Be Quiet, sit Straight and look at my shiny PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 06:19 PM |
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DriverHeaven reviews the Be-Quiet StraightPower, a new lower cost version of their original series, the DarkPower.  Boasting very solid rails and a black finish so shiny it looks copper in the review, due to it reflecting the wooden table it is sitting on, this is definitely worth a look, even without modular power cabling.

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Stop laughing! It IS a real mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 04:23 PM |
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In the search for a better mouse, many odd shapes and designs have been considered, in the hopes of banishing RSS and carpal back to the tennis courts and assembly lines, where they belong.  Extremetech will not give up until they find the newest mouse, in this case the "Zero Tension Mouse" which looks like ...
well ... umm....
Go look for yourself, I'm not going to say it.

Source: Extremetech

Shuttle launches AM2 SFF system

Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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Shuttle's new XPC SN27P2 could bring back their dominance in the barebones SFF PC market.  The Tech Report puts the system through it's paces, and discovers what could be a problem for people trying to save money by buying a cheaper, but easily overclockable AM2 processor.

Intel Announces NOR Flash Memory Products for Emerging Low-Cost Handset Segment

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 02:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 —
Intel Corporation
today introduced its first NOR flash memory products
aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products
have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured
to work with low-cost, single-chip baseband and RF solutions from
leading chipset suppliers.

A fine line between a desktop replacement and a portable

Subject: Mobile | August 1, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP tries a new Gateway laptop, the NX860X.  In the reviews of previous systems from Gateway, they have found certain flaws in Dell's support and other procedures.  Can this system turn that all around?

"Gateway's sturdy, powerful widescreen Core Duo notebook is ready for work and play. Find out how much

you can pack into an eight-pound portable (well, sort of portable) desktop replacement."

Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A super way to re-encode your day

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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To Linux users, ffmpeg is probably a program you have heard of, but not if you are a Windows user only.  That is all about to change, The Inquirer has spotted Super, a FOSS video converter able to change files from any one codec to another.  Check this out before you go nuts from re-encoding files 8 times before getting it in the format you want.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair Enters the Power Supply Market with Two High Performance Best in Class Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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Fremont, CA (August 1, 2006) —Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory and cooling solutions, today announced the introduction of the Corsair HX Series power supply product line.

HyperMemory and TurboCache

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2006 - 05:29 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at HyperMemory and TurboCache, and helps you figure out what's what.  Along the way they also explain how their can be many different prices and models off of the exact same core.

Source: PC Mechanic

Secure and portable Harddrive

Subject: Storage | July 31, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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The Hardware Zone looks at the GStor Secure Mobile Storage solution.  While it looks like a normal HDD enclosure, by using the GStor security key, you get 64bit, on-the-fly encryption.  There is a big warning, though the security key slot looks like a Firewire slot, it isn't!  Plugging a normal firewire cord into it may damage the enclosure, your PC, or both.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES CONTINUES LEAD IN U.S. RETAIL MARKET SHARE

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (July 31, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North America and European-based supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that the company continued its #1 revenue market position for NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards in United States retail sales from January through June of 2006, as well as for the month of June, 2006.


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More than just a temperature score

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has released a seven way AM-2 cooler shootout.  In keeping with their style, this is more than just a comparison of temperatures, they delve into the ease of installation, what fans are possible to fit onto the coolers, and of course, whether it will drown out a vacuum cleaner, or vice versa.

For more extreme cooling, check out Lee's shiny new review of the peltier based Vigor Monsoon II.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hot Deal: 19" LCD Monitor for $114.99!

Subject: Displays | July 31, 2006 - 01:04 PM |
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Looking for a great deal on a new monitor?  This 19" LCD with a 1280x1024 resolution is on sale for $115 after mail-in rebate at Newegg!


Source: PC Perspective

Shopping for a Conroe system

Subject: Processors | July 31, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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The Tech Lounge ponders buying a new system, based around a Conroe chip.  This involves some guesswork right now, as some parts aren't available yet, and more have no price.  It does give you a good baseline to start your Conroe dreams on.

"Core 2 Duo is here. Sort of.

Previous Versions could save you, or catch you

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Ars Technica looks at the new incarnation of Sahdow Copy that will likely ship with Vista.  Having 5 previous versions of files can be very handy, if you've mistakenly changed and saved a file, but it can also making getting rid of files difficult.  You will also have to be careful the backups don't bloat your hard drive to death.

Source: Ars Technica

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 9, Conclusion)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2006 - 07:26 PM |
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So we tally up the results from them we see NVIDIA obviously dominate everything, even in certain games if ATI is winning NVIDIA remains really close. Especially in low and mid-range performance systems ATI is under attack. But very interesting to see is are the high-end products from ATI perform with that new Cat 6.7 driver. Be sure to check that out. In short: the overall view thus generic performance among the majority of games without a doubt is looking fantastic for NVIDIA SLI. Nobody will deny that even for a second. But do remember what I already stated in the introduction.

Source: Guru of 3D

Get your Intel compatible Radeon chipsets before they're gone

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Some of the fallout from the ATI-AMD merger has made itself apparent.  The ATI RD600 for Conroe will still be released, but as TweakTown discovered, it is likely to be the last Intel compatible Radeon chipset.

If you are looking for an Intel based board for Conroe, Ryan has reviewed the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe right here.

Source: TweakTown

Multi GPU goodness, the extended version (Part 7)

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2006 - 04:24 PM |
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Legit Reviews carries on benchmarking the systems, testing a bundle of new games with various settings.  Drop by to get a feel for the best SLI and CrossFire can offer.

Take a tour of TEAMS RAM Factory

Subject: Memory | July 28, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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TweakTown takes you on a guided tour of TEAMs production facilities from the initial attachment of the chips to the PCB through production to final testing.

Source: TweakTown

R580 Redux

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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While the Radeon x1900GT is based on the R580 GPU, it's clock speed has been reduced as well as the number of shaders and pipelines.  HotHardware tests this ATI mid-range card against nVidia's to see who offers the best value.

Source: HotHardware