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.

Source: Email

17" On a Budget

Subject: Mobile | May 3, 2006 - 10:40 AM |
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Blazenews is reporting this morning that Acer will be launching a new 17" laptop line that will feature Core Duo CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics. Toss into the mix Blue Tooth, and a 1.3 MP web cam and you have yourself a very affordable yet fully-featured desktop replacement.

Source: Blazenews

The new benchmarkers game

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2006 - 07:15 PM |
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Bethesda's newest installment to the Elder Scrolls has taken the lead in video card abuse.  It pushes even the newest hardware to it's limits, when you enable all the bells and whistles.  AnandTech takes it for a spin to see what the current generation of cards can do.

Source: AnandTech

OCZ's golden child

Subject: Memory | May 2, 2006 - 07:06 PM |
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3DXtreme looks at OCZ's newest and fastest DIM, the DDR500 Gold GX XTC 2 GB kit.  Thanks to the new heatspreader desigh, these modules can be pushed pretty hard before you see problems.

"OCZ has pulled it off again, offering a kit that performs as well as one of their pricier kits

and featuring the new XTC heatspreaders. If you are looking for memory, look no further than

OCZ..."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

Source: 3DXtreme

A different type of storage

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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The Tech Zone begins a series of articles on Magneto-Optical storage technology.  Not many have heard of it, and even less use it; but that is no excuse not to learn about it.

Intel Commits $1 Billion To Further Emerging Markets Strategy

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 2, 2006 — Intel Corporation will invest more than $1 billion over the next five years in a broad new program to speed access to uncompromised technology and education for people in the world's developing communities.


The Intel World Ahead Program, which extends the company's existing initiatives for developing regions, integrates Intel's efforts to enhance lives by driving progress in three areas: 



  • Accessibility: Creating opportunities for widespread ownership and use of PCs through affordability, access and content, including the

PC Perspective Increases Laptop Coverage

Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2006 - 01:21 PM |
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Over the past few years, we have experienced a fundamental shift in the way we use at personal computers. No longer is it enough to have access to information and communication, we want it NOW and in our hands. Our thirst for information has lit a fire in the mobile computer industry and today, for better or worse, we're bombarded with countless ads, products, and opinions on the latest laptop.

What makes our understanding of all this worse are the constant innovations and sometimes competing technologies vying for your hard-earned money. Does Blu-ray or HD-DVD make sense?

Can Co-Processors Co-opt server dominance for AMD

Subject: Processors | May 2, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Gideon Tech takes a look into Opteron's future, and the consequences of the amount of bandwith HyperTransport3 will provide. They feel it heralds a return of the co-processor, like the K-6's of old and their math co-processors.  Read on to see what tasks they expect to see passed onto it.

Source: Gideon Tech

The Nintendo Developers System

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Nintendo DS, with it's dual screen and WiFi abilities and a good selection of games.  It must have something going for it if [H] will admit to playing with it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What would be on your dream motherboard?

Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2006 - 07:26 PM |
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MBReview looks at putting the Ultimate Motherboard together.  Drop by to see if they missed your favorite feature, and if there are a few you didn't think about.

Source: MBreview

Toshiba MP3 player crosses the Pacific

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2006 - 06:44 PM |
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ExtremeMhz reviews the Toshiba Gigabeat F40, which is incredibly popular in Asia, and is now available here.  Check out the player to see if it lives up to the hype.

Source: ExtremeMhz

A case for the price conscious

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2006 - 06:23 PM |
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Monster-Hardware reviews an incredibly low priced case that would be perfect for building a cheap PC.  If you have a family member that needs a PC built, consider this CableMart case for a starting point.

Dell XPS M1210 Information Leaked - 12-inch Gaming Goodness

Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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It looks like Dell is going to launch a 12" gaming laptop outfitted with a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 or an ATI X1300. There will be an optional integrated camera and best of all it's a small package.


This could be a significant product for Dell as it will be their first 12" laptop with graphics better than an Intel GMA900/950.

Source: engadget

Mix and match SLI

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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Bjorn3D tests nVIDIA's claim that the newer nForce supports mixed SLI.  No longer will you have to buy 2 cards from the smae vendor in order to get SLI to work.

Source: Bjorn3D

Free yourself from the ties that bind

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2006 - 12:29 PM |
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Wireless USB is here to rid the world of some of the spaghetti that seems to grow near PCs.  Drop by Auphan Online to read about the devices that can use it.

Asus has a Leather Fetish

Subject: Mobile | April 28, 2006 - 11:38 AM |
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In our review of the Asus W5F laptop posted yesterday, I made a comment that the laptop market is hot. Maybe it's gotten too hot because Asus is launching a 11" Core Duo laptop that has a leather covering! The leather comes in two different colours: dark chocolate, and camel. There are reports of a hot-pink version as well but Asus has not officially mentioned it even though their product images show a pink version.


But knowing how I treat my own laptop, the last thing I need to worry about is the leather staining from my coffee or water. Plastic wipes easily, leather does not.

Source: The Register

Etch a little class into your case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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Gideon Tech ordered some professional etchings from HyperCore, to give a unique look to a side panel.  Drop by to see the difference a little artistic scraping can make.
Source: Gideon Tech

Valve opens the tap on Source for 360

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2006 - 01:56 PM |
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Valve is now including the X Box360 as a supported platform. Drop by the OCMODSHOP to find out what they know about this announcement.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Aerobie and Coffee

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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The makers of the crazy far flying ring have moved onto coffee makers.  Dan's Data reviews this nifty little device that will be likely be finding it's way onto many desks.

Source: Dan's Data