A Guardian Angel to monitor your power consumption

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2005 - 02:33 PM |
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Think Computers has tested the Seasonic Power Angel, a monitoring device for all types of power.  Plug in your PSU, power up the PC and see how much power you're using, the efficency of your PSU and much more.  Even better, it will test anything, so you can spend the day unplugging random electronics and test them too!

'Were you ever curious about just how much power your computer consumes? Did you ever want to know

just how efficient that Active PFC power supply is?

Portable Multimedia Storage

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 02:24 PM |
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The Novatronn iamm NTD-35 is a little different than the MP3 players you might be used to.  For one thing, it's based on a normal 3.5" HDD, so you can swap in a huge drive, if you feel so inclined.  This may take away from it's portability, as does the power plug, but it will play most movies, pictures and songs, and can hook up to a TV as well as a PC.

Source: 3DVelocity

The 6800 GS arrives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 01:54 PM |
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The 6800GS has arrived, and most sites have a review up, so you won't have to wonder what it can do anymore.  Start off at the Guru of 3D, and keep going 'till you've read 'em all.

"It was mid 2004 when NVIDIA released it's young rascal, the GeForce 6800 GT. It offered

staggering performance!. We are now a sturdy year away from that first GT release and a couple of

things have changed in that time-frame. Most importantly, we noticed a massive shift from the AGP

platform towards PCI-Express.

Source: Guru of 3D

All aboard the Radeon Xpress

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 01:40 PM |
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Legion Hardware has posted a review of the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR, which uses the new Radeon Xpress 200 chipset.  Read through the review to see if this will replace an nForce4 board on your wishlist.


"Already the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR looks much like the DFI nForce4 SLI motherboard. However,

there are a number of small changes made to the board and of course a few new features have been

included.

Take Thermaltake's new case for a Swing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 01:32 PM |
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Get a new case, with 120mm fans, without blowing a large chunk of the money you were going to spend on your new system with the Thermaltake Swing.  It's not the most feature filled or stylized case, but if you want good cooling without breaking your bank, read the review at InsaneTek.

"Want a decent looking case with good features without the expensive price? Thermaltake's new

Swing is a good candidate.

Source: InsaneTek

Careful what you say where people can hear you

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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Back in 1965, Gordon Moore made an off-handed comment "

that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every year to two years".  That comment has now become Moore's Law, and it has proved accurate over the past 40 years.  CNet looks to see if we can expect it to hold true for a few more decades.


"The success of Moore's predictions has created some problems.

Bigger than a flash stick, faster than a speeding CD-ROM

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 05:23 PM |
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Even with the bigger 1Gb memory sticks, and double sided DVD's, you still run into the occasional file that is too big to easily transport.  Portable HDD enclosures are the easiest answer, and in the case of the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, it may even keep your HDD living longer than installing it in a case.  Head to Bjorn3D to read up on this great little device.

"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a

CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of fi

Source: Bjorn3D

Get a shiny new keyboard for that modded box

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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You put tonnes of $$$ and time into your system, so that it looks as good as it runs.  Then you stick an ugly off white keyboard in the front.  Well, thanks to the people at Clavier, you don't have to.  Club Overclocker has found the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard, a keyboard that is bound to look good at the front of any system.

"Our very own Average Joe takes a few pecks on the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard.

Source: Club OC

Big and Beautiful, Thermaltake's Tai Chi

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2005 - 04:06 PM |
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It's a huge block of stylish aluminium, with more than enough space for a watercooling setup.  Plus, with a pre-installed 120mm fan, and room for more, even with air cooling a system will be quite happy living the the Tai Chi.  Even better, it has a removable mobo tray, and can be set up for BTX systems.  Read the full review at Neoseeker.

"We have a review of Thermaltake's monstrous Tai-Chi case.

Source: Neoseeker

Enermax Liberates you from power worries

Subject: Systems | November 4, 2005 - 03:41 PM |
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Enermax's Liberty 500W Modular PSU offers a good range of protection, and a stable supply of power.  With Dual 12V rails, and paired PCIe connectors, it's ready to power up for SLI setups.  Read the full review at Big Bruin.

