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

Run SLI on any Chipset

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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It finally happened and I figured it was going to be sooner rather than later. There is now a third-party patch available that allows everyone to run SLI regardless of chipset! The story started with a leaked ULi patch that enabled SLI, then users created their own universal patch. All you need is a motherboard capable of running two PCI-Express graphics cards (i.e. Intel 955X, 975X, XPress 200, XPress 3200, etc.).


If anything, this homebrew software will help increase the sales of NVIDIA cards; so I hope NVIDIA doesn't come down too hard on this patch.

Source: Daily Tech

Matrox Unveils World's First Portable Multi-Display Adapter

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2006 - 10:41 AM |
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Matrox has launched the world's first portable (and reusable) multi-display adapter - the TripleHead2Go, and DualHead2Go. These palm-sized devices allows a user to add up to three external displays without needing to upgrade their motherboard or graphics.

Audio Recording on the go

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 07:02 PM |
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Futurelooks trys out the Gemini iKey USB audio recorder, a nifty little audio capture device.  It will take any line signal, and store it to another attached device of your choice.  With on the fly encoding, you get several choices of fiel type to capture the audio as, it is definatly worth a look.

"So what exactly is an iKey? The iKey is an Audio Recording Product from Gemini Sound Products

Corporation. The iKey can take any Line Level audio signal and convert it to an MP3 or WAV audio

file.

Source: futurelooks

More power for less $$$

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2006 - 04:20 PM |
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Bjorn 3D examines another budget concious card from ATI, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2.  While the card won't break any speed records, it sports a 600Mhz core and 400Mhz DDR memory, all for under $100.

"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the

PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced

another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE).

Source: Bjorn3D

Huge tracts of mousing land

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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Think Computers is thinking big with this review of the Corepad Deskpad XXL.   The thing is huge, about 3 feet by 1.5 feet, with a smooth, even surface.  Make sure your desk can handle this thing, you don't want to be mousing right off the side in the middle of a firefight!

'Are you one of those people that love a big mouse pad? Then BOY have I got something for you to

check out for review today.

Asys gives you freedom in setting up your case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2006 - 01:17 PM |
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Asys is not a well known name in case manufacturing, but that may well change.  Pro-clockers has posted their reveiw of the Freedom Tower Full case.  It is a large case, and would work perfectly as a server enclosure, or there is more than enough space for watercooling.

"Every once in a while a company come alone that makes a big splash on the computer community. And

I think that this is one of those 'once in a while'.

Gentoo Lives!

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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New for 2006 is the Gentoo LiveCD.   This time the installer is GUI based, although it is still Linux, so easy installation is a relative term.  Read the review at TECHGAGE, and see if you'd like to take this distro for a spin.

"A new version of Gentoo has been released, so I am going to take a quick look at it to see what's

new. Alongside this new release, there is a LiveCD version available in which you can install

Gentoo from within a GNOME desktop.

Source: TECHGAGE

Corsair Announces Committed RAM Allocation from Infineon, and Continued Support for AMD Enthusiasts

Subject: Memory | March 1, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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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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