Intel Board Promotes Four To Senior Vice President, Elects Four Others As Corporate Officers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2005 - 04:15 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced its board of directors has promoted four people to serve as senior vice presidents and elected four others as corporate officers. The company also named new chief marketing and technology officers.

A Crossfire board you can buy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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The Tech Report has gotten their hands on the first available Crossfire board, the DFI LANParty UT RDX200 CD-DR.  Not all the benchmarks use Radeon's in a Crossfire setup, so you can see the boards performance against nVidia chipsets, but they do use it when they are comparing to SLI.


Then head back for Ryan's review of the ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire board, hopefully available in stores soon.


"The first CrossFire board to become available in N

Intel To Extend Manufacturing Leadership With Second 45nm 300mm Wafer Factory

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 12:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a new 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility at its site in Kiryat Gat, Israel. The new factory, designated Fab 28, will extend Intel's manufacturing leadership by producing leading-edge microprocessors in the second half of 2008 on 45 nanometer (nm) process technology.

Watercooling, your way to overclocking fame

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2005 - 12:16 PM |
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OCMODSHOP grabbed a Danger Den DD12V-D4 Water Cooling Pump and put it to the test.  It's a very compact pump, with a good amount of cooling power, but just how loud does it make your system?

"The amount of noise from a pump is somewhat of a subjective factor but noise can make a pump intolerable regardless of the pump's performance.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Join the war on spam

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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Can the war on spam be won by everyone ignoring the spammers?  Read this article from The TechZone, and spread the word. If nobody clicks, nobody will spam.

"Everybody hates spam! I am sure spammers hate getting spam too, but they still continue to dish

it out. Why? Because it is still effective. Believe it or not, many of us still click on the links

or follow-up with the spam message. As long as we continue to do this, spam will exist.

AMD Helps Meet Increased Demand for Basic Needs Assistance in Austin

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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November 30, 2005 - Austin, TX. - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has donated $100,000 to the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas (BNC) for the Best Single Source (BSS) project, an alliance of non-profit agencies pooling resources and information to provide a comprehensive solution to meet the basic needs of individual clients.

Source: AMD

Intel updates their mobility processor line

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2005 - 06:45 PM |
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The Centrino is getting old, and the new up and coming whipppersnapper's name is Yonah.  AnandTech has a look at what the chip is expected to be able to do, and the direction Intel mobility is headed.

"As the successor to the current Pentium M (Dothan) and the predecessor to next year's Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest cores, Yonah is a very important chip.

Source: AnandTech

More Holiday System Guides

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 30, 2005 - 05:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a guide on how to setup a nice system for Christmas, without totally destroying your food budget for next year.  TechReport has also given it a shot over here, and as always, Ryan's recommendations can be found on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard.

"For full systems, we scoured Newegg.com with budgets of $1200 and $2000 and looked at good buys for both AMD and Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

So that's how I check my powersupply

Subject: Systems | November 30, 2005 - 05:02 PM |
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If you don't want to be digging around in your case with a multimeter, but are pretty sure that your crashing is caused by a bad PSU, BigBruin has a review of the tool you want.  The FrozenCPU ATX 2.0 PSU tester is about the simplest way out there to check your PSU.

"When it comes to troubleshooting hardware inside your computer, any enthusiast can tell you that

any particular problem can be caused by one or more components going/gone bad.

Source: PimpRig

You want how much for that video card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2005 - 02:48 PM |
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Penstar Systems asks the question that most of us have, how high are graphics card prices going to go?  Right now, a high end video card can be half of the entire cost of a new PC, more if you want to use 2 video cards in SLI, Chrome or Crossfire mode. 

"In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price

ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail

for well above $549.

Solid State Storage Sales Soon

Subject: Storage | November 30, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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As Solid State storage becomes more common, and less volatile when the power goes off, 3.5" & 2.5" hard drives may disappear.  This could mean notebook computers becom even more light and skinny, and storage will be even denser.  The big question is of course the price, and The Inquirer is reporting that the costs will be much more attractive over the coming year.


The market research company predicted that NAND memory average selling price will fall by 43% CAGR

between 2004 and 2009, but other factors t

Source: The Inquirer

There's good news, and there's bad news

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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First, the bad news.  CNet is reporting on a flaw in PERL which could lead to an attacker getting control over a server.  Not only that, but Java has been patched, and so has OS-X.  On the other hand, chances are that all 3 vulnerabilities won't be affecting you, and also Mozilla 1.5 is out!

"Dyad Security on Tuesday warned of a so-called "format string vulnerability" in Webmin, a

Web-based administration utility

Streams of water cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 29, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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3dGameMan does video reviews, so those on dial-up; consider yourself warned.  On the other hand, if you are all about speed, then stream away, because the Swiftech H2O-Apex "Extreme Duty" liquid cooling setup is built for speed freaks.  If you are finding that most watercooling just can't give you the cooling you need, watch the review before you start playing with liquid nitrogen.

"There's a reason they call this product "Extreme Duty"!

Source: 3dGameMan

King of the price-conscious laptops

Subject: Mobile | November 29, 2005 - 05:25 PM |
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AnandTech bought 5 $600 dollar laptops, and tested them to see which was king.  While you are waiting for MIT to release the $200 dollar one, take a look at these 5, and see if one of them might fit your budget and performance needs.

"We've rounded up a total of five notebooks, each priced at $600 and put them through their paces

- trying to find a winner. An interesting point to note is that most of the manufacturers we

reviewed here today didn't actually want their notebooks reviewed.

Source: AnandTech

Still stickin' to the old school controllers?

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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With all the Gaming mice and keyboards coming out, the old gamer's standby has fallen by the wayside.  Think Computers picked up the slack, and they have a review of the Saitek ST90 Joystick.  If you have the urge to pick up a flight or space sim, this review is for you.

'Saitek makes some great products, not long ago I reviewed the Cyborg Evo Force joystick. The

Cyborg would be considered high-end. Today I have what some would consider low end, not cheap but

lower priced.

The sweet sound of silence

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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If you are wondering what exactly these noise cancelling headphones that everyone is on about, Bona Fide Reviews can answer your questions.  First up would be the difference between reduction and cancelling, and from there they move onto the applications you can use them in.


"Noise-cancelling headphones use tiny microphones that identify the noise or sounds outside the

headphones and then work to cancel out the sounds.

Slay those start up annoyances

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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If you are annoyed by some of the programs that start at the same time windows does, and can't find the option to turn them off, then The Tech Zone can help.  They've posted an article about a handy tool which will let you control the programs that lauch startup, without you having to manaully edit .ini's or find Microsoft's msconfig, if you are running Win2K.

"Some of the kinder and well written programs are configurable and allow you to change the

settings that starts them up.

AMD To Present At A.G. Edwards' Computer/Microprocessor Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 28, 2005 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Marty Seyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Business Unit and Performance Computing, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, will present at the A.G. Edwards' Computer/Microprocessor Technology Conference at 9:10 a.m. ET (6:10 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 1, 2005 in New York City.   Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Logitech has a flash of inspiration

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 06:45 PM |
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According to CoolTechZone, Logitech has reversed their previous stand on the tracking problems in their G5 and G7 mice.  If you are having problems with your G5, head on over to read the article, and get the update.

"There's finally some good news from Logitech in regards to laser technology in its G5 and G7

laser mice, and the surface tracking issues they were prone to. On November 24th, Logitech issued

a firmware upgrade for G5, the wired counterpart to the cordless G7.

Source: CoolTechZone