Thinking big

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2006 - 07:17 PM |
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Maybe 400 or 500GB hard drives sound big now, but it wasn't too long ago that a 4GB harddrive was huge.  Drop by Tech Spot to see the newest storage drives from Seagate and Western Digital.

Source: Tech Spot

The pick of the 7800GTX litter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2006 - 07:07 PM |
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If you are looking for the best of the best, check out ExtremeTech's review of 3 top 7800GTX models.

Source: Extremetech

A stack of case reviews

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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Cooler Master scores again with the Stacker 830, a full sized aluminium tower.  TweakTown takes you through all the features of this high quality case today.

If you like the case, but think it could use some improvements, Bob Dyl will take you through the steps of some small modifications to the CM Stacker 830.

Source: TweakTown

AMD sneaks in a new process

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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Drop by The Inquirer to find out how AMD has managed to get Fab 30 to produce a lot more wafers than originally expected, in a very creative way.  Hope we will see price cuts on some of the chips.

Source: The Inquirer

Nearly new is nearly as good, at least

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2006 - 06:24 PM |
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While reviewing Logitech's X-530 5.1 speaker system, Think Computers reminds us of a good way to get deals ...  never forget about refurbished items.  If you can find a reputable seller, then the item will be nearly new, if not indistinguishable from brand new.

That's why we have a Hot Deals Forum and a Trading Post.

Stability is not always reached by applying more power

Subject: Systems | April 18, 2006 - 04:55 PM |
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The Tech Zone lets you in on a little secret about power supplies.  It is not the total wattage that defines system stability, it is the ability to deliver that power without fluctuations.  Find out more in their full article.

Super Talent Introduces Fully Buffered DIMMs

Subject: Memory | April 18, 2006 - 04:28 PM |
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San Jose, California — April 18, 2006 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading American manufacturer of DDR and DDR2 memory modules, today announced its new DDR2 Fully Buffered DIMM (FB DIMM) modules.
The company's Silicon Valley based engineering team, with over 60 patents pending, is dedicated to developing advanced memory module and flash solutions. As a major supplier of ECC registered DDR and DDR2 modules to the server market, Super Talent recognized the advantages of FB DIMM technology, and decided early to commit development resources to these products.

AM2 is on it's way

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2006 - 03:18 PM |
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AnandTech pits a brand new AM2 paired with DDR2 against a s939 with fast DDR RAM.  Any guesses who wins which benchmarks?  Head on over to find out.

Source: AnandTech

Socket 939 on a budget

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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ASRock, the value series from ASUS has been around about 4 years now.  It is much more reassuring buying a cheaper board from acompany that has been around at least a while, so that you are not stuck with ancient shipset drivers and no support. Drop by A1-Electronics to see how the ASRock 939SLI-eSATA2 motherboard performs.

Free the spreadsheets

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2006 - 12:48 PM |
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The Tech Zone reviews ajaxXLS 0.5, a web based spreadsheet program.  Without even installing anything, you can view any .xls file.  They are currently working on an editor that will let you edit and save changes too.

NVIDIA Launches GeForce Go 7900 GTX and Go 7900 GS

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2006 - 10:02 AM |
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Today NVIDIA unleashes their next generation mobile GPU - the GeForce Go 7900 GTX and Go 7900 GS. These new parts replace their top end mobile processor and gives a lower power consumption top-end GPU respectively.

Source: NVIDIA

Cool copper jewlery for your system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 17, 2006 - 05:43 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews Vizo Sleet Copper Cooling Components, 3 types of copper heatsinks designed to cool system RAM, chipsets, and VRAM.  The double sided thermal tape they come with keeps them on in any orientation.  Plus copper looks good, and cools even better.

Finding something to build, while waiting for new cores

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2006 - 05:32 PM |
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Later this year the new cores will be ready, but if you don't want to wait for AM-2 or Conroe there is still great systems to build.  Extremetech puts together a Core-Duo Pentium system to while away the time.

If you find yourself with the urge, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard!

Source: Extremetech

Give that video card a workout

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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While Matrox's Parhelia never really caught on, it looks like the TripleHead2Go just might.  With one innocuous little box, any video card can be coaxed to display over 3 monitors.  Neoseeker takes Half Life 2 & Oblivion for a spin at 3840*1024.

If the reviews are a little ATI heavy for you, Ryan just published a review of the BFG 7900 GTX OC.

Source: Neoseeker

NVIDIA Legalgrams Makers and Host of SLI Patch

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2006 - 09:41 PM |
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NVIDIA has sent NGOHQ.com, the makers and host of the "SLI Patch", a Cease and Desist letter requesting (demanding) NGOHQ stop distributing the software that NVIDIA alleges circumvents their copyrights afforded to them under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). The "patch" in question is software derived from the PowerExpress utility created by ULi that allowed "SLI" operation on ULi M1697 chipsets.

Origami has been released

Subject: Mobile | April 14, 2006 - 04:59 PM |
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The worlds first Origami based UMPC was shown off earlier this month and VIA Arena can tell you all about it.  Can this be the beginning of serious competition for Blackberry and other similar devices?

Source: VIA Arena

Time to improve bannination

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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Tech Connect Magazine links to the SBS, a shared ban system for Steam based games.  If you are losing your cool to cheaters, give the system a shot, hopefully it will make blasting away opponents even more fun.

Get info on your running processes with a click

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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The Moditory wants you to know about Process Library and Quick Access.  Run their free program in the background and when you bring up task manager, every process will have a link to their database to tell you what it is.

Source: The Moditory

Function over Form

Subject: Memory | April 13, 2006 - 04:26 PM |
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If you are looking for fast RAM without the LEDs and other add-ons that are becoming common, or just have space problems and need some DIMMs that don't stick out too far then motherboards.org has a review for you.  The Super Talent T800UX2GC4 2GB PC2-6400 DIMM's do 800Mhz right out of the box, and they have some nice OCing results too.

Think Speedy Gonzales with storage space

Subject: Storage | April 13, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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It's tiny, about the size and thickness of a quarter, fast from it's USB2.0 and dual channel transfers, and holds 512MB, 1GB or 2GB.  Check out OCZ's Mini-Kart series at Laptop Lifestyle.