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Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 09:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica reviews some inexpensive flash based MP3 players, all holding around 512MB. Don't worry about killing a 40GB iPod at the beach, bring one of these fairly easy to replace players for those trips into human friendly environments that have hazards for electronics.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 08:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Time to use that Windows Update shortcut in your tools menu, 10 critical patches came out yesterday, mostly for IE, though others are affected as well. CNet reports no screaming about incompatabilities, so you will be safer getting them installed than leaving it for a while.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2006 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone takes a sneak peek at Radeon's upcoming R600, the successor to the current R580. Much of the technology has simply increased in number or speed, though it is reassuring to hear it is expected to be fully compliant with Vista and DirectX 10.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE reviews the CyrstalFontz CFA-635. It does everything you would expect a fan controller to do, but it can also display a lot more. Check it out.
"With the dearth of fan controllers and temperature monitors on the market today it's not very
often that you run across one that brings a whole lot more to the table. Today we're taking a look
at one that brings more than just fan speed control and simple temp reporting."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NEW YORK, April 11, 2006 - Forty-eight schools have been named as finalists for the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. The awards honor schools for implementing innovative and replicable programs that support positive educational outcomes.
The schools will compete for $190,000 in grants from the Intel Foundation and additional prizes from sponsoring companies will be presented at an awards ceremony in October.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 10:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Modders Inc runs over the basics you need to keep in mind when buying a PSU for your system. While it may not be the most glorious and brag worthy component you put in your case, without a good PSU, you may never have a stable system.
"Choosing the right PSU for your modded system can sometimes be a challenge, but the information
contained within this Modding 101 should help make choosing the right PSU for your PC a little
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 09:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has a very early preview of socket AM2. Right now the big thing holding it back from the market is a lack of chipset and BIOS support, though the chip itself is somewhat immature as well. This, the second preview, shows some improvements over the first, but is it enough to displace s939?
Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2006 - 08:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While putting together a system for review, ExtremeTech ran into a little problem most of us are familiar with, no POST. Read on for some tips on what to do, and some reassurance that, in fact those things don't just happen to you.
Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2006 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's GA-G1975X Turbo offers a lot in the way of extras. as far as Motherboards.org is concerned. A lot of the features you would expect to see, from the inclusion of a integrated SoundBlaster to 4 SATA ports and built in exhast fans. The inclusion of an SLI paddle on an non-nVIDIA chipset seems odd, as nVIDIA doesn't plan on allowing non-nVIDIA chipsets to supprt them, but then again, some enterprising BIOS tweaker may just solve that for you.
Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2006 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has spotted some new movement in the quest to extend battery life. If Casio's plans continue the way the expect, they wil be showcasing a fuel cell that will give laptops about 20 hours of run time, sometime this year.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has managed to get nVIDIA to work on a fix for the freeze issue with the first run of factory overclocked 7900GTXs. If you bought one, and don't seem to get what you paid for, read this article, and read it now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 09:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be. Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion. R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 09:03 AM | Jason Smith
Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies. The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 05:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web! Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore!
Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get
Subject: Memory | April 7, 2006 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware got a sneek peek at Kingston's upcoming FBDIMM, the newest type of memory almost available to the consumer. Drop by to see what kind of improvements it will bring.
Or check out Ryan's review of Gigabyte's iRAM, utilizing DDR memory as blazing fast long term storage.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS. While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.
Subject: Displays | April 7, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone reviews the Philips 190G6FB LCD Panel. While it may be sold as a monitor, it is much more. 4 built in speakers, a TV tuner, plugs for just about any connectors and even USB ports make this a review you have to see. Don't forget the 8ms response either!
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 09:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have. Don't beleive me? Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 09:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth. Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks. It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content. Where was this when I was in high school?
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL. These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.
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