Mobo with a cool new idea

Subject: Motherboards | December 6, 2005 - 06:44 PM |
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HEXUS reviews the Gigabyte GA-Gi975X motherboard, an Intel motherboard with a nifty new idea.  This isn't just northbridge cooling, but fully integrated ducting and 40mm fans seperating the CPU from the rest of the mobo. 

"Gigabyte has decided that overclocking should play a large part in the GA-G1975X's makeup, and a

couple of plastic ducts are designed and implemented to cool the hot-running components in and

around the CPU socket area."


Here are some more Motherboard articles from around t

Source: Hexus

Similar mouse, different tails

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2005 - 04:16 PM |
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The Logitech G5 and G7 are very similar, the biggest difference is, one is wireless and one isn't.  However there are other differences, like the various weights that the wired G5 comes with.  XYZ Computing has them both, and they can tell you a lot about Logitech's newest gaming mice.

"Though the idea of a laser mouse is not a brand new one, these products have been making a lot of

noise lately.

Value Select vs. XMS, what does the price difference get you?

Subject: Memory | December 6, 2005 - 02:54 PM |
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Legion Hardware takes a look at high performance XMS and Value Select RAM from Corsair with something different in mind.  They run some tests to see if putting all that money into high FSB and low latency RAM is actually worth it for the casual gamer, who doesn't really like overclocking.

"At the end of the day it's best to work out what your needs are. For general usage XMS memory is

pretty much a waste of good memory, the same even applies to users that spend a fair bit of time

gaming.

X1600 previews mobilize around the web

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2005 - 01:01 PM |
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ATI Mobility's Radeon X1600 is making it's debut appearance on the web today.  If you are looking at a high performance gaming laptop, this may be the card you want inside.  Start off at Legit Reviews, and carry on through the reviews, just don't forget to peek at Ryan's look, found here.


"On the ASUS A7G Notebook running an Intel 760 (2.0GHz), 1GB DDR2 memory, and the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCIe card we were able to hit an amazing 3797 3DMarks.

Innovative Intel Volunteer Program Supports Schools In Eight Countries

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2005 - 12:51 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2005 — The Intel Volunteer Matching Grant Program, which has served Intel communities in the United States since 1995, is being launched in China, Costa Rica, India, Ireland and Malaysia after successful international pilots in the Philippines and Israel last year.


The Intel Volunteer Matching Grant Program has raised almost $10 million for schools over the past 10 years.

Your favorite NES game deserves some fine Russian China

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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Tetris is twenty! If it seems you have had occaisonal dreams involving falling shapes for most of your life, you are probably right. 


"The simplest games are generally the best. And Pajitnov's idea was a simple adaptation of a board

game called Pentamino. The 29 year-old programmer made the first prototype from a glass and little

blocks to drop inside it, each of which consisted of four cubes.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD to Present at The Lehman Brothers Global Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2005 - 06:24 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - December 5, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Hector Ruiz, AMD Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Lehman Brothers Global Technology Conference at 7:30 a.m. PT (10:30 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in San Francisco, CA. Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Get your holo's while they're hot

Subject: Storage | December 5, 2005 - 06:22 PM |
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HVDs, aka Holographic Video Discs may be available by 2006.  With HD and Blu Ray fighting it out right now, what will happen to standards when you can buy a differnet type of disk that holds 100's of gigs of storage?  CoolTechZone shares their thoughts on what that could mean, check it out here.

"It wasn't too long ago when Holographic storage was the stuff legends were made off. It discussed how a single DVD sized disc would be able to hold over 1TB of data.

Source: CoolTechZone

Not your father's PSU

Subject: Systems | December 5, 2005 - 06:12 PM |
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DriverHeaven has a review of the Thermaltake PurePower PST 520W, which goes a little bit further than the usual PSU.  Not only is it a PSU, but it also has 2 "Power Stations" that connect to the PSU.  Read the full review to see exactly why that is, and what you can do with them.


After you're done, don't forget to check Lee's review of the Antec Neo HE 500 High Efficiency PSU.


