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Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next time you pick up a Lian Li case, you may find it contains a Lian Li power supply. Usually, PSUs that come bundled with cases are frowned upon as being below par. With modular cabling, 3 12V rails and a 120mm cooling fan, this isn't exactly a poor PSU. Head to Hardware Zone for a look at Lian Li's 600W debut.
Subject: Mobile | January 30, 2007 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Two years ago nVIDIA announced an easy way to upgrade video cards in laptops, a socket design they labeled MXM. Without MXM, [H]ard|OCP describes the process as involving "screwdriver, pliers, thermal compound, Dremel rotary tool, two resistors, variable resistor, wire strippers, soldering iron, double-sided tape, BIOS upgrade" and even more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Kandalf seems to have a lot of space inside. Enough to fit an Asus P5B Deluxe and E6600 based system with a MSI NX7900GTO and an original XBox, plus lighting, a 5" TFT screen, and lots more.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2007 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown has a review of the new Catalyst 7.1 that was released just in time for Vista. With support for Blu-ray, HD DVD and enabling Crossfire, it will let you take advantage of new features in Vista as well as let you do everything you could in XP. Read on to find out if it can overcome the performance hit that games take in Vista.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends presents an interesting theory, that is also a little worrying. The big PC and laptop retailers may have been behind the push to move to dual core in order to let their proprietary software run. Almost any PC and laptop from a major manufacturer has any number of programs that constantly run and take up CPU cycles. What would it mean if that load was pushed onto the second core, leaving the first core for the user?
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today is the day that Vista hits retail stores everywhere, though it does not seem to have had the same effect on people as, say, Burning Crusade. With the FUD surrounding this new OS from Microsoft, many are double thinking the switch from XP to Vista. In that crowd is [H]ard|OCP, and Kyle, an admitted Microsoft fan, is sharing his thoughts on his satisfaction with XP versus his desire to have the new shiny.
Subject: Chipsets | January 30, 2007 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 29 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed the most comprehensive and flexible range of core logic solutions for Vista-based systems across all the major processor platforms for motherboard, PC, server and device manufacturers.
Subject: Memory | January 30, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CA (January 30, 2007) — CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today unveiled production-ready 2GB DDR2-667 (PC5300) ValueSelectTM SODIMMs. Designed for current generation notebooks and mini-PCs, the new high density SODIMMs allow users to maximize memory bandwidth and minimize performance bottleneck to deliver superior user experience. The Corsair ValueSelect SODIMMs are optimized for MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® VistaTM client operating system.
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Subject: Storage | January 29, 2007 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has picked up a new habit ... killing USB sticks. They are taking Corsair's ruggedized USB thumb drives and 'Testing them to Destruction. The claim from Corsair is that the rubberized drives they are water resistant, and shock resistant as well, and Hexus took that as a challenge. Even better it is the start of a series, so expect to see a lot of tortured flash drives.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the
hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest
levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for
Microsoft Windows Vista(tm) users.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends compares the LG Prada phone to the Apple iPhone. While both have touch screens and are 2.5G GSM GPRS EDGE phones, the LG will be out sooner, and does not tie you into a contract with Cingular. That may give it an edge in your mind, or not. They follow up with a look at Ruckus, which is going about online music subscriptions in a very different way than iTunes, and will work with the Prada, and just about anything else. They finish with some screen grabs, and a hypothesis that Apple may have been
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamebryo Element is a game development program from Emergent that, like the Unreal Engine, supports not only PCs, but consoles as well. With Metrics Elements and Metrics Automation, it provides a way to create games with full support for vertex and pixel shaders, skeletal bases fro characters and more. If you have thought of making a game, and want it a little more polished than some of the free engines that are out there, take a look at this review from Beyond3D.
Subject: Processors | January 29, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometime in the second half of 2007, we should begin to see the new 45nm Penryn Dual Cores appear in reviews, if not the marketplace. Sometime after that the Quads should start coming out. Thanks to a new high-k material, Intel has doubled transistor counts again. When talking about 'k', they are referring to a materials ability to hold charge, and [H]ard|OCP has a lot to say about it.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica takes a quick, and humorous look at the Novel-Microsoft deal, with visual aids. From their initial infatuation, when it looked like Windows and Linux were going to be swapping code with each other, to the eventual souring of the relationship. It has now spiraled into a nasty domestic disturbance, with Linux's multiple personalities, SuSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu all making an appearance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2007 In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation today revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors or switches will be inside the next generation IntelÂ® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and XeonÂ® families of multi-core processors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (January 29, 2007) — 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 the BFG NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 8800 GTX OC™ 768MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express™ graphics card.
Subject: Processors | January 27, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
This tip just made it into my mail box... Newegg is selling an OEM Athlon X2 6000+ processor that runs at 3.0 GHz, the same speed as the top Athlon FX processors using the 1207-pin Socket F. It is still a 90nm processor, but should be damn fast.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has quite a bit of information On LOTR Online: Shadows of Angma. There are some unique bonuses to getting in on a pre-order, or The Founder's Program as they refer to it. If you have any interest in Middle Earth, and love MMORPGs, head to the European or American pre-order sites before the release date of April 24th.