CrossFire Grows Up - New XPress 3200 for Enthusiasts

Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2006 - 10:11 AM |
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This morning begins a new chapter for ATI's CrossFire technology! The new CrossFire XPress 3200 chipset is hitting the web like rubber balls in San Francisco and we have a MASSIVE 21 page article to give you all the details!


As if that isn't enough, the review of the Asus A8R32-MVP premieres Ryan's new testing suite.

Cute and quiet PC's for the living room

Subject: Systems | February 28, 2006 - 07:00 PM |
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HTPC's are becoming quite common, not only the purpose built cases, but even micro-ATX boards built with the quiet HTPC in mind.  Silent PC Review has posted a huge review of the Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure, that is more of a giant, stylish heatsink than a normal case.  The included PSU keeps with the same style ethic, and provides enough power without producing excess heat or noise.


"It's raining TNNs at SPCR!?

Faster than a speeding CRT

Subject: Displays | February 28, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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Hot Hardware has grabbed a hold of a gamer's LCD from ASUS, the PM17TU.  It is a 17' LCD monitor with built in speakers and a 3ms response time.  Although limited to 4:3 ratio, which makes it less than perfect for DVD movies, the complete lack of ghosting makes it a great, and inexpensive monitor for those just wanting to game.

'…the LCD industry has made great progress in the realms of gaming and motion video.

Source: HotHardware

Safety and Speed, SATA-II RAID5

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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The HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 controller provides all the modern advantages.  Support for the lastest SATA drives, both types of command queuing, and PCIe.  Read the full review at X-bit Labs and you won't be stuck with your Raptors in RAID 0 or 1.

"Today we are going to introduce to you a hardware RAID 5 controller from HighPoint that supports

SATA-II and SATA150 hard disk drive, advanced PCI-Express interface, both command queuing

technologies, such as TCQ and NCQ.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Invests $300 Million In Vietnam, Build Nation's First Semiconductor Assembly And Test Facility

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2006 - 01:02 PM |
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 28, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it will invest $300 million (US) to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. This represents the first such investment by the semiconductor industry in Vietnam and supports Intel's strategy to invest to support overall demand.

Gigabyte provides Quad SLI for Intel chips

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Motherboards.org has reviewed the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI from Gigabyte, and it is a truly impressive board.  With 4 PCIe 16x slots and support for both nVIDIA's SLI and ATI's Crossfire, this board will be the base of some truly impressive systems in the near future.  It also supports pretty much every LGA775 processor out there, including the new Presler chips, if you upgrade the BIOS first.

"GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job with the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI motherboard and it stands out

among the cr

Virtual Spring Cleaning for your PC

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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The Tech Zone takes you through an easy process to clean and speed up your PC.  Call it WinRot or senility, as an OS install ages, it begins to develop idiosyncrasies and will slow down in some tasks, follow this guide and it will be running like the day you first got it.

"It seems that the longer you own your computer, the slower it gets! It isn't getting slower just

because it is older.

Getting more out of the usual heatsink design

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 06:30 PM |
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The Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler uses everything you would expect from a modern heatsink, though they implement it in different ways.  By using a large fan (110mm), the noise can be kept to reasonable levels, and Gigabyte has made the heatsink smaller and lighter than most of the coolers on the market now, so it should fit nicely into most sytems.  Read more about it at XYZ Computing.

"Although Gigabyte has made a name for itself by producing motherboards and video cards, lately

Correction: EPoX EP-5NVA+ SLI

Subject: Motherboards | February 27, 2006 - 04:41 PM |
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In the EPoX 5NVA+ SLI review  there was an error that was published. I incorrectly stated that a SATA-to-PATA adapter was included with the 5NVA+ SLI, but this is incorrect. The adapter is actually a PATA-to-SATA adapter which allows you to connect your old drives to the SATA interface. Please see this link for the update.

Keep your eye on DDR2

Subject: Memory | February 27, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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It won't be too much longer before AMD's Socket AM-2 is available, so it's time to keep an eye on DDR2 modules.  DriverHeaven looks at the SuperTalent T800UX2GC4 PC2-6400 2GB kit, while it may be hard to find this kit for sale, the speed it provides makes the search worthwhile.


Don't forget to check out Jon's review of two of Corsairs' DDR2 kits, the 5400UL and the 8000UL.


