NVIDIA Announces Budget 7300 GS GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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Besides today's release of the 3DMark06 benchmark, NVIDIA is announcing a new budget level GPU called the 7300 GS.  Since I didn't get any samples on it, I'll just quickly go over the specs here.





  • GeForce 7300 GS


  • 4 pixel pipes


  • 3 vertex pipes


  • 550 MHz core clock


  • 400

Liquid cooled case, just add water

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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X-Bit Labs provides a full rundown of ThermalTake's Tai Chi water cooled case.  Everything you need, except the liquid, is included in this well thought out case.

"Today we are going to take a closer look at a very interesting system case from Thermaltake with

pre-installed water-cooling system, which features extravagant and demanding image, boasts quiet

operation, efficient internal cooling and the whole bunch of other attractive features."


Here are some more Cases & Cooling r

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dual GPU's with low heat and power consumption

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Hardware Zone reviews an interesting product from MSI, the Geminium-Go, dual 6600 MXM's power this card, that produces far less heat and needs less power than you would expect.  While it still isn't going to work in a laptop, it can bring serious power to an HTPC or SFF system.


Plus, if you haven't read Ryan's review of the XFX GeForce 6800 GS review, shame on you!


"Though SLI for notebooks hasn't arrived yet, MSI has tak

Gigabyte gets the royal touch

Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.

Source: Bjorn3D

Good sounds on a budget

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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It is not a company most people have heard of, but BlueGear makes soundcards, and their newest is the HDA X-Mystique 7.1.  The cards are priced for someone on a budget, but do offer 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for those who don't want to pick up a Creative card.  Read the whole review at Penstar Systems.

"The sound card market is a very strange one these days.

Get the lag out

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming.  They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive.  If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.

"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be

prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre

Source: Tech-Hounds

A challenger for Arctic Silver?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 06:41 PM |
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OCMODSHOP reviews a new Thermal Compound with a big name, TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound.  Head over to see if this newcomer can replace Arctic Silver and AS Ceramique as the paste of choice for overclockers.

"Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but

is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that

heat can pass through.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Seagate gets into storage on the side

Subject: Storage | January 16, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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Seagate has implemeted some new technology into their new series of laptop harddrives.  By using Perpendicular storage, as opposed to the Longitudinal storage that all current harddrives use, they vastly increase storage denisty, as well as improving shock tolerance.  Read the full review at Big Bruin and clear up the confusion you likely feel right now.

"The future of perpendicular recording hard drives looks to be very interesting, and Seagate is

ready to show off their first entry

Source: Big Bruin

A talk with one of the founders of Corsair

Subject: Memory | January 16, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Legit Reviews sits down for a chat with one of the co-founders of Corsair Memory, John Beekley, and you are invited.  Take a peek at what Corsiar has coming up over the year, and hear about what they did in 2005 from someone who knows.

"LR: Let's talk about the future of computer memory in 2006. It looks like we are going to see DDR3 and FB-DIMM's enter into the market space this year. Which should enthusiasts be more interested in?


John: I think that 2006 will be all about DDR2, actually.

Hi-tech with Vacuum Tubes

Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology.  It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube. 

"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.

What is WiMax, and why you should care

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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Techware Labs takes the time to explain what WiMax is, and why it is slowly taking over wireles data transfer from WiFi.  Then keep reading, because there are a plethora of links today.

"WiMax is new wireless networking standard that will provide non-line of sight wireless coverage

up to 30 miles. This article explains how this new technology affects other wireless technologies

like cellular phones and WiFI.

Pushing your x1800 to the limit

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2006 - 05:55 PM |
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NGOHQ has discovered that ATI's X1800 is extremely overclocking friendly.  Take a look and see how far they pushed it, and how easy it was to do.

""ATi has finally made the leap and given overclockers a reason to celebrate. In their new RADEON

X1800 series they have given us the ability to modify the GPU/DDR voltages without using a voltage

mod.

Source: NGOHQ

New Hardware for Sale

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 04:45 PM |
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Well, I got from CES 2006 last week, and got a couple of quick articles up that look at the latest in PC technology.  Turns out you can actually buy some of this stuff too!


The AMD

Who to trust to build your system for you

Subject: Systems | January 13, 2006 - 03:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a pair of system reviews up, the first of which is WidowPC's WidowFX.  That's followed up by the Maingear Prelude.  Consider these 2 as a good start for getting new system with very little assembly required.

"The experience that we had with WidowPC on the back end was above average. They have friendly and

responsive techs, and, essentially, they build a stable gaming system— once you get the parts that

you ordered.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Oblivion is coming, find out how it works

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Beyond3D had a chance to chat with Gavin Carter about the upcoming release of the next chapter of Morrowind, Oblivion.  If you are waiting impatiently for the release, you can at least glean a few more tidbits out of this interview.

"Bethesda's Morrowind was one of the "big three" computer roleplaying games released in 2002,

along with Dungeon Siege and Neverwinter Nights. Sporting an advanced engine many high end systems

buckled under the pressure and gamers delighted at what they saw.

Source: Beyond3D

Good looking, and quiet too!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Sunbeamtech's newest case, the Silent Storm is reviewed by Big Bruin today.  Not only is it an attractive case with good cooling, with the proper fan choices, it is almost silent.  Read on to find out what a Core Fan can do for you.

"If you are looking for a case that is not meant to be seen or heard, the Sunbeamtech Silent Storm

is a great option! It has a very plain look to it, but has the added benefit of being silent,

while keeping your gear cool.

Source: Big Bruin

CES 2006 - That's a wrap

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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X-bit Labs wraps up their coverage of CES2006 with a look at some of the stuff they haven't covered yet.  After that, kill some spare time making a CNC machine, or converting your barbeque.

"CES 2006 is over. But although we have been sharing with you all the news hot from the show floors on a daily basis, there were still quite a few interesting things left that are worth mentioning.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A notebook as powerful as it is small

Subject: Mobile | January 12, 2006 - 06:37 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews the Samsung Q30 Plus Notebook.  This little guy has all the newest and best features, like PCI-x and SATA, in a package that is 287.7 x 197.5 x 23.8mm and weighs 1.09kg.  If you need a powerful notebook that will fit into a briefcase, then you have found it.

"We would like to introduce to you a new sub-notebook from Samsung - the Q30 Plus model based on

the Sonoma platform (915GMS chipset and Intel Pentium M 733 ULV Dothan processor).

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Brings Together Storage Community

Subject: Storage | January 12, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan.

Serving up a quiet hard drive on a single platter

Subject: Storage | January 12, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Silent PC Review attacks one of the hardest to quiet components in the PC, the hard drive.  To meet the challenge, the review 2 single platter drives, one from Hitachi and one from Seagate.  Read on to see just how successful they were.

"It's no secret that the quietest desktop hard drives tend to be low capacity models that use only

a single platter. There's a simple reason for this: Fewer platters have fewer read/write heads,

and thus produce less air turbulence.