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Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2006 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit labs has a managed to get a preview of CoolerMasters new Hyper 7, an aluminium heatsink with a 120mm fan and 3 copper heatpipes. It is compatible with newer LGA775 processors, as well as both s939 and AM-2, though there are some limitations to the way it can be set up on the AMD platforms.
Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2006 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (August 21, 2006) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that their new BFG nForceÂ® 590 SLI™ motherboard will be available in October at leading retailers and e-tailers.
Subject: Memory | August 21, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair's newest EPP XMS modules, the Twin2X 2048-8500C5, have heat spreaders that are fairly skinny, allowing for installation in motherboards with little free space. With a little over volting, Overclockers Online managed to push the RAM beyond the 1GHz range; Corsair has designed some speedy chips.
Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2006 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown reviews a wireless router from ASUS, that does a lot more than just connect your network. For instance, it comes with a 160 Gb IDE harddrive inside, which can be setup up in a RAID if you so wish. Read the full reivew to find out how much more it can do for you.
Subject: Editorial | August 21, 2006 - 12:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
The past several weeks have been very hectic around the Shrout household. Besides the normal work-related time constraints, such as Quad SLI technology review and the much anticipated Asus Crosshair motherboard review, some personal issues crept up that demanded my attention.
My 10-and-a-half year old golden retriever, Casey, was suddenly ill and required emergency surgery in order to remove something from her intestines that would have been fatal within the next 48 hours (
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft's iPod killer, Zune, still has to make an appearance in the plastic, but some have seen at least the interface. Head to Slashdot for a look at the Zune, and what to expect.
Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2006 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a 17" display, and over 8lbs, the Alienware Aurora m9700 isn't exactly as mobile as most laptops. However as Legion PC Gamers proves, it's raison d'etre is pure gaming power. It's default setup is one Go 7900GS, it is SLI capable, as well as having RAID as an option. If you need a laptop that can play the latest games at max resolutions, and price is no problem, then take a look at this hot little number.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2006 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apart from the Pro running at 500MHz GPU/800MHz RAM, and the XT at 578MHz GPU/1.38GHz RAM, they are the same card. The XT does tend to be more expensive, and faster, but HotHardware wants to know which is the better bang for your buck. Handy hint, they are available in both PCIe and AGP.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hexus has links to the newly announced F.E.A.R. multi-player addon. Even better, it is a free download!
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultimate Troubleshooter undergoes some scrutiny from The Moditory. With some of the functionality of msconfig, and HijackThis, plus registry info and more, this program puts most of the maintenance you do to your system in one easy interface. Of course, the programs you use now are probably FOSS, while TuT will cost you about $30, plus yearly subscription fees.
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2006 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
August 16 th , 2006 — Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to please. The benchmarking has been exceptional in typical abit style and our tweakability and overclocking features have exceeded even our own expectations:
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 18th August 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc.,
leading supplier of high definition PC silicon for the gaming market,
together with VIA Chrome Ambassadors the girlz 0f destruction, today
announced an exciting new contest: "Get the Girls into the Game," with
the winning girl spending a weekend at the Home of Chrome in Sweden
with a friend, learning how to play PC games like a professional while
visiting beautiful Stockholm.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ultra Products 1200W UPS is pretty impressive as a backup. It will give most systems about an hour of power, which should be long enough to save whatever it was you were working on when the power went down. Add to that coverage up to $125,000 for equipment damaged by electrical surges that make it past the UPS, and you can see why Legit Reviews considers this a very good investment.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2006 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D takes a long hard look at three Core 2 Duo processors, the E6600, E6700 and X6800. Benchmarking is only part of the review, they also look at how Intel managed to make such a huge jump from the Pentium 4 architecture they have been using.
Subject: Displays | August 17, 2006 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFR reviews the Samsung SyncMaster 244T 24" WUXGA LCD. In addition to the DVI and analog inputs you would expect, it also accepts component, CVSB, and S-Video. Even more uncommon, this display can do Picture In Picture, and Picture Beside Picture.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech compares three cases from Thermaltake, the Eclipse DV, the Eureka and the Aguila. Ease of installation, airflow effectiveness and the noise level all get compared to help you decide between the coolest and loudest, or quiet, without quite so much airflow.
Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2006 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XYZ computers has started practicing safer browsing, without having to fully install Linux on their Windows box, or play with dual booting. Thanks to virtualization, they can have the security that comes from browsing on a much less commonly attacked OS. Check out Player, the free version of VMWare's Workstation.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have heard music, live or recorded, through an old tube amp, then motherboards.org review of the Cooler Master Musketeer III Tube Amp will interest you. If you haven't heard music through a tube amp, you're missing out. By placing the vacuum tube in the front panel, the heat produced shouldn't be too much of a problem, as it was on a particular motherboard released not too long ago (the AOpen AX4GE Tube-G).
Subject: Storage | August 16, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Big Bruin found a secure thumbdrive from Transcend, the JetFlash 210. It comes in 1 and 2 Gb sizes, and you can set it up so that accessing certain secure partitions require your fingerprint. Check out how well it managed that, and take a peek at the other features on it.
Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD. They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly. HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.