Overclocked out of the box

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gotten their hands on a sweet system from OverdrivePC, the Gemini.SLI.  This is one of their top models, and can be completely customized when you order it.  The big selling point is that every possible component that can be overclocked already is, and all the stability testing has been done for you.  Check it out.

"Overdrive PC is a company that specializes in systems using over-clocked processors and GPUs.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A case that dreams of growing up to be a helicopter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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The Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T takes aircooling seriously.  It doesn't even use millimetres to describe it's 2 huge fans, why bother when the larger one is just shy of 10 inches!  Read the full review at Pro-Clockers.


Also, Bob Dyl returns to the writing staff of PC Perspective, with a review of the Lian-Li v600, so welcome him back.


"Aerocool is one of those companies that are taking the enthusiast market by storm.

Avoid the Direct Access button on your monitor

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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NGOHQ has been trying to get a hold of nVIDIA, after running into some problems with the relatively new Direct Access feature, wihout much luck.  The feature is now gone from the newest drivers, and they do have a workaround for those who are having issues.


Also, if you entered the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS Giveaway Contest @ ARP

Source: NGOHQ

The DVD PVR with more

Subject: Storage | February 7, 2006 - 06:12 PM |
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Futurelooks has a review of the Samsung DVD-HR720 DVD Recorder with built-in 120GB HDD.  More than just a simple PVR, it will allow chapter creation, copying of JPGs and MP3s from DVD to HDD and back, plus simple video editing tools, it may be enough to let you procrastinate for a bit longer, instead of learning Linux and building an HD HTPC.

"HDD/DVD recorders are becoming more and more common in the marketplace. Samsung breaks the mould

by introducig a unit that does MORE than just record and play back video!

Source: futurelooks

Building a gaming laptop to be proud of

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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Laptop Gamers presents a must see shopping list for anyone about to order a customized gaming laptop.  Instead of listing a bunch of components they feel are the bestest, they layout the things you shoud look for.  Whether you can only drop about a $1000, or if money is no object; this article will get you headed in the right direction.

"Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party

carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant comput

Does Yonah have hidden x64 secrets

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2006 - 01:11 PM |
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HEXUS is doing some sleuthing, having become curious about "Intel's Sossaman ... the codename for an ultra low voltage Yonah to be shipped under the Xeon brand."  This lead them to wonder if the Yonah, or Core Duo chips being sold now have some x64 capabilities that aren't being mentioned.

"Word reaches the Deeplung ear that Intel's Yonah processor, which ships under the Intel Core Duo

moniker, has features that aren't being exposed to the consumer.

Source: Hexus

Get a feel for watercooling your GPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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GeekExtreme has posted an article dealing with adding a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock to a X800XT AIW.  The investment of time and money did result in better cooling for the card, but read on to see if the effort invested was rewarded properly.

'With my recent purchase of a X800XT AIW from the trusty Newegg, I decided to take advantage of my

newly constructed watercooling setup by investing in a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock and

ramsinks.

Source: GeekXtreme

Taming the power hungry PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Energy prices are creeping up across the board, except when they are sky-rocketing.  While your PC might not account for a huge percentage of your utility bill, that could change.  (Unless you are in a DC project like SETI, and heat your bedroom via the heatsinks of at least dozen older computers.)  As PC's demand more and more power, Intel has decided to take some of the focus away from the CPU, to see if efficiency can be increased in other components, and C

Make any stereo broadcast in Bluetooth

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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The Bluetake BT450Tx Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a little device designed to pulg into an iPod, to allow Bluetooth headphones to not only play your music, but to allow some control over the iPod itself.  The neat thing is that anything with a 3.5mm plug-in can broadcast it's current music over Bluetooth.  Read the full story at A True Review.

A short time ago I reviewed the spectacular Bluetake i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.

Will Terratec's new device help you claw your way to victory?