'In 2005 another of Thermaltake's innovative products entered the re
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Ray Tracing; The future of graphics?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2005 - 03:28 PM |
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Accelenation has an article up about one possible future of graphics, Parallax Mapping and Ray-Tracing.  Even is it does get a little technical at times, it is well illustrated and you will figure out exactly what they are talking about. 

"Could advanced Parallax Mapping represent the first tentative steps toward a ray-tracing future

for computer graphics?"


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Source: Accelenation

AMD OPENS KOREA TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Seoul - Dec.
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Spire tries to tame Prescott's heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2005 - 02:59 PM |
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Any LGA-775 processor does a great impression of a hotplate, and air-cooling them can be a challenge.  Hi-tech Reviews examines Spires latest, the SP507B7-U DiamondCool.  See if it can beat the heat.

"Spire has introduced a heatsink specifically for the LGA 775 motherboard that essentially should

be a very fine cooler since it makes use of two of the most popular cooling techniques.

Yakking about the Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2005 - 01:51 PM |
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A couple of sites still haven't chimed in about the new Xbox 360, so here you go.  HEXUS starts off with their look, and an article on XBox Live too.

"Now we're allowed to officially write about that creamy white box that's been sitting here for

the last 10 days, Team HEXUS has passed the time reading all about Microsoft's latest console on

pretty much every gaming site on the web.

Source: Hexus

Intel Establishes $250 Million India Venture Fund

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2005 - 01:46 PM |
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NEW DELHI, Dec. 5, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced the establishment of a US$250 million venture capital fund to help stimulate technological innovation in India and drive continued growth of the country's Information Technology (IT) industry.


'The pace of technology innovation is accelerating,' said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett.

Intel And STMicroelectronics Announce Common Memory Subsystem To Lower Costs For Cell Phone Makers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2005 - 01:45 PM |
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GENEVA and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 5, 2005 — STMicroelectronics and Intel Corporation today announced a common flash memory subsystem to lower development costs for handset OEMs and enable them to get to market faster with feature-rich phones. In an effort to simplify handset memory design, the two companies will provide hardware- and software-compatible memory products based on common specifications.

Go ... Go ... Gadget SCOTTeVEST!

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2005 - 12:18 PM |
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Show off your geeky style with the SCOTTeVEST SeV Fleece 4.0 Mobile Techno Junkie Winter Jacket, as seen on futurelooks.  It will hold just about every bloody technogadget you've got, short of a laptop, and will hide them well.  Some of the pockets have magnets in them, to keep flashlights and the like secure, so be careful which pocket you put hard drives in.  Even if you'd never wear this or the MP3 shades, it's good to now they're around, eh?

"SCOTTeVEST's are some of the most sought after tech accessories

Source: futurelooks

Seeing what the Mobility X1600 can do

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2005 - 06:45 PM |
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HEXUS sees just how much power ATI has managed to fit into their Mobility X1600 here.  Find out if it can outperform the 

GeForce 7800 GTX Go.

"Been wondering what to expect from ATi's up-coming Mobility RADEON X1600?

Source: Hexus

Storage - very fast, very big and very mobile

Subject: Storage | December 2, 2005 - 05:44 PM |
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It wasn't too long ago that the only mobile strage you could get was expensive, held very little, and was very fragile.  Now a lot of people can't leave home without a few hundred megs worth of data in their pockets.  OCZ has produced the Rally drive for just that type of person, so head over to Overclocker's Online, and see how fast you can fill up a 2 gig USB2 drive.

"I've now had these two units for about a month, the ability to drop half a DVD's worth of content

on to the drive in a

Stick the Eiffel Tower under your desk

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2005 - 03:37 PM |
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Think Computer reviews a case from a manufacturer you may have never run into before, Asys.  The Asys Freedom Tower Series (CK-1022-5) Eiffel Tower impressed them in just about every way they could think to test it, so check it out.

'Today for review I have something I think is very cool, and has now become my favorite case of

all time. Asys is a new sponsor to ThinkComputers, this is our first review for them.