Turion64 for the desktop

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2006 - 04:21 PM |
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Silent PC Review goes through a very comprehensive look at running the Turion64 on a desktop system.  They cover everything, from why you might want to do it, to how to go about doing it, and more.  Give them a moment of your time, see if they can help your next silent build.

"It seemed to take forever, but our ambitious article on running AMD's mobile 64-bit CPUs on

socket 754 desktop boards is finally done.

In honour of Turin, put your mouse on Skatez

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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Corepad Mouse Skatez are replacment pads for the bottom of your mouse.  Some are made specifically for the MX series of mice, and others are simply teflon strips to be applied overtop of the existing pads on other mice.  Read the review at Think Computers.

'Mice are becoming more and more expensive, and with lots more features packed into them. One

thing I noticed is that the standard feet of these so-called professional gaming mice or high-end

mice are a bit lacking.

How much is a frame per second worth to you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Elite Bastards compares the 2 flavours of X1900, the XT and the XTX, to see exactly what you get for the extra money.  Both are based on the same chips (R580), one is simply clocked higher than the other.  Read the full review to find out which of the 2 cards is the better buy.

"From our brief foray through US retail outlets, it seems as though a $75 price difference between

the X1900 XT and XTX (When it comes to Built By ATI boards) is the best you can find at present,

The dangers of using your clipboard as short term memory

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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The Inquirer has posted a combined clipboard and Internet Explorer vulnerablilty, and they have also posted a way to avoid the problem.  The contents of your clipboard can be grabbed, via scripting, and displayed on the web.  This little trick will only work in IE, not Firefox, and if you visit the link from the Inquirer that shows the problem, there is at least one pop-up window to greet you.

"A WARNING RECEIVED highlights what appears to be a real Explorer danger that text copied onto the

clipboar

Source: The Inquirer

Size isn't everything, power can come in small packages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 04:08 PM |
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The Tech Report was lucky enough to get SilverStone's newest Shuttle, the SN21G5.  While just as small as you would expect a Shuttle case to be, the amount of hardware they have managed to fit in is almost unbelievable.  This little barebones system could be a fairly powerful gaming machine, not just a SFF or HTPC with middle of the road performance.

Corsair's Nautilus surfaces

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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The Nautilus has been found by Corsair, and they've backwards engineered Captain Nemo's coolant system ...

Source: HotHardware

X-Mystique is an upgradable audio card

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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PenStar Systems has posted a how and why on upgrading the OPAMPS on the new X-Mystique audio card.  If you do go ahead and mod it, you may be very impressed by the quality of sound you can get from the analog outputs.

"The X-Mystique's primary claim to fame is that it is the first add-in soundcard that can encode a

Dolby Digital 5.1 signal.

Low Latency is a relative term

Subject: Memory | February 22, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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While OCZ's EL DDR PC3200 Gold GX GTC does indeed have very low timings for a 2 GB kit, they are still looser than a smaller DIMM's would be.  Check out the full review at hardCOREware to see if raw speed can push the overall performance up enough to equal some of OCZ's 1GB kits.

"The name is certainly a mouthful - today we're looking at OCZ's latest PC3200 product. The GX

(which stands for Gamer eXtreme) features lowest latency timings we've seen on a 2GB kit -

2-3-3-8.

Source: hardCOREware

Finally, the plans for my hoverboard have arrived

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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So, you are tired of hearing about the fact that you never go outside, and never do anything more physical than cart a laptop to a LAN party?  Well, thanks to the watchful members of MAKE:Blog, there is something outswide worth doing!   A link has appeared with a shopping list and instructions on how to build your own hoverboard.  Sorry, the leafblower is not included.

"If you watched this week's show, you'll have seen that Jason succeeded in building a fully

working Hove

Source: MAKE: Blog

Corsair Nautilus500 External Watercooling Kit Defines a New Generation of Watercooling Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 11:16 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, took its acclaimed watercooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus500™. As the latest generation of external watercooling units, the Nautilus500 boasts the industry's easiest installation procedure while delivering chilling performance of 30% more efficiency compared to air cooling.


