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Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2006 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driver Heaven reviews the monstrous and appropriately named Rock Extreme SL Pro, a 20 inch, 4.9kg (15lbs) laptop. You will get a workout carrying this beast around, but it us worth it, it gets an average of 78fps in F.E.A.R. running at 1400x1050 with 4xAA and 16xAniostropic Filtering. If you want a portable gaming beast and have $5000 burning a hole in your pocket, you should think about buying a Rock.
Subject: Processors | December 6, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to a couple of articles on the upcoming shift to 32nm, which comes hot on the heels of AMD's move to 65nm and Intel's upcoming 45nm process. Electric companies won't be impressed, as this will lower the power requirements of quad core systems considerably.
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keep an eye out for any Word attachments you get until patch Tuesday, unless Microsoft releases an interim update. MS Word 2000 and up, including Mac versions and even more recent Works versions all suffer from a vulnerability, according to this article on CNET.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2006 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EVGA's 7950 GX2 really impressed HotHardware. It started out tying and sometimes even beating a pair of 7900 GTs, but when they got a 15% overclock on the core and ~25% on the memory all bets were off.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NZXT's Zero case is an unassuming case that hides some interesting features. Overclockers Club found the most odd feature is the front cover. In order to open it and get at your optical drives, you would have to remove anything that is plugged into the front panel. However, if you are looking for a quiet case that can keep your system cool, you may forgive them.
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It sounds fancy, but it really just means streaming media you have stored in one spot to wherever it is that you are currently, over a network or the internet. Sling Media is currently the tops in doing that, and Digital Trends has an interview with one of the founders.
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest in the Total War series takes us back to medieval times, but it isn't just the same game as the first. Along with significant graphics improvements, there are new gameplay features that expand your experience. Head to Gamepyre to get a look.
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown offers an easy way to get an Xbox 360 to play XVID and DIVX videos, without cracking open the shell. Just a simple tool called TVersity and a bit of time and you are ready to go.
Subject: Processors | December 5, 2006 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Dec. 5, 2006 - Launching the next generation
of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
transition to 65nm process technology, beginning with the immediate
availability of energy-efficient AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 dual-core desktop
processors. The move to 65nm process technology enables AMD to produce
more processors on a 300mm wafer, for increased production capacity,
while continuing to aggressively scale performance and reduce power
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech Chillstream Gamepad has 2 things going for it. It is USB based, making it work on both platforms, and the 40mm fan inside will keep your hands cool. Head over to Techgage to see how it performed.
Subject: Memory | December 4, 2006 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (December 4, 2006) —CorsairÂ® a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Fully Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) family of products to include new high density DDR2-667MHz speeds to support the latest dual-core IntelÂ® XeonÂ® based platforms. Corsair high density high-speed FB-DIMMs offer enhanced memory throughput allowing for superior application responsiveness.
Subject: Storage | December 4, 2006 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has finished talking with some major storage manufacturers, and have compiled what they learned into a 3 page article. Covering both internal and external storage, as well as a bonus visit to ABIT, you can get a good idea what they are all working on.
Subject: Motherboards | December 4, 2006 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews MSI's K9N SLI board, and really liked the RAID solution, the high speed onboard NIC and the peace and quiet provided by the chipset cooling. On the other hand, the heat that builds up on the chipset may be one of the things holding this board back for overclockers.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ITU TELECOM WORLD, Hong Kong, Dec.
4, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced building blocks for
communication servers that deliver enhanced performance, value and
choice for telecommunications equipment manufacturers and computing
tasks such as call control, mobile location services and subscriber
ITU TELECOM WORLD, Hong Kong, Dec.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2006 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MadShrimps have lined up offerings from ASUS, Sparkle and EVGA. If you are looking at a 7950 series, you may like EVGA's higher clock speeds.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has designed a Consumer Best of the Best Awards, to help you with your Christmas shopping. They don't tell you what to buy necessarily, but they have a lot of recommendations on the best places to shop for systems online.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 30, 2006 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A True Review stumbled upon a very shiny case called the XKROMA. Not only is the chrome outside spectacular, there are some interesting things going on around back.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has promoted William M. Holt to serve as senior vice president, and also elected Sohail U. Ahmed, Stacy J. Smith and Richard G.A. Taylor as corporate officers.
'These four individuals who've been elected by the board of directors are key to Intel's success,' said Paul S. Otellini, Intel president and CEO.
Subject: Processors | November 30, 2006 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Nov. 30, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demonstrated
the industry's first native quad-core x86 server processor, achieving
four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon. At the annual AMD
Industry Analyst Forum, a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(tm) processors (codenamed Barcelona), manufactured on 65nm
silicon-on-insulator process technology, was shown utilizing all 16
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report noticed something interesting available via Steam this morning, Prey. If you haven't picked this game up yet, you might find it pretty easy to get now.