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Subject: Motherboards | December 23, 2005 - 04:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lost Circuits has posted a review of the latest motherboard out of Sapphire, the RD480-based Pure CrossFire.
That does not mean that even a homogenous platform is trouble free, on the contrary, there were initial problems with nVidia's SLI platform and there are certainly some issues with ATI's Crossfire. We got our hands on a sample of Sapphire's Pure Crossfire PC-A9RD480 board, based on ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset, and the road to success was somewhat rocky.
Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Been salivating over trying to find an Xbox 360? Then this probably won't help any...
Well, one launch down and two more to go. All in all, the Xbox 360 is an impressive piece of hardware. Microsoft has really succeeded in pushing forward the technology in game consoles. With High Definition, wireless remotes, and state of the art technology, the Xbox 360 is a definite winner. However, we suggest waiting it out until the PS3 and Revolution are released, and then choosing the best console.
Subject: Processors | December 23, 2005 - 04:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Another big win for 64-bit processors in general, Valve just announced support for 64-bit processors and OSs in their latest Source engine update.
Bellevue, WA. — December 22, 2005 — Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today.
Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you haven't heard of the Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity before you really owe it to yourself to head on over and read about how you can contribute to one of many children's hospitals across the county this holiday season. They have just recently passed the $420,000 mark in donations and are looking to break half a million this year!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2005 - 03:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
Legit Reviews has an article online today that looks at overclocking an ATI X1800 XL well past its 500/500 stock speed.
First and most obvious you're going to need an X1800XL. We are using the reference board sent to us by ATI. All of the R520 GPU's come from ATI and that's the only thing that we can promise. It's up to the board partners on what type of memory will be used and how closely they will follow the reference design set by ATI. This is very important to keep in mind as this will affect your results.
Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 04:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
You think you're sexy? Go and check out this year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks of 2005 and see if you're on that list! I haven't heard of most of the people listed there, but I'll take their word that they're qualified to be nominated.
The story is work safe, though some of the wording is suggestive.... how naughty! :)
Geeks are sexy. Big, powerful, lubricious, restless brains are just about as hot as it gets -- the brain *is* the biggest sex organ in the body, after all.
Subject: Systems | December 22, 2005 - 02:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.
Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2005 - 10:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
Hoping for a motherboard in your stocking or under the tree this Holiday? Bit-tech takes a look at the well-endowed Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. In typical Asus fashion, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with a whole whack of accessories including a turbine style fan.
Not to be forgotten is EPoX and their latest Intel 945P offering.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2005 - 01:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
Pro-Clockers takes a look at the Thermatake Big Typhoon heatpipe cooler. This heatsink is an absolute monstrosity when it comes to size, but how does it perform? nvNews tackles another Thermaltake product, the Volcano 4005. This cooler is an odd waterblock with an integrated radiator and weighs almost 1kg with a fan.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.
What is UDI and why should you care?
Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.
Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Seems like a lot more GeForce 6100 reviews are hitting the web. Today TweakTown has a review of the Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS (try saying that three times quickly!) which uses NVIDIA GeForce 6150 chipset and comes in a mATX form-factor. If you're looking for a budget HTPC, this Foxconn may be what you're looking for!
If that Foxconn is a bit "ghetto" for you, then maybe the DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert board reviewed at TBreak is more your style.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.
Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2005 - 09:40 AM | Jonathan Hung
Today we're taking a look at the ATI X1800XT and XL CrossFire cards. Performance and features look promising, but is availability and pricing haunting ATI yet again?
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