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Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has probably been a while since you last played Quake 3, but there are still people who are. Maybe you aren't impressed that they can only get around 15 fps, and have to turn off some of the lighting effects to get it that high, but what if they were doing it on 24 monitors? The Inquirer links to pics of that, and a Warcraft 2 setup which shows the entire game map.
"A Bunch of techies at www.plastk.net have been playing around with a 24 monitor display wall and
managed to get a game of Quake Three runn
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While AMD has held the performance crown for a while now, Intel has never been out of the game. At the IDF they revealed the core architectures they hope will regain the speed title for them. Designtechnica has posted their views on the IDF, and what it is that they took away from it, drop by and see what you missed.
"Clearly, Intel has been in a funk lately. AMD has been hitting them so regularly that the old
Intel Bunny Men are looking more like punching bags than mascots.
Subject: Mobile | March 9, 2006 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on a new product to help those with an on the go lifestyle. The UltraCell will last you for a cross Pacific flight, as they are expecting about 14 hours worth of power. This may be the first Fuel Cell application for PC's, and probably not the first.
"A start-up called UltraCell is showing a 2.2-pound fuel cell prototype at the Intel Developer
Forum that can power a laptop computer for 14 hours.
Production models will be available in
Subject: Processors | March 9, 2006 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS compares the newly released Conroe against the FX-60. Head over to see if the Conroe is really as much of an AMD killer as advertised.
"These are interesting results for a number of reasons, we are comparing the mid range Conroe CPU
against that of the future top of the range FX62."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In response to nVIDIA's product launch today, ATI has struck back with the X1800GTO. Read the review at Hot Hardware to see if ATI's newest can compete with the shiny new nVIDIA cards.
"ATI reacts quickly this morning to NVIDIA's hard launch of GeForce 7 refreshes, with a launch of
their own for the performance mainstream sector of the market.
Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition. Take a glimpse into the future of science in America as 40 of the brightest young scientists assemble in Washington, D.C. to showcase research that examines human audio processing, which can be applied to speech recognition technology and cochlear implants; a study of mosquito-borne equine illnesses; development and optimization of a remotely piloted Micro Air Vehicle; and a new method for determining the age and mass of brown dwarf stars.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2006 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA came out swinging this morning, with the release of the new 7900 and 7600 cards. Start at Hot Hardware, who have revied both the budget oriented 7600, and the powerful 7900. Then, just keep going as there are a lot of sites working hard to give you a good look at these hot new models.
'Our personal favorite card
Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an editorial on Malware, PC Mechanic hits on the real solution to spam and adware. Those pop-ups appear because someone is hoping to make money, and if everyone stops buying from spammers and pop-up ads, they just wouldn't exist.
" "My computer is running really slowly and I'm getting tons of pop-ups." It probably wouldn't be
hyperbole to say that this is the most commonly uttered computer-related comment.
Subject: Displays | March 8, 2006 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone reivews Samsung's new SyncMaster 910MP multifunction panel. Not only a respectable gaming LCD, it's an HDTV, and more. Check it out before you buy another monitor or TV.
"The Samsung SyncMaster 910MP is a multifunction 19" LCD panel. This display combines such
features as a TV Tuner, IR Remote, Secondary Inputs, and HDTV compatibility. All these features
are crammed into a monitor that has a 8ms pixel response time, providing for excellent desktop PC
and gaming performance.
Subject: Motherboards | March 8, 2006 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs was not impressed with the A8N32-SLI the first time they looked at it. Once they fixed the settings in the BIOS, and utilized the newest nForce4 drivers, their opinion changed. Not only is the board worth a look, you get an idea just how difficult it is to ensure everything is tested right when you are reviewing a product.
"In our recent review of the Nvidia nForce4 SLI X16 chipset and of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe
mainboard based on it we met a nu
Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never set up a RAID, for whatever reason, Bjorn3D has posted the first article (of 3) for you. No longer do you have to spend $1000's on HDDs, or find a RAID controller card to set one up. Once you have mastered the basics, you may be amazed how easy it is.
"The use of RAID, a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, up until a few years ago was pretty much
limited to servers and high end workstations; this was primarily due to the cost of the controller
and the accompanying hard drives.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Jing Ting Force chipset cooler, reviewed by Big Bruin, is designed specifically for upgrading the cooling of chipsets that are in a very tight space. As cases and motherboards get more cluttered, with muliple oversized vidoe cards or large CPU heatsinks, smong other things, it is very hard to upgrade the cooling for the actual chipsets. Give them a read, and see how well this cooler really works.
"With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the ph
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney today outlined Intel's mobile future, announcing significant innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless. As consumer and business demand for Internet applications on the go continues, Maloney for the first time disclosed details of the next—generation IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® mobile technology—based platform, as well as a single chip Wi—Fi/WiMAX radio and an Intel—branded mobile WiMAX PCMCIA card.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag? A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3. Read more about it at The Inquirer.
"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag
for online video games.
The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the
McCombs School of Business at
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership.
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:24 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation today outlined plans to connect computer network management technologies and also to work together to advance promising virtualization technology that will bring businesses new capabilities and cost savings.
In a move to bring unique management benefits to the broad number of users of MicrosoftÂ® Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) for the first time, Intel plans to connect its new IntelÂ® Active Management Technology (IntelÂ®
Subject: Processors | March 8, 2006 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today disclosed details of its forthcoming IntelÂ® Core™ microarchitecture, a new industry—leading foundation for Intel's multi—core server, desktop and mobile processors for computers later this year.
Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — From email and word processing to file retention and disaster recovery planning, a growing mountain of digital information has small businesses and consumers seeking an affordable means to protect their data from loss. Addressing this demand, computer resellers today began offering a new storage platform from Intel Corporation designed with the unique needs of small businesses and consumers in mind.
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and VMware, Inc. today announced a broad collaboration to bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprises and new market segments. In a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger and VMware President Diane Greene announced expanded product support and a global joint marketing campaign to increase awareness and adoption of the technology.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Legion Hardware to see what effect adding some well though out extras to a X1800XT can have. The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT features an external power source and custom Arctic-Cooling heatsink, so it performs better than you might expect.
Plus, follow the never ending ATI vs nVIDIA controversy, this time involving NForce4 bandwidth in SLI, in Ryan's article here.
"The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP is an amazing product simply because it is different; the