Take your notebook to the races

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
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X-bit Labs grabbed a hold of a fast new notebook from Acer Labs, the Ferrari.  It has a very attractive finish, and even has the Ferrari logo emblazoned on the cover.  Of course the price also reflects the branding, though you certainly won't be dissapointed by the performance.

"We would like to introduce to you a superior notebook on AMD Turion 64 processor from Acer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Tiny TV to take travelling

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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The Compro VideoMate U900 is a tiny TV tuner that accepts coax and antenna signals, and hooks up to a PC or laptop.  While being able to carry a device to eceive a TV signal in a pocket sounds great, read the full review at [H]ard|OCP before you run out and buy one.

"The thing about the two is that, traditionally, people want larger television screens and

smaller electronics.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tell your plexi to get bent

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 04:09 PM |
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Modders-Inc has posted a how to for bending plexi and other plastics for case modding.  If you are into modding cases and want to build something really twisted, this will tell you how, and what tools you need to do it right.

"Master Modders Sheldog23 show us one of his secerts for making a custom modded case. Quote: I

get asked all the time "How did you bend the Plex for your UTMod?".

Source: Modders-Inc

The Monarch Rebate Countdown continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Monarch Computer's rebate countdown continues ... not that much time left to wait.


Keep an eye on this page, or you will miss some amazing deals!


Game Developers Conference - End movie and final credits

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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ExtremeTech stuck around the GDC 2006 until the very end, to tell you about all the really cool things they saw, and you missed becuase you couldn't take a week off to go game in San Fran.  Prepare to be jealous, as there were quite a lot revealed there.

"This year's Game Developers Conference had its share of controversy, terrific sessions,

competing parties and chance interactions.

Source: Extremetech

Boldly going where no AMD part has gone before

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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AMD will be announcing a new single core chip clocked at 3GHz in early April.  It will probably take longer for the dual core version to appear.

"AMD will use its 65nm party in Prague to talk about the progress company is making with

production ramp of its Fab36, but at the same time, company will introduce their fastest clocked

production CPU.

Source: The Inquirer

When gaming goes to your head

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 06:28 PM |
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TECHGAGE has let the games get to their head.  After spending way too much time in the simulated cockpit of a Lear jet, they purchase the new NaturalPoint TrackIR 4:PRO, and started looking out the side windows while flying to Hawaii.  The TrackIR tracks your head movements and translates it to the computer screen.  You get to change the direction you are looking, without changing your mouse aim, and while it isn't CounterStrike compatible yet, be assured there are many people working on making it so.

"The

Source: TECHGAGE

Find out what DSP really does

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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You have probably seen the term Digital Signal Processing before, but you may not know what it is.  To add to the confusion, it is an often misused term, but Digital Grabber will set you straight on this process of making analog sound better on digital setups.

"It happens that many people have no idea what Digital Signal Processing means, although they

hear more and more often these words, today.

Seagate provides you with some space

Subject: Storage | March 30, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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The Seagate NL35 comes in 3 sizes, 250, 400 and 500GBs.  XYZ Computing grabbed the 400GB SATA version and took it for a spin.  As the drive was designed for enterprise applications, it makes perfect sense as a storage drive, the MTBF is 1 million hours and an error recovery control.


If you are more interested in speed than size, then check out Ryan's review of the WD Raptor X 150GB SATA drive.


ABIT returns to the forefront

Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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The Tech Report examines ABIT's AN8-32X, a nVIDIA based board with some very useful features.  Among the things that make the board stand out is passive chipset cooling that really seems to work and an in-built fan controller.  Read the whole review to get an idea at ABIT's strategy for returning to enthusiast boards.


"The first step in Abit's bid to reclaim the enthusiast market could be the AN8 32X, a Socket 939

Athlon 64 motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset.

