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Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of nForce2, VIA has an immense hurdle to overcome to position itself as attractive to gamers. The Foxconn motherboard that TweakTown recently reviewed implies that they may be thinking in a different direction. The board is as stable as it is inexpensive, and with an AM2 Sempron, you almost have most of a system built without breaking the $100 mark.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality. Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values. If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MODTHEBOX continues their review of 7zoneUSA's DIY kits. From fan adapters to upsize heatsink fans from 70 to 120mm, to ducting and rubber fixings and silica gaskets, 7zoneUSA has everything you could possibly need to increase cooling and reduce noise. They will even sell you a stylish blue anti-static wrist strap, for those who are into them.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get your creative juices flowing, FUTUREMARK is having a competition. Head over and download the blank template, and get to work creating a comic strip, however you feel like. You have until the 22nd to submit your comic, and the prize winners will be announced on the 28th. First prize is an Alienware Area-51 M5750.
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Subject: Storage | December 12, 2006 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) — Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, expanded its lineup of the award-winning Flash VoyagerTM USB2.0 drives to include new 16GB capacities.
Subject: Processors | December 12, 2006 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device
Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) presented
papers describing the use of immersion lithography, ultra-low-K
interconnect dielectrics, and multiple enhanced transistor strain
techniques for application to the 45nm microprocessor process
Subject: Storage | December 11, 2006 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews a pair of NAS boxes from QNAP. The TS-101 can function as a print server, as well as handling one drive, either ATA or SATA. The TS-201 can't handle SATA, but it does fit a pair of drives, up to 1.5 Tb and it can do RAID 1 and 0.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ultimate providers of power supplies has been PC Power & Cooling. With the new power hungry components that are popping up in high end systems everywhere, they went and made a new series of PSU. Bjorn3D reviewed their newest, the 1kW-SR. With a .98 Power Factor and 3 12V lines (two 18 amp and one 36 amp) you won't run short on juice.
Subject: Systems | December 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500. With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they've covered all your techie friends.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark. Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds. His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy. Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.
"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse
benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP is trying to put the discussions over whether the BigFoot Killer NIC is worth it. At a cost comparable with a good video card upgrade (but not a great one), you would expect to see some improvement in your experience. It turns out that you might well be happy with it, if you play the right games.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week on the forums a lot of handy advice was generated from a hard disk that went bad. Just about every step you can take before finally formatting appears, so check it out. Another user is having difficulty with getting a network of 34 PCs to stream video from a server. If you are in the mood for a new Anti-virus program, there is advice on alternatives to AVG. Grounding and static
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 8, 2006 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown tests out how the new 6.11 drivers handle Crossfire without a master card. By putting in 2 Crossfire ready cards and a few reboots, this driver will support Crossfire, but how much of an improvement will be seen?
You will also want to check out Ryan's SLI 8800GTX review ... 287fps at 1200x1600 with HDR, AA and AF!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2006 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechPowerUp! reviews the PC-A10B from Lian-Li, a case built for watercooling. From a top intake fan placed to cool a radiator to the pair of knockouts in the back to allow tubing to run into and out of the case. Read the full review of this good looking case here.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tanks and chainguns on a tropical island, what more do you need? Check out HEXUS.tv for a good look at the world of Crysis.
"Following our recent Crysis gameplay and interview videos on HEXUS.tv, we bring you a fly through video of the
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Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blu-Ray isn't doing so well. Sony's new format seems to have reminded people of previous failed attempts by the company to introduce new formats, and they aren't buying it. Add to that Microsoft and HP's backing of HD DVD, dual sided/dual format DVDs and a cheaper price, and it isn't looking good for Sony. Digital Trends has gathered more information into an article.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 7, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET
(5:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 in New York. AMD Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management
team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's business.
Subject: Storage | December 7, 2006 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With an 8Gb USB drive, mobile computer repair gets very easy. Not only can you store entire anti-virus/spyware programs, plus updated definitions, with newer motherboards you could set it up as a boot device for MemTest86 and other boot programs. Virtual-Hideout has posted their review of the Corsair 8GB Flash Voyager.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Coming next year from Panasonic is the worlds smallest speaker. They shrunk from 2.5mm to 1.5mm, and claim no loss in audio quality. How much longer before we are buying MP3 pants that play music on their own? CoolTechZone has some pictures and a bit more information.