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Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2007 - 07:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl sounds like it has something to do with Jack Sparrow, it's only link to that series is that is has been designed with watercooling in mind. These boards are extremely rare, as EVGA inspects their A1 line and only takes the best to be promoted to the Black Pearl line. That promotion involves the addition of compression fitted waterblocks, specifically a VREG block, CPU block, SPP Block, and MCP Block.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 4, 2007 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest style of case from Cooler Master is the Cosmos, a very high end design for a case. Most of the case is designed to be tool free, but for those few remain screws and for cable management, the Cosmos comes with it's own handy tool kit. The size makes components easy to install, the four quiet fans will help your ears, and this case will be around for quite a while thanks to it's steel design. You can
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2007 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can get a lot of information about the Nouveau project and the team that is trying to bring open source 3D graphics to Linux, over at Linux.com. Some veterans of the R300 project, which did the same thing for ATI/AMD drivers, are taking their success onto the next major graphics card manufacturer. They also mention ways in which Linux users can help out, either getting involved in the development, or just doing end-user testing.
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you. Maybe you just had a brain fart. Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password. Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats. Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.
Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2007 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Packard Bell, one of the leading consumer electronics brands in Europe, today announced the launch of its new EasyNote XS, a 7-inch notebook which combines advanced portability with a full featured PC running Windows XP Home Edition. Designed to be your everyday mobile companion, it's the perfect choice for mobile users that find full-sized notebooks too big and PDAs too limited.
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 01:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product. First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products. The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:
The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC. Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.
Subject: Mobile | August 31, 2007 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AC Ryan has released a universal notebook external battery, called MobiliT. It weighs about 1.5lbs, and provides 6600 mAH (105WH), and lives up to it's universal claim by coming with 8 output tips and input connectors. DV Hardware found adding 2 hours or more of power on the go was well worth the price.
Subject: Memory | August 31, 2007 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats tries to find the sweet spot for RAM on Vista. Trying 512MB, 1, 2 and 4GB they see just what you can get away with, and if the 4GB helps you out. Gaming and productivity software will start to respond a lot better if you can keep Vista happy.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs looks a two very different coolers, the Zalman CNPS8700 LED and the Thermaltake V1. The Zalman is aimed at those without the room in their case for a huge cooler, and the V1 is a unique looking cooler with a special fan that fits in between it's fins. Take a look and see which one would fit your needs best.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web. Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.
You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - August 30, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. Using a highly efficient and compact design, the Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. Catering to the needs of gamers and enthusiasts, the Vanquisher will become an integral addition to any extreme-performance gaming rig.
Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 09:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W. It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking. It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced. Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2007 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GECUBE is back with the Gemini 3, two overclocked HD2600XT cards in one. It gives you a chance to essentially run 2 cards while taking up one slot and a lot less space. It will be interesting to see if this board can be run in Crossfire before the new Quad-GPU support of the upcoming AMD 790 chipset. Get a good look at this board, and what it can do, at TweakTown.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2007 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's 850 TruePower Quattro has four 18A 12V rails that can handle up to 768W, as well as a nice modular design that makes it very easy to spot the dedicated PCI Express plugs. Hi-Tech Reviews was worried that the single 80mm fan wouldn't be enough to keep this PSU cool, but it did the job admirably, and Antec offers a 3 year warranty in case anything goes wrong.
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early. Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed. AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus.
Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 09:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes. The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 09:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.