Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 10:35 AM |
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Here is a tiny power supply that is 100% silent and delivers 120 watts of power at only 12V.  Dang!

Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs and Smart Appliances; Gives Robots More Freedom to Roam

World's tiniest PC power supply offers new design possibilities for PCs, case mods and X86 devices


FREMONT, CA—January 26, 2006 -- Mini-box.com, a division of Ituner Networks today announced the picoPSU, the worl

Nero plays on, with version 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 06:58 PM |
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TECHGAGE grabbed a copy of Nero 7 - Ultra Edition, and took it out for a spin.  Drop by and see how this baby handles, and what new bells and whistles have been added.

"Nero has released a new version of their Ultimate Edition and we are here to take a look at

what's new and upgraded.

Source: TECHGAGE

DFI gets into ATI

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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Now DFI users have a choice between nVidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire with the introduction of the LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR motherboard, based on the Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset.  Read the full review at X-Bit Labs.

"DFI Company is very well-known for its overclocking friendly mainboards on NVIDIA nForce4

chipsets. Now they have got down to building a similar solution around the Radeon Xpress 200

CrossFire chipset from ATI.

Source: X-Bit Labs

WD SHIPPING HALF-TERABYTE SERIAL ATA DESKTOP HARD DRIVES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. Jan. 26, 2006 Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC)today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity 500 GB Serial ATA
(SATA) WD CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications such as graphic design, digital
video editing, personal video recorders and advanced business computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300
MB/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

Wireless streaming audio brought to you by Squeezebox

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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HotHardware, has posted a reveiw of the Squeezebox Wireless Media Player by Sean Pelletier (aka Pelly).  The audio box seems like the perfect way to get the songs on your PC to play anywhere in your house, without adding to your already existing cable spaghetti, plus it comes with a "MP3 is not a crime" sticker.  Give it a read.

"We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com where we evaluate Slim Device's sleek

Squeezebox Wireless Media Player.

Source: HotHardware

Converse with the creator of ATI's R580

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Beyond3D has a conversation with Eric Demers and Richard Huddy from ATI.  If you are curious about the power behind the X1900, these guys have a lot of answers.


"In our recent R580: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX and Crossfire article we took a look at the architecture

of this new ATI chip and the performance it brings with its interesting configuration.

Source: Beyond3D

Intel, I shrunk the transistors again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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CNET posted a story on Intel's first working chips produced using a 45 nanometre process.  This keeps Moores' Law on track for the next year, 65 and 90 nanometre were the last greatest processes, and we've doubled again over 18 months.  This year they will be able to etch using normal lithography, as opposed to immersion, or other, more complex ways like Extreme Ultraviolet lithography, something that will be needed in the future to continue this shrinkage.

What's new with laptops

Subject: Mobile | January 25, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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Laptop Gamers attempts to bring everyone up to date on all of the new technology that has appeared in laptops over the past 12 months or so.  If you find yourself wondering what you really need in a laptop, or what exactly the catch words mean, stop by.

"But laptop technology is changing so fast new innovations are coming on stream as you read this

article. There is a whole new generation of notebook technology every two years or less.

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Named

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 05:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2006 — Forty teens are nearing their quest to be named America's most promising young scientist, as Intel Corporation today named finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Competing for more than $530,000 in scholarships and prizes, these students hail from 19 states, a record number in the competition's 65—year history.


Intel invests more than $100 million annually to improve education around the world and inspire and celebrate student success.

Intel First to Demonstrate Working 45nm Chips

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 05:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it has become the first company to reach an important milestone in the development of 45 nanometer (nm) logic technology. Intel has produced what are believed to be the first fully functional SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) chips using 45nm process technology, its next— generation, high—volume semiconductor manufacturing process.

AMD's star line-up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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Hardware Zone has posted a comparsion between the the newest FX processor, the FX-60, versus the FX-57 and the 4800+.  Head over to find out which is fastest, and which will give you the best bang for your buck!

"AMD welcomed the new year with a spanking new AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 processor. Based on the Toledo

core, it's a dual-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz.

Gentlemen, start your imaging engines

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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The 2 contenders are Logitech's G5 and Razer's Copperhead.  Head to Techspot to see which gaming mouse can claim to be the mightiest!

"In our last gaming mice showdown, the Logitech MX518 came on top of both the Razer Diamondback

and Razer Viper. Since then however, new products have been released by both companies, and we are

glad to inform you we have had several weeks to test them and report back to you.

Source: Tech Spot

The quest for quiet cooling continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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Silent PC Review takes a look at 2 low noise coolers, from Noctua/Coolink.  See how they stack up agaisnt heavy hitters like Scythe's Ninja.


"Noctua of Austria and Coolink of China are working together to offer large tower-style heatsinks

for the performance-oriented aftermarket. Both companies supplied review samples of two models,

one very large and one merely big. Coolink's products are offered with a fan and fan controller;

Noctua's are bare.

AMD and Innovative Silicon

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD and Innovative Technology are trying to increase the density of memory, specifically in the L2 cache on high end AMD chips.  The article on Processor Blog is pretty technical, and it hints at some of the advantages that could come about.


Plus, the members have spoken, see who they chose as the best of 2005 in the PC Perspective 2005 Readers Choice Awards.


"L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes

Gigabyte Announces X1900 XTX and XT Availability

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2006 - 12:00 AM |
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Gigabyte sent over the PR on their new video card based on the X1900 XTX and XT GPUs.  Here's the PR and a pic.  Enjoy!

Taipei, Taiwan 25th January, 2006 GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer, today unleashed the world's fastest graphics accelerators, the GV-RX19X512VB-RH, GV-RX19T512VB-RH, enabling crazy gaming platform performance.

Choosing an HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 06:29 PM |
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Wondering where to start with that HTPC project you keep putting off?  T-break comes to the rescue with their first article on choosing the right HTPC chassis, with a comparison between 2 popular designs, one from Silverstonetek and one from DIGN.


"HTPCs seem to be getting more and more popular by the day and while one route to take is to buy a

SFF from Shuttle or MSI, lots of us like to build everything from scratch.

Source: t-break

Speedy little USB pen drive

Subject: Storage | January 24, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive that Techniz has up for review provides a very quick way to get your data onto something portable.  It takes full advantage of USB2, but is compatible with USB 1 & 1.1, if you are still stuck on that version.  Just don't complain about the "This device could perform faster" popup message that Microsoft tends to give you in that situation.

"The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive is a newer technology of flash d

5 pounds of quiet power

Subject: Systems | January 24, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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System Cooling has posted a review of Enermax's Noisetaker AX 600W PSU.  With dual fans, and dual 12V lines, it is ready for the newest power hungry, heat producing PCIx video cards.  It's Power Factor sits between .98 and .99, making it an extremely efficient power supply.

"Coolergiant Computers, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Enermax Technology. In addition to a full line of PC power supplies, their products also include numerous cases and peripheral devices for the PC enthusiast.

Four Intel Computer Clubhouses Open In Chicagoland

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2006 — Four Intel Computer Clubhouses, which are unique after—school learning centers for children ages 10 to 18, are opening in the Chicago area in the next two weeks. These clubhouses will be located in existing community service agencies around the city — specifically the ABJ Community Services, Austin YMCA, Howard Area Community Center and WYTEC.

Adobe adds a new dimension to Acrobat

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Adobe will release Acrobat 3D next monday, according to this story on CNET.  While it certainly won't be cheap, it will likely be cheaper, easier to use and much more portable than a full CAD program.

"On Monday, the company is releasing Acrobat 3D, which allows a person to create a PDF (Portable

Document Format) file with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.