Designed with enthusiasts in mind, the new Nautilus500 brings 30% more CPU and 40% more GPU cooling efficiency without excessive noise.

VIA Announces VIA Vinyl(TM) VT1708 High Definition Audio Codec, Delivering Premium Performance Audio

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 22 February 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA Vinyl VT1708 High Definition (HD) Audio Codec with premium quality and features for expanding PC audio requirements.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />


It's a budget box, not a gaming box

Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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TechSpot has put together a budget PC guide, that ends in 2 final configurations.  They are both complete systems, up to and including the OS, the bottom rung is about $600 and the recommended is ~ $1000.  Keep in mind, these will not satisfy gamers, but are perfect for a relative or aquaintence that finds their "web surfing email machine-thingy" slow, and wants a new one. 

"Build your budget box right.

Source: Tech Spot

Not a striped PSU, it's a silent PSU

Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 04:30 PM |
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Pro-Clockers takes a look at a silent PSU from AeroCool, the Zerodba 620W PSU.  The first time you glance at the title, it may come across as Zebra, but this really is a silent PSU with enough power to handle any dual-VGA setup. 


"This one is for all those that like a PC quiet. Whether you are an owner of a HTPC or a high end

gaming powerhouse, our next product up for review may be what you need.

VR-Zone spills the beans on NV-71

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM |
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The specs for the upcoming nVIDIA cards are very impressive, if VR-Zone's scoop is right.  It could even be enough to bump ATI's performance crown off.


Also, if video editing and manipulation is more your thing, check out Ryan's review of the X1900 All-In-Wonder.


"VR-Zone has posted some specs for the upcoming 90nm G71 series already. There will be two models

as we have revealed before; the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT.

Source: VR-Zone

Watercooling get easier with XSPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2006 - 12:55 PM |
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Techniz reviews the XSPC X20 universal liguid cooling kit.  It is an easy to use all in one basic system, with a pump, CPU block and radiator, aimed at someone who has never changed to watercooling.  I even provides much better cooling than air, so you can see why people make the change from air cooling.

"Love it or hate is water cooling is here to stay, I'm undecided about whether or not I like water

cooling.

Someone has to go first to disprove the rumours

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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PC Mechanic has posted a top 4 list of common PC Myths and Misconceptions.  They are quite funny and, believe it or not, quite common.  If you have fallen prey to any of them, take heart, because somebody had to lead the way, and discover if SATA worked or not.  That's life on the bleeding edge, more often than not.

"The internet is a great medium for getting information and help on all sorts of subjects.

Source: PC Mechanic

NVIDIA Takes the Stage

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM |
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With ATI generating most of the buzz in recent weeks, NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver some excitement of their own. The biggest news being the demise of the 7800-series cards, and the introduction of 7900-series GTX and GT parts.

Source: The Inquirer

The 8 Horsemen of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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engadget is reporting 8 flavours of Windows Vista. It appears Microsoft is sticking with their "Home-Professional-Enterprise" product model. I'm curious to see what the feature difference is for the "Vista Home Premium" and the "Vista Business" boxes. I hear "Vista Ultimate" comes with a posse.

"Wow, ok, Bill, since you're reading this and all, we've got to tell you a little something about product branding.

Source: engadget

MSI's Platinum Intel board

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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With CrossFire, support for the new Intel chips, DDR2 and SATA2, the MSI 975X Platinum is a good solid board.  Hardware Zone has posted a full review of this well thought out board.

"MSI delivers a new motherboard with native CrossFire capabilities using the Intel 975X Express

chipset.

7.1 THX speakers to go with your 7.1 soundcard

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 05:15 PM |
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Don't let those extra 2 channels got to waste, pick up a 7.1 speaker system, like Creative Labs GigaWorks S750.  Laptop Gamers has posted a review.

"This THX certified speaker system delivers an unbelievable gaming experience when combined with a

7.1 sound card such as the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS.