AGP is dead? Long live AGP!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2006 - 08:48 AM |
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Today nVIDIA released the 7800 GS AGP card into the wide world.  This is very likely to be the last AGP board released, so you may want to plan your next upgrade around switching to PCIe, though this card will let you put that off for a while, it is quite powerful.  It's expected to retail at just over $300.  Head to Bjorn3D for a peek at some benchmarks, and a look at what makes the card powerful enough to play the newest games.


Don't forget Ryan's review, either!

Source: Bjorn3D

No piece greater than $400

Subject: Systems | February 1, 2006 - 03:22 PM |
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Firingsquad is putting together a powerful system, with one constraint, no component can cost more than $400.  Take a look to see what made it into the system.

"FiringSquad just posted an article describing a system build with a limit of $400 per component.

Source: Firing Squad

The newest HDTV - Liquid Crystal on Silicon

Subject: Displays | February 1, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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Extremetech has posted a shootout between 5 brands, all offering the latest and greatest High Definition tech.  All are huge, between 4 to 5 feet, and either 720 or 1080 resolution.  This will be a series, this first installment discusses the technology, what it is, and how it works.

"Liquid Crystal on Silicon, LCoS, is a relatively new and obscure display technology that is now

making its grand entrance into the HDTV marketplace.

Source: Extremetech

Mobile multifunction music maker

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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The SonoWave Digital Media player is a WiFi device that will play back music from just about any source you can stream to it.  It's only major drawback is the amount of batteries it eats, just like old ghetto blasters, this guy wants 8 C batteries.  Heaf to 3dGameMan for the full review.

'This is not your standard boombox. Being able to play Internet Radio, MP3 and other audio formats

wirelessly sets it apart from many other devices.

Source: 3dGameMan

The Best Shirt....EVAR!

Subject: Editorial | February 1, 2006 - 09:31 AM |
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People keep yelling at me to update this, so here you go.


Okay, well maybe not really, but you really have to get some background on it before you'll agree.  If you haven't jumped on the Chuck Norris bandwagon as of late, then you really should check out this link and this link.  After laughing a bit at those quotes and trying not to tear up, have a look at these:


Source: PC Perspective

Better DVD playback - nVidia or ATI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 09:13 AM |
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Extremetech compares the quality of DVD playback from ATI and nVidia using the filters in PowerDVD as the base for their experiment.  If you are setting up a media PC or just starting to watch more DVD's via your PC you might be interested in the results.  Mind you, since they give away standalone DVD players with TicTac's and just about anything else you buy now, maybe you still watch them without the PC at all.

"Graphics cards are all about 3D, right?

Source: Extremetech

Internet Explorer discovers tabbed browsing

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 08:59 AM |
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CNET has a story about, and a link to download, the newly released IE7 public beta.  Head straight to the page if you want to see what the new version can do ... the only requirement is that you must have WinXP with SP2 in order to use it, Win2K won't cut it.

"The program, still a work in progress, is available for download from the Internet Explorer

section of Microsoft's corporate Web site, the company said.

How versatile is NEC's new Centrino Duo?

Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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Hardware Zone has taken a NEC Versa S5200 Centrino Duo Notebook out for a spin, and want you to know what they thought.  With a Core Duo Centrino, just over a gig of RAM, a big battery and incredibly low power consumption, it is not going to dissapoint.

"The Centrino mobile technology from Intel is known to deliver excellent mobile computing

experience and that has been true so far. However, will this trend stay true with the latest Intel

Centrino Duo mobile technology?

How much Juice does your system drink

Subject: Systems | January 31, 2006 - 12:22 PM |
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PCApex (who were PimpRig until yesterday) has just released a power consumption calculator, called Juice.  Just pick all of your components from the drop down menus and it calculates your total power needs, don't forget to specify the number of each component you have.  The only caveat is that this tool calculates total power consumption, it doesn't specify loads on each seperate rail.


"Fu3lman has released a new application which is an advanced PC wattage calculator for

determining the power u

Source: PCApex

Seagate has big plans for the future

Subject: Storage | January 31, 2006 - 10:33 AM |
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Hardware Zone sits down with Seagate to get the scoop on their plans for 2006.  They are planning everything from smaller, more dense storage to shock resistant, incredibly robust hard drives made to work in cars.

