NVIDIA To Showcase New MCP Products at CeBit

Subject: Chipsets | March 7, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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NVIDIA is going to be showing off some new MCP products at CeBit, aimed at AM2 platforms and beyond.

NVIDIA TO DEMONSTRATE NEXT-GENERATION NVIDIA® NFORCE® 500 FAMILY OF CORE-LOGIC SOLUTIONS AT CEBIT

WHAT: NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the Company will be conducting technology demonstrations this week of its new family of NVIDIA nForce family media and communications processor (MCP) which will be available mid-2006.

That's not a subwoofer ... this is a subwoofer!

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 06:34 PM |
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There is such a thing as a 5 foot tall subwoofer.  You might want to consider getting it before your neighbour does, or you will lose every stereo fight you get into.  If you haven't seen this monster floating around the web yet, head over to Digital Grabber to get the scoop.

"The 60-inch subwoofer absolutely has the capability to produce SPL levels well above 180 dB.

Waiting for IDF and So Much More

Subject: Editorial | March 6, 2006 - 04:59 PM |
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To say I have been busy as of late would be a slight understatement.  I am in California for third time in three weeks today, getting ready for the spring 2006 IDF to begin tomorrow morning.  Actually I am going to an Intel mobile product showcase here in a little bit, but I think it's going to be stuff we already saw announced at CES.


This week will see the launch of not one, not two but four new GPUs from our friends in red and green.  Also, since the RD580 launch I have been doing some testing and investigate into all those benchmarks that ATI sent to the media abo

Fast is one thing, but fast and stable is better

Subject: Memory | March 6, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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Lots of modules can reach very impressive speeds, and handle high voltage without outright melting, but what kind of bragging rights can you get from a machine that crashes in the middle of some bench marks?  Corsair comes to the rescue with the 3500LL Pro TwinX 2GB kit.  Head to Motherboards.org to see just how many ways you can choose to overclock these DIMMs.


"Fast, Beautiful, Stable and Spacious.

Hard drives create heat too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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When trying to get the heat down in your case, don't forget that HDD create heat as well, and it is usually in a dead zone as far as air circulation goes.  In order to get that hot air moving, and extend the life of your HDDs, consider the Vantec Vortex 2.  DriverHeaven has the full run down of what this HDD cooler can do.

"Of course cooling is not going to make any hard disk drive invulnerable, but can dramatically

lengthen its lifespan and increase its reliability.

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ATI's Mid-Range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 6, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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LOSTCIRCUITS has tested ATI's current mid-range card, the x1600 Pro, offered in an AGP flavour.  If you are still putting off that total systems upgrade for a bit, but find yourself barely able to play some of the newer titles with any bells or whistles enabled, this card might give your PC a new lease on lfe.

"In the middle of ATI's current GPU lineup is the X1600 series, based on the R530 GPU and

described by ATI as the "Absolute in Mainstream Gaming Performance".

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Nut'n'Honey

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the Stealth Switch Desktop Cloaking Device.  It is a USB device with a kind of enhanced ALT-TAB, which hides that important program you were writing when someone comes snooping by and starts shoulder surfing. (Cause that's the only thing you could possibly be hiding, right?)  Read the full review to see if it can get you in even more trouble than you would be without it.

"Maybe the boss walked by as you were playing Solitaire?

Source: Big Bruin

Corsair Unveils the World's Fastest Production DDR2 and DDR1 Memory at CeBIT 2006

Subject: Memory | March 6, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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Fremont, CA (March 6, 2006) — Corsair Memory®, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today launched the world's fastest DDR2 and DDR1 memory solutions for the Intel® and the AMD® platforms.

Securing your laptop, physically

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Your laptop may be perfectly secure for web browsing and email, with firewalls, anti-spy/virus ware and other programs; but what about the actual laptop?  Laptop Gamers runs through some steps to ensure that your laptop stays with you, in the real world.

"Think about it — What other piece of equipment or personal possession do we routinely carry

around that is worth over a thousand dollars, by itself, and may be worth thousands more in data?

AM-2 Motherboard Mockup from Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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It's not a final product by any means, nor is it even a working beta, but it is likely to bear some resemblance to the final product.  TweakTown snapped some shots of Gigabyte's upcoming AM-2 motherboard in Taiwan.

