Where's the heat?

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 08:39 AM |
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The ThermoHawk 200 Infrared Thermometer is a $60 dollar tool that you may never get bored of playing with.  Sure, it is handy for figuring out which capacitor or chip is running really hot and needs a heatsink, or where the hot air gathers in your case.  But think, now you will never need to sip a beer to figure out if it is cold, or if the water in the lake is warm enough for a swim, or just how hot your coffee is.  Check it out at Think Computers.

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Power in a puny package

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC.  With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.

"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.

A monitor you can be proud to display

Subject: Displays | February 9, 2006 - 02:28 PM |
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Dell is offering a 24" display for under $1000 and Designtechnica has the review.  It can accept just about any signal output on the planet, and it is not quite large enough to require dual DVI in order to display properly.  Check this monster out!

"If you have been waiting for a large LCD at a great price, the Dell 2405FPW is the display for

you. Unless you are dead set on an HDMI with a 24-in. display, there is no reason to pass up on

the Dell 2405FPW.

Heatsinks that offer a choice

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 10:50 AM |
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GruntvillE has posted a review of 2 of Noctua's new heatsinks, the NH-U9 and NH-U12.  Both are very large, so not all cases will accomodate them, but if you can squeeze them in, the cooling power is impressive.  Neither model comes with fans, as they aren't needed in a normal setup, due to the size of the heatsink, and the number of heatpipes.  However, both models can fit 2 fans for overclocking, the U9 using 92mm and the U12 allowing the use of 120mm fans.

"Noctua, a recent upstart in Au

Source: GruntvillE

Straight from Corsair's Labs to you, the Great Heatspreader Debate

Subject: Memory | February 9, 2006 - 10:13 AM |
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There's been a lot of discussion recently about various heat spreader types and which type provides the best performance. Or, perhaps, if the best performance results from using no heat spreader at all. We were curious ourselves as to the answers to these questions, so we set out to test the various heat spreader types in a controlled environment.

Raptor X : The sequels keep getting better

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 08:56 AM |
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This Raptor X preview is brought to you by a parnership of the folks of Western Digital and AnandTech, and is approved for all audiences.   While sequels in the movie industry are often worse than the original, in the world of tech, we usually function in the opposite manner.  The Raptor X is no exception, bundling the tried technology that made the past 2 generations shine together with newer PATA technology into one speedy 150Gb drive.

"The latest version of the Raptor was launched as the WD1500

Source: AnandTech

Practice your web-based self defense

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2006 - 08:36 AM |
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Tech Connect Magazine has posted an article called "Under Attack", a primer on defending against the various wild nasties currently roaming the virtual world.  If you aren't up to speed on what kind of threats are out there, this is a read that could save you a lot of time and money.


"Viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and Hanson lyrics - the internet is a veritable jungle that only

a few can come out of unscathed.

Is four seperate 12V lines enough for you?

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 03:19 PM |
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The SilverStone Strider ST60F Modular 600W PSU can provide exactly that.  Just because quad SLI systems are only theory at the moment, that doesn't mean you can't get ready for them now!  Plus, with a nearly silent 120mm fan and a modular setup with well shielded cables, this PSU shouldn't be crippled by a systems power needs for a while.  Read all about it at Techniz.

"The SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU.

Dual DVI for gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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Bona Fide reviews continues their examination of ATI's range of cards, today it is the HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo, with dual DVI and an IceQ cooler that gives the card a little advantage on overclocking over more standard cooling.  Also, the fact that it requires no extra power to run, and it still performs as a solid mid-range graphics card makes it an attractive buy.

"After reviewing the Sapphire X1300, we continue the X1K line of reviews with the HIS X1600XT

Turbo.

S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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Fremont, CA, January 23 2006 - Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America.


Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128.

Overclocked out of the box

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gotten their hands on a sweet system from OverdrivePC, the Gemini.SLI.  This is one of their top models, and can be completely customized when you order it.  The big selling point is that every possible component that can be overclocked already is, and all the stability testing has been done for you.  Check it out.

"Overdrive PC is a company that specializes in systems using over-clocked processors and GPUs.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A case that dreams of growing up to be a helicopter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2006 - 08:59 AM |
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The Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T takes aircooling seriously.  It doesn't even use millimetres to describe it's 2 huge fans, why bother when the larger one is just shy of 10 inches!  Read the full review at Pro-Clockers.


Also, Bob Dyl returns to the writing staff of PC Perspective, with a review of the Lian-Li v600, so welcome him back.


"Aerocool is one of those companies that are taking the enthusiast market by storm.

Avoid the Direct Access button on your monitor

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2006 - 08:41 AM |
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NGOHQ has been trying to get a hold of nVIDIA, after running into some problems with the relatively new Direct Access feature, wihout much luck.  The feature is now gone from the newest drivers, and they do have a workaround for those who are having issues.


Also, if you entered the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS Giveaway Contest @ ARP

Source: NGOHQ

The DVD PVR with more

Subject: Storage | February 7, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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Futurelooks has a review of the Samsung DVD-HR720 DVD Recorder with built-in 120GB HDD.  More than just a simple PVR, it will allow chapter creation, copying of JPGs and MP3s from DVD to HDD and back, plus simple video editing tools, it may be enough to let you procrastinate for a bit longer, instead of learning Linux and building an HD HTPC.

"HDD/DVD recorders are becoming more and more common in the marketplace. Samsung breaks the mould

by introducig a unit that does MORE than just record and play back video!

Source: futurelooks

Building a gaming laptop to be proud of

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
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Laptop Gamers presents a must see shopping list for anyone about to order a customized gaming laptop.  Instead of listing a bunch of components they feel are the bestest, they layout the things you shoud look for.  Whether you can only drop about a $1000, or if money is no object; this article will get you headed in the right direction.

"Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party

carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant comput

Does Yonah have hidden x64 secrets

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2006 - 10:11 AM |
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HEXUS is doing some sleuthing, having become curious about "Intel's Sossaman ... the codename for an ultra low voltage Yonah to be shipped under the Xeon brand."  This lead them to wonder if the Yonah, or Core Duo chips being sold now have some x64 capabilities that aren't being mentioned.

"Word reaches the Deeplung ear that Intel's Yonah processor, which ships under the Intel Core Duo

moniker, has features that aren't being exposed to the consumer.

Source: Hexus

Get a feel for watercooling your GPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 09:02 AM |
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GeekExtreme has posted an article dealing with adding a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock to a X800XT AIW.  The investment of time and money did result in better cooling for the card, but read on to see if the effort invested was rewarded properly.

'With my recent purchase of a X800XT AIW from the trusty Newegg, I decided to take advantage of my

newly constructed watercooling setup by investing in a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock and

ramsinks.

Source: GeekXtreme

Taming the power hungry PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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Energy prices are creeping up across the board, except when they are sky-rocketing.  While your PC might not account for a huge percentage of your utility bill, that could change.  (Unless you are in a DC project like SETI, and heat your bedroom via the heatsinks of at least dozen older computers.)  As PC's demand more and more power, Intel has decided to take some of the focus away from the CPU, to see if efficiency can be increased in other components, and C

Make any stereo broadcast in Bluetooth

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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The Bluetake BT450Tx Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a little device designed to pulg into an iPod, to allow Bluetooth headphones to not only play your music, but to allow some control over the iPod itself.  The neat thing is that anything with a 3.5mm plug-in can broadcast it's current music over Bluetooth.  Read the full story at A True Review.

A short time ago I reviewed the spectacular Bluetake i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.