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Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2005 - 08:56 AM | Dave Phelps
With Home Theater PCs becoming more commonplace, we begin to see more items aimed at that segment of enthusiast. Everything USB takes a look at a new keyboard that ends the frustration of controling your PC from the couch.
With the PC quickly becoming a part of many people's entertainment center, the universal remote is suddenly not so universal.
Subject: Systems | May 19, 2005 - 10:02 PM | Chuck Smith
Have you ever unsubscribed from one spam related email only to find yourself inundated with countless more later on? Extensiontech has done an Investigative Report on Why You Shouldn't Always Unsubscribe From Emails This may save you some spam in the long run.
This all started from me being spammed by some "Online Adult Dating Service" spam email. Of course my Spam Assassin caught it, and labeled it appropriately though. I guess I just had some weird inclination to go look around.
Subject: Storage | May 19, 2005 - 05:24 PM | Chuck Smith
TDK has unveiled a 100 GB Blu-Ray disc at a Tokyo exibition this week. TDK has achieved this higher capacity by making this a four layer disc that can record data at 72Mbps (bits per second), double the 36Mbps rate for current Blu-Ray Discs. More can be read at The Register and at Macworld
The beast holds up to 100GB of data.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2005 - 02:00 PM | Chuck Smith
GruntvillE has put together a nice review on the Aerocool Gatewatch fan contoller.
The Gatewatch unit is made of a plastic material that matches the aluminum cases very well. This unit comes in silver aluminum and black only. The front plate is plastic, but the base of the unit is aluminum. Recently I reviewed the Coolpanel from Aerocool, which was made entirely of plastic, which made mounting the unit difficult. I do not expect the plastic screwholes to last long.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2005 - 09:34 AM | Chuck Smith
Virtual Zone has a preview of a dual 6800 Ultra GPU card from ASUS. This thing is just monstrous!
ASUS is going to launch their new EN6800Ultra Dual card later this month at Computex that features two 6800Ultra GPUs on a single card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2005 - 09:16 AM | Chuck Smith
Mike Dowler has put together a nine card Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Roundup at PCStats. This roundup tests both AGP and PCI Express versions of the 6600/6600GT cards.
The Geforce 6600/6600GT GPU, like its opposite the ATI X700/X700 PRO, offers considerably more for the money than the mainstream cards of previous generations did. PCstats is testing out nine Geforce 6600 and Geforce 6600 GT based videocards, in both AGP and PCI Express versions.
Subject: Editorial | May 17, 2005 - 11:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, in about 6 hours I'll be on a plane to LA for this years Electronics Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as the mecha of the gaming world. While the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Revolution announcements have all already been shown, now its time to get the nose on the floor and hunt out information on the hardware behind these beasts!
Look for updates in my weblog and on the main site during the show!
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 07:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
A whole lot of press releases from Ageia, the pioneers of the PhysX physics processing unit, hit my inbox a bit ago.
First up, it looks like the Playstation 3 is going to have some Ageia Physics middleware to aid in development of games on the new console. Fans of City of Hereos and those looking forward to City of Villians will be interested to know that the Ageia NovodeX physics software is going to be used in the engine for the g
Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have yet to see the first AOpen 915-based motherboard that was "released" but the company is already planning a second one.
The i915GA-HFS will support a number of improved features over the recently released 915Mm-HFS motherboard, which is based on the mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 10:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
ATI just sent this PR out over the wire.
ATI and Microsoft Usher in the HD Era of Gaming
Xbox 360 redefines the visual experience: unparalleled performance drives new levels of realism and immersion
E3 - LOS ANGELES, CA— May 17, 2005 — The era of HD gaming is in full effect at E3 2005 with ATI Technologies Inc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 10:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
Beyond3D.com has taken a look at a notebook featuring the ATI X700 Mobility part to see how it stacks up as a gaming machine.
As well as comparing the performance of the Mobility Radeon X700 with relatively freshly taken scores from the desktop X700 PRO and X600 XT we'll also compare it against the previous performances of the Mobility Radeon 9800 and X800, where we can.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 10:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Chris Angelini has written up a review of the BFG 6800 Ultra 512 MB card for Firingsquad today. If you feel a need to spend $1000+ on a graphics card, you're in luck! ;)
This is a tough one to call, and it took collaboration between a couple of FS staffers to determine if spending one grand on a graphics card represents the epitome of hardcore or the depths of foolishness. In the end, we fell right about in the middle.
Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 10:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
HardwareZone has a review up of the Gigabyte 955X motherboard, dubbed the "Royal".
Performance-wise, the GA-8I955X Royal was able to perform as well and in some cases outperform the Intel 925XE Express reference board, meeting our expectations for the new chipset. It also showed some exceptional performance in the hard drive subsystem testing.
Subject: Processors | May 17, 2005 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report have a review up of the 3800+ Athlon 64 Venice core processor.
Perhaps we saw relatively lackluster results because we used Prime95's stringent torture test with small FFTs, which will cause a shaky CPU to throw an error even when it will run other programs with no apparent problems. We also used Windows XP x64 Edition for testing, which make uses of transistors that would be dormant in a 32-bit OS, potentially exposing a problem. Or maybe our chip was just a dog.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 08:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
You can get the whole PR at the NVIDIA site.
NVIDIA PRESENTS BREAKTHROUGH NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS AT SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT'S PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 PRESS CONFERENCE
SONY PICTURES STUDIOSâ€”CULVER CITY, CAâ€”MAY 16, 2005â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, provided a first look at the power
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2005 - 08:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Gamespot has some good coverage of what has happened in the Sony Playstation 3 launch thus far. The specs for this piece of console hardware look just as impressive as the Xbox 360! 3.2 GHz Cell processor, Blu-Ray Disc support, 256 MB of XDR system memory running at 3.2 GHz (4 x 800 MHz) and 256 MB of GDDR3 at 700 MHz.
Update: Here are some photos of the system!
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2005 - 05:48 PM | Joe White
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2005 — Intel Corporation today opened the 100th Computer Clubhouse, a milestone for the unique, technology-based learning program which has served more than 50,000 youth since it began in 1993. Fueled by a $32 million investment by Intel in 2000, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network has continued to grow to 100 around the world. 'The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network offers youth access to computers, but its uniqueness lies in its learning model,' said Intel CEO Craig Barrett.
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