"The pictures you are about to see are of a motherboard which is a 'dummy', meaning it doesn't

work and it is still very much a prototype, as the Chinese characters indicate in this article's

icon at the top (and no I cannot read Chinese characters, yet!).

Source: TweakTown

Everything you wanted to know about GPU's, but ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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3D Chip has posted an article about how a GPU works, in relativly simple terms.  If you want to know why people care more about pipelines than raw speed, and were afraid to ask, this will be worth your while.

"Hello readers and reader, welcome to our new bases series to the subject of graphic cards. Did

you not ask you already often how a GPU is constructed and calculates like it of pictures?

Source: 3DChip

Intel First-Quarter Revenue Below Expectations

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 3, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that first-quarter revenue is expected to be between $8.7 billion and $9.1 billion, as compared to the previous expectation of between $9.1 billion and $9.7 billion, primarily due to weaker than expected demand and a slight market segment share loss.


The company expects the first-quarter gross margin percentage to be adversely impacted by the change in revenue.

ABIT Launches AT8 32X Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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March 1, 2006 — ABIT Computer Corporation, maker of high performance hardware and PC peripherals, is proud to announce the launch of its first ATI CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 motherboard solution. Based on the very latest ATI™ chipset technology, the AT8 32X delivers an unprecedented visual experience and total hardware control. With native support for full-bandwidth 2x16 PCI Express® graphics, the ABIT AT8 32X motherboard might just be the answer to all the dual graphics prayers of the ATI™ fans.

Source: ABIT

Half Life 2 - mods, mods and more mods

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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If you thought that Valve did a great job on the engine and physics behind Half Life 2, but got the actual game a little wrong, use the SDK and build your own.  Tech Connect Magazine has assembled over 9 of their favorite mods, so drop by and see if you need to cancel your plans for the weekend.


"Whether Half Life 2 was your favourite or most loathed game of 2004/2005, the promise for

user-created content that the Source engine and Software Development Kit deliver cannot be

Batten down your wireless hatches

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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Securing your Wireless Network is not very hard, and with this guide from Digital Grabber, it just got even easier.  They take you through all the steps, from encrypting the signal, to changing the routers IP address slightly, to make it harder to find and get into.

"The days of buying a wireless router and just hooking it up without turning on any of the

security features are long gone. Only a fool would leave their network wide open.

NexXxos gets even more efficient

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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PCApex has a look at Alphacool's NexXxoS XP, a copper CPU waterblock with a beautiful finish and an innovative way of getting more surface area closer to the CPU.  They are so impressed with the changes from the last model, they feel it should really have deserved a new name.

"The fact that the lion's share of the potential for cooling a processor is within a few

millimeters of the core is not lost on Alphacool.

Source: PCApex

Choose your system

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 04:18 PM |
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The following 4 system reviews cover almost every possible base in system design.  Start off loking at OCIA's dream system setup, and picture yourself eating Spam for a while, until you manage to pay off the bills.  Or go for a more mainstream system, a budget system, or a very quiet one, your choice.

"Carrying over from the mainstream guide is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+. This chip is clocked from

the factory at 2.0 GHz (10 x 200) but is capable of MUCH more.

Source: OCIA

What can dual core do for you

Subject: Processors | March 2, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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VIA Arena has posted an article that atttempts to demonstrate the difference dual core will make for an average user.  They compare the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, Athlon 64 3800+ and Athlon 64 3200+.   Take a look before you buy a new CPU, some of the results may not be what you expect.

"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a
question from people wanting to upgrade or buy a new PC.

Source: VIA Arena

King of the PSU Hill

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2006 - 01:32 PM |
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All the usual suspects were rounded up by X-bit labs, and recieved electric shocks until they cried uncle.  Drop by and see which power supply survived with the best marks.

"We are going to introduce to you 9 power supply units in our detailed roundup today. We will

discuss in great detail the solutions from Enermax, FSP Group, MGE, SilverStone, SinTek, Zalman

and Foxconn. These models are all very powerful ones with over 400W capacity that are available in

retail stores.

Source: X-Bit Labs

What is with the kids these days

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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The TV news would have you believe that kids today do nothing but shoot bad guys on the computer, and pirate software and music.  Well at least one 14 year old is working to disprove that theory by finding a critical hole in Gmail, according to this story in The Inquirer.

"He was attempting to mail some javascript code from his yahoo account to my gmail when he came

across this vulnerability.

Source: The Inquirer