Intel Simplifies Storage

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:27 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2005 — Intel Corporation announced today a new storage platform designed to make it easier and more affordable for small- and medium-sized businesses to deploy storage solutions that help ensure prompt disaster recovery and extend backup capabilities.


Businesses today are inundated with an increasing volume of data due to greater use of digital information, such as business reports, employee records, photos and videos.

A High Definition Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 07:07 PM |
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PC Stats has a long hard look at how Vista's HDCP (High Definition Copy Protection) will affect you and your PC viewing habits. 

"Part of the feature set of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system is support for

High-Definition content, either through television signals, HD or Blu-Ray DVDs, or Internet video.

Along with this support though, is a new set of restrictions designed to ensure the sanctity of HD

content and protect it from copying.

Source: PCStats

The Invisible Fan ... Controller

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2005 - 06:19 PM |
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The Sunbeam Theta TP-101 fan controller is a little different than you might expect.  It's a PCI card, with a satndard molex power connector and 8 fan connectors.  All the fans in your system connect to it, and are controlled via installed software.  Read the full review at Big Bruin.

"Sunbeamtech has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past,

but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different.

Source: Big Bruin

The IceMat Cometh, Second Edition

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 03:41 PM |
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It's been about 2 years since the original IceMat was first available, and now the 2nd Edition has arrived.  It is much bigger and come in a wider variety of colours.  XYZ computing took it out for a test drive, see what they had to say about it.

"One of the first high-end mouse pads to make a name for its was the glass Icemat.

The many faces of the R480

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM |
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Bjorn3D puts the HIS X800GT and GTO head to head in a review that also incorporates 6 other video cards.  As with many other reviews, most ratings are shown twice, once for pure performance, and once as performance versus price.

"While ATI is busy showing off their new products it is easy to forget that they still have a

pretty nice line-up already out.

Source: Bjorn3D

Faster than a speeding CRT

Subject: Displays | October 27, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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DigiTimes reports on BenQ's new 2ms response time LCD.  It isn't available on the market, in fact it doesn't even have a price yet, but it likely won't be cheap.

"BenQ recently debuted its 2ms 19-inch LCD monitor (FP93G X), which it claims to be the world's

fastest monitor. The monitor will be first introduced to the Asia Pacific region next month,

targeting the gamer market.

Source: Digitimes

Holy Horus in 32 ways, Batman!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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If you haven't heard of AMD's upcoming Horus chip, it is designed to allow Opterons to work in 12, 16 and 32 way systems.  Keep an eye out for the conference, and head over to The Inquirer to read up on what is known about the Horus so far.

"AMD AND NEWISYS are set to demonstrate a 32-way or more Horus system at a Supercomputing event in

Seattle in a couple of week's time.

And the event will have Microsoft's Bill Gates as the keynote speaker, prompting speculation that

the firm might have a bash at showing off a

Source: The Inquirer

AMD64 SETS THE GOLD STANDARD AT LUCASFILM ANIMATION SINGAPORE

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 11:23 AM |
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SINGAPORE-Oct. 27, 2005-At a ceremonial opening of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that the digital backbone of the new Lucasfilm Animation Singapore digital animation center is powered by AMD64 processor technology - the gold standard for 64-bit computing.


Lucasfilm Animation Singapore is Lucasfilm Ltd.'s first animation studio in Asia and complements their new Letterman Digital Arts Center combining Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Source: AMD

600W of Black Lightning

Subject: Systems | October 26, 2005 - 06:18 PM |
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With a dead silent 120mm fan, a black finish and minimalist design, the Silverstone Strider ST60F 600watt PSU is a good addition to any system.  It auto senses and switches to 240/120 so you don't need to worry about finding that switch on the back, and it has 4 12V channels, with 2 PCIe power connectors, so it will fit into any SLI plans you might have.  Pro-clockers gives this PSU an Editors Choice.

"Class, sleek and powerful are just a few words that I can think of to describe anything that

comes

AMD, Merrill Lynch to Webcast Server Market Discussion

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2005 - 06:05 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - October 26, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Marty Seyer, corporate vice president/general manager, Commercial Business Unit and Performance Computing, Microprocessor Solutions Sector


(MSS) will discuss the server microprocessor market with special focus on blade servers at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, November 2, 2005. The webcast discussion will be hosted by Merrill Lynch.


Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

ECS' new mobo comes in grape!

Subject: Motherboards | October 26, 2005 - 03:41 PM |
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Motherboards.org has gotten a hold of the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard, an SLI board without the paddle usually found to switch between single and dual video cards.  It even comes with a "Top Hat" a backup BIOS that sits on top of the main BIOS chip.  It will allow you to boot after a bad flash, so you can try to reflash. 

"ECS is not only one of the biggest sellers of motherboards worldwide, sometimes they actually

make products that are worthy of attention and priced right as wel

High Performance Pre-Built Rig from Falcon Northwest

Subject: Systems | October 26, 2005 - 03:12 PM |
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If you are looking for a pre-built system that will make others green with envy, you want a Falcon Northwest machine.  Specifically, look at the 

FragBox 2, an incredibly powerful SFF PC.  [H]ard|OCP bought one, specifcally built to play Battlefield 2 very well.  Take a look and see what they recieved.

"The first time I ever saw a Falcon Northwest PC was in 1998, and coincidentally it was the first

time I'd ever seen 3DFX GLIDE used in a game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ's memory is going for the gold

Subject: Memory | October 26, 2005 - 01:40 PM |
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OCZ's 500Mhz, 2GB dual channel kit, the EL DDR PC-4000 1024MB Gold Edition Dual Channel, performs well straight out of the box, and better once you overclock it.  Even better is the lifetime warranty that comes with it.  Red & Blackness Mods puts it through the paces, check out the review.

"Todays games have started to require more power and one of the main things is ram. 1Gb or ram is

required these days and 2Gb is almost recommended.

Comparing Processor Price & Performance

Subject: Processors | October 26, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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ExtremeTech takes on a daunting task in this CPU review on performance versus cost.  It covers quite a few AMD and Intel chips, and puts them to work on a lot of different benchmarks.  There are even some odd surprises, like the 3700+.

"When you build a PC, you're often making a series of delicate trade-offs. After all, most of us

have budget limits on any PC we build, and making the most of that budget is key.

Source: Extremetech

Gigabyte's 3D series, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2005 - 11:55 AM |
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The 3D Galaxy from Gigabyte has been around for a bit, and you may have seen reviews of this watercooling system.  New from Gigabyte is the 3D Aurora, an ATX case designed specifically to house the Galaxy watercooler.  See how well they work together in the full review from Legion Hardware.

"They did this by developing the "Galaxy Liquid Cooling Kit" designed for use with high-end

systems.

And you thought your patching was behind

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2005 - 11:46 AM |
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20% of the DNS servers that form the backbone of the world wide web are seriously behind in their updates. CNET has the story, with all the gory details.

"DNS servers, which translate domain names such as "yoursite.com" into IP addresses, underpin the

workings of the Internet. In its survey, Internet performance company The Measurement Factory

found that the BIND software used for domain-name resolution is out-of-date on a fifth of DNS

servers.

Stronger! Faster! Better! Cheaper?!?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2005 - 06:41 PM |
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PC Modding Malaysia discovers an interesting fact about the XFX GeForce 7800 GT.  It is a better performing card than the 6800 Ultra, and costs around $100 less.  Keep that in mind if you're upgrading, but aren't looking to spend $500+.

"All in all, the XFX GeForce 7800 GT is a stunning graphics card. The package was impressive and

the bundled games are pretty good. This 7800 GT comes factory overclocked and it runs pretty cool

even at overclocked speeds.

Enhancing video podcasts with WMA

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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Jealous of the things people can do to videos with their Macs?  Head over to MediaBlab to see just how much you can add to a plain old Windows Media video file.

"Apple's AAC format allows podcasters to create "enhanced podcasts" complete with embedded photos

at publisher defined points throughout the podcast. These files are only compatible with iTunes

and iPods, leaving a large universe of listeners out of the picture.

Even your wires can be upgraded

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 03:22 PM |
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If your stereo system just doesn't sound good enough, consider upgrading the cheap and nasty wiring between your component's and speakers, before going out to buy a whole new system.  While I would not recommend buying cabling that costs $100/ft, The Tech Zone has an article describing why when you spend $0.02/ft on cables, the sound may not quite be "live". 


"The very basic reason why audio cables are important is because they change the signal going

through them.

Fan Commander to the rescue

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2005 - 01:09 PM |
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Cooling off a hot system is about more than just putting as many fans into the PC as the chassis will allow; unless you live alone, and like wearing earplugs.  Fan controllers allow you to monitor your temperatures, and reduce the speed, and therefore the noise eminating from under your desk.  Ultra Product's newly released Fan Commander may be what you need, and Big Bruin can tell you all about it.

"Ultra Products has a new fan controller called the Fan Commander which can control up to seven fa

Source: Big Bruin