What R600s are made of

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2006 - 06:22 PM |
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CoolTechZone takes a sneak peek at Radeon's upcoming R600, the successor to the current R580.  Much of the technology has simply increased in number or speed, though it is reassuring to hear it is expected to be fully compliant with Vista and DirectX 10.

Source: CoolTechZone

See your systems info at a glance

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews the CyrstalFontz CFA-635.  It does everything you would expect a fan controller to do, but it can also display a lot more.  Check it out.

"With the dearth of fan controllers and temperature monitors on the market today it's not very

often that you run across one that brings a whole lot more to the table. Today we're taking a look

at one that brings more than just fan speed control and simple temp reporting."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: TECHGAGE

48 Schools Named Finalists For Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Awards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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NEW YORK, April 11, 2006 - Forty-eight schools have been named as finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes.


The schools will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October.

A powerful decision that you have to make when modding

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 01:29 PM |
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Modders Inc runs over the basics you need to keep in mind when buying a PSU for your system.  While it may not be the most glorious and brag worthy component you put in your case, without a good PSU, you may never have a stable system.

"Choosing the right PSU for your modded system can sometimes be a challenge, but the information

contained within this Modding 101 should help make choosing the right PSU for your PC a little

easier."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: Modders-Inc

AM2 early preview

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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AnandTech has a very early preview of socket AM2.  Right now the big thing holding it back from the market is a lack of chipset and BIOS support, though the chip itself is somewhat immature as well.  This, the second preview, shows some improvements over the first, but is it enough to displace s939?

Source: AnandTech

Enjoy someone else's installation pain

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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While putting together a system for review, ExtremeTech ran into a little problem most of us are familiar with, no POST.  Read on for some tips on what to do, and some reassurance that, in fact those things don't just happen to you.

Source: Extremetech

Gigabyte is thinking ahead

Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2006 - 06:49 PM |
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Gigabyte's GA-G1975X Turbo offers a lot in the way of extras. as far as Motherboards.org is concerned.  A lot of the features you would expect to see, from the inclusion of a integrated SoundBlaster to 4 SATA ports and built in exhast fans.  The inclusion of an SLI paddle on an non-nVIDIA chipset seems odd, as nVIDIA doesn't plan on allowing non-nVIDIA chipsets to supprt them, but then again, some enterprising BIOS tweaker may just solve that for you.

20 hour laptop batteries

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2006 - 05:30 PM |
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The Inquirer has spotted some new movement in the quest to extend battery life.  If Casio's plans continue the way the expect, they wil be showcasing a fuel cell that will give laptops about 20 hours of run time, sometime this year.

Source: The Inquirer

Help for freezing manufacturer OC'd 7900GTXs

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2006 - 02:48 PM |
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Ryan has managed to get nVIDIA to work on a fix for the freeze issue with the first run of factory overclocked 7900GTXs.  If you bought one, and don't seem to get what you paid for, read this article, and read it now.

Time to spring clean your thermal goop

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 12:41 PM |
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If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be.  Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion.  R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.

Is Electro-Smog really a worry

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies.  The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.

Buy a Motherboard and Processor, get Age of Empires 3 Free!

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 08:22 AM |
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One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web!  Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore! 


Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get

Source: General

The next step in memory

Subject: Memory | April 7, 2006 - 05:37 PM |
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HotHardware got a sneek peek at Kingston's upcoming FBDIMM, the newest type of memory almost available to the consumer.  Drop by to see what kind of improvements it will bring.

Or check out Ryan's review of Gigabyte's iRAM, utilizing DDR memory as blazing fast long term storage.

Source: HotHardware

7900GTX is more than just a fast 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS.  While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Ask more from your monitor

Subject: Displays | April 7, 2006 - 04:54 PM |
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CoolTechZone reviews the  Philips 190G6FB LCD Panel.  While it may be sold as a monitor, it is much more.  4 built in speakers, a TV tuner, plugs for just about any connectors and even USB ports make this a review you have to see.  Don't forget the 8ms response either!

Source: CoolTechZone

Become oblivious to the world

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:29 PM |
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Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have.  Don't beleive me?  Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.

Google Earth just got more learnin'

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth.  Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks.  It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content.  Where was this when I was in high school?

Victory is within your grasp

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 06:23 PM |
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GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL.  These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.

Source: GruntvillE

Wasn't this supposed to be everywhere by now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2006 - 05:02 PM |
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I could have sworn we were all supposed to have thrown out the towers of old ATX cases that accumulate over time and make the switch to BTX by now.  That Form Factor has been slow in rolling out to the consumer, but ExtremeTech has seen signs of life for it.  Drop by to see what kind of choices you have when building a BTX system.

Taking EZ DUB for a test spin

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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Techware Labs tries out the newest drive from Lite-On, the EZ-DUB.  Essentially it is postioned to be the easiest way to copy a CD or DVD, simply put a disk in the external drive, press a button ... wait ... remove disk and replace with blank disk ... wait again, and you are done.