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Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PenStar Systems has posted a how and why on upgrading the OPAMPS on the new X-Mystique audio card. If you do go ahead and mod it, you may be very impressed by the quality of sound you can get from the analog outputs.
"The X-Mystique's primary claim to fame is that it is the first add-in soundcard that can encode a
Dolby Digital 5.1 signal.
Subject: Memory | February 22, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While OCZ's EL DDR PC3200 Gold GX GTC does indeed have very low timings for a 2 GB kit, they are still looser than a smaller DIMM's would be. Check out the full review at hardCOREware to see if raw speed can push the overall performance up enough to equal some of OCZ's 1GB kits.
"The name is certainly a mouthful - today we're looking at OCZ's latest PC3200 product. The GX
(which stands for Gamer eXtreme) features lowest latency timings we've seen on a 2GB kit -
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, you are tired of hearing about the fact that you never go outside, and never do anything more physical than cart a laptop to a LAN party? Well, thanks to the watchful members of MAKE:Blog, there is something outswide worth doing! A link has appeared with a shopping list and instructions on how to build your own hoverboard. Sorry, the leafblower is not included.
"If you watched this week's show, you'll have seen that Jason succeeded in building a fully
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, took its acclaimed watercooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus500™. As the latest generation of external watercooling units, the Nautilus500 boasts the industry's easiest installation procedure while delivering chilling performance of 30% more efficiency compared to air cooling.
Designed with enthusiasts in mind, the new Nautilus500 brings 30% more CPU and 40% more GPU cooling efficiency without excessive noise.
VIA Announces VIA Vinyl(TM) VT1708 High Definition Audio Codec, Delivering Premium Performance Audio
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 22 February 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA Vinyl VT1708 High Definition (HD) Audio Codec with premium quality and features for expanding PC audio requirements.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot has put together a budget PC guide, that ends in 2 final configurations. They are both complete systems, up to and including the OS, the bottom rung is about $600 and the recommended is ~ $1000. Keep in mind, these will not satisfy gamers, but are perfect for a relative or aquaintence that finds their "web surfing email machine-thingy" slow, and wants a new one.
"Build your budget box right.
Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers takes a look at a silent PSU from AeroCool, the Zerodba 620W PSU. The first time you glance at the title, it may come across as Zebra, but this really is a silent PSU with enough power to handle any dual-VGA setup.
"This one is for all those that like a PC quiet. Whether you are an owner of a HTPC or a high end
gaming powerhouse, our next product up for review may be what you need.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The specs for the upcoming nVIDIA cards are very impressive, if VR-Zone's scoop is right. It could even be enough to bump ATI's performance crown off.
Also, if video editing and manipulation is more your thing, check out Ryan's review of the X1900 All-In-Wonder.
"VR-Zone has posted some specs for the upcoming 90nm G71 series already. There will be two models
as we have revealed before; the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7900 GT.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2006 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techniz reviews the XSPC X20 universal liguid cooling kit. It is an easy to use all in one basic system, with a pump, CPU block and radiator, aimed at someone who has never changed to watercooling. I even provides much better cooling than air, so you can see why people make the change from air cooling.
"Love it or hate is water cooling is here to stay, I'm undecided about whether or not I like water
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Mechanic has posted a top 4 list of common PC Myths and Misconceptions. They are quite funny and, believe it or not, quite common. If you have fallen prey to any of them, take heart, because somebody had to lead the way, and discover if SATA worked or not. That's life on the bleeding edge, more often than not.
"The internet is a great medium for getting information and help on all sorts of subjects.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM | Jonathan Hung
With ATI generating most of the buzz in recent weeks, NVIDIA has stepped up to deliver some excitement of their own. The biggest news being the demise of the 7800-series cards, and the introduction of 7900-series GTX and GT parts.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jonathan Hung
engadget is reporting 8 flavours of Windows Vista. It appears Microsoft is sticking with their "Home-Professional-Enterprise" product model. I'm curious to see what the feature difference is for the "Vista Home Premium" and the "Vista Business" boxes. I hear "Vista Ultimate" comes with a posse.
"Wow, ok, Bill, since you're reading this and all, we've got to tell you a little something about product branding.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With CrossFire, support for the new Intel chips, DDR2 and SATA2, the MSI 975X Platinum is a good solid board. Hardware Zone has posted a full review of this well thought out board.
"MSI delivers a new motherboard with native CrossFire capabilities using the Intel 975X Express
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't let those extra 2 channels got to waste, pick up a 7.1 speaker system, like Creative Labs GigaWorks S750. Laptop Gamers has posted a review.
"This THX certified speaker system delivers an unbelievable gaming experience when combined with a
7.1 sound card such as the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has posted the results of an odd project. They wanted to know if the least expensive Asetek WaterChill can be upgraded peicemeal to perform better, and what the difference between that system, and Asetek's top of the line model will be.
"Asetek has long been acknowledged by PC enthusiasts as the best manufacturer of water coolers.
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica reports on a change of plans for Valve. Half Life 2 may have several sequels, that appear like TV series, and are downloadable via Steam. While probably not as long as a normal game, hopefully there will be many of them.
"The Half-Life franchise is moving to an episodic release schedule according to comments from
Valve's Doug Lombardi. Lombardi has revealed that Half-Life 2: Aftermath has been renamed to
Half-Life 2: Episode One.
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The media player flaw that Microsoft patched on Tuesday already has 2 proof of concept attacks according to CNet. That makes it very likely that exploits are already roaming around in the wild. Patch 'em if you got 'em.
"The "proof-of-concept" exploits that take advantage of a flaw in the media player were posted on
the Web over the past couple of days.
Subject: Systems | February 16, 2006 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
'Starting at the top, the biggest difference we see is a move from an nForce4-based SLI system to an ATI Xpress 200 CrossFire-based system sporting the new X1900 XTX GPU and the X1900 CrossFire cards. While this did increase the price of the graphics on the system, the fact was that even IF the NVIDIA 7800 GTX 512s had been in stock, they just aren't as fast as ATI's R580 core. Plus...they weren't in stock. :)'
Subject: Memory | February 16, 2006 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While AMD enthusuasts await the day they can use DDR2, memory makers are continuing to improve the speed, since Intel chipsets do support it. Neoseeker reviews Crucial's Ballistix PC2-6400 (800Mhz), a perfect example of how tight timings (4-4-4-10) can push performance to almost equal the performance of PC2-8000 (1000Mhz).
"The Crucial PC2-6400 got the second highest score here -- it was only 4.2% slower than the
Corsair PC2-8000, even though the PC2-8000 was running at a 25% faster memory clock