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Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a motherboard deisgned to passivly cool your chipsets with heatpipes, the new Coolermaster Hyper TX will help. The idea behind this heatsink & fan is a shroud that redirects some of the airflow onto any heatpipes located near the CPU socket, to turn the passive solution into an active one. The HardwareZone does note that this is not a universal cooler, there are 2 seperate versions for AMD and Intel.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements
- AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
- Microsoft WindowsÂ® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
- 1GB System RAM or higher
- At least 1 GB free hard disk space
- IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
- DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher
Subject: Storage | October 10, 2006 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Mercury Elite Pro External is perfect for those who can't make up thier minds. Working perfectly on Linux, Mac and Windows, with and USB 2.0, FireWire, and eSATA connectors, you will be hard pressed to find a PC that can't talk to this drive enclosure. Head to ExtremeTech to see the full review, and the drives one Achilles heel.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150. The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper. Read the review to find out if it can compete.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You are never guaranteed that the system you buy today won't be obsolete in the next week, in fact the guarantee works the opposite. However, with the new platforms that just came out, PCI Express, DDR2 and dual core, it would seem logical that a system should be OK with several partial upgrades over the next year.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-October 9, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the new EvoStream Power Supply. The exciting
addition to the prominent OCZ PSU family will be introduced in a 600W
configuration and features an advanced 100% modular cable management system
and polished, titanium mirrored case that is reminiscent of the
award-winning ModStream line.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 04:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our members, PaulDriver, has decided to scrap all his 3.5" drives, as he has 2 ways to boot to DOS using a USB memory stick or card, his guide is well worth a read. Several members have also realized that with the plethora of newere AGP cards coming out, they can refresh their systems without having to buy a completely new computer. If you are looking for a new HDD, tuskenraider has done an infor
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Transcend's DDR2 modules haven't been reviewed as much as the OCZ and Corsair offerings, but they are not out of the memory business by any means. Big Bruin was pleasantly surprised by their performance, and found it might even be possible to push these DIMMs harder with a better cooling solution.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of. Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar? If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Battlefield 2142 is creating a lot of stir, and not all of it is good. On one hand you have futuristic weapons and vehicles, on the other hand, you get to pay full price for a game that uses the same engine as BF2, which a lot of fans feel should make it a less expensive add-on. Then they offer the demo only to people with paid accounts on download sites.
NGOHQ wants to help, that's why they have a direct link to download the demo, no money or membership required.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This HEXUS article could be a conversational hand grenade. They are wondering if the inroads that AMD has made into corporate servers, and having Dell build systems around AMD processors displays a change in direction from AMD. Intel's Core 2 Duo is the PC enthusiast's choice, and AMD doesn't seem to be doing much in response.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves. Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.
Subject: Systems | October 5, 2006 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Falcon Northwest's FragBox II is undergoing close scrutiny at [H]ard|OCP. They discovered some issues the first time the reviewed a system from them, and this system had some too. Of course, if they didn't run into any problems, how can they find out how well the Tech Support team performs.
Subject: Motherboards | October 5, 2006 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has found a mini-ITX board from Albatron that seems to have a lot more power than most of the other boards that size. At $310, it does have a lot to prove though, so head over to find out how well it performs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2006 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D offers some advice on building a truely unique case, without having to get a CNC machine. They start out with several designs of wooden cases, but as the build progresses they find some of their ideas don't work out the way they wanted. In the end though, a great looking wooden case is made, and advice on how to start your own is plentiful.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, teleporting something the size of a single bacterium about 1/2 a meter or so isn't quite what science fiction promised us by the year 2000. It is a good start though, and you can read a little about it at CNET.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2006 - 12:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
Normally I would look past headlines like this without a pause, but with the recent purchase of ATI by AMD, I no longer think these people are completely nuts. And the AMD/ATI rumor started in a fashion VERY similar to this...remember our post just towards the end of May from a Forbes analyst?
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 07:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gone are the days of listening to your radio late into the night to record your favorite DJs onto a cassette tape. Thanks to the rise of XM Radio, the first part is coming back, but you can't easily tape the feed. Digital Trends has a look at Pioneer's Inno, a device deisgned to replace that old tape deck with something a little more modern and satellite radio friendly.
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just because it's odd, doesn't mean you can't find one for sale. Sysgration melded a Skype phone and mouse in some sort of bizarre experiment, and now you can buy one of your own. CoolTechZone seems as confused as I, but someone, somewhere must have a use for this little USB device.
Subject: Systems | October 4, 2006 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has published a guide to Small Form Factor PCs. While the main usage for that footprint still lies in home built HTPCs, it has matured to the point where it can make an attractive and powerful system. Now that most of the major features come built into the motherboard, and you can buy smaller video cards that are every bit as powerful as the larger versions, you really can consider SFFs for gaming and other computer tasks.