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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2007 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"We are working diligently to make sure we achieve and maintain the level of driver quality and reliability that NVIDIA is known for. Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry, will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cooler Master's newest Cooler Innovation, GeminII, is the world's first Main Board and CPU cooler. GeminII's thoughtful design creates high cooling performances due to its excellent heat transport ability and superior heat dissipation ability. Now you can enjoy all the benefits from Windows Vista with ease.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2007 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermoelectric cooling is a powerful way to keep your CPU cool, but it comes at a high price. Enter the Monsoon II Lite, which has trimmed some of the features of it's big brother down, and lets you get into TEC for less than $100.
AnandTech managed to get a Core 2 Duo X6800 from it's stock 2.93GHz up to 3.96GHz at 14*283MHz with this 50W TEC cooler, mind you it does so at about 60dB.
Subject: Memory | February 8, 2007 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-February 8, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Flex XLC CL3 series. This latest edition to the
highly-awarded OCZ Flex XLC product family is engineered to produce
significant performance gains on the latest NVIDIAR nForceR SLIT platforms
by implementing Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) and allowing the memory
to operate at a stable 800MHz at CL3 upon start up.
Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run. That is really only the first step. Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case. They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS. Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.
Subject: Memory | February 8, 2007 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The TweakTown reviews the fastest RAM on the market, Corsairs' XMS Dominator PC2-10000. Rated at 5-5-5-18 at 625MHz (2.4V), TweakTown could only manage to push them to 627.5MHz at the same timings, or tightened up to 4-3-3-15 at 400Mhz, without changing voltages. The DIMMs also come with active aircooling to keep them going. This are the fastest RAM available at stock speeds, but a question arises, the OCZ FlexXLC comes with watercooling, and
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2007 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2007 - Intel Corporation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are working together to broaden access and usage of information and communications technology (ICT) in developing communities around the world.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2007 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has a review of a pair of very closely related cards. The HIS Radeon X1650 XT iSilence II runs at the frequencies specified by ATI and the HIS Radeon X1650 XT IceQ Turbo runs just a bit faster. These pair offer a nice choice, you can have a silent card for about $150 or trade in the silence for a little more oomph and pay around $200. Of course the 1950 Pro is much faster and not much more expensive that the Turbo, so you may want to keep that in mind.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2007 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on 2 vulnerabilities found in Firefox. The first is found in Firefox version 126.96.36.199 but fixed by 2.0, it uses a combination of the built in pop-up blocker and XMLHttpRequest to relay info about the system to a remote server. You can find the full description of the flaw by following the link to SecuriTeam on CNet.
Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2007 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's small but powerful XPS M1210 is up for review at The Tech Report. It packs a Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz ) with a 667MHz FSB, 1 GB of 533MHz RAM, and a respectable 100GB 7200-RPM SATA drive in a 4.37lb body. Battery power goes for 4 hours and the 12.1" screen will keep your eyes happy, although TR noticed the colour contrast isn't the best. If you are looking for a powerful, portable laptop, and not a huge, heavy gaming laptop, you might want to get a Dell.
Subject: Storage | February 7, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest incarnation of the 74Gb WD Raptor sports 10,000 RPM spindle speed, 4.6ms read seek time, and a two-platter design now at 150GB capacity. It's only real competition are the previous Raptors, which for the basis of the tests. These drives still aren't quite ready to take on SCSI, but they are certainly the next best thing in speed. AnandTech does have a small problem with the size and the price, pointing out that the 150Gb version (which is every bit as fast or faster) cost about $50 more with rebates
Subject: Motherboards | February 7, 2007 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the most interesting things about DFI's ICFX3200-T2R/G, based on the RD600 chipset is that it has 3 PCIe x16 slots. The first 2 run at x8 speeds when used in Crossfire mode, as you might expect, and
the third slot operates at x2 speed making it handy for a Physics processor. [H]ard|OCP was also intrigued by the system's BIOS which allows far more control than most and you can save four different BIOS configurations which can be bound to hot keys. Head on over to find out the rest
Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Still aren't sure if the Wii is a groundbreaking gaming system from a farsighted company, or just a silly excuse to 'accidentally' whack your friends in the head with the nunchaku? [H]ard|OCP has published a full review covering their thoughts about this new console and a few issues they ran into. They discovered it isn't possible use a projector to game without buying additional equipment and they also figured out how to kill a Wii. At least the TV survived intact.
"Nintendo is back with a vengeance and is going toe to toe with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Can the Wiimote nunchaku continue to successfully fend off the competition or is it just a whole lot of flailing?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Tokobot Plus: Mysteries of the Karakuri @ Strategy Informer
- Dreamlords Intro Trailer @ Strategy Informer
- Savage 2: A Tortured Soul @ Strategy Informer
- Back on Top! Can Wii be Nintendo's Ultimate Weapon? @ OCModShop
- Supreme Commander Demo @ Strategy Informer
- Wii & DS WWE titles revealed @ Strategy Informer
- KillZone 2 at GDC 2007? @ Strategy Informer
- EB sells Burger King games for $8? @ Strategy Informer
- Maelstrom Terrain Trailer @ Strategy Informer
- The Professor's Brain Trainer: Memory @ Strategy Informer
- Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Walkthrough @ OCModShop
- Dark Messiah of Might & Magic coming to the Xbox 360? @ Strategy Informer
- More Project Gotham Racing 4 details @ Strategy Informer
- Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Trailer @ Strategy Informer
- The Destiny of Zorro Revealed @ Strategy Informer
- The Hottest Games Coming in 2007 @ Bjorn3D
- World of Warcraft: the Burning Crusade @ Strategy Informer
- Battlestations Midway (XBOX 360) review @ GH
- Jack Thompson Faces Disciplinary Hearing @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Video games are good for you!
FPSes and other visually complex games are good for your eyes, says this story on CNET. Thanks to the speed of the game and the number of things you have to keep track of, you push the part of your brain governing image processing to it's limits, and this exercise carries over into the other parts of your life. I don't think it will be a good enough excuse to get you out of eating your carrots.
Subject: Processors | February 7, 2007 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- February 7, 2007 --Delivering on its commitment to industry-leading datacenter performance and performance-per-watt, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of new AMD Opteron™ processor models in both highly efficient (68 watt) and mainstream (95 watt) thermal envelopes.
Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 10:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are interested in another view of how a new user's experiences (mine!) with Windows Vista are going, you'll want to head over to my latest blog entry to see how it's all going...
Today though, is when I finally got fed up with the whole damn thing. I have several printers, most of which I have been able to get to work, even with Windows XP drivers. However, one of them is attached to a Linksys W
Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 07:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have been running Windows Vista on my personal system now since about January 28th - just a couple of days before official launch. I just so happen to have my system die on me (don't get me started on that...) so I figured the timing was good and I would just move to the new operating system and save myself the trouble of upgrading later.
Subject: Displays | February 6, 2007 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are buying an LCD monitor for gaming, response time and contrast ratio rule, because not too many are terribly worried about 100% accurate colour representation. When doing graphic design, the exact opposite is true. In some applications, in order to get a realistic looking model, you need to use a palette of colours that differ in only the most minute way and if you can't see the difference in shades you cannot do it.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2007 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Listan BeQuiet Dark Power PRO 850 Watt PSU has a lot going for it. It's modular, with up to 19 cable strands available, it has 4 12V lines for a total of 640W and 20A per line with a max load of 50A and it runs below 40dBA. When you turn it off, it uses 0W and with an efficiency of 84% and active PFC of up to 0.99, you get a lot for ~$230. Get over to the Guru of 3D for the full review.