ABIT Releases Some NF5 Teasers

Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2006 - 11:40 PM |
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It's been a rough few months for ABIT, but it appears the worst is behind them. They are hitting back with some new products. Following Ryan's review of the AN8 32X last week, ABIT has revealed their next nForce motherboard based on the nForce 5 chipset. The Inquirer has the scoop along with some pictures and the new company logo!


"The company will unveil the board around Computex time, but it looks quite finished to us.

Source: The Inquirer

Pre E3 News and Lots of it!

Subject: Shows and Expos | May 9, 2006 - 05:49 PM |
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As I sit here in my West Hollywood hotel, I thought I would post up some links to latest news that has been happening, mostly on the console front.


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A cheap upgrade, or just wasted cash?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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The AGP X1600Pro is a very inexpensive card, but is it one you should run out and purchase if you are running a card just reaching middle age?  Legion Hardware compares it to an X700 Pro, to find out if it is a worthy upgrade.

TV's are trying to outpace PC's for obsolecence

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 03:28 PM |
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Plasma is on it's way out and SEC is on it's way in, according to Auphan Online.  The technology in a Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display is like a CRT, but instead of an electron gun it uses surface conduction electron emitters to make the phosphur glow, allowing it to remain as thin as an LCD.

"First there was rear projection LCD, then DLP, then came Plasma. What's the next big TV technology just on the horizon?

Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.

Subject: Storage | May 5, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB is an impressive beast, and Big Bruin has it on the test bench.  At about $500, it costs less than a dollar a gigabyte, and it is significantly faster than it's predecessor.

"Seagate really does have the Steve Austin of hard drives on their hands with the Barracuda 7200.10, as it really is better, stronger, faster. One thing the 6 Million Dollar Man didn't have going for him was being "bigger", which is obviously something the 7200.10 does have.

Source: Big Bruin

Get some hot voodoo action

Subject: Systems | May 5, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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HotHardware burns themselves playing with the Voodoo PC OMEN a121x Crossfire.  It's not a cheap system, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Source: HotHardware

Patch Tuesday - The Return

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Microsoft has been busy, with several patches expected to appear on Tuesday, according to this article on CNET.  There are bulletins posted at Microsoft detailing the patch, and there will be a broadcast on Wednesday as well.

"The Exchange e-mail server and at least one of the Windows alerts is deemed "critical," Microsoft's highest risk rating, the software maker said in a notice posted on its Web site on Thursday.

Third time is the charm

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 07:13 PM |
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Seasonic has abandoned Dr. Cable in lieu of cable sleeves, and has seriously increased the number of connectors on the PSU.  Drop by SPCR to see all the changes the S12-330 Rev A3 has incorporated.

S3 improves in leaps and bounds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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PC Stats reviews S3's latest PCI Express card, the Chrome S27.  At only $80 US, it is a very affordable solution to anyone looking to run Vista and mid-range games.  It is a far superior card to their last offering, even coming close to a 6600GT in some cases.  Keep your eye on their upcoming projects.

Source: PCStats

Increase your modding potential

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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3DVelocity took on the task of rounding up some of AC Ryan's best modding tools and add ons, and gathered them together for your pleasure.  All you need is a case you like to start with, and with the help of AC Ryan, it can look like almost anything, and you can add funcionality as well.

Source: 3DVelocity

One clock to rule them all

Subject: Motherboards | May 4, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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DigiTimes reports on Cypruss Semiconductors newest invention, a universal clock generator.  This will allow mulitiple motherboard manufacturers to make multiple types motherboard chipsets, both Intel and AMD, all with the same clock generator.  This will certainly make it easier for them, but it may also improve the ability of BIOS modders to determine the exact values of the clock cycles.

Source: Digitimes

Double check the Fox is secure

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Firefox got a small update this week, pushing the version up to 1.5.0.3.  They have switched to automatic updating, so it is likely that you are already updated, but double check, as this is one of those nasty remote code execution issues.

"Malicious attackers could exploit the flaws to cause a denial-of-service attack, which in turn may allow them to take remote control of a user's system, according to an alert from security research company Secunia, which rates t

ATI and Nokia Announce Strategic Relationship

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:58 AM |
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Nokia and ATI have announced a working relationship that will help bring better multimedia to your cell phone. Cell phones seem to be doing a lot more than just making calls these days, so strategies like this will likely benefit the consumer.

"Nokia today announced a long-term strategic relationship to bring enhanced mobile multimedia experiences to Nokia customers.

Whacky Wednesday in the Laptop Industry

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:54 AM |
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Yesterday I read two of the most illogical laptop stories - Apple's decision to legally threaten Something Awful, and professors who are banning laptops from the classroom.


The story behind the Apple vs. Something Awful blows my mind. The issue is a thread in the Something Awful forum that links to a manual hosted at Apple. Apple lawyers, apparently, think this is illegal since it violates their client's IP. SA isn't even hosting said file!

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People'

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2006 - 07:52 PM |
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AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 — The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach of technology's benefits worldwide in the next 5 years, Intel Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said today in a speech at the World Congress on Information Technology.


'We're close to achieving Andy Grove's vision of a billion connected PCs — and the economic, social and personal gains that come with them,' said Otellini, referring to the Intel co-founder and former CEO.

Keep that iPod hidden in your pocket

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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Think Computers explorers the world of Bluetooth iPod accessories.  Globalsat's tiny transmitter and reciever allow you to keep the iPod somewhere safe, while you are listening to it.

Keyless Entry System

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2006 - 01:02 PM |
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Extremetech takes Das Keyboard II for a test type.  Like it's predecessor, this black keyboard has no labeling, and variable resistance on it's keys.  Are you ready for it?

Source: Extremetech

Get your PhsyX card with Ghost Recon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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If you have seen the GRAW videos PC Perspective has posted, you know why you want this card, and this game. If not, take a break and watch them, then read the good news over at The Inquirer.

"The biggest problem is of course the content.

Source: The Inquirer

ECS Elitegroup Jumpstarts the Summer Gaming Season

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2006 - 11:37 AM |
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Fremont, CA (May 3, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading computer hardware and notebook manufacturer, today announced sponsorship of a series of large scale LAN parties in North America this spring/summer. As a part of the efforts to support the gaming community, ECS Elitegroup has been involved in gaming events of various sizes in the past 2 years.



'When we decided to launch the Extreme series of motherboards, we were also ready to engage with the gamers immediately.

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