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Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors.
With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX sent over word that they have increased the warranty coverage of their video cards; new AND old! This warranty is retro-active and is good on all GeForce 6 and 7 series cards.
Here's the deal: We will repair and service your 6-Series or 7-Series Graphics Card for as long as you own it. All you have to do is register the card with us online. And, should you sell or transfer the card, we'll honor the warranty for the card's second owner, too, as long as they register it with us online.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
That being said, here is what we recommend. If you still don't have Battlefield 2 and want to get a good 7800 GTX with BF2 bundle, then definitely go with the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked (with BF2 bundle), which is available for about $550 right now.
Subject: Chipsets | August 17, 2005 - 04:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
VIA has announced the first chipset for the new mobile VIA C7-M processor.
VIA today announced the VIA VN800, the first chipset solution for the VIA C7-M™ processor with DDR2 memory support for fast and efficient system memory access and hardware MPEG-2 decoding for flawless DVD playback.
Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2005 - 04:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
The company will sell a high-end Xbox 360 model that will come with a standard 20-gigabyte hard disk drive for $399.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Weighing in at only 334 grams, and
around 7.5 - 8 cm a side, the Nexus AXP-3200 is tiny compared to most heatsinks available today. MODTHEBOX has a full review of this low noise CPU cooler, see how it performed in their tests.
"The AXP-3200 introduces Nexus's new SkiveTekÂ® technology which involves the process of shaping materials to produce high fin density thermal solutions. The AXP-3200 includes patented V-shaped fins which optimize the airflow and prevent air obstruction.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalrock has released the Eclipse chassis, and Phoronix has a good look at it. Along with some interesting additions, this case has the tool-less assembly and 120mm fans that are almost standard in PC Cases this year.
"ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, has diverted away from the design of traditional ATX cases in favor of offering a new level of innovation with such things as CD storage on the front bezel.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2005 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SystemCooling has a Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump to review, and it does exactly what Swiftech says; it improves on the MCP650. There is a pot on the pump, letting you run it at anywhere between 5 and 14 V, with a simple twist of the wrist.
"In their on going quest for the perfect PC water-cooling pump, Swiftech has recently released the MCP655 12 VDC Pump, which features several key improvements over the ori
Subject: Memory | August 11, 2005 - 02:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
This is why AMD is almost being forced to move from their current DDR memory controller to a new DDR2 memory controller perhaps before they'd like to. Memory vendors like Samsung that are responsible for a huge percentage of all available memories are moving closer and closer to majority DDR2 output.
Samsung Electronics announced today that that it is leading the industry in shifting from DDR to DDR2 memory output.
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2005 - 01:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
VIA extends Geared for Gaming initiative, sponsoring top all-girl PC gaming team to compete for US$30,000 at the world's premier multiplayer LAN gaming event
Taipei, Taiwan, 9th August 2005, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the sponsorship of 'girlz 0f destruction', a leading female PC gaming team, at this year's QuakeCon being held in Grapevine, Texas, from 11th to 14th August 2005.
The girlz 0f destruction (www.girlzdestruct.com) team members will com
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2005 - 01:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
Well, I was waiting down in the line for hte BYOC area to open most of the evening and about 10 minutes ago, I gave up and came back to the room to finish up an article and get some sleep. You can head on over to the Quakecon website to see when things FINALLY get around to moving! ;)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2005 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asetek has released a line of Vapochill CPU heatsinks designed to be air cooled, not watercooled. There are 3 models in the series, and Overclockers Online has posted a review of the Ultra Low Noise version. It performs fairly well, and does so nearly silently.
"The addition to the Asetek arsenal is more traditional than a phase change or water cooling system, but still cutting edge in its own right.
Subject: Editorial | August 10, 2005 - 09:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
I think the title says it all. If you are going to the best LAN event in the world as well, look me up!
I'll post more when I see or hear it and expect a new product to be announced tomorrow at the show.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2005 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting off with the full sized systems at the top, and carrying on into SFF enclosures perfect for home theatre use, there are a few recent case reviews to check out. Start with Extreme Overclocking's review of the Antec TX1050B.
"Antec is one of the top most recognized brand names when it comes to high-end PC enclosures. The original Performance Series is undoubtedly the most well-known Antec design, and each new generation since then has been based on this classic chassis.
Subject: Chipsets | August 8, 2005 - 11:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
Though it wasn't officially released or announced yet, NVIDIA sent out a PR this morning touting the use of a new chispet in an upcoming Dell system. The XPS 600 series of system will now be using the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP that gives the board a full x16 lanes of PCI Express to both graphics card slots and rids the system of any switching or paddle boards for moving between SLI and standard modes. In all reality, this will mean nothing in terms of perfor
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2005 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asetek has released a 12V Waterchill reservoir and pump, and PimpRig has it for review. While it may not be a top of the line performer, some of the extras that it comes with may influence your decision somewhat.
"Odd shape or not, the reservoir is very precisely mated to the pump body over the inlet to the impeller making for a very clean look. A small tube is modeled into the back of the reservoir to accommodate a LED which is accessible from the underside of the pump.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Your Graphic card's GPU and RAM are probably the 2 hottest components in your case. While it is common to have a fast main processor running at 35-45 C, the GPU is often nearly twice that temperature. Treat the poor card to a Zalman VF700-Cu, not only will the card be cooler, but the fan has a silent setting too. Read the full story at Xtreme Resources.
"Is your video card one of those that is getting very hot and even
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2005 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte seems to produce everything nowadays, and is doing a good job of it to boot. Next on their list is CPU heatsinks, like the G-Power Cooler Pro that is reviewed at ExtensionTech, that will keep your chips cool and good looking. Also included are 2 news releases from Muskin, and some dust proof fans.
"Gigabyte, a name you'd come to think of as a motherboard company, has been diversifying themselves over the last few years.
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