Coolink combines air cooling and silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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MODTHEBOX has discovered some of the quietest fans on the planet, the Coolink SWiF, accompanied by the Silent Saviour for cooling hard drives.   There are many fans in the series, from 80mm to 120mm, with varying speeds, and the loudest one they have is only 26dB.

"The appearance of the Coolink SWiF fans are slightly different from what you would expect from

standard case fans that are currently on the market.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Shannon Babb of Utah Named Top High School Scientist

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today awarded Shannon Babb of Highland, Utah top honors and a $100,000 scholarship in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Poking at the IE7 beta

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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There are those who worry about installing alpha or beta software on their machines, and then there are complete masochists who love to try it, and see what happens.  Today, The Inquirer reports on 3 betas from Microsoft after thoroughly testing them, so you can guess which camp they fall into.


"So it fell to me to try a bunch of new betas available from Microsoft.
Source: The Inquirer

Best of the budget PSU's

Subject: Systems | March 14, 2006 - 06:15 PM |
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Looking for a good, stable PSU, but you can't spend $200 or more to get it?  Get to TECHGAGE, where they have rounded up 3 of Ultra products value PSUs, and see how well they can perform under load.

"All too often we read reviews of power supplies that are not cheap. Some good power supplies can

run between $100 and $150, if not higher!

Source: TECHGAGE

What kind of A/V cable is that?

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 05:42 PM |
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If you have ever been stuck trying to figure out the plethora of A/V cables that are commonly in use today, you are not alone.  eCoustics comes to the rescue, with a handy guide describing all the common connectors you are liekly to come across, so keep it as a handy bookmark.

"Got the Home Theater system connection blues? It's always a bit frustrating to newcomers and

seasoned audio-video enthusiasts alike when you're faced with that array of input and output

connectors.

Source: eCoustics

Honeycomb big ... yeah! yeah! yeah! ...

Subject: Memory | March 14, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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OCZ's newest DDR2 DIMMs, the XTC DDR2 PC2-4200 gets a full workout at OCMODSHOP today.  The XTC is Xtreme Thermal Convection, the heatspreaders are honeycombed copper, and should give you some good overclocking headroom from it's original speed, 533MHZ @ 4-4-4-12.

"PC gamers have always been on the bleeding edge of technology. As a matter of fact, PC gamers

have been the driving economic force creating the need for monster video cards faster processors,

and PC evolution in general.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Lian Li's Lucky 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2006 - 01:04 PM |
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BleedinEdge reviews the Lian Li PC-7 Plus, which carries on the tradition of quality cases that you expect from them.  With two 120mm fans a window, and enough space to be able to fit top-end video cards, you will be well satisfied with this case if you bought it.

"Lian Li has certainly come up with another excellent product in the Lian-Li PC-7A Plus. It is a

solid, well built case with good looks and convenient features that make this case a winner.

Source: BleedinEdge

Intel Boosts EnergyEfficient Performance With First Dual-Core Low-Voltage Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor

Subject: Processors | March 14, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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HILLSBORO, Ore., March 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation is outfitting server, storage and telecommunications equipment makers with a new ingredient for squeezing more performance out of space— and power—constrained environments.

CeBIT in a day

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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R & B Mods only had a day to pack in everything they could about CeBIT.  There are 9 pages of photos that cover almost every area of the show, and give you a great tour.  A warning, if you are still using dial-up, it may take you a day to see their whole tour as well.

"Everyone that has some type of computer interest knows that Cebit is one of the worlds biggest

exhibitions. I had the pleasure to go down to Hannover Germany this year to take a part of this

huge event.

Is 512MB better than 256 yet?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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PureOverclock ran some tests comparing a standard 256MB 7800GT and a 512MB version.  With some judicious use of NiBiTor, all clock speeds were rendered equal.  Read on to see if paying for that extra RAM is really worth it.

"Does a 512MB framebuffer make any difference?

A gaming keyboard that works easily

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away!  It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys.  It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.

"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features

the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.

