AMD's star line-up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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Hardware Zone has posted a comparsion between the the newest FX processor, the FX-60, versus the FX-57 and the 4800+.  Head over to find out which is fastest, and which will give you the best bang for your buck!

"AMD welcomed the new year with a spanking new AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 processor. Based on the Toledo

core, it's a dual-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz.

Gentlemen, start your imaging engines

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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The 2 contenders are Logitech's G5 and Razer's Copperhead.  Head to Techspot to see which gaming mouse can claim to be the mightiest!

"In our last gaming mice showdown, the Logitech MX518 came on top of both the Razer Diamondback

and Razer Viper. Since then however, new products have been released by both companies, and we are

glad to inform you we have had several weeks to test them and report back to you.

Source: Tech Spot

The quest for quiet cooling continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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Silent PC Review takes a look at 2 low noise coolers, from Noctua/Coolink.  See how they stack up agaisnt heavy hitters like Scythe's Ninja.


"Noctua of Austria and Coolink of China are working together to offer large tower-style heatsinks

for the performance-oriented aftermarket. Both companies supplied review samples of two models,

one very large and one merely big. Coolink's products are offered with a fan and fan controller;

Noctua's are bare.

AMD and Innovative Silicon

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD and Innovative Technology are trying to increase the density of memory, specifically in the L2 cache on high end AMD chips.  The article on Processor Blog is pretty technical, and it hints at some of the advantages that could come about.


Plus, the members have spoken, see who they chose as the best of 2005 in the PC Perspective 2005 Readers Choice Awards.


"L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes

Gigabyte Announces X1900 XTX and XT Availability

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2006 - 12:00 AM |
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Gigabyte sent over the PR on their new video card based on the X1900 XTX and XT GPUs.  Here's the PR and a pic.  Enjoy!

Taipei, Taiwan 25th January, 2006 GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today unleashed the world's fastest graphics accelerators, the GV-RX19X512VB-RH, GV-RX19T512VB-RH, enabling crazy gaming platform performance.

Choosing an HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 06:29 PM |
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Wondering where to start with that HTPC project you keep putting off?  T-break comes to the rescue with their first article on choosing the right HTPC chassis, with a comparison between 2 popular designs, one from Silverstonetek and one from DIGN.


"HTPCs seem to be getting more and more popular by the day and while one route to take is to buy a

SFF from Shuttle or MSI, lots of us like to build everything from scratch.

Source: t-break

Speedy little USB pen drive

Subject: Storage | January 24, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive that Techniz has up for review provides a very quick way to get your data onto something portable.  It takes full advantage of USB2, but is compatible with USB 1 & 1.1, if you are still stuck on that version.  Just don't complain about the "This device could perform faster" popup message that Microsoft tends to give you in that situation.

"The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive is a newer technology of flash d

5 pounds of quiet power

Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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System Cooling has posted a review of Enermax's Noisetaker AX 600W PSU.  With dual fans, and dual 12V lines, it is ready for the newest power hungry, heat producing PCIx video cards.  It's Power Factor sits between .98 and .99, making it an extremely efficient power supply.

"Coolergiant Computers, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Enermax Technology. In addition to a full line of PC power supplies, their products also include numerous cases and peripheral devices for the PC enthusiast.

Four Intel Computer Clubhouses Open In Chicagoland

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2006 — Four Intel Computer Clubhouses, which are unique after—school learning centers for children ages 10 to 18, are opening in the Chicago area in the next two weeks. These clubhouses will be located in existing community service agencies around the city — specifically the ABJ Community Services, Austin YMCA, Howard Area Community Center and WYTEC.

Adobe adds a new dimension to Acrobat

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Adobe will release Acrobat 3D next monday, according to this story on CNET.  While it certainly won't be cheap, it will likely be cheaper, easier to use and much more portable than a full CAD program.

"On Monday, the company is releasing Acrobat 3D, which allows a person to create a PDF (Portable

Document Format) file with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.

The Radeon X1900's got a posse

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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No wonder it's PCB is red, I'd be embarassed if this many people were talking about me, too!  [H]ard|OCP is a great place to start, then try seeing just how many reviews you can read before you start thinking about ways to raise the money to get a hold of one ... or two.


