[H]ard|OCP goes for a cheap system

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2006 - 12:59 PM |
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The Compaq Presario SR1800NX is not exactly a powerhouse, but at less than $400, it is a great PC for office work or basic websurfing.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how being absorbed bt HP has effected Compaq's pre-built systems.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Thermaltake's newest chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2006 - 11:00 AM |
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Thermaltake's Aguila ATX case and their TruePower 600w PSU are both up for review on Virtual-Hideout.  Drop by to see what they thought about the Aguila, and what kind of influences they used, properly and not so proper.

Quad Core Madness

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2006 - 09:55 AM |
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nVIDIA's 7950 quad core setup has arrived, and everyones got one (except [H]).  Start off with the experts at The Tech Report, as they show you the good and bad about this new release.  It is a powerful card, but it seems nVIDIA doesn't want to sell it directly to home builders?

Don't forget our own review done by Ryan.

Where to get your movie fix

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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Ars Technica felt like staying home a watching a movie, so they headed off to a local brick and mortar video rental store ... but it didn't turn out so well.  Join them as they try out the various new ways you can rent or buy videos, without ending up filling your house with DVDs.

Source: Ars Technica

PSU review and giveaway

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 03:00 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the CM iGreen Power 500W PSU, and now that they know all about it they are giving it away.  With a quiet 120mm fan, and very solid rails, this PSU is definately worth a post on the forums to try to win it.

Source: Big Bruin

Get up! Stand up! Stand up for your Bytes.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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Perpendicular recording is here, in the form of the 750Gb Barracuda 7200.10 from Seagate.  With 4 188Gb platters, fairly low CPU resource usage, it's performance is sure to please, even with it's higher than average power consumption.  Drop by The Tech Report for the whole story on this huge drive.

12.8 Gbs bandwidth @ 800 Mhz

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 10:55 AM |
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The Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 DDR2 kit, with EPP, is made just for making sure that socket AM-2 FX-62 isn't waiting around and wasting cycles.  Drop by PC Stats and see how these DIMMs stack up against Super Talent and Patriot.

Source: PCStats

Dead or Alive or Dead or Alive or Dead or Alive or Dead or Alive or ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 09:24 AM |
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The newest installment of Dead or Alive is available for the Xbox360, and [H]ard|OCP just couldn't keep their hands off it.  With 16 characters, most of whom you've met before, they have added a few new faces.  Now if only someone could explain why the Master Chief has had a sex-change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's the PC Show, with special guests, The Hardware Zone

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2006 - 08:58 AM |
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HardwareZone has snapped a picture of just about every single booth and display at the 2006 PC Show.  Drop by and see what they have spotted, some of it you may have heard of, and some which you might never have imagnined ... a 9-in-1 printer?

Wipeout's DIY Laptop Paint Job

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2006 - 07:20 AM |
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While browsing around NotebookForums yesterday I spotted this thread on a nice custom paint job done on a Compaq V2000 series laptop by wipe0ut.

A Radeon a LANParty

Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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This new LANParty board from DFI, based on the Radeon 200 chipset comes with most of the slots done in bright yellow and orange, possibly a warning sign about the power of this board.  [H]ard|OCP managed to get the LANParty RDX200 CF-DR to boot up at a 300MHz FSB, though it wasn't exactly stable.  Drop by and see how far it can be pushed before it starts to push back.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Tech Report on AM-2

Subject: Processors | June 1, 2006 - 11:38 AM |
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4 AM-2 processors take on 3 P5s and 3 socket 939s, in a 17 page review at The Tech Report.  Everything from the new memory controller to sheer speed is compared, so grab a fresh pot of coffee and get comfortable.

AMD Introduces Ultimate Enthusiast Platform - 4x4

Subject: Processors | June 1, 2006 - 10:35 AM |
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While listening in on the AMD analyst day going on right now in Austin, TX, AMD introduced something more than a little exciting.  When sharing a roadmap of the desktop outlook for AMD's processors through 2007 and 2008, a platform known as "4x4" was discussed as being the ultimate enthusiast platform.  What does that include?



What you are seeing here is a dual-processor system board platform, each using dual-core processors for a total of four logical cores

Aliens have landed at Hot Hardware

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2006 - 10:34 AM |
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Sean at Hot Hardware has managed to put down the new Alienware Aurora m9700 long enough to write a review of this ~ $3600 notebook.  Drop by and see just how powerful this new Aurora is, and how Sean thinks it could be improved.

You can also check out Jon Hung's review of the ASUS AJ7 right here, with it's 17" screen and a 2 hour battery life.

Source: HotHardware

VIA Launches Ultra Low Power VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX Mainboard

Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 1 June
2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip
technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA
CN-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the latest in the range of VIA C7
processor-based ultra compact platforms

How AMD cools the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2006 - 09:10 AM |
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If you have been wondering what AMD has been using to cool it's Socket AM-2 displays and reference setups, it's called the AVC Z7U7414001.  Frosty Tech reviews it here, so take a look as it is probably the fan that will be included in retail AM-2 packages.

Source: Frosty Tech

The pre-view from up here

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2006 - 08:57 AM |
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Ars Technica takes a comprehensive look at the second beta for Vista.  Covering everything from the new IE and Media Player to Aero and Windows flip.  Take a look at what Microsoft has in store for it's next OS.

Source: Ars Technica

Dell XPS M2010 Reviewed - Fork Lift Included!

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2006 - 07:49 AM |
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CNet has posted a review of the Dell XPS M2010 portable computer that was first spotted at E3 a few weeks back. This computer isn't quite a laptop considering it comes with a large base unit and a bicep-popping 20 pounds with the AC adapter! It has some sexy specs though...

Is 1900 bigger than 7900?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2006 - 03:04 PM |
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Hardware Zone pits nVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT against ATI's X1900 GT.  Find out if it is capable of winning, or have they crippled the 7900 XT it is based on by too much for it to show up nVIDIA.

In a different test, Ryan puts the BFG 7900 GT OC against just about every new graphics on the planet.

The UMPC shows off it's stuff

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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The first Ultra Mobile PC, the VIA Oragami, is put on [H]ard|OCP's examination table.  Join them as they find out whether it is just a big iPod Video, or if the inclusion of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition allows you to get enough done to make it stand out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP