2GB of RAM with good OC'ing overhead

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2006 - 05:58 PM |
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Virtual Hideout likes Corsairs' 2GB XMS 4000PT RAM kit.  Not only does it offer enough size to deal with RAM hungry modern games, you don't sacrifice speed for the size.  Even better you can put it into a 200Mhz mobo, and overclock it to wahtever your processor or mobo can handle.

"Compared to the Value ram, Corsairs XMS 4000PT is definitely a lot faster.

BlueGears Stop Support for HDA X-Mystique and VR-Fidelity

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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It appears BlueGears has discontinued support for the HDA X-Mystique and the VR-Fidelity. The same post references a contact at a new company called Auzentech located in San Jose, CA.

The 2 flavours of nVidia's G71

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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According to this brief from VR-Zone, the upcoming release of the G71 graphics chip from nVidia will have 2 flavours, and 2 seperate introduction dates.  Keep your eyes open for more info as it comes.

"There is no doubt NVIDIA will be launching the 90nm G71 in March and the official name will be

GeForce 7900. We came to know that there will be 2 versions; the GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB and the

GeForce 7900 256MB.

Source: VR-Zone

Seeing double, and loving it

Subject: Displays | January 30, 2006 - 01:07 PM |
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Motherboards.org reviews the Doublesight DS-1900, 2 dual linked 19" LCDs on one stand.  While you may not get too much out of it for gaming, anyone utilizing programs that have huge amounts of menus will probably love the extra screen real estate.

"This DS-1900 dual display monitor setup is an excellent product, and some positives of the

monitor include the ability to have 30 inches of viewable area horizontally, matching the highest

end Cinema displays from Apple in the overall viewing are

Go Go Gadget mouse-phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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A1-Electronics has posted a review of the Act-on Optical MicMouse, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like.  Now you too can pick up your mouse and use it to talk over VOIP.  No word if it will work as a CB Radio too.


Also, Ryan has posted a review of the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 with Dolby Digital Live Sound, so check it out.


"What to say.

... and they'll call him "The Str34k"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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If you thought that getting unexpectedly flashed was for Frosh Week and Football games, you have something new to consider.  According to this story from The Register, malicious BIOS flashing could be the next big viral problem for PC's.  This kind of exploit has not been spotted in the wild yet, but it is probably coming ...

Source: The Register

AMD AND HP GENERATE MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR THE LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 30, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) (Nasdaq: HPQ) today announced that they have generated more than $2 million to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) through sales of the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC, powered by AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology. Thanks to the tremendous success of this initiative, availability of this one-of-a-kind notebook will be extended through June 2006.

Source: AMD

6800GS shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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The newly released 6800GS is one of the best bangs for your buck in the current graphics market, whether you want the AGP or the PCI-e version.  AnandTech has grabbed cards from 4 of the current manufacturers, to see how they work out of the box, and what kind of an overclock to expect.

"Today, we'll be looking at four different manufacturers' versions of the 6800 GS, and seeing what each has to offer. The cards that we have are from Leadtek, PNY Technologies, EverTop, and EVGA.

Source: AnandTech

1000 Watts of pure power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 05:07 PM |
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PC Power & Cooling has a 1KW PSU on sale, and Bjorn3D has a review.  If you have an obscene amount of power hungry components, this PSU will handle them all with power to spare, and it will have no problem with the heat, either.

"Have two video cards, two optical drives, three hard drives and a plethora of other components in

your PC? If so, you might wonder if your PSU is struggling. Well, there's certainly no struggling

for PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cooling 1KW.

Source: Bjorn3D

Watercooling on a budget

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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sgOverclockers has posted a review of Cool-Trek Vostok Watercooling kit.  They are a newcomer to the cooling business, and are now focusing on watercooling that will fall into more people's budgets, without affecting cooling performance too much.


"Cool-Trek are a relative new comer to the world of watercooling.

ABit will trade info for a chance at great schwag!

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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Abit is hosting a survey on their website, and if you participate, you are entered to win some really good prizes.  Depending on how far you go in the survey, you can end up with more than just one chance to win, as well as letting you in on even bigger prizes.  There are daily draws, and the grand prize winners are announced on Feb 10th.

I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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If you don't want to submit to them, perhaps you should take a peek at Think Computers review of UFO: Aftershock for the PC.  It carries on in the same vein as Aftershock, with updates to gameplay, graphics and it's overall complexity.  While it may not live up to it's distant ancestor, X-Com:UFO Defense, it is certain worth checking out.

'Science Fiction, probably one of the most popular themes of video games, in the past and most

likely in the future as well, combine that with strategy role

1000mW pointer of light

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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Well, maybe not quite that powerful, but the Spyder Series Portable lasers that MVKTECH has linked to are something else.  While they are quite expensive, you can do useful things with them, like burn holes in black garbage bags or melt plastic ... or use it as a pointer, I suppose.

"Wicked Lasers is proud to introduce the most unique and innovative portable lasers available in

the market.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 10:35 AM |
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Here is a tiny power supply that is 100% silent and delivers 120 watts of power at only 12V.  Dang!

Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs and Smart Appliances; Gives Robots More Freedom to Roam

World's tiniest PC power supply offers new design possibilities for PCs, case mods and X86 devices


FREMONT, CA—January 26, 2006 -- Mini-box.com, a division of Ituner Networks today announced the picoPSU, the worl

Nero plays on, with version 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 06:58 PM |
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TECHGAGE grabbed a copy of Nero 7 - Ultra Edition, and took it out for a spin.  Drop by and see how this baby handles, and what new bells and whistles have been added.

"Nero has released a new version of their Ultimate Edition and we are here to take a look at

what's new and upgraded.

Source: TECHGAGE

DFI gets into ATI

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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Now DFI users have a choice between nVidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire with the introduction of the LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR motherboard, based on the Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset.  Read the full review at X-Bit Labs.

"DFI Company is very well-known for its overclocking friendly mainboards on NVIDIA nForce4

chipsets. Now they have got down to building a similar solution around the Radeon Xpress 200

CrossFire chipset from ATI.

Source: X-Bit Labs

WD SHIPPING HALF-TERABYTE SERIAL ATA DESKTOP HARD DRIVES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. Jan. 26, 2006 Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC)today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity 500 GB Serial ATA
(SATA) WD CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications such as graphic design, digital
video editing, personal video recorders and advanced business computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300
MB/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

Wireless streaming audio brought to you by Squeezebox

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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HotHardware, has posted a reveiw of the Squeezebox Wireless Media Player by Sean Pelletier (aka Pelly).  The audio box seems like the perfect way to get the songs on your PC to play anywhere in your house, without adding to your already existing cable spaghetti, plus it comes with a "MP3 is not a crime" sticker.  Give it a read.

"We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com where we evaluate Slim Device's sleek

Squeezebox Wireless Media Player.

Source: HotHardware

Converse with the creator of ATI's R580

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Beyond3D has a conversation with Eric Demers and Richard Huddy from ATI.  If you are curious about the power behind the X1900, these guys have a lot of answers.


"In our recent R580: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX and Crossfire article we took a look at the architecture

of this new ATI chip and the performance it brings with its interesting configuration.

Source: Beyond3D

Intel, I shrunk the transistors again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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CNET posted a story on Intel's first working chips produced using a 45 nanometre process.  This keeps Moores' Law on track for the next year, 65 and 90 nanometre were the last greatest processes, and we've doubled again over 18 months.  This year they will be able to etch using normal lithography, as opposed to immersion, or other, more complex ways like Extreme Ultraviolet lithography, something that will be needed in the future to continue this shrinkage.