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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan reviews a handy PSU tester from Ultra Products. Instead of using a multimetre to test each wire individually, this PSU tester has 6 connectors - 20/24 Pin ATX, 4 Pin/8 Pin CPU, 4 Pin Floppy, SATA, and PCI Express, all with LED lights representing the various voltages.
'So who needs a Power Supply tester anyway? Well, anyone who has a Power Supply should have one to
insure everything is in order. This tester is especially useful for anyone purchasing a new Power
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 12, 2006 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclock3D has a review of an item that may become very popular as graphics cards demand more power. The FSP Booster X3 300W 12V PSU is a power supply, that fits in a 5.25" drive bay and delivers 25 amps of 12V power. To use it, you plug a main power cord into a provided PCI slot cover, and then to the X3 internally, and plug the X3's PCI-E connectors into your SLI setup.
Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI. The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.
Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to the research of Prof. Renugopalakrishnan, who is doing some very interesting work with bacteria. If you can handle the idea of literal bugs in your data, these disks will store a lot. I wonder if as a side benefit, they will eat the crumbs and lint that always seem to end up in jewel cases.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Havok 4.0 enhances Havok's
industry-leading game-play physics and animation products (Havok Physics™
and Havok Animation™). It also introduces two new products - Havok
Behavior™ and Havok FX™ - to accelerate development of
sophisticated interactive character behaviors, and to deliver an unprecedented
level of physically-based 'special effects' phenomena. The
combined 4.0 solution represents a
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NGOHQ spotted a very interesting RAM module at Computex, from GEIL. This soon to be released RAM has an independant power supply, right on the DIMM. It looks to plug into a 3.5" drive power connector to do so, and they also claim you will be able to tweak the voltage on the fly, thanks to a switch on the DIMM.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2006 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at this paint that MAKE:Blog found. It changes colour with temperature, just like some kids toys, and some older 80's - 90's T-shirts. With the right setup, it might even be an early warning for overheating.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PenStar Systems is kicking off a HUGE review of multi GPU systems, that incorporates multiple hardware reivew sites, from Bit-Tech to Rage3D with stops inbetween. Start with the introduction, and the mega-review will be continued every other day.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After all that time in science class, your physics lessons are about to pay off ... sort of. [H]ard|OCP examines the PPU offerings on the market, from Ageia, ATI and nVIDIA, and tries to explain the difference between the way they implement physics in gaming.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FireFox 2.0 Public Beta is here. Drop by Ars Technica for a link to get it for yourself. Although your extensions will not be very likely to work, some of the more popular extensions have been incorporated into the main program.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware compares nVIDIA's 570 SLI chipset (MSI K9N SLI Platinum) against it's newer 590 SLI (ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe). Considering the price difference between motherboards, is the newer chipset worth what it will cost you?
"The performance of these two chipsets using a single graphics card is almost identical and you can
expect SLI performance to be much the same.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has spotted an impressive optical drive in the works, at Ricoh. Designed to read just about any media, it may make life much easier, as you won't have to choose between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, it will read both. This first generation will be pretty expensive though, think $1000 or so.
Subject: Processors | July 10, 2006 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The long wait for dual core Itaniums may soon be over. According to CNET, the Montecito chip should be available soon, on July 18th there will be a launch event.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2006 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Revoltec Lightboard advanced has a lot going for it. It has fairly well thought out key placement, and overall attractive look, and it glows at the touch of a button. The lights use barely any power, so the only connector is the USB cable you would expect to see. Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a closer look.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by VIA Arena to listen to Otto Berkes speech at the VIA Technology Forum on minaturization, and where Microsoft sees the UMPC heading.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2006 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join OCMODSHOP for a trip down memory lane, as they recall past ATI products that they used. From the old days of the Rage cards, when 3DFX was king of the hill, to the 9800 series, take a look at how these cards have evolved.
Subject: Memory | July 7, 2006 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first time Neoseeker reviewed Crucial's DDR2 it was certainly stable, but not very good on the overclock. This second run of Crucial's DDR2 is a little more forgiving, reaching speeds above 1000MHz, when the timings are loosened up.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2006 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XP-90C was king of the cooling hill for quite a while. With new sockets coming out, and much hotter systems, techPowerUp! revists this Thermalright cooler to see how it stacks up against the new breed of coolers.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Think Computers for a very odd concept in gaming ... it's Game Tycoon! Instead of taking time off your gaming schedule to work on Quake X, travel back to the heady days of the early 80's, when coders were real coders, and cassettes and 51/4" diskettes ruled the earth.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to listen to one of Digital Trends podcasts, today is a good day to try it out. Always covering many different topics, this go around touches on Apple, Dell and Microsoft, as well as other odd topics. Give it a listen, there's a good chance it will put a smile on your face.