ABS unleashes some Mayhem into the laptop market

Subject: Mobile | November 1, 2005 - 12:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP plays with the ABS Mayhem G4 Gaming Laptop.   They take you through everything from buying the system over the web, to initial use, to contacting tech support. 

"The chassis was truly impressive. I'm not a laptop man, but this system has made me think twice

about them. The widescreen, high-resolution display is beautiful and the chassis has shown that it

can put up with a lot of gaming and stay comfortable. The internal build quality was also smart.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Double the Cache, Double your fun

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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The Tech Zone reviews Western Digital's new Caviar SE16 400 GB HDD.  Unlike many of the 400GB HDD's coming out, WD's Caviar sports a 16MB cache, giving you some impressive performance.  As well, it is a quiet drive, as you would expect from WD's higher end drives.

"400GB hard drives seem to be somewhat of a median at the moment, they are not overly expensive

for the amount of storage you receive.

Beware! Poison .bats ahead!

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2005 - 11:49 AM |
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CNet reports on a vunerablility affecting many popular Anti-Virus programs.  They describe a "magic bit" that could be added to a .bat file, that will make your scanner completely ignore the file instead of scanning it.


"By adding some data to a file, an attacker could trick virus scanners into letting a malicious

executable file pass through, security researcher Andrey Bayora wrote in an advisory last week.

The Phantom Always Knocks Twice

Subject: Systems | October 31, 2005 - 06:59 PM |
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2 reviews, one powerful powersupply.  Start with Club Overclockers look at the Antec Phantom 500 ATX Power Supply, and once you've digested it fully, read our own Robotech's take on it.  After that, you should know everything there is to know about this made for SLI PSU.

Got SLI?

Source: Club OC

When 1600 DPI just isn't enough

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2005 - 06:46 PM |
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... you get the Razer Copperhead 2000 DPI Laser Mouse.  Big Bruin gives you the full run down on all it's bells and whistles.

"Razer has packed a lot of features into a mouse with great looks.

Source: Big Bruin

2 Gigs big, 1T fast

Subject: Memory | October 31, 2005 - 06:38 PM |
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Corsair's newest, their TWINX2048-4000PT Platinum Series gets a workout at Think Computers.  They are impressed by the timings, and the speeds they could get when manipulating the the timings.

'Hot off the heels of the last Corsair review, we have another Corsair review for you. Corsair has

done it again, they are leading the pack in memory technology advancements, by releasing yet

another quality high performance memory product.

MP3 Player Madness - Just which one do I want?

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2005 - 02:31 PM |
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R&B Mods offers some advice to those who are finding the MP3 Player market a little confusing.  With the dozens of main brands, each having dozens of models, finding the right player to put under the tree might not be as easy as you first though.

"I have worked at an Mp3 company before, (not to mention any names) and I have somewhat of an idea

of what to look for when it comes to an mp3 player. I worked as support crew which gives me an

idea what people are looking for in general.

Secret Decoder Ring for your A64

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2005 - 02:18 PM |
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Overclocked Inside wants to make sure you know everything you can about your A64 processor.  To that end, they've set up an interactive translator, where you enter your model number (ex.

Happy Halloween!

Subject: Editorial | October 31, 2005 - 12:21 PM |
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When a golf ball meets a case fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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MVKTech has review up of Sharkoon's Silent Eagles.  Not only will it go well with that Golf themed PC you're working on, but an 80mm fan that moves 22.7CFM at 17.8 dB(A) is not something you have to yell over to be heard.

"Sharkoon came up with a new silent solution when it comes to fans, namely the Silent Eagle range.

The Silent Eagle comes in 2 different versions, the Eagle 1000 and Eagle 2000 where the number

stands for the rotation speed of the propeller.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

The Guru Delivers - nVHardPage SE version 3.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Guru of 3D's nVHardPage SE lets you tweak settings on your video card, through an easy to use software program, and they've updated it to version 3.2.  If you use it, update it ... if you've never tried it, maybe you should give it a try and see if you can breed a bit more life into your old nVidia card.


"Do you seek an easy way to en/disable overclocking options or vsync your ForceWare drivers

without the burden of importing registry entries or the need to go in that registry yourself ?