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5.1 surround headphones ... midnight gamers best friend

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2006 - 02:10 PM |
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I find it hard to believe that headphones can duplicate 6 discrete channels directly into your ears.  However, TECHGAGE reviews the Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA Headset, and they have found that it can be done, within limits.  Along with very comfortable ear peices, the headphones come with a amp/equalizer that lets you switch between channel settings, from regular 2 channel to 5.1.

"Can't set up a 5.1 speaker setup, but want true surround sound?

Source: TECHGAGE

A video card with a descriptive name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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PureOverclock has a review of a well named card from Gainward, the BLISS 6800 GS GLH.  If the memory overclock they managed to achieve is typical of this card, then you can have a lot of fun tweaking it to an inch of it's life.

'Gainward's BLISS 6800 GS GLH is no reference board. Sure, the core headroom is still up to the

gods, but the memory headroom will destroy the competition. I managed to clock the memory to 1480

MHz at its peak.

New news from nVIDIA

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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CoolTechZone has posted the lauch dates of several anxiously awaited nVIDIA products ... the NVIDIA G71, Quad-SLI and NFORCE 5.  Yes, it is official, there will be Quad-SLI, and it will likely be the hottest thing going, better get the watercooling setup ready.

"After a number of debates and speculations, we finally have the launch dates for NVIDIA's

next-gen. product lineup based on the G71 core. According to insiders, the launch is expected to

take place at CeBIT 2006, and the cards will be placed under the 7900 series.

Source: CoolTechZone

Pure power from ThermalTake

Subject: Systems | February 24, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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While the ThermalTake ToughPower 550W may not be the most powerful PSU out on the market right now, that is not it's purpose.  The idea behind this PSU is to provide stable power, with the least variation on the lines possible.  Read the review at Bjorn3D to see how well it does it's job.

"Today, I'm looking at Thermaltake's yet to be available ToughPower 550W power supply. You might

ask what's the big deal? Let's say you already have a PurePower / PowerStation ~500W model.

Source: Bjorn3D

No one can resist the Lapinator

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2006 - 04:05 PM |
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With a name like that, how can you not want one?  Virtual-Hideout has the review of this insulating pad, designed to make laptop use a little more comfortable, and more importantly, to save your lap from being baked.  Read the review to see if the regular version is what you need, or if you should get the Lapinator Plus, and maybe a Mousitizer too.

"If you've got a tiny laptop, the original Lapinator will do wonders for you.

Going for gold in the Case Olympics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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Head to AnandTech to see the clash of the Titans, Tai-Chi versus The Stacker.  See which one comes out on top, and why it was picked as a winner.

"We've looked at products from both of these companies for several years now, and it's apparent

that they both know what they're doing. The last several models of Thermaltake's have had

exceptional capacity for drives, but don't have quite the same "quality of construction" feel that

cases from others like Lian Li tend to have.

Source: AnandTech

Teaching a HDD enclosure new tricks

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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Pro-Clockers has spotted an external HDD enclosure that can do a little more than you might expect.  The Vizo Opera Media Enclosure can output DVD's to a TV and stereo, or pictures, or just music using it's various possible connections, VGA, audio, A/V and USB 2.0.

"For a long time now hard drive enclosures served one purpose and that was to store data from

various reasons. Not only can the Vizo Opera store data but it can also play that data back on

your television, just as long as it is video or audio data.

Does playability outweigh prettification?

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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The Moditory has published a review of Darwinia, a very unconventional game.  While the RTS and tech tree basis of the game will be familiar, and the graphics will take you back about 10 years, the game play is king in this game.  There is much to explore in how they have set this game up, and you can get it very easily if you use Steam.

"Gameplay is sometimes overlooked in the gaming industry. Today a lot of stress is put on graphics

and now sound.

Source: The Moditory

Quantum Weirdness for your computer

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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Quantum Computing seems to get weirder the more is learned about it.  While the idea that a quantum computer could go arrive at an answer without hitting the intermediate steps needed for normal processing, the idea that it can answer a question not even asked is definately new.   Try Boing Boing's quick run down, and if you want to know more, there are links everywhere.

"Utilizing two coupled optical interferometers, nested within a third, Kwiat's team succeeded in

counterfactually

Source: boingboing

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Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 08:02 AM |
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