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Subject: Systems | September 14, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is a 5.5lb SFF case designed to fit dual video cards, 4 drives, a full power supply, and 4 fans designed for HTPC use, or as a mobile box to take on the road? Either way SPCR takes a long look at the QMicra from PC Design Lab, to figure out what niche this case best fits in.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2006 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware is a perfect starting point to get an idea of how XFXs 7950GT will perform. For a card that falls just below the performance of a 7950GTX, it is impressive to see a passive cooling solution.
Make sure to make your way back here, Ryan has reviewed the XFX passively cooled version, but we also managed to get a hold of BFG's actively cooled card.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2006 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard of Grisoft or Free AVG, you really should check out this Tweaknews review. Then I would suggest downloading it and giving it a try. If you really like the free version, there is a version you can purchase for fairly cheap which gives you more options to get support from Grisoft.
Subject: Systems | September 13, 2006 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Quickly go from work-mode to play-mode with a Dell™ Dimension™ desktop powered by NVIDIA. Whether you are crunching numbers, watching a Hollywood blockbuster, or taking on the enemy in your favorite game, the new Dell™ Dimension™ can deliver the performance and features you need with the flexibility you desire.
The new Dell™ Dimension™ E521 and C521 feature the NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 6150 LE graphics processing unit (GPU), which is designed to deliver:
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2006 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why would someone release a new ATI X1300 for regular PCI? The main reason would be the size, it can be much smaller than a PCI-E card, and work better in tight spaces such as an HTPC setup. Of course, many HTPC setups do have PCI-E, and there are smaller versions of cards in existance. Tech Spot's benchmarking also gives a perfect example of the difference in bandwidth between PCI and PCI-E.
Subject: Mobile | September 13, 2006 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers, today announced the A8Js notebook series empowered by the latest visual processing capabilities. Based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor, the slim and lightweight A8Js is the world's first notebook series to adopt the NVIDIA GeForceÂ® 7700 GPU for a spectacular graphics performance.
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. and Santa Clara,
Calif. — Sept. 13, 2006 — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global
Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced the kick off of
Yahoo! Sports for TV, a new service that brings the excitement and
camaraderie of fantasy football to TVs connected to IntelÂ® Viiv™
technology-based PCs this football season.
Sunnyvale, Calif. and Santa Clara,
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 13, 2006 —
Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share
quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be
payable on Dec. 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on Nov. 7, 2006.
Subject: Storage | September 13, 2006 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviews Samsung's SpinPoint T, a 400GB SATA drive with a 16MB cache and only 3 platters. It does an impressive job of keeping up with the competition, even spinning at only 7200RPM, and it does it quietly and fairly cheaply too.
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews gets to the bottom of the beta drivers for Vista. They find out how well the 2 main companies graphics cards perform when gaming, and find out if it is even worth upgrading from Windows XP, as far as gaming is concerned.
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Visit [H]ard|OCP for a look at Logitech's new wireless appliance for PC's and consoles. It is called the Play Link, and it offers some interesting uses, as well as being very esay to set up.
Subject: Processors | September 13, 2006 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 13, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a
leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC
platform solutions, today announced the VIA C7Â®-D processor for a new
breed of PC desktop solutions.
Subject: Motherboards | September 13, 2006 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
September 08, 2006 —abit is expanding their digital home series into AMD processor supported platforms with the nVidiaÂ® GeForceÂ®6150/nForce430 chipset based NF-M2 nView motherboard. 7.1 channel high definition audio and powerful integrated GeForceÂ®6150 onboard graphics with a DVI-connector for digital high definition graphics output are the ideal basis for a cost-effective home theater multimedia system.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2006 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware looks at Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy 2, the follow up to their original watercooling system. Find out what improvements they've made, and if they can successfully carry over their expertise in making motherboards to cooling them.
Subject: Processors | September 12, 2006 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The processor market has changed with the introduction of the Core 2 from Intel. AMD's new AM2 chips don't add anywhere near as much to their systems, apart from DDR2. With DDR2s looser timings, you don't really gain as much as you would think. Extremetech takes a hard look at both the performance and the cost of the high and low end of these new chips, and the battle will rage on ... at least until AMD starts up their 4x4 .
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the MSI K9A Platinum, based on the Radeon Xpress 3200, and with the new SB600. It proved to be a very stable board, though there were some slight problems that appeared when dealing with RAID and CrossFire.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers reviews Altec Lansing M602 Mobile Audio System for iPods. It isn't exactly mobile in the same way the iPod is, but it is easily setup anywhere, or more permanently mounted on a wall. Now you can share your iPod without a computer or a bit of rewiring of your home stereo.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2006 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Live.com, the new search portal from MSN is out of Beta and on the web, and CNet has been playing with it. The interface is almost familiar, and it promises to be much more useful than the old MSN search page. Give it a try for a day and see what you think.
Subject: Memory | September 12, 2006 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
September 11, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Edition, a new series of modules
optimized for 1T memory command rate on the new DFI NF590 SLI-M2R
motherboard. With the aim of delivering enthusiasts a different method of
attaining high-speed performance results, OCZ developed the industry's first
dedicated 1T DDR2 module for AMD AM2 CPUs thanks t
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ, Sharkoon and Silverstone have each sent their toughest PSUs to Madshrimps, to participate in battle for top spot. It looks to be a close battle, as each has 4 12V rails, with 750W total from Silverstone and 700W even from the other 2.