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Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP builds an HTPC running on Vista Home Premium, to see how it does at replacing the Media Center edition. You also get some good recommendations on what hardware to include in an HTPC. Read on to find out why Vista may be your new best friend when it comes to HTPCs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2007 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB has it's memory speed pushed faster than the GTX, at 580MHz, and the clock speed is almost as good at 1.7GHz. [H]ard|OCP tried it out against it's big brother and foudn it to be running in a nice mid ground between a normally clocked GTS and the GTX. Even better, they found this to be the best overclock on a card from BFGTech, putting it in competition with the competitors factory overclocked cards.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get attention and distract opponents at LAN parties with the help of Techware Labs, and their recently published guide on how to put strobe lights in your PC. Just pick up a strobe kit at your friendly neighbourhood auto store, and with a little bit of soldering people will be raving over your PC.
Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons. The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS. This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.
"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability
exists for some
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2007 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced an expansion of its Embedded Solutions offerings to include the new AMD Sempron Processor Model 2100+ and the AMD Geode LX 800 @ 0.9W Processor, which can now support designs to be deployed in harsh temperature environments. The addition of these new features in AMD's broad embedded product portfolio showcases AMD's commitment to delivering processor options that address the expanding and often unique needs of the embedded market.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.
"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.
Subject: Systems | May 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those lucky souls over at the Tech Report got their hands on a V8 system from Intel. An 8 core Xeon X5365 3.0GHz, Intel's S500XVN motherboard, 4GBs of RAM and a whole suite of benchmarks await. As you might expect from a Xeon, you don't see a huge jump in gaming performance (though a 3DMark06 CPU score of
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPace. HotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place. Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.
Subject: Storage | May 30, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The LOTIS PMO 12GB Pocket D is very small, at 1.5" x 2.3" x 0.4", and the 12Gb of storage does offer you enough space for DVD images, programs, or just about anything else you want to bring with you. On the other hand, for about the same price you could get an external 60-100Gb 2.5" drive. If you are more interested in the mobility, check out the full review at the Hardware Zone.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish. The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support. In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series. The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico. According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU. A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.
Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2007 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS AMD690GM-M2 is available for under $100. With the price cuts on AM2 processors, it's onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 and LAN, all you need is a case and a monitor and you are ready to go. It even has a 16X PCI Express slot if you want to upgrade your graphics. All in all, PC Stats was rather impressed at what this board delivers.
Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2007 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 29, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced that Toshiba will launch three Satellite notebook PCs based on an AMD mobile platform. Combining advanced mobile processor performance with outstanding graphics, Toshiba will offer systems in the popular Satellite product line based on AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology and the AMD M690 Series Chipset.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online spotted the CoolingWell V14 Vortex 800W, a PSU maker without much of a reputation either way. When they put it through their tests, it passed with flying colours. If you are looking for 800W of solid power, and care less about modular cabling than you do about price, check this PSU out.
For even more extreme power, Lee has finished his review of the Koolance 1200W PSU ... the one that is liquid cooled!
Subject: Memory | May 29, 2007 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston has announced it's new lineup of low(er) latency DDR3. The timings available on DRR3 will take some getting used to, as even these tightly timed DIMMs look sloppy compared to high end DDR2, but the as the actual clockspeed increases, those timings won't seem so bad. The modules AnandTech tested are rated at DDR3-1375 @ 7-7-7-20, and when they were clocked up to 1520 @ 8-8-8-22 they left Corsair's Dominators in the dust.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following up on their testing of ATI's DX9 cards under Vista, Elite Bastards moves onto nVIDIA, again sticking with DX9 cards. They look at quite a few benchmarks, and found that much like the ATI drivers there is room for improvement. The big story was less noticeable in the benchmarks. On the good side, the new drivers are rock solid, with no hitch
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage. What is at issue is the OS, Vista. On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.