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Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2007 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new mid-range cards from nVIDIA are the 8500GT, 8600GT and the 8600GTS, and Pro-clockers have rounded up one of each from Zotac. The cards they tested do not appear on PriceGrabber, but other manufacturers have priced the 8500GT at about $100, the 8600GT at $160 and the
Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abit's Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI and MSI's P6N SLI Platinum are both based on the new 650i nVidia chipset, although the implementation is different. Abit's board is less expensive, though that comes at the cost of Firewire and eSATA while the MSI gives you those few extras that many people want. The problem is that MSI's is also one of the most expensive 650i boa
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W is one impressive PSU. With four 12V rails, and a combined output of 100A, [H]ard|OCP thought it sounded to good to be true until they loaded the PCI-E with a full 1200W and 100A and the PSU pulled it off easily. If you are looking for that kind of power, then read on.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next time you use a free WiFi connection to surf, you should probably question who provides it. Some of those networks could easily be run by someone trying to harvest your personal data, and not just an altruist with bandwidth to spare. Ars Technica tells you just how easy it is to fall prey to a scheme like that.
Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2007 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based around the I965P and ICH8R chipset the ASUS P5B Premium sports all the features you would expect, and it claims to be fully compliant with TPM. As there really isn't a way to test compliance with TPM yet, [H]ard|OCP couldn't include that test in their review, but they've more than made up for that with a slew of benchmarks.
Subject: Memory | April 25, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BOISE, Idaho, April 25, 2007 — Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc., today announced they are sampling industry-leading 50 nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory manufactured by their NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies.
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 24, 2007 — Eighteen schools have been named as finalists for the IntelÂ® Schools of Distinction Awards. The annual program honors schools for implementing innovative and replicable math and science programs that produce positive educational results. Schools compete for $1 million in grants and awards from the Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies. The winners are announced in May 2007.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman has redesigned their Reserator, and are aiming for zero noise. The pump is absolutely silent, and there are no fans on the radiator to make noise. As X-bit Labs discovered in their testing, this change of focus has lead to a degradation in the performance of the cooler, especially when the optional waterblock for the VGA is installed and running.
Subject: Mobile | April 25, 2007 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP's ultra portable tx1000 offers a full set of features perfect for a laptop, including a screen that can be rotated 180Â° and reversed, as well as a button to reverse that mode for lefties. The 12.1 WXGA screen may not be as large as many laptops, but it does keep the weight down to about 5lbs and the battery going for over 2 hours. Read on at Digital Trends to get the full review<
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taking his games even further, Tom Clancy is preparing End War for release. If you have been a fan of GRAW and his other games, this will take you into the field of WWIII and showcase physics and AI that will make full use of the latest hardware. HEXUS has a bit more, and will certainly be keeping an eye out for new developments.
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wired News takes a look at some of the more (in)famous mascots of the recent, and not so recent history. Clippy makes an appearance at the top of course, but were you aware each Windows OS received it's own manga style mascot?
Subject: Memory | April 24, 2007 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Super Talent's T1000UX2G5 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 offers great potential, with a 20% overclock possible using the default timings, or you can tighten the timings at 1000MHz. Big Bruin did find little difference between that and the reference PC2-6400 they tested it against, which costs about 1/2 as much. Don't let that deter you from reading the full review, as these DIMMs will allow you more flexibility when
Subject: Storage | April 24, 2007 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"While often overlooked, the hard drive plays an important role in the system's overall capacity and performance which can
be vital in ensuring a smooth-running, glitch-free experience. If data bogs down at the hard drive, you won't have a chance
in Zanzibar to experience the full power of your system, no matter how much processing power you're packing.
Hard drives can differ in capacity and performance.
Subject: Displays | April 24, 2007 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Viewsonic's 22" Widescreen LCD display and it's integral Viewdock, 2.1 speakers card reader and USB hub are under investigation at Tweaknews. The Viewdock is a dock for an iPod, allowing you to charge your iPod as well as listen to the music on it. Read on to find out if they forgot to focus on a good display while adding on all the additional features.
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At some point in the recent past, Apple's iPod became THE MP3 player to beat. Many have claimed to have created an iPod killer (including Apple with their iPhone), but so far no one has delivered. Microsoft's attempt is the Zune, and it has been on the market long enough to mature and get the early kinks out of it's software.&
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AutumnWave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a high def TV Tuner that connects via a USB cable, and allows you to watch HD programming on your PC. It also comes with a nice software suite allowing control over channels, recording times as well as image tweaking. While HotHardware was reviewing the tuner, they were very impressed by the proper display of the image, but found the
Subject: Chipsets | April 24, 2007 - 11:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting link came into my inbox this morning with the tag line "LinkBoost" and it pointed to the NVIDIA.com website. Here on the Tech Specs page for the nForce 600 series chipsets, if you scroll ALL the way to the bottom, you'll see this note:
**Note: NVIDIA LinkBoost™ technology has been removed as a feature from NVIDIA nForceÂ® 680i SLI
Well, that's a surprise. If you remember
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2007 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-April 23, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power
supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply. This new 600W
PSU features a conservative look with a sleek, black case and fan.
Subject: Motherboards | April 23, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS 965PLT-A board isn't available yet, but it won't be too long before you start to see it on the shelves. As TweakTown notes in their review, the board is misnamed, as it is built around the 946GZ chipset, not the 965. Although it's onboard graphics are lack luster, they have included 2 PCI Express x16 slots, so it can easily be the basis of a decent gaming rig.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2007 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual is a pair of X1950 GPUs piggybacked on one circuit board. Unfortunately it seems to be a paper release, as there is nowhere to buy it, and it is not listed on the Sapphire website. Still, HotHardware managed to get their hands on one and benchmark it. While it does offer good performance, it has difficulty pulling ahead of the DX10 8800 GTS 320 MB and trouble fitting inside most cases.