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Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2006 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new set of nVIDIA dirvers (91.47) allow Transparency AA on GeForce6's, which was exculsive to the GeForce7's previously. Elite Bastards explains what exactly this type of AA does, and it's effects on gaming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D. This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db. It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virutal Hideout has posted an 8 way watercooling review. Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance are all represented. They rate everything from ease of installation to cooling performance, so this is the article to read if you are considering entering the world of watercooling but aren't sure which kit to choose.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has a lot of links to reviews and downloads of the just released IE 7. As long as you have Windows XP or Server 2003, you can update and try out the newest incarnation of this browser. On the other hand, there has already been a vulnerability revealed, which can disclose personal information on websites with mhtml: URL handlers.
Subject: Memory | October 18, 2006 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
2GB OZC PC2-8800(1100MHz) with gold XTC heatspreaders and 5-6-6-15 timings straight out of the box, now up for review at techPowerUp. It even comes in a non-melted shut package, so you don't have to attack the RAM with a knife just to get at it. The total speed may not go up too much further than the default, but the timings can be tightened significantly with some tweaking.
"Even though the OCZ
Subject: Mobile | October 18, 2006 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Megabook S271 is based around a Turion X2, in the model AnandTech reviews, it is a TL-50 (1.60 GHz with dual 256K L2 cache). Recently they compared this laptop to a Core 2 Duo based machine; this review is all MSI. They cover everything from customization and betery life to MSI support.
Subject: Storage | October 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone takes a look at the past 50 years of hard drives. From the gigantic beasts of old, to flash drives and the biometric protection you see on newer systems, it's all there.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Massive Assault Network 2 is an online strategy game, but not in the traditional MMO genre. Instead it runs more like the online lobbies of Total War, Warhammer 40K or Starcraft. If you are looking for some online mayhem, head to Gamehelper to see if MAN 2 is right for you.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but if you work it out, it is only $250 per core. Keep in mind that the $1000 figure is probably lower than what you will have to pay, unless your local retailer or online shop is in the habit of buying lots larger than 1000 units. DigiTimes has more here.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rapsody N35 Home Media Center is a network media storage system allowing playback of audio or video, in a variety of formats. The fact that it uses normal 3.5 IDE hard drives lets you keep a lot on this box, and you can set up RAIDs to help with the speed. Find out the whole story at Hardware Zone.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's quite a mouthful, but Intel's WPAN is kind of like Bluetooth on steroids. You get 480Mbps at a range of 10 meters or less, but no further, and Intel refers to it as wireless USB. Tweaktown can give you more from the demo at IDF Taiwan.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,
Oct. 17, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that it will
encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input
and output acceleration technology designed and added to its server
product lines earlier this year.
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 17, 2006 -Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has
issued the final order approving the arrangement under which all of
ATI's outstanding common shares will be acquired by an indirect wholly
owned subsidiary of AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24,
2006, is expected to be completed during the week of October 23, subject
to satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2006 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (October 17, 2006) — 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 that the BFG 1000 Watt and BFG 800 Watt power
supplies backed by BFG's famous lifetime warranty will be immediately
available at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2006 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ATIs newest card sits at a very nice price point, and is incredibly easy to set up in Crossfire. [H]ard|OCP ran some benchmarks against nVIDIA's 7900 GS OC, which gives about the same frame rate, but they discovered some visual advantages the ATI card has over the competition.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can tell by the name, the Fanatec HeÃ¤d$h0t, that this mouse is a little unusual. The fact that it comes in a clear plastic briefcase, just to hold the mousepad/USB hub, the power brick you need to run the thing, oh, and the mouse too. ExtremeTech attempts to figure out what this 200dpi beast does, and if it will help you get more "HeÃ¤d$h0ts".
"What happens when someone throws in the kitchen sink?
Subject: Motherboards | October 16, 2006 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS M2NPV-VM is very handy for putting together a simple system. With onboard audio, LAN and a graphics chip, it sets up very easily. Even better, you can use monitors that require dual DVI, because the onboard graphics card can be used while another PCI Express card is running. Don't plan on an SLI setup though, the onboard graphics isn't really designed for gaming. Read all about this board at TweakTown.
"Added to this is the fact that the GeForce 6150's onboard graphics controller can be enabled at
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today. The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement. While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10. According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games. Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.