RAID, An Indepth Discussion

Subject: Storage | December 8, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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The Tech Report has done some exhaustive testing on 2 chipsets that support SATA RAID, the nForce4 and the Intel ICH7R.  It starts of with a good quick explanation of what the different types of RAID are, an dwhy each is used, so check it out if you are unsure of what exactly RAID 10 is.

"STORAGE SUBSYSTEMS DON'T GET nearly enough attention, though they're arguably the most important

subsystem of a modern PC.

If ya can't win 'em, buy 'em.

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Christmas is a time for giving ...

Source: Firing Squad

Big flexible LCD screens ... coming soon

Subject: Displays | December 7, 2005 - 06:55 PM |
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The Samsung flexible LCD that CNet reports on may not seem huge at 7 inches, but keep in mind, it's for portable applications, and who wants an e-book that is bigger than a paperback?  It might not be an OLED screen, but it is very flexible, and it does colours!

"Samsung Electronics has created a flexible LCD screen that measures 7 inches diagonally, another technology that may one day be used in products such as e-books.


The display is functionally similar to t

Sure it's fast, but how does it look

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2005 - 05:13 PM |
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The Firing Squad decided to compare ATI, nVidia and XGI, with an eye for quality.  If you are more concerned with the quality of your frames, as opposed to the quantity, this review is for you.

'Today FiringSquad looks at the deinterlacing performance of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600, the ATI

Radeon X800, and the XGI Volari 8300.

Source: Firing Squad

Soundcards not by Creative

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 04:18 PM |
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Techgauge has posted a review of the Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card.  If you are looking for a high end soundcard, but want to avoid Creative for some reason, check out how this card sounds.

"We all have the desire to have the cleanest sound on our computers, but like everything else,

there are far too many sound cards to choose from. Turtle Beach has been known for their high

quality audio products, so we are taking a look at their top of the line Montego sound card.

Source: TECHGAGE

One size fits all

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2005 - 02:57 PM |
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Thanks to the bright people of Swiftech, anyone can use their new Apogee CPU waterblocks.  Head over to SystemCooling to see just how many different CPU's you can fit the new Apogee onto.

"SystemCooling.com is proud to bring you our exclusive review of Swiftech's latest universal CPU

waterblock — the Apogee. Along with the Apogee release, Swiftech has also reconfigured their

entire lineup of CPU liquid cooling kits.

Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough Using New Materials

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2005 - 12:53 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors and other logic products beginning in the second half of the next decade.


Intel and QinetiQ researchers have jointly demonstrated an enhancement-mode transistor using indium antimonide (chemical symbol: InSb) to conduct electrical current.

Source: 3DCenter

Turning Turing's work to EVIL!

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 11:45 AM |
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It's not very sophisticated ... yet ...

A card to base an HTPC around

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2005 - 06:52 PM |
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T-break reviews one of those rare non-AIW TV tuner cards, the PowerColor Theatre 550 Pro.  It's a 1x PCIx card, and is worth a look for anyone considering setting up a HTPC for themselves or as a gift.

"The included Cyberlink remote clearly lacks the luster that ATI remotes have and looks ungraceful

and clunky. The remote also lacks a thumbpad for mouse control and includes no programmable

buttons.

Source: t-break

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