Get the lag out

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming.  They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive.  If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.

"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be

prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre

Source: Tech-Hounds

A challenger for Arctic Silver?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 06:41 PM |
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OCMODSHOP reviews a new Thermal Compound with a big name, TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound.  Head over to see if this newcomer can replace Arctic Silver and AS Ceramique as the paste of choice for overclockers.

"Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but

is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that

heat can pass through.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Seagate gets into storage on the side

Subject: Storage | January 16, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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Seagate has implemeted some new technology into their new series of laptop harddrives.  By using Perpendicular storage, as opposed to the Longitudinal storage that all current harddrives use, they vastly increase storage denisty, as well as improving shock tolerance.  Read the full review at Big Bruin and clear up the confusion you likely feel right now.

"The future of perpendicular recording hard drives looks to be very interesting, and Seagate is

ready to show off their first entry

Source: Big Bruin

A talk with one of the founders of Corsair

Subject: Memory | January 16, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Legit Reviews sits down for a chat with one of the co-founders of Corsair Memory, John Beekley, and you are invited.  Take a peek at what Corsiar has coming up over the year, and hear about what they did in 2005 from someone who knows.

"LR: Let's talk about the future of computer memory in 2006. It looks like we are going to see DDR3 and FB-DIMM's enter into the market space this year. Which should enthusiasts be more interested in?


John: I think that 2006 will be all about DDR2, actually.

Hi-tech with Vacuum Tubes

Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology.  It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube. 

"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.

What is WiMax, and why you should care

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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Techware Labs takes the time to explain what WiMax is, and why it is slowly taking over wireles data transfer from WiFi.  Then keep reading, because there are a plethora of links today.

"WiMax is new wireless networking standard that will provide non-line of sight wireless coverage

up to 30 miles. This article explains how this new technology affects other wireless technologies

like cellular phones and WiFI.

Pushing your x1800 to the limit

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2006 - 05:55 PM |
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NGOHQ has discovered that ATI's X1800 is extremely overclocking friendly.  Take a look and see how far they pushed it, and how easy it was to do.

""ATi has finally made the leap and given overclockers a reason to celebrate. In their new RADEON

X1800 series they have given us the ability to modify the GPU/DDR voltages without using a voltage

mod.

Source: NGOHQ

New Hardware for Sale

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 04:45 PM |
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Well, I got from CES 2006 last week, and got a couple of quick articles up that look at the latest in PC technology.  Turns out you can actually buy some of this stuff too!


The AMD

Who to trust to build your system for you

Subject: Systems | January 13, 2006 - 03:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a pair of system reviews up, the first of which is WidowPC's WidowFX.  That's followed up by the Maingear Prelude.  Consider these 2 as a good start for getting new system with very little assembly required.

"The experience that we had with WidowPC on the back end was above average. They have friendly and

responsive techs, and, essentially, they build a stable gaming system— once you get the parts that

you ordered.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Oblivion is coming, find out how it works

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Beyond3D had a chance to chat with Gavin Carter about the upcoming release of the next chapter of Morrowind, Oblivion.  If you are waiting impatiently for the release, you can at least glean a few more tidbits out of this interview.

"Bethesda's Morrowind was one of the "big three" computer roleplaying games released in 2002,

along with Dungeon Siege and Neverwinter Nights. Sporting an advanced engine many high end systems

buckled under the pressure and gamers delighted at what they saw.

Source: Beyond3D

Good looking, and quiet too!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Sunbeamtech's newest case, the Silent Storm is reviewed by Big Bruin today.  Not only is it an attractive case with good cooling, with the proper fan choices, it is almost silent.  Read on to find out what a Core Fan can do for you.

"If you are looking for a case that is not meant to be seen or heard, the Sunbeamtech Silent Storm

is a great option! It has a very plain look to it, but has the added benefit of being silent,

while keeping your gear cool.

Source: Big Bruin

CES 2006 - That's a wrap

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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X-bit Labs wraps up their coverage of CES2006 with a look at some of the stuff they haven't covered yet.  After that, kill some spare time making a CNC machine, or converting your barbeque.

"CES 2006 is over. But although we have been sharing with you all the news hot from the show floors on a daily basis, there were still quite a few interesting things left that are worth mentioning.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A notebook as powerful as it is small

Subject: Mobile | January 12, 2006 - 06:37 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews the Samsung Q30 Plus Notebook.  This little guy has all the newest and best features, like PCI-x and SATA, in a package that is 287.7 x 197.5 x 23.8mm and weighs 1.09kg.  If you need a powerful notebook that will fit into a briefcase, then you have found it.

"We would like to introduce to you a new sub-notebook from Samsung - the Q30 Plus model based on

the Sonoma platform (915GMS chipset and Intel Pentium M 733 ULV Dothan processor).

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Brings Together Storage Community

Subject: Storage | January 12, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan.

Serving up a quiet hard drive on a single platter

Subject: Storage | January 12, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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Silent PC Review attacks one of the hardest to quiet components in the PC, the hard drive.  To meet the challenge, the review 2 single platter drives, one from Hitachi and one from Seagate.  Read on to see just how successful they were.

"It's no secret that the quietest desktop hard drives tend to be low capacity models that use only

a single platter. There's a simple reason for this: Fewer platters have fewer read/write heads,

and thus produce less air turbulence.

Shake that booty

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods reviews an odd product that could increase the 'realism' of your gaming experience.  The  Buttkicker Gamer is, as the name implies, a big subwoofer that makes your chair, and butt, vibrate.  Read the whole review before you burst out into laughter.

"We review everything computer based and I mean everything! Today we got a cool little gadget for

you that we will share our thoughts on. Buttkicker sent us their latest gamer product.

955X vs. nForce4 IE x16

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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nVidia tries another go at their Intel Edition nForce4 chipset, with the ASUS P5N32-SLI.  Tweaktown contrasts it's performance with the workhorse chipset from Intel, the 955X.  See if nVidia can bump Intel's own chipset into second place for performance.


"With all these features you would expect us to get a good amount of overclocking out of this

board, you are not wrong here.

Source: TweakTown

What Microsoft has up it's sleeves

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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Think Computers has posted their take on the Microsoft Keynote speech at CES 2006.  If you are curious as to what Billy's bunch plans for this year, it is worth a read. 

'Microsoft has been on the leading forefront of advancing technology, and the Consumer Electronics

Show is one place they have consistently showed an intriguing outlook on what the future could

hold.

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Named

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 07:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 —— Today 300 teens may well be on the road to becoming tomorrow's elite scientists as they have been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Often considered the 'junior Nobel Prize,' the Intel STS is America's oldest, most highly regarded pre—college science competition and heir to more than six decades of science excellence.

Makin' your own mousepad

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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The MAKE: Blog points to a quick and dirt cheap way to make yourself a high performance gaming mousepad, using hard to find high-tech items ... namely wax paper and cellotape.  This is probably the easiest and cheapest way on the planet to try out a low-friction mouse pad for yourself.

"If you're anything like me, you just spent your last bit of cash on a wicked gaming mouse and

didn't leave any money for a mouse pad.

Source: MAKE: Blog