Washington, D.C. Ranked Best City For Teleworking In Nationwide Study

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Washington, D.C has been named the 'Best City for Teleworking' in America, according to a new study released today by research firm Sperling's BestPlaces and Intel Corporation. The phenomenon of telework has grown rapidly in recent years thanks in part to the availability of powerful mobile computers based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology and a network of more than 19,000 hotspots in the U.S.

Why not go for a cool 100,000 cores

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Cray is working on the first computer to break the petaflop boundary, and what they are putting together to do that is just amazing.  Read more about the stats of this machine at The Inquirer.

"IT LOOKS LIKE Cray is starting to come back a bit, this time with a box made from 24,000 quad

core 2.6GHz Opterons.

That said, it is aiming at 187 or 400TB of memory, claimed to be cost related, but I think it

gets a volume discount after 100TB. It is also putting 11 petabytes of disk space on the beast.

Source: The Inquirer

Is it live, or is it Linux? PVR build guide

Subject: Systems | March 29, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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In the third part of their Mini-ITX/HTPC series, XYZ talks about how to set up a Linux PVR.  If you wouldn't pay the premium to have a normal PC setup for you, why do the same with a personal video recorder?

"For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time using my Mini-ITX computer.

Skip to the end of the alphabet with ZRAM

Subject: Memory | March 29, 2006 - 04:05 PM |
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LOSTCIRCUITS interviews Jeff Lewis, the VP of Worldwide Marketing at Innovative Silicon, developers of ZRAM.  ZRAM is Zero Capacitance DRAM, essentially a SOI (Silicon On Insulator) device, allowing the removal of capacitors, the insulating effect means the transistor holds it's charge.  The bottom line is denser memory that goes faster, and the article gives very good basic explanations of the technology behind it, and goes a little bit into AMD's participation.

"Conventional DRAMs are made of capacitors and transisto

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

VGA cooling waterfight

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2006 - 03:01 PM |
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If you have moved beyond 3rd party air cooling for your newest graphics card, 3DXtreme presents a 3 way watercooling shootout.  The participants are the DangerDen Maze 4, the AquaXtreme MP-1 and Swiftech's MCW60.  Drop by to see which can provide you with the most extra frames and craziest overclock.

"From this we have come across forums where certain products are recommended for their

performance with very little performance data to stand on.

Source: 3DXtreme

Intel Launches New Ruggedized PC Platform For India

Subject: Systems | March 29, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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NEW DELHI, March 29, 2006 — Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India.

A tool-less heatsink for your tool-less case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the Kingwin Big Air AMD CPU Cooler, a incredibly easy to install heatsink.  If you are a little clip-shy after managing to drive a screwdriver through a motherboard when dealing with a very stubborn socket clip, take a look at this innovative way of securing the heatsink to the socket.


Don't forget about the CoolerMaster giveaway, you have until April 11th to enter!


"Kingwin has

Another try at wearable computing

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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CoolTechZone spotted a concept wrist computer from Eurotech.  At 200 grams, and sporting a 72x55 mm TFT screen, it certainly won't be mistaken for an oversized watch, but is it something you want to wear on your wrist?

'Remember the cartoon Futurama, and how Leela always sported a wrist computer/sensor device? Now,

would you believe me if I told you such a machine was in the works? Well, believe it or not, it

does exist.

Source: CoolTechZone

Get a keyboard on your keyboard

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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Hardware Zone has a preview of a very musical keyboard, the Creative Prodikey PC-MIDI.  Why sit at your computer learning to type, when you can be learining to play the piano?

"The Prodiky PC-MIDI is an innovative device that combines keyboard with piano keys. With it,

anyone can work and learn how to play a piano in front of the computer without having to buy

separate input devices.

A PSU built for extreme gamers

Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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The XG Duro 900W Power Supply comes with 4 +12V rails, perfect for trying to get a pair of dual core graphics cards up and running as fast as they can go.  3dGameMan provides their usual comprehensive review, and proves that this is a well thought out PSU, and not just another pretty phase.

'The XG Duro 900W Power Supply with Quad +12V rails is obviously going to turn heads.

Source: 3dGameMan