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Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has a very early preview of socket AM2. Right now the big thing holding it back from the market is a lack of chipset and BIOS support, though the chip itself is somewhat immature as well. This, the second preview, shows some improvements over the first, but is it enough to displace s939?
Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While putting together a system for review, ExtremeTech ran into a little problem most of us are familiar with, no POST. Read on for some tips on what to do, and some reassurance that, in fact those things don't just happen to you.
Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2006 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's GA-G1975X Turbo offers a lot in the way of extras. as far as Motherboards.org is concerned. A lot of the features you would expect to see, from the inclusion of a integrated SoundBlaster to 4 SATA ports and built in exhast fans. The inclusion of an SLI paddle on an non-nVIDIA chipset seems odd, as nVIDIA doesn't plan on allowing non-nVIDIA chipsets to supprt them, but then again, some enterprising BIOS tweaker may just solve that for you.
Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2006 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has spotted some new movement in the quest to extend battery life. If Casio's plans continue the way the expect, they wil be showcasing a fuel cell that will give laptops about 20 hours of run time, sometime this year.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2006 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has managed to get nVIDIA to work on a fix for the freeze issue with the first run of factory overclocked 7900GTXs. If you bought one, and don't seem to get what you paid for, read this article, and read it now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be. Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion. R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jason Smith
Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies. The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 08:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web! Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore!
Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get
Subject: Memory | April 7, 2006 - 05:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware got a sneek peek at Kingston's upcoming FBDIMM, the newest type of memory almost available to the consumer. Drop by to see what kind of improvements it will bring.
Or check out Ryan's review of Gigabyte's iRAM, utilizing DDR memory as blazing fast long term storage.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS. While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.
Subject: Displays | April 7, 2006 - 04:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone reviews the Philips 190G6FB LCD Panel. While it may be sold as a monitor, it is much more. 4 built in speakers, a TV tuner, plugs for just about any connectors and even USB ports make this a review you have to see. Don't forget the 8ms response either!
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have. Don't beleive me? Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth. Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks. It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content. Where was this when I was in high school?
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL. These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2006 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I could have sworn we were all supposed to have thrown out the towers of old ATX cases that accumulate over time and make the switch to BTX by now. That Form Factor has been slow in rolling out to the consumer, but ExtremeTech has seen signs of life for it. Drop by to see what kind of choices you have when building a BTX system.
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2006 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs tries out the newest drive from Lite-On, the EZ-DUB. Essentially it is postioned to be the easiest way to copy a CD or DVD, simply put a disk in the external drive, press a button ... wait ... remove disk and replace with blank disk ... wait again, and you are done.
Subject: Processors | April 6, 2006 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has updated their paedia to include the new Core microarchitecture from Intel. Make sure you get a fresh cup of coffee, the article is as long and indepth as you would expect, maybe even more so.
Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2006 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan; March 24,
2006 — ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
(ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the
micro-ATX-formed, Dolby and Viiv-certified motherboard — the N
growing universe of digital content in the comfort of living room.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Adrian's Rojak Pot points out the importance and simplicity of securing your wireless network. You may have setup the network to share a net connection, but isn't it better to know who you are sharing with?
"Many of us are hooked onto WiFi these days. But just how secure are our wireless networks?
Join jwsk as he discusses why we should beef up the security of our wireless networks and how we
can do it quickly and easily!"
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Subject: Systems | April 5, 2006 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D seems to have perfected the PSU torture test on an unsuspecting Silverstone Strider 600W PSU. When they found that they could overload the PSU to the point where it screamed and "tried forcing an unexpected reboot", they tore the poor thing apart to figure out exactly what happened. Not only do you get a review, but an explanation of how to share the load between rails on a PSU.