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.

Sometimes simple fixes are the best

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Sick of cords all over your desktop, and don't want to give up your favourite mouse for a wireless one, plus all the batteries you have to keep in the desk drawer?  PC Modding Malaysia reviews an incredibly simple solution ... the XTracPads Mouse Bungee.

So much air intake the case looks bloated

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2006 - 12:33 PM |
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... but not in a bad way. The NZXT Lexa is shaped a little differently than a lot of the boxes on the market, but Overclockers Club loves it anyways.  Check out the full review of this pre-modded and superbly cooled case ... plus the case comes with a T-Shirt!

Also check out Lee's review of the Antec P150, it is a silent design that doesn't limit you to microATX motherboards only.

Like an old friend, but one you are never happy to see

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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Suddenly your desktop turns an alarming shade of blue, with white text in your system font, and the adrenaline starts to surge as you desperately try to remember if you have saved recently.  The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) is something you become very familiar with, and PC Stats hopes to make it rarer in your life, and give you more tools to deal with it if it does try to make you miserable.

Source: PCStats

The new trend in videocard pricing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2006 - 06:25 PM |
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The Tech Zone is not impressed with the current state of videocard sales.  Maybe I'm just suspicious, but it sounds like they bought a very expensive, top of the line video card just before Christmas.

First ASUS and ABIT, now MSI too

Subject: Motherboards | April 12, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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MSI joins in the limited amount of s939 motherboards based on an nVIDIA chipset, with the K8N Diamond Plus.  AnanadTech has the full rievew of this feature rich board, that includes 2 PCI Express slots capable of running SLI.

You can also see Jon Hung's review of the EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI, which is capable of running 'unofficial SLI'.  Keep an eye on the article for updates on nVIDIA's response to this feature.

Source: AnandTech

It is time to go HD, but which HDTV type to choose?

Subject: Displays | April 12, 2006 - 03:49 PM |
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Digital Grabber revisits the HDTV market, now that the prices are more or less in line with non-HD TVs.  Reading this guide should help you along the road of buying a new HDTV, and will give you some defense against the sales patter of staff at your favorite electronics store.

It's almost like MP3 playing tupperware

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Ars Technica reviews some inexpensive flash based MP3 players, all holding around 512MB.  Don't worry about killing a 40GB iPod at the beach, bring one of these fairly easy to replace players for those trips into human friendly environments that have hazards for electronics.

Source: Ars Technica

Get your patches while they're hot

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Time to use that Windows Update shortcut in your tools menu, 10 critical patches came out yesterday, mostly for IE, though  others are affected as well.  CNet reports no screaming about incompatabilities, so you will be safer getting them installed than leaving it for a while.