7900GTX is more than just a fast 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS.  While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Ask more from your monitor

Subject: Displays | April 7, 2006 - 04:54 PM |
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CoolTechZone reviews the  Philips 190G6FB LCD Panel.  While it may be sold as a monitor, it is much more.  4 built in speakers, a TV tuner, plugs for just about any connectors and even USB ports make this a review you have to see.  Don't forget the 8ms response either!

Source: CoolTechZone

Become oblivious to the world

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:29 PM |
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Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have.  Don't beleive me?  Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.

Google Earth just got more learnin'

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth.  Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks.  It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content.  Where was this when I was in high school?

Victory is within your grasp

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 06:23 PM |
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GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL.  These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.

Source: GruntvillE

Wasn't this supposed to be everywhere by now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2006 - 05:02 PM |
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I could have sworn we were all supposed to have thrown out the towers of old ATX cases that accumulate over time and make the switch to BTX by now.  That Form Factor has been slow in rolling out to the consumer, but ExtremeTech has seen signs of life for it.  Drop by to see what kind of choices you have when building a BTX system.

Taking EZ DUB for a test spin

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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Techware Labs tries out the newest drive from Lite-On, the EZ-DUB.  Essentially it is postioned to be the easiest way to copy a CD or DVD, simply put a disk in the external drive, press a button ... wait ... remove disk and replace with blank disk ... wait again, and you are done.

Intels newest chip architecture

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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Ars Technica has updated their paedia to include the new Core microarchitecture from Intel.  Make sure you get a fresh cup of coffee, the article is as long and indepth as you would expect, maybe even more so.

Source: Ars Technica

Sneak peek at the ASUS N4L-VM DH

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan; March 24,
2006
— ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
(ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the
micro-ATX-formed, Dolby and Viiv-certified motherboard — the N4L-VM DH, that allows enjoyment to a
growing universe of digital content in the comfort of living room.

Securing Wireless, Easy and Very Important

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot points out the importance and simplicity of securing your wireless network.  You may have setup the network to share a net connection, but isn't it better to know who you are sharing with?

"Many of us are hooked onto WiFi these days. But just how secure are our wireless networks?

Join jwsk as he discusses why we should beef up the security of our wireless networks and how we

can do it quickly and easily!"

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Tech ARP

Was the PSU supposed to do that?

Subject: Systems | April 5, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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The Guru of 3D seems to have perfected the PSU torture test on an unsuspecting Silverstone Strider 600W PSU.  When they found that they could overload the PSU to the point where it screamed and "tried forcing an unexpected reboot", they tore the poor thing apart to figure out exactly what happened.  Not only do you get a review, but an explanation of how to share the load between rails on a PSU.

Source: Guru of 3D

Crossfire under the spotlight

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2006 - 04:37 PM |
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Motherboards.org put Crossfire to the test.  They set up X1900's, 1800's and 1600's and tested them against an XFX 7900GTX and a Gigabyte 7900GT.  See how they stack up in this performance race.

Get wireless audio without selling blood

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews an interesting product from Logitech, called the Wireless Music System.  For around $130, you get a broadcaster and reciever, that integrate with any PC and stereo system, allowing you to broadcast music from a PC or MP3 player right to your stereo.

Source: TECHGAGE

Heat pipes and water cooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Thermaltake has introduced the Volcano Heat Exchanger, and A True Review will explain exactly what it does.  It looks much like an oversized, fanless heatsink with connectors to use with tubing for water.  Read on to see just how it performs, and how to install it.

Get your shiny new ESP machine

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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CNet has posted a story on an MIT project that has designed a device to read minds.  While it may not give away exactly what someone is thinking, it will tell their mood with surprising accuracy.  Read about it so that you can recognize if someone is using it the next time you sit down to play poker.

Apple to Let Windows XP Applications Run on Mac OS

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 10:08 AM |
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In what can be their biggest strategic maneuver since switching to Intel CPUs, Apple Computer has just announced it will allow users of their Macintosh computers using Intel chips run Windows XP software.

The software is called "Bootcamp" and is availble for download now as a trial. Bootcamp will also be available in Mac OS 10.5 "Leopard" (I'm waiting for "Puma" myself...).

Those of us who have been keeping an eye on Mactels this announcement is not a big surprise as videos of Windows XP running on these computers have been available for some time already.

The difference a BIOS can make

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 04:17 PM |
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Overclockers Online reviewed the ECS K1A MVP before it was available, and were not impressed with the overclocking potential.  Now that the board has been through a few BIOS revisions, they revisit the board to see what effect a more mature BIOS will have.

VIA Launches First Single-Chip Embedded Chipset, the VIA CX700, at ESC 2006

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Fremont, California, 4th April 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA CX700 digital media IGP chipset for the VIA C7® and Eden® processor platforms, the most advanced x86 embedded chipset that integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including rich video graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATA II support, into a single, compact and highly power-efficient package.

37" of Widescreen HD

Subject: Displays | April 4, 2006 - 03:59 PM |
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Sceptre has struck again, with one of the biggest HD LCD's you can get on the market.   Read the full review at HotHardware to get an idea how much screen real estate is available on this beast.

Source: HotHardware

Intel, Red Hat Launch Global Solution Acceleration Program

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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LINUXWORLD, Boston, April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation and Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading
provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced the creation
of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize
their deployments of Linux solutions. The program will be the first of
its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focused on
developing and disseminating tools for virtualization of enterprise
computing.