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.

Shake that booty

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods reviews an odd product that could increase the 'realism' of your gaming experience.  The  Buttkicker Gamer is, as the name implies, a big subwoofer that makes your chair, and butt, vibrate.  Read the whole review before you burst out into laughter.

"We review everything computer based and I mean everything! Today we got a cool little gadget for

you that we will share our thoughts on. Buttkicker sent us their latest gamer product.

955X vs. nForce4 IE x16

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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nVidia tries another go at their Intel Edition nForce4 chipset, with the ASUS P5N32-SLI.  Tweaktown contrasts it's performance with the workhorse chipset from Intel, the 955X.  See if nVidia can bump Intel's own chipset into second place for performance.


"With all these features you would expect us to get a good amount of overclocking out of this

board, you are not wrong here.

Source: TweakTown

What Microsoft has up it's sleeves

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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Think Computers has posted their take on the Microsoft Keynote speech at CES 2006.  If you are curious as to what Billy's bunch plans for this year, it is worth a read. 

'Microsoft has been on the leading forefront of advancing technology, and the Consumer Electronics

Show is one place they have consistently showed an intriguing outlook on what the future could

hold.

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Named

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 07:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 —— Today 300 teens may well be on the road to becoming tomorrow's elite scientists as they have been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Often considered the 'junior Nobel Prize,' the Intel STS is America's oldest, most highly regarded pre—college science competition and heir to more than six decades of science excellence.

Makin' your own mousepad

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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The MAKE: Blog points to a quick and dirt cheap way to make yourself a high performance gaming mousepad, using hard to find high-tech items ... namely wax paper and cellotape.  This is probably the easiest and cheapest way on the planet to try out a low-friction mouse pad for yourself.

"If you're anything like me, you just spent your last bit of cash on a wicked gaming mouse and

didn't leave any money for a mouse pad.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Cool camoflauged computer case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews a unique case offering from Newance, the Triplecone.  I can guarantee you haven't seen a case that looks anything like this, so take a peek.

'For most home users, when it comes on deciding which high end computer case to buy, the greatest

factor is most probably not the efficiency of the case but the innovation of its design. Today I

have a pretty strange looking case for review from Newance, a new found company which is a

subsidiary of the large German company Listan, the Triplecone.

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Intel Outlines Software Programs for Apple Developers to Boost Multicore, Threaded Application Desig

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 04:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced new software development tools and resources through its Intel® Software Network. These tools and resources will help Apple developers take advantage of Intel® Core™ Duo processor technologies to maximize application performance on the new Intel—based Mac platforms.


The special beta versions of the Intel® Fortran Compiler, Intel® C++ Compiler, Intel® Math Kernel Library and Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives are available now.

ATI's X1800 MasterCard

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has their hands on a matched set of x1800's, master and slave, and they see just how this new generation of videocard reposonds in a CrossFire setup.  If you have been holding off on the upgrade because of the poor availabilty of the Mastercards, this review will give you a good idea just what you are waiting for.

"The very nature of ATI's CrossFire platform is that you have a MasterCard that can be installed

with a slave card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The FX-60 rides again

Subject: Processors | January 11, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Even more reviews of AMD's FX-60 today, start off with PC Stats indepth look at the last of the Socket939's, and don't forget the other contributors.


"In house testing between an AMD Athlon64 FX-60 and Intel Pentium D 840 based system illustrate

the decreased power consumption of a FX-60, about 40W less power at idle and about 45W at full

load.

Source: PCStats

Athlon 64 FX-60 Prices Show Up

Subject: Processors | January 11, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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Yesterday, at the end of my

PC Perspective 2005 Hardware Reader's Choice Awards

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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Now is your chance to vote on the best hardware of 2005!  There are 12 different categories to vote on, and everyone at PC Perspective is invited to participate.   Love a particular manufacturer?  If you don't vote, no one will know how you feel but you.


For a sneak peek at the coming year, Ryan has posted his CES 2006 experience, in pictures and HD video!


Get your hands out of your pants!!

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Levi's has announced the unpcoming release of jeans with their own built in joystick ...

ToughPower, subtle styling

Subject: Systems | January 10, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The ThermalTake ToughPower is 550 watts of quiet power.  It has dual 6-pin VGA power connectors for SLI/Crossfire rigs, and four SATA connections all at a fairly low price.  Even better, the sleeved power connectors won't detract from a case set up for it's looks.  Read the full review at Overclocker's Cafe.

"Keeping it simple is always a good plan. Thermaltake has done this with the ToughPower 550w PSU.

Upgrading made easy by ASRock

Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2006 - 04:11 PM |
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ASRock's 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard does a lot of the work for you, if you are shopping for a value system.  On board 

nForce 410MCP audio, a built-in Geforce 6100 and ethernet as well means that just picking up a CPU and some memory is all you need to get an upgrade running.  You could also build a complete system from scratch just by adding a case with a PSU, a SATA harddrive, and a monitor to the list. 

Source: PCStats

State of the art cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2006 - 01:10 PM |
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FrostyTech takes a look at the advances in cooling over 2005.  More than just a shootout of heatsinks, they examine what changes have been made to the way we cool our hotplates ... er ... processors.  Read the article to see if you missed any products, and get an idea of what to expect from 2006.

"This article is a follow-up to the 2004 issue which looked at all the latest heatsinks and

cooling systems from that period.

Source: Frosty Tech

A new species of bug to infest your box

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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Windows Meta File vulnerabilities are being focused on by many right now, even with the patch Microsoft released on the 5th.  The reason is mostly because of the nature of the flaw, and how easy it is to infect an unpatched machine.  You do not have to interact at all, no installation, not even a pop-up box; simply viewing a picture on a website

Today is brought to you by the letters FX and the number 60

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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AMD's FX-60 is making headlines today, as the last socket 939 to be released before AMD switches to Socket-AM2.  Start off at AnandTech, and their comprehensive review, and keep on going ...

Source: AnandTech