A tale of two 64's, the original versus the X2

Subject: Processors | March 28, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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VIA Arena compares the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ against the Athlon 64 3800+ and throws in an Athlon 64 3200+ for pure speed comparisons.  See what that X2 can give you compared to the single core version, and what difference the lower speed makes.

"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a question from people wanting to

upgrade or buy a new PC. The question has been, should I get a dual core AMD Athlon 64 or single

core and what speed should I get?

Source: VIA Arena

Corsair HTPC system build guide

Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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Following up on their guide to build the ultimate gaming machine, Corsair has posted a system build guide for HTPCs.  Follwoing the easy instructions and detailed photos, you will end up with a very stylish and quiet component.


"Dive into the details of building a home theater PC.  From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details!

Overclock your way to savings

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Legit Reviews points out one of the best values in video cards right now.  The GeForce 7900GT isn't the fastest card out there, but with the overclock that most people can acheive, it comes close.  If you are more worried about breaking the bank than voiding warantees, take a close look at this card.

"As an enthusiast and overclocker I have to say that if you were planning to upgrade or building

a new system I highly recommend looking long and hard at the 7900 GT.

Modding ahead of the curve

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2006 - 05:19 PM |
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In the last of the series on case modding at Extremetech, suggestions from readers on the best way to cut curves was requested from those who have done it before.  The replies poured in, and you can take advantage of all of the tips'n'tricks on your next project.

Source: Extremetech

Portable power from DELL

Subject: Mobile | March 27, 2006 - 03:24 PM |
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BleedinEdge examines a Dell notebook with some real power under the hood.  This may well be a glimpse at the components that will continue to keep Dell's Alienware mobility systems on the farthest edge of performance gaming laptops.

"Bleedinedge reviewing a notebook? Not only that but it's a Dell and not an XPS
system! You must be wondering what gives? To be fair, this review is about
much more than just about a Dell.

Source: BleedinEdge

Dude, this one isn't a DELL

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550.  They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.


"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the

mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also

be a good family computer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Molecular Circuitry: Coming soon?

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Researchers in the US have built the first logic circuit on a molecular scale (18 µm) according to this story on nanotechweb.  This seems to reinforce the idea that circuits will not always be etched out of existing material, but grown one molecule at a time.  Small Form Factor indeed!

Researchers at IBM, the University of Florida and Columbia University, all in the US, have

created a logic circuit on a single-walled carbon nanotube.

Source: nanotechweb

The flagship ATI card from ASUS

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2006 - 07:12 PM |
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PCStats examines ASUS' EAX1900XTX a 512 MB card with dual-DVI outputs and some really impressive clocks, the GPU is 650 and the memory runs at 1550Mhz.  It will cost you a lot, but there isn't much out there that can come close to saturating it's bandwidth.


Plus, Ryan has been busy this week, dropping by the Game Developers Conference, and talking with ATI about their take on Physics accleration ...

Source: PCStats

Start with a silent case, then add quiet components

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 06:11 PM |
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With as many case manufacturers and styles as there are in the market right now, it makes sense to start with a purpose built case to put your system in.  If you are going to agonize over every component on the inside, give the case some consideration too.  Silent PC Reivew examines the Nexus Breeze Real Silent Computer Case, which, as you may have guessed, is a good enclosure to build a quiet PC in.

"Nexus Technology is addressing the problem of noisy computers head-on with their new Nexus

Breeze Real Sil

Add a little "Green Power" to your PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 05:49 PM |
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Coolermaster jumps into eco-friendly waters with their release of the iGreen Power series, and Hardware Zone has pics and stats.  Before you start looking down your nose at them, these are simply high efficiency PSU's with added PR.  High efficiency translates into less heat, and more stablity, so keep your eye out for them.

"Green power is all the rage nowadays and Cooler Master reacts to this with its new iGreen Power

series of energy efficient PSUs.

