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Subject: Processors | July 14, 2006 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has bid goodbye to the Pentium, and released the Conroe Core 2 based processor. These chips are faster and use less power than the previous Intel CPU's. Start your tour at [H]ard|OCP, and see how the Core 2 Extreme X6800 and the Core 2 Duo E6700 perform in real games.
Subject: Memory | July 14, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200
DDR2 Special Ops Edition. The new DDR2-900 SOE is part of the limited
edition Special Ops series which is a line of memory that caters to the
needs of gamers and features a unique camouflage motif XTC heatspreader.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is it a keypad, a game pad or something else altogether? Think Computers can tell you all about the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit, and what it can do for you in FPS and RTS games.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is essentially a VCR with a twist. Hook it up to your cable, exactly like you would a VCR. It will record MPEG-4s of whatever channel you are on, giving you a choice of 4 resolutions. Once you've recorded, either plug into a PC for transfer to an iPOD, or a memory stick for PSP. XYZ Computing can tell you all about it.
Subject: Storage | July 13, 2006 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report takes a look at Super Talent's upcoming flash based 2.5" laptop disk drive. With 3 sizes (4, 8 and 16 GBs), it won't hold huge amounts of data but certainly enough to be useful. With no moving parts, the power drain is in the neighbourhood of 10% of a normal drive's requirements, this will extend your notebooks battery.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 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 September 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on August 7, 2006.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
bit-tech continues the Multi-GPU World Tour with the second installment. Read on to find out what GPU's are chosen for the 3 systems.
Subject: Displays | July 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
About $350 seems a reasonable price for a 20.1" widescreen LCD. When you add in 8ms response time, a (typical) 800:1 contrast ratio, 176 degree viewing angle and fullscreen at 1680 x 1050 resolution, it sounds even better. Get the full review of ViewSonic's VX2025 at A1-Electronics.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It certainly sounds easy enough to use. Just plug the USB TV Tuner into your home PC, and then plug your cable into the USB tuner. Once you are at another PC (at work, for example), just start a Skype video call with your home computer and you are watching TV. Drop by The Inquirer for more on this handy device.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP has fallen deeply in love with the Antec P180 case ... perhaps disturbingly so. Drop by to see just how enamoured they are with this case, you have to read it to beleive it.
Subject: Storage | July 12, 2006 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 11, 2006 — Targeting the ongoing growth of data and need for availability and protection of storage, Intel Corporation today announced a new storage server hardware platform that can be customized for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Subject: Motherboards | July 12, 2006 - 03:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
Asus sent along word and images of a new AM2-based motherboard coming out soon from Asus. The new product series has been dubbed Republic of Gamers and has the goal to be the best motherboard for gamers and overclockers. What kind of new features are they preparing for these boards? If you remember looking through our Computex coverage from last month, we had a preview look at some of these new motherboard technologies.
Let us know
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan reviews a handy PSU tester from Ultra Products. Instead of using a multimetre to test each wire individually, this PSU tester has 6 connectors - 20/24 Pin ATX, 4 Pin/8 Pin CPU, 4 Pin Floppy, SATA, and PCI Express, all with LED lights representing the various voltages.
'So who needs a Power Supply tester anyway? Well, anyone who has a Power Supply should have one to
insure everything is in order. This tester is especially useful for anyone purchasing a new Power
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2006 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclock3D has a review of an item that may become very popular as graphics cards demand more power. The FSP Booster X3 300W 12V PSU is a power supply, that fits in a 5.25" drive bay and delivers 25 amps of 12V power. To use it, you plug a main power cord into a provided PCI slot cover, and then to the X3 internally, and plug the X3's PCI-E connectors into your SLI setup.
Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI. The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.
Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to the research of Prof. Renugopalakrishnan, who is doing some very interesting work with bacteria. If you can handle the idea of literal bugs in your data, these disks will store a lot. I wonder if as a side benefit, they will eat the crumbs and lint that always seem to end up in jewel cases.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Havok 4.0 enhances Havok's
industry-leading game-play physics and animation products (Havok Physics™
and Havok Animation™). It also introduces two new products - Havok
Behavior™ and Havok FX™ - to accelerate development of
sophisticated interactive character behaviors, and to deliver an unprecedented
level of physically-based 'special effects' phenomena. The
combined 4.0 solution represents a
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NGOHQ spotted a very interesting RAM module at Computex, from GEIL. This soon to be released RAM has an independant power supply, right on the DIMM. It looks to plug into a 3.5" drive power connector to do so, and they also claim you will be able to tweak the voltage on the fly, thanks to a switch on the DIMM.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2006 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at this paint that MAKE:Blog found. It changes colour with temperature, just like some kids toys, and some older 80's - 90's T-shirts. With the right setup, it might even be an early warning for overheating.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PenStar Systems is kicking off a HUGE review of multi GPU systems, that incorporates multiple hardware reivew sites, from Bit-Tech to Rage3D with stops inbetween. Start with the introduction, and the mega-review will be continued every other day.