"Hardware Zone had the golden opportunity to chat with James M. Chirico, Jr., the Senior VP of

Global Operations at Seagate.

A quiet arctic breeze for your Prescott

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2006 - 09:10 AM |
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The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is the LGA775 version of the Freezer 64 Pro.  It combines decent performance and low noise into an affordable package.  It also uses a different fan than the AMD model, so drop by and visit DriverHeaven to see what this heatsink can do.

"Today we have another Arctic Cooling cooler for evaluation, the Freezer 7 Pro.

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Tell us something we didn't know

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2006 - 08:57 AM |
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It looks like Vista won't be under anyone's Christmas tree this year, from what The Inquirer has learned.  The beta version that will come out this quarter to TechNet members will contain all the features of the planned commercial release, so the extra time before distributing to the public should let them iron out a few more bugs.

"As it stands Vista and Allchin will leave the Redmond Volehill about Christmas. Already that is a

bit late, as Microsoft had been talking about October or November.

Source: The Inquirer

2GB of RAM with good OC'ing overhead

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2006 - 02:58 PM |
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Virtual Hideout likes Corsairs' 2GB XMS 4000PT RAM kit.  Not only does it offer enough size to deal with RAM hungry modern games, you don't sacrifice speed for the size.  Even better you can put it into a 200Mhz mobo, and overclock it to wahtever your processor or mobo can handle.

"Compared to the Value ram, Corsairs XMS 4000PT is definitely a lot faster.

BlueGears Stop Support for HDA X-Mystique and VR-Fidelity

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 12:38 PM |
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It appears BlueGears has discontinued support for the HDA X-Mystique and the VR-Fidelity. The same post references a contact at a new company called Auzentech located in San Jose, CA.

The 2 flavours of nVidia's G71

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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According to this brief from VR-Zone, the upcoming release of the G71 graphics chip from nVidia will have 2 flavours, and 2 seperate introduction dates.  Keep your eyes open for more info as it comes.

"There is no doubt NVIDIA will be launching the 90nm G71 in March and the official name will be

GeForce 7900. We came to know that there will be 2 versions; the GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB and the

GeForce 7900 256MB.

Source: VR-Zone

Seeing double, and loving it

Subject: Displays | January 30, 2006 - 10:07 AM |
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Motherboards.org reviews the Doublesight DS-1900, 2 dual linked 19" LCDs on one stand.  While you may not get too much out of it for gaming, anyone utilizing programs that have huge amounts of menus will probably love the extra screen real estate.

"This DS-1900 dual display monitor setup is an excellent product, and some positives of the

monitor include the ability to have 30 inches of viewable area horizontally, matching the highest

end Cinema displays from Apple in the overall viewing are

Go Go Gadget mouse-phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 09:14 AM |
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A1-Electronics has posted a review of the Act-on Optical MicMouse, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like.  Now you too can pick up your mouse and use it to talk over VOIP.  No word if it will work as a CB Radio too.


Also, Ryan has posted a review of the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 with Dolby Digital Live Sound, so check it out.


"What to say.

... and they'll call him "The Str34k"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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If you thought that getting unexpectedly flashed was for Frosh Week and Football games, you have something new to consider.  According to this story from The Register, malicious BIOS flashing could be the next big viral problem for PC's.  This kind of exploit has not been spotted in the wild yet, but it is probably coming ...

Source: The Register

AMD AND HP GENERATE MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR THE LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 30, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) (Nasdaq: HPQ) today announced that they have generated more than $2 million to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) through sales of the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC, powered by AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology. Thanks to the tremendous success of this initiative, availability of this one-of-a-kind notebook will be extended through June 2006.

Source: AMD

6800GS shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 03:01 PM |
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The newly released 6800GS is one of the best bangs for your buck in the current graphics market, whether you want the AGP or the PCI-e version.  AnandTech has grabbed cards from 4 of the current manufacturers, to see how they work out of the box, and what kind of an overclock to expect.

"Today, we'll be looking at four different manufacturers' versions of the 6800 GS, and seeing what each has to offer. The cards that we have are from Leadtek, PNY Technologies, EverTop, and EVGA.

Source: AnandTech