Heavy duty disk storage on the go

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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TECHGAGE looks at the biggest and fastest 2.5 HDD from Seagate, the Momentus 5400.3 160GB.  Living out of a laptop is becoming more common, and this drive looks to address almost any storage need, without forcing you to carry around external drives in your bag. 

If you demand to be mobile and still have the hard drive space you need, then you should look at

the Seagate Momentus 5400.3.

Source: TECHGAGE

Been a while since you commanded a lance of mechs

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica and MicroSoft have some good news.  MechCommander 2 has gone Shared Source!  You can get it from MicroSoft by following the link, although some assembly is required.  This should also make modding a possibility for this title.

"According to Vole's site, MechCommander 2 has been released under its Shared Source licence.


The release contains all of the source code and source assets required to build MechCommander 2.

Source: The Inquirer

Something to do while you are waiting for Vista

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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Tech Connect Magazine has come up with something interesting for Operating System junkies to play with while they wait for the ever delayed release of MicroSoft Vista.  With their guide in hand, try converting Windows Server 2003 into a home OS.  They talk about the good and improved parts, and those services best skipped for non-server machines.

"It might need a little outside help, but Windows 2003 can actually become a valid choice for

home users, if one takes care to set aside the

ATI chipsets look good in purple

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Motherboards.org reivews the ATI based ECS KA1-MVP Extreme motherboard.  Native support for Crossfire and a very colourful scheme are just 2 of the more noticable features, and there are many more waiting to be discovered, if you only click the link.

"A solid board backed by a good price, sprinkled with much needed features in the way of exotic

options, and you've got yourselves a winner here from ECS.

Can't this RAM go any faster?

Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 04:53 PM |
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At a loss when it comes to figuring out the best settings to overclcok your RAM at?  Maybe you just don't have time to benchmark every possible timing and speed combination?  Worry no more, EclipseOC has published a memory overclocking guide that should get you going fast, and in not too much time.

"So, it's time to tweak your memory to get maximum performance out of it eh? After playing around

with a LOT of memory, I've sorta settled on what I think is a good way to overclock memory.

Source: EclipseOC

21.3" LCD with a split personality

Subject: Displays | March 23, 2006 - 02:34 PM |
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With a quick response rate, multiple inputs and the ability to split the screen, the Samsung SyncMaster 214T is an interesting monitor.  With it's odd size it may seem an unlikely choice, but read the full Bona Fide Review before you decide.

"The Samsung SyncMaster 214T is Samsung's latest 21.3" LCD display and is currently listed at an

online price of around $670USD. The 214T features a gamer-friendly1600x1200 resolution, 178

degree viewing angle, and a quick 8ms Gray-to-Gray response time.

The last of the Pentium EE's

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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The newest P4 based on the old architecture, the 965, has been sped up to 3.73Ghz, in an attempt to unseat the FX-60.  Hexus has them competing head to head today, so drop by and find out the winner.


"Intel has now hit back with a Pentium Extreme Edition that's clocks in at 3.73GHz, up from the

'955's 3.46GHz. Is it enough to dislodge the FX-60's as the fastest x86 CPU around?

Source: Hexus

*NIX SendMail vulnerability

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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UNIX and LINUX are getting in on the newly discovered vulnerability theme for this week as well.  According to this story on CNET, the Sendmail flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain control of your machine.  The Windows version is not at risk and upgrading to version 8.13.6 of *NIX sendmail will secure you, as it contains a patch for this vulnerability.

"An attack could interfere with or intercept mail delivery, permit the intruder to tamper with

other p

Walton Chaintech Corporation Officially Announce the Memory Module Products

Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 23rd, 2006 - Chaintech Computer CO., LTD allied with Walton Advanced Technology, the leading memory package and test factory, one of the Passive System Alliance, and renamed as Walton Chaintech Corporation. After brewing for months, the alliance eventually releases the first product —APOGEE® memory module series.


This series of product has integrated the primary R&D strength of Walton Chaintech and the superior package and test capability of Walton Advanced Technology; possess a respectable aftereffect which cannot be underprized.

Source: CHAINTECH

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 07:00 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2006.

More info at Intel.