobile and Socket-AM2 processors — will still follow the chip vendor's May schedule, according to unnamed motherboard makers that have recently received this confirmation from AMD, in response to speculation, on the part of some PC maker
Source: Digitimes

Silver Stone LC20M HTPC Case Reviewed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2006 - 08:30 AM |
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There's a nice review of the Silver Stone LC20M HTPC case. For the money, no one else makes a nicer HTPC enclosure than Silver Stone.


"The VFD, IR, power LED and HDD activity LED are all behind the acrylic strip beside the drives. The LEDs that were chosen for this case do not fit well, as they are bright blue and very noticable from your sofa. Even behind the darkened acrylic, I found them to be distracting when watching a movie in a dark environment.

Source: bit-tech

Sapphire and Connect3D X1900XT Tango

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2006 - 08:00 AM |
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Bit-tech has a dual review today of the Sapphire and Connnect 3D Radeon X1900XT video cards. They're affordable, but comes with a mixed bag of good and bad performance when compared to X1800, 7800GT and 7900GT cards.

"It is designed to compete head-to-head with NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT and is expected to fit into the very attractive sub-£250 market.

Source: bit-tech

ABIT Shows Off mATX Board with HDMI

Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2006 - 07:28 AM |
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Almost as relentless as the news pouring out of E3, ABIT has let go some more details on upcoming products. This time it's a Intel 945G mATX motherboard that supports both your standard VGA and HDMI. On top of that, it uses Yonah / Merom packages which runs relatively cool.

Source: Daily Tech

AGEIA Press Releases

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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LOS ANGELES and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — May 10, 2006 - AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced today at E3 that Kuju Entertainment is supporting the AGEIA PhysX processor in its upcoming Rail Simulator. Rail Simulator lets players take charge of steam, diesel and electric trains on real routes in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Source: AGEIA

MSI GeForce 7600GS Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2006 - 06:35 PM |
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Legion Hardware takes a look at the MSI GeForce 7600GS. With its $115 price tag, it looks to be a great value oriented card. Though it is a fair bit slower than the 7600GT, the $65 price difference is nothing to sneeze at. Is the card worth it? How much slower is it compared to the 7600GT?

Worlds first USB drive to secure 100% of data on the fly

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2006 - 06:15 PM |
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Legit Reviews takes a look at the DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition from Kingston. You can find the DataTraveler Elite in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB in size and is the first to secure 100% of data on the fly. Check out the full article for more.

"If you enter a wrong password a small window will pop up informing you that you have entered an invalid password. If you enter an invalid password more than 25 times the drive will lock the user out and need to be formatted.

E3 Season - The Week I'd Love to Hate

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2006 - 09:00 AM |
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This time of year is always one I would love to hate -- E3 completely eclipses everything with a unyeilding barrage of announcements, teasers, videos, and booth babes. The big news from E3 yesterday was from Sony. Not only did they announce a release date for the PS3, they also pegged it with a whopping $599 USD. Excuse me? Yeah, that's a whole lot of cheddar for a console and I hope it's worth all the delays (though Sony never promised a ship date).

Source: Shacknews

HP Laptops get a Face-Lift and Alienware grows 2 Inches

Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2006 - 02:30 AM |
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HP has gone with a new process to make the exterior shells for their laptops. Starting with their next generation Compaq V3000 series and HP DV2000 consumer-level units, HP will apply advanced molding techniques provided by Nissha Printing Co. in Japan. The laptops look pretty sharp and is a nice step from the typical bulky HP notebook.


Alienware also has announced some new SLI notebooks for your gaming pleasure.

Source: Laptop Logic

ABIT Releases Some NF5 Teasers

Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2006 - 11:40 PM |
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It's been a rough few months for ABIT, but it appears the worst is behind them. They are hitting back with some new products. Following Ryan's review of the AN8 32X last week, ABIT has revealed their next nForce motherboard based on the nForce 5 chipset. The Inquirer has the scoop along with some pictures and the new company logo!


"The company will unveil the board around Computex time, but it looks quite finished to us.

Source: The Inquirer

Pre E3 News and Lots of it!

Subject: Shows and Expos | May 9, 2006 - 05:49 PM |
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As I sit here in my West Hollywood hotel, I thought I would post up some links to latest news that has been happening, mostly on the console front.


Source: General

A cheap upgrade, or just wasted cash?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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The AGP X1600Pro is a very inexpensive card, but is it one you should run out and purchase if you are running a card just reaching middle age?  Legion Hardware compares it to an X700 Pro, to find out if it is a worthy upgrade.

TV's are trying to outpace PC's for obsolecence

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 03:28 PM |
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Plasma is on it's way out and SEC is on it's way in, according to Auphan Online.  The technology in a Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display is like a CRT, but instead of an electron gun it uses surface conduction electron emitters to make the phosphur glow, allowing it to remain as thin as an LCD.

"First there was rear projection LCD, then DLP, then came Plasma. What's the next big TV technology just on the horizon?

Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.

Subject: Storage | May 5, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB is an impressive beast, and Big Bruin has it on the test bench.  At about $500, it costs less than a dollar a gigabyte, and it is significantly faster than it's predecessor.

"Seagate really does have the Steve Austin of hard drives on their hands with the Barracuda 7200.10, as it really is better, stronger, faster. One thing the 6 Million Dollar Man didn't have going for him was being "bigger", which is obviously something the 7200.10 does have.

Source: Big Bruin

Get some hot voodoo action

Subject: Systems | May 5, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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HotHardware burns themselves playing with the Voodoo PC OMEN a121x Crossfire.  It's not a cheap system, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Source: HotHardware

Patch Tuesday - The Return

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Microsoft has been busy, with several patches expected to appear on Tuesday, according to this article on CNET.  There are bulletins posted at Microsoft detailing the patch, and there will be a broadcast on Wednesday as well.

"The Exchange e-mail server and at least one of the Windows alerts is deemed "critical," Microsoft's highest risk rating, the software maker said in a notice posted on its Web site on Thursday.

Third time is the charm

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 07:13 PM |
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Seasonic has abandoned Dr. Cable in lieu of cable sleeves, and has seriously increased the number of connectors on the PSU.  Drop by SPCR to see all the changes the S12-330 Rev A3 has incorporated.

S3 improves in leaps and bounds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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PC Stats reviews S3's latest PCI Express card, the Chrome S27.  At only $80 US, it is a very affordable solution to anyone looking to run Vista and mid-range games.  It is a far superior card to their last offering, even coming close to a 6600GT in some cases.  Keep your eye on their upcoming projects.

Source: PCStats

Increase your modding potential

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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3DVelocity took on the task of rounding up some of AC Ryan's best modding tools and add ons, and gathered them together for your pleasure.  All you need is a case you like to start with, and with the help of AC Ryan, it can look like almost anything, and you can add funcionality as well.

Source: 3DVelocity