Teaching a HDD enclosure new tricks

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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Pro-Clockers has spotted an external HDD enclosure that can do a little more than you might expect.  The Vizo Opera Media Enclosure can output DVD's to a TV and stereo, or pictures, or just music using it's various possible connections, VGA, audio, A/V and USB 2.0.

"For a long time now hard drive enclosures served one purpose and that was to store data from

various reasons. Not only can the Vizo Opera store data but it can also play that data back on

your television, just as long as it is video or audio data.

Does playability outweigh prettification?

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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The Moditory has published a review of Darwinia, a very unconventional game.  While the RTS and tech tree basis of the game will be familiar, and the graphics will take you back about 10 years, the game play is king in this game.  There is much to explore in how they have set this game up, and you can get it very easily if you use Steam.

"Gameplay is sometimes overlooked in the gaming industry. Today a lot of stress is put on graphics

and now sound.

Source: The Moditory

Quantum Weirdness for your computer

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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Quantum Computing seems to get weirder the more is learned about it.  While the idea that a quantum computer could go arrive at an answer without hitting the intermediate steps needed for normal processing, the idea that it can answer a question not even asked is definately new.   Try Boing Boing's quick run down, and if you want to know more, there are links everywhere.

"Utilizing two coupled optical interferometers, nested within a third, Kwiat's team succeeded in

counterfactually

Source: boingboing

Win a Centurion 532 from CoolerMaster & PC Perspective - 3 days left to enter

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 08:02 AM |
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Here's the hard part:



  1. Be a member of the PC Perspective Forums - join if you are not already!

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  3. Post a reply in this thread that you have sent in an email (Important, only those users who BOTH send an email and reply at least once in this thread will be ent

ECS tries out extreme motherboarding

Subject: Motherboards | February 23, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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ECS KA1 MVP Extreme is a Radeon Xpress based board, with quite a few features.  The Tech Report puts it to the test, to see if it deserves the title Extreme.

"The latest of ECS's Extreme offerings is the KA1 MVP, a Socket 939 motherboard that combines

ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset with PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet and Serial ATA

RAID.

Turion64 for the desktop

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2006 - 04:21 PM |
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Silent PC Review goes through a very comprehensive look at running the Turion64 on a desktop system.  They cover everything, from why you might want to do it, to how to go about doing it, and more.  Give them a moment of your time, see if they can help your next silent build.

"It seemed to take forever, but our ambitious article on running AMD's mobile 64-bit CPUs on

socket 754 desktop boards is finally done.

In honour of Turin, put your mouse on Skatez

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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Corepad Mouse Skatez are replacment pads for the bottom of your mouse.  Some are made specifically for the MX series of mice, and others are simply teflon strips to be applied overtop of the existing pads on other mice.  Read the review at Think Computers.

'Mice are becoming more and more expensive, and with lots more features packed into them. One

thing I noticed is that the standard feet of these so-called professional gaming mice or high-end

mice are a bit lacking.

How much is a frame per second worth to you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Elite Bastards compares the 2 flavours of X1900, the XT and the XTX, to see exactly what you get for the extra money.  Both are based on the same chips (R580), one is simply clocked higher than the other.  Read the full review to find out which of the 2 cards is the better buy.

"From our brief foray through US retail outlets, it seems as though a $75 price difference between

the X1900 XT and XTX (When it comes to Built By ATI boards) is the best you can find at present,

The dangers of using your clipboard as short term memory

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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The Inquirer has posted a combined clipboard and Internet Explorer vulnerablilty, and they have also posted a way to avoid the problem.  The contents of your clipboard can be grabbed, via scripting, and displayed on the web.  This little trick will only work in IE, not Firefox, and if you visit the link from the Inquirer that shows the problem, there is at least one pop-up window to greet you.

"A WARNING RECEIVED highlights what appears to be a real Explorer danger that text copied onto the

clipboar

Source: The Inquirer

Size isn't everything, power can come in small packages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 04:08 PM |
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The Tech Report was lucky enough to get SilverStone's newest Shuttle, the SN21G5.  While just as small as you would expect a Shuttle case to be, the amount of hardware they have managed to fit in is almost unbelievable.  This little barebones system could be a fairly powerful gaming machine, not just a SFF or HTPC with middle of the road performance.

Corsair's Nautilus surfaces

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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The Nautilus has been found by Corsair, and they've backwards engineered Captain Nemo's coolant system ...

Source: HotHardware

X-Mystique is an upgradable audio card

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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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.

Low Latency is a relative term

Subject: Memory | February 22, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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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 -

2-3-3-8.

Source: hardCOREware

Finally, the plans for my hoverboard have arrived

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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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

working Hove

Source: MAKE: Blog

Corsair Nautilus500 External Watercooling Kit Defines a New Generation of Watercooling Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 11:16 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) — Corsair® 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 |
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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 />


It's a budget box, not a gaming box

Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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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.

Source: Tech Spot

Not a striped PSU, it's a silent PSU

Subject: Systems | February 21, 2006 - 04:30 PM |
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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.

VR-Zone spills the beans on NV-71

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2006 - 01:20 PM |
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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.

Source: VR-Zone

Watercooling get easier with XSPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2006 - 12:55 PM |
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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

cooling.