Source: Guru of 3D

Happy Halloween

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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So what if it will be obsolete within a week, get your Pumpkin PC today!!!

"Just in time for Halloween, the staff at the computer store at the University of Arkansas have

created a seasonally appropriate PC."


Here is some more Tech News from around the web:


Tech Talk

like the old one @ The Inquirer

  • Source: ZDNet

    High Speed, Low Latency, Easy Overclocking

    Subject: Memory | October 28, 2005 - 07:04 PM |
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    Having a high FSB isn't the only way for memory to excel. Overclockers Online looks at OCZ's PC4000 2GB EB Platinum Edition.  This set of dual channel RAM is set to very low latency right out of the box.  Either leave it alone, and enjoy the performance, or find your own overclocked sweet spot with this kit.

    "Gone are the days when the best performance is provided by 1GB kits of memory.

    When there's something strange ... with your temperatures ...

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 28, 2005 - 06:58 PM |
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    Who you gunna call?  Heat Buster!!!  Well, maybe not ... but Maximium CPU does have a review of the PCI cooler with more today.  Not only does it provide cooling to whatever component is closest to where you place it, it also has an exhaust to remove more hot air from the case.

    'The Heat Buster from PowerColor is a PCI slot cooler, with a little more to offer. It has the

    standard exhaust fan, as well as a second, adjustable fan to help facilitate air movement in your

    case.

    Source: Maximum CPU

    PSU Review For You

    Subject: Systems | October 28, 2005 - 06:36 PM |
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    3DXtreme has a 3 way comparision of PSU's - SinTek 500w SLI, Enermax Liberty 500w and Silverstone Strider 600w.  See what they liked, and what they though could have been done better

    "A stable source of power is the heart of every working PC. Overclockers can appreciate a stable

    and sufficient Power Supply as this could be the 'make it or break it' component within their PC.

    Source: 3DXtreme

    Intel lets the Cats out of the bag

    Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 06:28 PM |
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    Intel has devised 2 new benchmarking tools, the Gaming Capabilities Assessment Tool (G-CAT), and the Digital Home Capabilities Assessment Tool (DH-CAT). Silent PC Review will give you the full run down on what they test, and why you should be interested.

    "They're benchmarks, designed to test a PC's gaming or "Digital Home" capabilities. It's probably

    the first time that a processor company is trying to create benchmarks for a whole PC rather than

    specific components.

    The purer the power, the higher you can get

    Subject: Motherboards | October 28, 2005 - 01:27 PM |
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    AnandTech has a comprehensive review of the Asus P5N32-SLI: Dual x16.  It has many innovations on it, and one of the main focuses on this board seems to be improving the quality of power that the system recieves.  You night wonder what that means to you?  It means better overclocking potential ... that's what!

    "The Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe is outstanding and deserves serious consideration if you are an Intel

    enthusiast.

    Source: AnandTech

    Got the "File Not Found" blues?

    Subject: Storage | October 28, 2005 - 01:04 PM |
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    Has your flash memory let you down?  Your USB data stick is more stick than data?  PC Stats has put together a guide on recovering your data when it goes missing, and to prevent it from happening again.

    "Stuck with lost data on a USB memory key or Flash card and don't know what to do? Recovering data

    from flash memory devices is possible, and not to complex, so follow along and we'll help you get

    those pictures back!

    Source: PCStats

    DDR4 - Coming soon to a GPU near you

    Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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    The Inquirer reports on Samsung's new GDDR4 chips, which are currently undergoing testing.  If they deliver, they will double the bandwidth of current GDDR3 chips.

    "The latency of the shipped modules is set at 0.8 nanoseconds, which limits the highest clockspeed

    of the memory to an astonishing 1.25 GHz in DDR mode.

    It does not take a braniac to calculate the possible bandwidth on G80/R580 boards: 32-bytes

    (256-bit) x 1.25 (GHz) x 2 (DDR) results in 80GB/s of theoretical bandwidth, almost double the

    currently

    Source: The Inquirer

    50 years up time, 0 reboots!

    Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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    "CHIEF SOFTWARE Architect Bill Gayes is 50 today.

    He was born under the sign of Windows and Uranus is on the cusp.

    Source: The Inquirer