"The new Liberty series of power supplies incorporates many traditional features of Enermax units

with the latest trend, modular cabling.

Source: Big Bruin

Harmless Overclocking, or MADNESS!!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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It's all fun and games until someone looses dry ice, then it's a sport.  Hardware Asylum has done some insane things with the clock speeds of whatever they can get their hands on.  While it may well have inspired their name, it has also inspired their members to take the top spot in 3DMarks 2001SE, 2003 and 2005.  Take a peek at what a GPU at - 171 C looks like.

Team Hardware Asylum has broken all three Futuremark 3DMark world records.

Full Buffer DIMM's hunger for power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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AMD had something to say about Intel's unpcoming full buffer DIMM's ... they'll need about twice the power of a DDR stick to run.  As many PC owners have found, the more power you put into a component, the more cooling it requires, and with the heat a Prescott throws out already, these blades will be hot.

"Close chip watchers know that Intel and its OEMs plan to support Fully-Buffered DIMMs in 2007.

Source: The Register

NVIDIA Selects Corsair as its First Certified SLI Ready Memory

Subject: Memory | November 4, 2005 - 09:56 AM |
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Fremont, CA (Thursday, November 3, 2005) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announced that it has became the first company in the memory category to receive the NVIDIA® SLI™ Ready certification. Recognized as the performance memory of choice for enthusiasts, Corsair added to the SLI Ready certification program by creating a new memory category to amplify user experience.

Peeking into the 2006 motherboard models

Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2005 - 06:16 PM |
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Anandtech visited Taiwan and wandered into several motherboard manufacturers to see what is coming up for 2006, why don't you join them.

"We recently had the opportunity to visit some manufacturers in Taiwan, and with that opportunity,

we spent a lot of time previewing new motherboards and graphics products.

Source: AnandTech

Smarter Cell-phones

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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The Cell processor has escaped from your console, and is headed straight for your cellphone.  Read all about it at CoolTechZone.

"Back when Cell launched, IBM, Sony and Toshiba emphasized it to be very scalable with a

capability of selecting as little as one PPE (out of eight) to scale the chip accordingly. If Sony

is really able to miniaturize Cell, it would make life tremendously difficult for Intel with it's

fairly dated XScale processor.

Source: CoolTechZone

Timing is ... not quite everything

Subject: Memory | November 3, 2005 - 06:05 PM |
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The Tech Report sits down with RAM of 2 different timings ... 

2-2-2-5 and 2.5-4-4-8, and also ran them at 1T and 2T.  Read the review to see what impact the timing of these DIMM's had on system performance.

"THESE DAYS, SEEMINGLY every major memory module manufacturer is producing fancy low-latency

DIMMs. These DIMMs are equipped with tricked-out heat spreaders and come in a variety of different

colors, making them easy to pick out in a crowd.

Leaky reservior got you down?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2005 - 04:02 PM |
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Check out PimpRig's review of the Thermaltake Aquabay M3 5.25" Reservoir.  Made of translucent blue 

Polyethylene, this reservoir will look good in a modded case, and you won't need to worry about it cracking over time.

"I'm one of those people that likes a reservoir over a T-line, yet I've never really cared for the

thought of a plexiglas reservoir inside my case. Plexi ages, plexi cracks...plexi leaks. Plexi

bad.

Source: PimpRig

LCD Gaming Monitors Are Becoming Common

Subject: Displays | November 3, 2005 - 03:33 PM |
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With displays having 2 and 3ms response times available from most major LCD manufacturers, it seems that the old adage that CRT's are the best way to play games is headed the way of one button joysticks.  XYZ Computers takes a look at the ViewSonic VX924 3ms LCD Monitor.

"Over the past year or two computer users have been witnessing something very interesting- the

maturation of the LCD monitor.

Logitech's Newest Cordless Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 01:26 PM |
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The G7 Cordless Gaming Mouse has all the buttons and smoothness you would expect from the MX-518 gaming mouse, but without a cord.  They have also moved away from the charging dock, this mouse uses rechargable Li-Ion batteries, and comes with a USB powered charger.  ASE Labs is the place to go to find out more.

"PC games: the primary field of computing that has pushed this so-called "productivity box" faster

and faster over the years.

Source: Aselabs