Quiet! We're trying to compute

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2005 - 04:11 PM |
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Part 2 of the silencing guide from Hardware.GamersHell is up.  Part one is here if you missed it.  In it you will find all sorts of tips on how to build a new, silent machine, or how to quiet a PC you've already built, but is drowning out your speakers.

"If you are considering getting into the addictive game that is silencing, you will be looking to

either build a new system with silence in mind or si

Source: HardwareHell

Portable performance can be too hot to handle

Subject: Mobile | November 8, 2005 - 01:17 PM |
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Switching to a gaming laptop solves a lot of back pain and setup at LAN parties, but it does cause another problem.  All those high end components create a lot of heat, and that poor laptop just can't dissipate it all on it's own.  Think Computers comes to the rescue with a review of the Vantec Lapcool 3 Notebook Cooler.

'As our desire to take computer gaming mobile increases in unison with the advancing technologies

of today's computer world, there is always one negative factor that increase

Memory loves company

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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I can't say I've heard the name TeamGroup before, but according to InsaneTek, that's because I live in North America.  The components they use to make the DIMMs will be familiar to all, and the timing isn't bad at all; 2-2-2-5 at 200MHz.  Get the full review at InsaneTek.

"TeamGroup is not well known here in the States, but they do have reputation overseas.

Source: InsaneTek

Swapable SATA storage

Subject: Storage | November 8, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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The Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK takes advantage of one of the SATA-II specs, that the drives must be hot-swapable, much like a USB or SCSI device.   It also incorporates some cooling into the casing, which makes the enclosure bigger than a CD-ROM drive, so don't just blindly shove it into a system the first time you use it, double check there's enough space.  Head to PC Stats to get a better idea of it's full capabilities.

"The Vantec EZ-Swap MRK200-ST-BK only comes in black, and it supports the

Source: PCStats

Lupper - Linux-land, left out no longer

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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Feel like the virus writers mostly ignore Linux, and miss the thrill of trying to harden a box while it's undergoing an attack, or fixing it after the fact?  Well, let me introduce you to the new kid on the block ...

240 graphics cards compared, and counting

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you aren't familiar with Adrian's Rojak Pot's gigantic video card comparision, now is a good time to check it out.  If you are familiar, it's been updated with the new ATI cards, as well as some additions and corrections.

"Covering over 240 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily

compare 15 different specifications for each and every card!

Source: Tech ARP

A Guardian Angel to monitor your power consumption

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2005 - 02:33 PM |
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Think Computers has tested the Seasonic Power Angel, a monitoring device for all types of power.  Plug in your PSU, power up the PC and see how much power you're using, the efficency of your PSU and much more.  Even better, it will test anything, so you can spend the day unplugging random electronics and test them too!

'Were you ever curious about just how much power your computer consumes? Did you ever want to know

just how efficient that Active PFC power supply is?

Portable Multimedia Storage

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 02:24 PM |
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The Novatronn iamm NTD-35 is a little different than the MP3 players you might be used to.  For one thing, it's based on a normal 3.5" HDD, so you can swap in a huge drive, if you feel so inclined.  This may take away from it's portability, as does the power plug, but it will play most movies, pictures and songs, and can hook up to a TV as well as a PC.

Source: 3DVelocity

The 6800 GS arrives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 01:54 PM |
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The 6800GS has arrived, and most sites have a review up, so you won't have to wonder what it can do anymore.  Start off at the Guru of 3D, and keep going 'till you've read 'em all.

"It was mid 2004 when NVIDIA released it's young rascal, the GeForce 6800 GT. It offered

staggering performance!. We are now a sturdy year away from that first GT release and a couple of

things have changed in that time-frame. Most importantly, we noticed a massive shift from the AGP

platform towards PCI-Express.

Source: Guru of 3D

All aboard the Radeon Xpress

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 01:40 PM |
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Legion Hardware has posted a review of the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR, which uses the new Radeon Xpress 200 chipset.  Read through the review to see if this will replace an nForce4 board on your wishlist.


"Already the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR looks much like the DFI nForce4 SLI motherboard. However,

there are a number of small changes made to the board and of course a few new features have been

included.

