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Subject: Processors | August 3, 2006 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Raw power is one thing, but achieving it while being efficient is another. In order to reduce the heat output and power requirements, AMD released the energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 series. HotHardware reviews two of them, the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+. Find out if efficiency has hurt performance at all.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The mid range cards from ATI and nVIDIA run in price between about $120 to $250, which makes it much more affordable to set up an SLI or Crossfire machine. [H]ard|OCP looks at such a card from nVIDIA, the MSI NX7600 GT, pitting it against a Radeon x1800.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on the goings on at the Black Hat conference. Yesterday tools to test the security of VoIP were discussed, and handed out. Read about the kinds of vulnerabilities VoIP has, before you go out and switch.
Subject: Storage | August 2, 2006 - 09:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California — August 2, 2006 -- Super Talent
Technology, a leading manufacturer of memory modules and flash products, today
announced three new styles of USB flash drives.
Subject: Memory | August 2, 2006 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 SOE
Urban Elite, a premium DDR2-800 part with ultra-low timings of 4-4-3.
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EMI, Vivendi and BMG have recently started experimenting with the new fangled internets in a way to make money by selling customers what they want. Drop by eCoustics to see what they are trying, and some good places to go to buy albums and songs.
Subject: Editorial | August 2, 2006 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have gotten several complaints about a lack of updates on my blog, so here it is: FINALLY!
First, a lot of work has been going on at PC Perspective, if you haven't noticed already. Probalby most interesting of which has been the change in Intel's processor lineup with the introduction of Core 2 Duo. I reviewed the desktop aspects of the new core while Jon has been using a Merom processor to test out its effects on current Core Duo systems such as the Asus Z96J an
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the old days, if we dropped a hard drive we didn't worry about us killing it ... we worried about it killing us ... kids these days and their 2.5" harddrives.
"What is 340MB, weighs 85lbs and cost almost $18,000 when it was new? Here's a few pictures from [H]
reader extraordinaire, JLangejans, to help you figure it out."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2006 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D looks at a company new to the watercooling mainstream. Alphacool, and their Answer III, may not be the first to your mind when you think watercooling, but that could change. Their system is not at the top of the cooling performance pile, but it is hard to find an easier to install watercooling setup.
Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2006 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown somehow managed to sneak into a lab working on the upcoming Radeon chipset for Core 2 CPUs. 90nm manufacture, three 16x PCI express slots, 2 X8s for graphics and one X2 for a PPU plus support for DDR3 ... just a few of the mysteries they reveal.
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On this day of the 286, CNet reports 26 Mac OS flaws have just been fixed, including remote code execution vulnerabilites. Add to that the Macbook Pro issues [H] links to, and it's not a good day to be a Mac fanatic.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (August 2, 2006) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European-based NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today their new BFG GeForce™ 7300 GT OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics card.
Subject: Mobile | August 2, 2006 - 10:43 AM | Jonathan Hung
We continue with our experimenting with the new Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 CPU and this time we drop it into a Dell XPS M1710 laptop! The darn thing works! Granted the testing results are a bit mixed, the outlook is positive for a Core 2 Duo upgrade for existing M1710 owners.
"The heatpipe is easily taken out by undoing seven screws holding the mechanism to the motherboard.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven reviews the Be-Quiet StraightPower, a new lower cost version of their original series, the DarkPower. Boasting very solid rails and a black finish so shiny it looks copper in the review, due to it reflecting the wooden table it is sitting on, this is definitely worth a look, even without modular power cabling.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the search for a better mouse, many odd shapes and designs have been considered, in the hopes of banishing RSS and carpal back to the tennis courts and assembly lines, where they belong. Extremetech will not give up until they find the newest mouse, in this case the "Zero Tension Mouse" which looks like ...
well ... umm....
Go look for yourself, I'm not going to say it.
Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's new XPC SN27P2 could bring back their dominance in the barebones SFF PC market. The Tech Report puts the system through it's paces, and discovers what could be a problem for people trying to save money by buying a cheaper, but easily overclockable AM2 processor.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today introduced its first NOR flash memory products
aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products
have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured
to work with low-cost, single-chip baseband and RF solutions from
leading chipset suppliers.
Subject: Mobile | August 1, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP tries a new Gateway laptop, the NX860X. In the reviews of previous systems from Gateway, they have found certain flaws in Dell's support and other procedures. Can this system turn that all around?
"Gateway's sturdy, powerful widescreen Core Duo notebook is ready for work and play. Find out how much
you can pack into an eight-pound portable (well, sort of portable) desktop replacement."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To Linux users, ffmpeg is probably a program you have heard of, but not if you are a Windows user only. That is all about to change, The Inquirer has spotted Super, a FOSS video converter able to change files from any one codec to another. Check this out before you go nuts from re-encoding files 8 times before getting it in the format you want.