TIVOs are for wimps

Subject: Systems | December 9, 2005 - 02:54 PM |
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Real geeks build HTPC's on their own.  So if you do feel like making a personal video recorder, you will probably want a SFF case and board to start with.  Consider the Silverstone SUGO SG01, a comparitively spacious SFF system, with enough room you won't be shopping for add on cards that were made for laptops.  See what Think Computers thinks of it here.

'Small form factor (SFF) cases are becoming more and more popular these days, especially as LANS

and home theater PC's are becomi

Antec gives you a way to test your power

Subject: Systems | December 9, 2005 - 02:38 PM |
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Antec provides you with good quality PSUs, and now they also give you a way to verify that.  Think Computers has posted a review of Antec's ATX 12V Power Supply Tester.  This is probably the best way to find out if the flucuations on your 12V line that your BIOS reports are actually happening.

'Ah yes, another product from one of the top makers of PC cases and Power Supplies. Antec would be who I am referring to.

If you liked Silent Storm ...

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2005 - 01:37 PM |
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you will love Nival's newest game, done in concert with CDV.  Hammer and Sickle isn't really a sequel to SS or Sentinels, but the style of play, the character progression and the fact that you can blow a hole through just about anything will be very familiar.  Read the full review at Think Computers to get an idea what to expect.


'Lately, the theme of a lot of games has been World War II. Most of them have been first person

shooters.

XFX puts together a sweet bundle

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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The XFX bundle that the Guru of 3D reviews is just great.  Not only do you get a reasonably videocard, it will perform better than most cards in it's class.  Plus good games!  You won't be stuck with aged titles to try out on your new card, and replaying FarCry with all the options turned up to 11 will be much fun.

"XFX did something really extraordinary with this "XXX Edition" product in two fold. First of all

the higher core and memory clocks are just brilliant.

Source: Guru of 3D

FireFlaw discovered

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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According to the CNet article here, FireFox 1.5 just had it's first flaw discovered.  The good news is that simply deleting the history.dat will get you back up and running, if you do happen to fall victim.  By the way, you usually find it under Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[profile name].default.


"The latest Firefox flaw exists in the history.dat file, which stores information from Web s

Cooling on a tight budget

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2005 - 06:59 PM |
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If you are having some problems with overheating, but don't want to spend $50 on a new 2 pound block of copper that might or might not fit in yiour case, consider Spire Cooling Solutions' KestrelKingV.  As Techware Labs discovers, it won't unseat any of the current kings of cooling, but it certainly beats the stock heatsink your processor came with.

"In the next few days we will look at a few coolers for the socket 939 platform of motherboards.

Intel Fourth-Quarter Business Consistent With Expectations

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 06:31 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 8, 2005 — Intel Corporation expects revenue for the fourth quarter to be between $10.4 billion and $10.6 billion, as compared to the previous range of $10.2 billion to $10.8 billion.


The fourth-quarter gross margin percentage expectation has been narrowed to 63 percent, plus or minus a point, and is expected to be slightly above the midpoint of the new range. The previous expectation was 63 percent, plus or minus a couple of points.

Give your mouse a new pad

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 06:15 PM |
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QPAD is a new company that provides high quality mousepads with gamers needs in mind.  Head to HardwareXL and see if the Lowsense series of pads can provide the perfect surface for your beloved high DPI mouse.

'…QPAD is based in Sweden and probably better know among gamers. My first impression of QPAD is

that its a young and creative company that knows how to cater to every hardcore gamers needs.

Source: HardwareXL

Creating a great Linux workstation

Subject: Systems | December 8, 2005 - 02:58 PM |
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The aptly named LinuxHardware has been running a series on creating a great Linux machine, and the pictures are finally in.  This is a great series to introduce you to building a Linux box with no hardware problems.


Or, for a second opinion, check out the newly updated PCPer Hardware Leaderboard.


"So, where's the value and justification for buying a system similar to this one, that costs about

fives times more than a budget system but has similar

RAID, An Indepth Discussion

Subject: Storage | December 8, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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The Tech Report has done some exhaustive testing on 2 chipsets that support SATA RAID, the nForce4 and the Intel ICH7R.  It starts of with a good quick explanation of what the different types of RAID are, an dwhy each is used, so check it out if you are unsure of what exactly RAID 10 is.

"STORAGE SUBSYSTEMS DON'T GET nearly enough attention, though they're arguably the most important

subsystem of a modern PC.

If ya can't win 'em, buy 'em.

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Christmas is a time for giving ...

Source: Firing Squad

Big flexible LCD screens ... coming soon

Subject: Displays | December 7, 2005 - 06:55 PM |
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The Samsung flexible LCD that CNet reports on may not seem huge at 7 inches, but keep in mind, it's for portable applications, and who wants an e-book that is bigger than a paperback?  It might not be an OLED screen, but it is very flexible, and it does colours!

"Samsung Electronics has created a flexible LCD screen that measures 7 inches diagonally, another technology that may one day be used in products such as e-books.


The display is functionally similar to t

Sure it's fast, but how does it look

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM |
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The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality.  If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.

'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI

Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.

Source: Firing Squad

Soundcards not by Creative

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 04:18 PM |
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Techgauge has posted a review of the Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card.  If you are looking for a high end soundcard, but want to avoid Creative for some reason, check out how this card sounds.

"We all have the desire to have the cleanest sound on our computers, but like everything else,

there are far too many sound cards to choose from. Turtle Beach has been known for their high

quality audio products, so we are taking a look at their top of the line Montego sound card.

Source: TECHGAGE

One size fits all

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2005 - 02:57 PM |
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Thanks to the bright people of Swiftech, anyone can use their new Apogee CPU waterblocks.  Head over to SystemCooling to see just how many different CPU's you can fit the new Apogee onto.

"SystemCooling.com is proud to bring you our exclusive review of Swiftech's latest universal CPU

waterblock — the Apogee. Along with the Apogee release, Swiftech has also reconfigured their

entire lineup of CPU liquid cooling kits.

Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough Using New Materials

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2005 - 12:53 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors and other logic products beginning in the second half of the next decade.


Intel and QinetiQ researchers have jointly demonstrated an enhancement-mode transistor using indium antimonide (chemical symbol: InSb) to conduct electrical current.

Source: 3DCenter

Turning Turing's work to EVIL!

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 11:45 AM |
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It's not very sophisticated ... yet ...

A card to base an HTPC around

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM |
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T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro.  It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.

"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful

and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable

buttons.

Source: t-break

Mobo with a cool new idea

Subject: Motherboards | December 6, 2005 - 06:44 PM |
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HEXUS reviews the Gigabyte GA-Gi975X motherboard, an Intel motherboard with a nifty new idea.  This isn't just northbridge cooling, but fully integrated ducting and 40mm fans seperating the CPU from the rest of the mobo. 

"Gigabyte has decided that overclocking should play a large part in the GA-G1975X's makeup, and a

couple of plastic ducts are designed and implemented to cool the hot-running components in and

around the CPU socket area."


Here are some more Motherboard articles from around t

Source: Hexus

Similar mouse, different tails

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2005 - 04:16 PM |
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The Logitech G5 and G7 are very similar, the biggest difference is, one is wireless and one isn't.  However there are other differences, like the various weights that the wired G5 comes with.  XYZ Computing has them both, and they can tell you a lot about Logitech's newest gaming mice.

"Though the idea of a laser mouse is not a brand new one, these products have been making a lot of

noise lately.