Source: 3DXtreme

Intel's Robson aims to speed up harddrives

Subject: Storage | March 13, 2006 - 02:51 PM |
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Extremetech is sharing some info they have gathered about Intel's upcoming chipset add-on, Robson.  It will be a flash based "intelligent" prefetcher, and will attempt to store some of the required data between the HDD and the CPU, in an attempt to reduce latency.

"Intel proposes that the flash memory cache should be located on the motherboard. It's unclear

whether it should be permanently installed or could be another type of memory socket.

Source: Extremetech

Pictures, leaks and more from CeBIT

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 13, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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With 2 major shows going on right now, IDF and CeBIT, there is a lot of info about the upcoming products for this year.  With pictures and more, start with Guru of 3D's look through CeBit, then try to keep your jealousy under control as you follow all of the other tours.

"Guru3D.com just posted an article on the CeBIT 2006 exhibit that is taking place in germany as we

speak. CeBIT is easily one of the biggest IT exhibits that takes place in Europe every year.

Source: Guru of 3D

IPTV, coming to the small screen near you

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Sure we have all streamed video over the net using TCP/IP, but webTV with the same technology has never seemed to catch on.  The newest incarnation is IPTV, and Ars Technica can explain how it is supposed to work, and just why the Telco's are interested in broadcasting it.

"IPTV describes a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of

Internet Protocol packets. If you've ever watched a video clip on your computer, you've used an

IPTV system in its broadest sense.

Source: Ars Technica

MAINGEAR Quad SLI Beast

Subject: Systems | March 13, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Union, NJ - March 9, 2006 — MAINGEAR, renowned manufacturer of award winning, record breaking, top performing gaming PCs, unveils the fastest, most powerful gaming PC in the world. The BEAST SLI is the ultimate in gaming hardware and now with NVIDIA QUAD SLI, gaming will never be the same.

Source: Maingear

Get to know Conroe better

Subject: Processors | March 10, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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Find out even more about the star of the IDF on The Tech Report.  Conroe is certainly receiving a lot of hype, and based on the benchmarks we've seen, it deserves it.


You can find out even more in Ryan's article here.


"We were among a select group of publications here at IDF to get a chance to do some hands-on

testing with Intel's next-generation desktop processor, code-named Conroe.

Swiftech can cool your whole system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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The Swiftech Apogee, MCW-30 and MCW-60 Cooler are all reviewed at motherboards.org today.  This inexpensive watercooling setup will give you blocks to cool your CPU, GPU and chipset, and it will do it without breaking a sweat, even when you overclock.  They compare it's preformance on both Intel and AMD systems, give it a view.

"As with all of Swiftech's goods in their time, the blocks look great and perform just as well.

The 7900 reviews of new video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP gives a you a good rundown of the technology behind nVIDIA's new cards, and what you can expect to get from them.  More than jsut benchmarks, you are in danger of learning something by reading this.


"The big news for NVIDIA today is that their high-end GPU has gone 90 nanometers. This actually

isn't their first 90 nanometer GPU, the GeForce 7300 GS is built on the 90 nanometer process.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Giving an old game a new look

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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It has probably been a while since you last played Quake 3, but there are still people who are.  Maybe you aren't impressed that they can only get around 15 fps, and have to turn off some of the lighting effects to get it that high, but what if they were doing it on 24 monitors?  The Inquirer links to pics of that, and a Warcraft 2 setup which shows the entire game map.


"A Bunch of techies at www.plastk.net have been playing around with a 24 monitor display wall and

managed to get a game of Quake Three runn

Source: The Inquirer

Intel has plans of domination for 2006

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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While AMD has held the performance crown for a while now, Intel has never been out of the game.  At the IDF they revealed the core architectures they hope will regain the speed title for them.  Designtechnica has posted their views on the IDF, and what it is that they took away from it, drop by and see what you missed.

"Clearly, Intel has been in a funk lately. AMD has been hitting them so regularly that the old

Intel Bunny Men are looking more like punching bags than mascots.