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 03:39 PM |
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3DXtreme looks at the Terratec Mystify Claw, a customizable gaming device that will let you get rid of the keyboard for gaming.  Can it actually help your performance, or will it suffer the fate of most things that try to challenge the mouse+keyboard combe?

"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a gaming device for the hardcore in the Mystify

Claw. Everyone is trying to make the gaming experience easier and more ergonomic and that's where

the Mystify Claw comes in.

Source: 3DXtreme

VIZO gives you a choice in air cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Techniz reviews 2 of VIZO's fan lines today, the Muffle and the Windstorm.  The Muffle gives you some pretty good cooling, without trying to deafen you, the 120mm version moves 53CFM @ 28dBA, and the Windstorm will help with OC'ing, the 80mm model moves an impressive 84.1CFM, though it does so at 55.2 dBA. 

"The VIZO cooling products is design to provide the cooling solution for the enthusiast that

prefers low noise and also good performance.

SLI and Sempron together

Subject: Motherboards | February 6, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a sweet little s754 board from EPoX, the 8NPA-SLI.  Now you can get an SLI setup, without having to upgrade your CPU, memory and everything else at the same time.  You get to save some money on the CPU as well.


Also from EPox, the EP-5NVA is an LGA775 board, and our own Jon Hung has posted a fresh review of it.


"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors.
Source: TweakTown

A quick glance at AM2

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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AnandTech has put together a 3 page look at the upcoming AM2 AMD processor.  If you don't fully understand what this new processor will be capable of, then give this summary a read to see what it can do beyond simply support DDR2.

"The new AMD technology refresh, now called AM2, will bring DDR2 memory to the Athlon64

on-processor memory controller.

Source: AnandTech

ATI tries for the performance throne

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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Bjorn3D tests the new x1900 to see if ATI will beat nVIDIA, or if they have been delegated to playing catch-up again.  For this batch of testing, they have grabbed PowerColors X1900XT.

"The late introduction of R520 had caused ATI to speed up the introduction of its new products.

Going by how the company handles kicker products, most of us assumed it would be just that; a

refresh of the older SKUs. All in all, it was a hasty and wrongful assumption.

Source: Bjorn3D

Fileserver, on the rocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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MetkuMods has posted a gallery of an extremely unique case by Janos Marton.  I can't begin imagine where the inspiration might have come from.

"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power

consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc.

Source: MetkuMods

OCZ give you a higher OC with less power

Subject: Memory | February 3, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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Motherboards.org pushed OCZ's PC3500GX memory as hard as they could, while keeping the voltage low.  If you are looking for RAM that OC's well, without the added wear and tear that overvolting can cause, this is one attractive module.

"Considering that we easily pegged 245MHz at 2-2-2-5 with just 3.2V and no errors, and 250MHz with

the same timings and voltages with only minor errors, OCZ has come out swinging with a winner, now

offering the same low latencies that VX offers albeit with much lowe

Crytek is ready to rock your world, again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Although we have little information yet, Gamehelper has translated a german interview with some Crytek employees and a German website (Gamestar) about the upcoming FPS, Crysis.  While it does not exactly seem to be a follow up to Far Cry, it certainly sounds like they took everything that made FarCry great, and improved it.

"There will be a high degree of interactivity with the environment.

Source: Gamehelper

Knoppix to the rescue

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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Extremetech has posted a guide on using the boot disk distros of Knoppix to aid in recovering a borked windows install.  Simply download the newest version of Knoppix, burn to a disk, and boot the troublesome PC using it.  The guide covers various ways to rescue yourself from data loss. 

"A bootable CD or DVD with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry.

Source: Extremetech

Danger Den is at it again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods tests the new Danger Den Thermalchill radiator, and as you might expect, it performs admirably.  It also manages to cool without being larger than your average tower case.

"Today we take a look at a radiator from Dangerden, we know that Dangerden is one of the top

companies when it comes to watercooling and their previous products have got very good ratings. We

will see how good this radiator performs vs a Alphacool Cora 6 and vs a BlackIce extreme.