If you missed it, here's Ryan's look at it.


"ATI's new series of high-end desktop gaming video cards are poised to provide a more immersive

gaming experience.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI Launches and Ships New Radeon X1900 Graphics Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 24, 2006 - 09:33 AM |
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ATI's official PR is out on the X1900 GPU.  You can read the whole thing on their website.  Be sure to check out my review of the new product line today as well.


ATI Launches and Ships New Radeon® X1900 Graphics Processor For Advanced Multimedia and Gaming


Radeon® X1900, All-In-Wonder® X1900 and Radeon® X1900 CrossFire™ products will engage and entertain customers while they breakthrough performance and quality barriers


MARKHAM, ON

Source: 3DCenter

X1900 XT adds some power to ATI's product line

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2006 - 06:16 PM |
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The HardwareZone examines the brand new ATI X1900 XT (512MB), the newest member in ATI's card line up.  With performance near par with the 7800GTX (512MB), and about $100 cheaper, this card is likely to raise some eyebrows.


Don't forget to come back, Ryan has posted a review of Asus' AX1800 XT TOP.


"Today ATI debuts its Radeon X1900 series.

Light up your electronic life

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2006 - 04:28 PM |
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TECHGAGE points out a very easy and economical way to make your case a little more interesting.  Logisys' LED Lazer lights let you chose Blue, Red, Green, Ultra-Violet (UV), or a Red, Green, and Blue each about $5.


"Are you looking to add some pizzazz to your computer but don't want to hand over a huge chunk of

change?

Source: TECHGAGE

Revisiting the 1 GB RAM market

Subject: Memory | January 23, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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AnandTech takes a second look at 1GB RAM DIMMs (part 1 was here).  This go around they test 6 DIMM's, most based on Infineon memory modules, but one with Samsung and one with Micron.  Drop by and see if these new DIMM's offer more advantage than you might expect.

"There are many reasons to choose a 2GB kit over a 1GB kit or 4 512MB DIMMs.

Source: AnandTech

Logitech's new unwired 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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Laptop Gamers grabs a set of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless speakers, a 5.1 Dolby Digital system.  Check it out to see if the wireless setup has any negative effects on the sound quality.

"Leave it to Logitech to once again raise the bar for computer speaker systems. The Logitech

Z-5450 provides high performance sound with the innovation of wireless rear surround satellite

speakers.

Just because you're paranoid ...

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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I don't mean to cast aspersions or alarm anyone, but it seems that the new owner of Zone Alarm is a little curious about what the people who use Zone Alarm are doing.  The Inquirer has posted an article about it, as well as a way to disable the "phone home" in the retail version.  If that and the various vulnerabilities get you down, check out the History of BASIC, it may put a smile back on your face.

"Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed

that Zone Alarm

Source: The Inquirer

AMD PROMOTES DIRK MEYER TO PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Jan. 23, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Dirk Meyer has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of
AMD. Meyer previously served as president and chief operating officer of AMD's Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS) business. He will share the
leadership and management of AMD with Hector Ruiz, who relinquishes the president title and now is AMD chief executive officer and chairman of
the board.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Falling Back on Paper Launch Roots

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 21, 2006 - 11:01 AM |
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The gang at The Inquirer have an interesting editorial up today on the status of NVIDIA's most recent product launches.  The 7300 GS was announced this past week, but no cards have been found.  The quad SLI configuations were shown at CES, but you can't buy them yet even at Dell.  And those 7800 GTX 512s are still mighty hard to find. 

So the birth of the 7300GS may have been announced already but the hardware itself seems stuck somewhere in the birth canal.

Source: The Inquirer

Getting more out of your videocard

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 20, 2006 - 06:08 PM |
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One the ways to get more FPS out of an old videocard is to replace the manufacturers cooling solution with a new, more powerful one.  Virtual-Hideout has a review of Arctic Cooling's Accelero X1 VGA Cooler, which is an inexpensive cooler that may help you get a few more Mhz out of the GPU or memory.

"With an expected availability of around the end of February 2006 and a proposed MSRP of around

$33 USD, I think it's a pretty good value.