Take Thermaltake's new case for a Swing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 01:32 PM |
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Get a new case, with 120mm fans, without blowing a large chunk of the money you were going to spend on your new system with the Thermaltake Swing.  It's not the most feature filled or stylized case, but if you want good cooling without breaking your bank, read the review at InsaneTek.

"Want a decent looking case with good features without the expensive price? Thermaltake's new

Swing is a good candidate.

Source: InsaneTek

Careful what you say where people can hear you

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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Back in 1965, Gordon Moore made an off-handed comment "

that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every year to two years".  That comment has now become Moore's Law, and it has proved accurate over the past 40 years.  CNet looks to see if we can expect it to hold true for a few more decades.


"The success of Moore's predictions has created some problems.

Bigger than a flash stick, faster than a speeding CD-ROM

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 05:23 PM |
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Even with the bigger 1Gb memory sticks, and double sided DVD's, you still run into the occasional file that is too big to easily transport.  Portable HDD enclosures are the easiest answer, and in the case of the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, it may even keep your HDD living longer than installing it in a case.  Head to Bjorn3D to read up on this great little device.

"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a

CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of fi

Source: Bjorn3D

Get a shiny new keyboard for that modded box

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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You put tonnes of $$$ and time into your system, so that it looks as good as it runs.  Then you stick an ugly off white keyboard in the front.  Well, thanks to the people at Clavier, you don't have to.  Club Overclocker has found the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard, a keyboard that is bound to look good at the front of any system.

"Our very own Average Joe takes a few pecks on the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard.

Source: Club OC

Big and Beautiful, Thermaltake's Tai Chi

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2005 - 04:06 PM |
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It's a huge block of stylish aluminium, with more than enough space for a watercooling setup.  Plus, with a pre-installed 120mm fan, and room for more, even with air cooling a system will be quite happy living the the Tai Chi.  Even better, it has a removable mobo tray, and can be set up for BTX systems.  Read the full review at Neoseeker.

"We have a review of Thermaltake's monstrous Tai-Chi case.

Source: Neoseeker

Enermax Liberates you from power worries

Subject: Systems | November 4, 2005 - 03:41 PM |
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Enermax's Liberty 500W Modular PSU offers a good range of protection, and a stable supply of power.  With Dual 12V rails, and paired PCIe connectors, it's ready to power up for SLI setups.  Read the full review at Big Bruin.

"The new Liberty series of power supplies incorporates many traditional features of Enermax units

with the latest trend, modular cabling.

Source: Big Bruin

Harmless Overclocking, or MADNESS!!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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It's all fun and games until someone looses dry ice, then it's a sport.  Hardware Asylum has done some insane things with the clock speeds of whatever they can get their hands on.  While it may well have inspired their name, it has also inspired their members to take the top spot in 3DMarks 2001SE, 2003 and 2005.  Take a peek at what a GPU at - 171 C looks like.

Team Hardware Asylum has broken all three Futuremark 3DMark world records.

Full Buffer DIMM's hunger for power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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AMD had something to say about Intel's unpcoming full buffer DIMM's ... they'll need about twice the power of a DDR stick to run.  As many PC owners have found, the more power you put into a component, the more cooling it requires, and with the heat a Prescott throws out already, these blades will be hot.

"Close chip watchers know that Intel and its OEMs plan to support Fully-Buffered DIMMs in 2007.

Source: The Register

NVIDIA Selects Corsair as its First Certified SLI Ready Memory

Subject: Memory | November 4, 2005 - 09:56 AM |
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Fremont, CA (Thursday, November 3, 2005) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announced that it has became the first company in the memory category to receive the NVIDIA® SLI™ Ready certification. Recognized as the performance memory of choice for enthusiasts, Corsair added to the SLI Ready certification program by creating a new memory category to amplify user experience.

Peeking into the 2006 motherboard models

Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2005 - 06:16 PM |
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Anandtech visited Taiwan and wandered into several motherboard manufacturers to see what is coming up for 2006, why don't you join them.

"We recently had the opportunity to visit some manufacturers in Taiwan, and with that opportunity,

we spent a lot of time previewing new motherboards and graphics products.

Source: AnandTech