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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 10, 2006 - 10:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
Thanks to Lee, our own cooling and power editor, for pointing out to me that I had left power consumption numbers out of my Quad SLI evaluation. If you haven't read it yet, I of course highly recommend you do. And if you already did, but are curious to see what the power consumption of a Quad SLI powered system running on a Core 2 Extreme X6800 totals to, head on over the last page of the review for the upda
Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2006 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virtual-Hideout reviews Corepad's entire lineup, including a choice of many mats, low friction mouse feet and even wax. Get them all together, you may have no choice but to watch your gaming experience improve.
"Corepad has a really solid line up of products that are sure to meet everyone's needs, one way or
another. From the hardcore gamer, to the regular office user, they have something to offer everyone."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OZC spends a little time away from pushing memory to it's limits to get into the cooling business. Red & Blackness Mods reviews their new heatsink, the Tempest. They have memory down pat, find out if they can do the same with their cooler.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2006 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D looks at the 1000W Enermax Galaxy, the PSU for people with 2 cores, and 2 dual-GPU graphics cards. If you can afford to build a system like that, you might even be able to afford the electrical bills that could come with it.
Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2006 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech utilizes the abilty for the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA to run either DDR or DDR2 to provide a good look at the benefits of moving to the new RAM. Find out if the tighter timings on the slower DDR can keep up with the faster and looser DDR2. Also, since this board supports AGP and PCI-E graphics cards, there is no easier way to move to Core 2 Duo.
Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel will be making upcoming video drivers open source. While this move may not be as extreme as running out and purchasing nVIDIA, it makes Intel systems very attractive to those who run Linux and other open source OSs.
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends reviews the Pioneer Inno, a portable XM radio receiver/player, that can also interface with Napster. It's about the size of a deck of cards, and masses 4.5 ounces, with a brushed aluminium finish. If you are hooked on XM, you may not be able to live without this little device.
"XM Radio junkies have another enabler for their obsession with their favorite satellite programs,
with the new Pioneer Inno portable XM Radio player."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 9, 2006
Eicon Networks Corporation ("Eicon") and Intel Corporation
today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell
the assets of its media and signaling business to Eicon.
Subject: Motherboards | August 9, 2006 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In accordance with the relevant regulations according to Company Law,
Securities Law and Business Merger & Acquisition Law, a resolution
of the board of directors was passed on the 8th of August, 2006 for
GIGABYTE Technology Co., LTD (Stock Code: 2376) to transfer the
relevant assets and businesses of its own branded motherboards and VGA
cards to a newly established subsidiary.
Subject: Systems | August 9, 2006 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has gone through 4 systems from PC Club, but ran into some serious difficulties with their tech support. Giving them another chance, they try out a new system priced at just over $1200, and call up tech support to find out what, if anything, has changed.
Subject: Memory | August 9, 2006 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anandtech pits Corsair's DDR2 CM2X1024 6400C3 (3-4-3-9 @ 800) against OCZ's Ti Alpha PC2-8000 VX2 (4-4-4-15 @ 1000). Both have headroom to overclock, and run at different stock voltages. Find out what can be done with these DIMMs on an Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2006 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's offical as of today, nVIDIA fully supports Quad SLI for home builders, with the release of the new 91.45 WHQL Forceware driver. Take a trip with [H]ard|OCP into the world of 'SLI8X' gamma corrected antialiasing at 2560x1600. Be warned though, as with all bleeding edge drivers, results may vary from system to system.
You can also see Ryan's huge article on Quad SLI right here on PC Perspective.
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Quantum computing promises it will be the next big thing in the computer world. There are still many obstacles between the concept of one, and actually creating a useful quantum logic gate or processor, but another step has been taken. CNET reports on an green paint created in Sweden, circa 1870, that may be a huge step forward in figuring out quantum computing, and spintronics.
Subject: Memory | August 9, 2006 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California — August 7, 2006 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of memory modules and flash products, today announced one of the world's fastest 2GB DDR2 kits. The new T1000UX2G4 is tested in a motherboard and guaranteed to operate at DDR2-1000 at astonishing 4-5-4-15 latencies at 2.2 volts.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCStats reviews the first HDCP enabled video card from MSI, a 7900GT. Not only do you get the performance of a 7900GT, you will be allowed to watch new HDCP compliant video at the HD resolution you paid for, as long as your player and monitor or TV is compliant as well.
Subject: Processors | August 8, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Ryan's link proved, there are 2 Core Duo processors available for under $200 and 3 AMD X2 socket AM2s. The Tech Report grabbed 2 of the lower priced processors to benchmark, so go take a look at what kind of deal they are.
"The game is changing dramatically, however, with Intel's introduction of its ne
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can handle the shape, these Apack coolers promise to keep your system cool without breaking 30db, and that is with the proprietary fans. Throw on an efficient and quiet fan and even a Prescott can be cooled without a deafening accompanyment. Learn more at SilentPCReview.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced a global effort to prepare university students for a new paradigm of software development as Intel transitions its processors from single-processor engines to ones that will have multiple cores and threads.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BCC Hardware needs your help in shock testing a hard drive from Plextor. Give them your shocking ideas in the thread they started specifically for suggestions. Remember they aren't mad at the hard drive, they don't want to just kill it, they are trying to determine the limits of the shock proofing.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has put together several links covering the results of Microsofts invitation for "black hat hackers" to take a poke at Vista's security. It could spell a more open mindset at Microsoft, at least during betas, on the benefits of listening to that particular crowd.