Like an old friend, but one you are never happy to see

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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Suddenly your desktop turns an alarming shade of blue, with white text in your system font, and the adrenaline starts to surge as you desperately try to remember if you have saved recently.  The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) is something you become very familiar with, and PC Stats hopes to make it rarer in your life, and give you more tools to deal with it if it does try to make you miserable.

Source: PCStats

The new trend in videocard pricing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 12, 2006 - 06:25 PM |
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The Tech Zone is not impressed with the current state of videocard sales.  Maybe I'm just suspicious, but it sounds like they bought a very expensive, top of the line video card just before Christmas.

First ASUS and ABIT, now MSI too

Subject: Motherboards | April 12, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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MSI joins in the limited amount of s939 motherboards based on an nVIDIA chipset, with the K8N Diamond Plus.  AnanadTech has the full rievew of this feature rich board, that includes 2 PCI Express slots capable of running SLI.

You can also see Jon Hung's review of the EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI, which is capable of running 'unofficial SLI'.  Keep an eye on the article for updates on nVIDIA's response to this feature.

Source: AnandTech

It is time to go HD, but which HDTV type to choose?

Subject: Displays | April 12, 2006 - 03:49 PM |
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Digital Grabber revisits the HDTV market, now that the prices are more or less in line with non-HD TVs.  Reading this guide should help you along the road of buying a new HDTV, and will give you some defense against the sales patter of staff at your favorite electronics store.

It's almost like MP3 playing tupperware

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Ars Technica reviews some inexpensive flash based MP3 players, all holding around 512MB.  Don't worry about killing a 40GB iPod at the beach, bring one of these fairly easy to replace players for those trips into human friendly environments that have hazards for electronics.

Source: Ars Technica

Get your patches while they're hot

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Time to use that Windows Update shortcut in your tools menu, 10 critical patches came out yesterday, mostly for IE, though  others are affected as well.  CNet reports no screaming about incompatabilities, so you will be safer getting them installed than leaving it for a while.

What R600s are made of

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2006 - 06:22 PM |
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CoolTechZone takes a sneak peek at Radeon's upcoming R600, the successor to the current R580.  Much of the technology has simply increased in number or speed, though it is reassuring to hear it is expected to be fully compliant with Vista and DirectX 10.

Source: CoolTechZone

See your systems info at a glance

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews the CyrstalFontz CFA-635.  It does everything you would expect a fan controller to do, but it can also display a lot more.  Check it out.

"With the dearth of fan controllers and temperature monitors on the market today it's not very

often that you run across one that brings a whole lot more to the table. Today we're taking a look

at one that brings more than just fan speed control and simple temp reporting."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: TECHGAGE

48 Schools Named Finalists For Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Awards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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NEW YORK, April 11, 2006 - Forty-eight schools have been named as finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes.


The schools will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October.

A powerful decision that you have to make when modding

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 01:29 PM |
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Modders Inc runs over the basics you need to keep in mind when buying a PSU for your system.  While it may not be the most glorious and brag worthy component you put in your case, without a good PSU, you may never have a stable system.

"Choosing the right PSU for your modded system can sometimes be a challenge, but the information

contained within this Modding 101 should help make choosing the right PSU for your PC a little

easier."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: Modders-Inc

AM2 early preview

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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AnandTech has a very early preview of socket AM2.  Right now the big thing holding it back from the market is a lack of chipset and BIOS support, though the chip itself is somewhat immature as well.  This, the second preview, shows some improvements over the first, but is it enough to displace s939?

Source: AnandTech

Enjoy someone else's installation pain

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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While putting together a system for review, ExtremeTech ran into a little problem most of us are familiar with, no POST.  Read on for some tips on what to do, and some reassurance that, in fact those things don't just happen to you.

Source: Extremetech

Gigabyte is thinking ahead

Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2006 - 06:49 PM |
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Gigabyte's GA-G1975X Turbo offers a lot in the way of extras. as far as Motherboards.org is concerned.  A lot of the features you would expect to see, from the inclusion of a integrated SoundBlaster to 4 SATA ports and built in exhast fans.  The inclusion of an SLI paddle on an non-nVIDIA chipset seems odd, as nVIDIA doesn't plan on allowing non-nVIDIA chipsets to supprt them, but then again, some enterprising BIOS tweaker may just solve that for you.

20 hour laptop batteries

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2006 - 05:30 PM |
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The Inquirer has spotted some new movement in the quest to extend battery life.  If Casio's plans continue the way the expect, they wil be showcasing a fuel cell that will give laptops about 20 hours of run time, sometime this year.

Source: The Inquirer

Help for freezing manufacturer OC'd 7900GTXs

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2006 - 02:48 PM |
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Ryan has managed to get nVIDIA to work on a fix for the freeze issue with the first run of factory overclocked 7900GTXs.  If you bought one, and don't seem to get what you paid for, read this article, and read it now.

Time to spring clean your thermal goop

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 12:41 PM |
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If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be.  Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion.  R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.

Is Electro-Smog really a worry

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies.  The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.

Buy a Motherboard and Processor, get Age of Empires 3 Free!

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 08:22 AM |
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One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web!  Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore! 


Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get

Source: General

The next step in memory

Subject: Memory | April 7, 2006 - 05:37 PM |
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HotHardware got a sneek peek at Kingston's upcoming FBDIMM, the newest type of memory almost available to the consumer.  Drop by to see what kind of improvements it will bring.

Or check out Ryan's review of Gigabyte's iRAM, utilizing DDR memory as blazing fast long term storage.

Source: HotHardware

7900GTX is more than just a fast 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS.  While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.

Source: Tech-Hounds