Smarter Cell-phones

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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The Cell processor has escaped from your console, and is headed straight for your cellphone.  Read all about it at CoolTechZone.

"Back when Cell launched, IBM, Sony and Toshiba emphasized it to be very scalable with a

capability of selecting as little as one PPE (out of eight) to scale the chip accordingly. If Sony

is really able to miniaturize Cell, it would make life tremendously difficult for Intel with it's

fairly dated XScale processor.

Source: CoolTechZone

Timing is ... not quite everything

Subject: Memory | November 3, 2005 - 06:05 PM |
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The Tech Report sits down with RAM of 2 different timings ... 

2-2-2-5 and 2.5-4-4-8, and also ran them at 1T and 2T.  Read the review to see what impact the timing of these DIMM's had on system performance.

"THESE DAYS, SEEMINGLY every major memory module manufacturer is producing fancy low-latency

DIMMs. These DIMMs are equipped with tricked-out heat spreaders and come in a variety of different

colors, making them easy to pick out in a crowd.

Leaky reservior got you down?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2005 - 04:02 PM |
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Check out PimpRig's review of the Thermaltake Aquabay M3 5.25" Reservoir.  Made of translucent blue 

Polyethylene, this reservoir will look good in a modded case, and you won't need to worry about it cracking over time.

"I'm one of those people that likes a reservoir over a T-line, yet I've never really cared for the

thought of a plexiglas reservoir inside my case. Plexi ages, plexi cracks...plexi leaks. Plexi

bad.

Source: PimpRig

LCD Gaming Monitors Are Becoming Common

Subject: Displays | November 3, 2005 - 03:33 PM |
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With displays having 2 and 3ms response times available from most major LCD manufacturers, it seems that the old adage that CRT's are the best way to play games is headed the way of one button joysticks.  XYZ Computers takes a look at the ViewSonic VX924 3ms LCD Monitor.

"Over the past year or two computer users have been witnessing something very interesting- the

maturation of the LCD monitor.

Logitech's Newest Cordless Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 01:26 PM |
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The G7 Cordless Gaming Mouse has all the buttons and smoothness you would expect from the MX-518 gaming mouse, but without a cord.  They have also moved away from the charging dock, this mouse uses rechargable Li-Ion batteries, and comes with a USB powered charger.  ASE Labs is the place to go to find out more.

"PC games: the primary field of computing that has pushed this so-called "productivity box" faster

and faster over the years.

Source: Aselabs

nVidia's Vanishing Mid-line

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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nVidia's mid-level 6800 cards seem to be disappearing, and as The Inquirer points out, this seems a dead giveaway that there is a new mid level card on it's way, likely a 7600.

"STRANGE THINGS are afoot in retail circles. The nVidia 6800 in its PCIe variety has all but

disappeared. This leaves nVidia with a huge gap in its mid range wide open for the new 7600.

The reason this is strange is how little fuss has been made.

Source: The Inquirer

McAfee Makes Securing Wireless Easy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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Are you generally unfamiliar with wireless LAN's, can't seem to successfully secure your own network, or are just having difficulty keeping a friend or family member's LAN safe from bored kids who like to delete things?  McAfee Wireless Home Network Security might be just the peice of software to save you from grief.  The Tech Lounge has the full review, head on over.

"So what if you can't tell WEP from WAP, or WPA from AP?

AMD APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO ELIMINATE DUTIES ON MULTI-CHIP PACKAGE (MCP) SEMICONDUCTORS

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 3, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced support for the draft agreement finalized at the Governments/Authorities Meeting on semiconductors (GAMS) in Seoul, Korea that is intended to eliminate duties on multi-chip package integrated circuits beginning on January 1, 2006.

Source: AMD

S3 Graphics Announces ChromeS20 Series PCIe GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 3, 2005 - 11:05 AM |
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Today VIA/S3 announced a new candidate in the mid-market graphics world with the release of a new ChromeS20 series of PCI Express GPUs.  These cards are going to be made by Fujitsu's 90nm technology and offer a significant performance/watt advantage over current NVIDIA and ATI offerings.  I should have some contact with these parts soon so I'll be able to get a more in-depth product analysis up later in the week.


Features on the chip include improved HDTV output, 700 MHz core clock, DDR3 memory and support for an SLI-l

New Advertising Campaign Showcases Benefits Of Intel Technology For Businesses

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 06:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation this week launched a worldwide advertising and marketing campaign that showcases how Intel's standards-based platforms are a catalyst for success for businesses worldwide.


With a theme of 'When Intel is built in, success is built in,' the campaign shows how Intel technology helps drive success in areas that matter most to businesses of all types and sizes and includes case studies to demonstrate this.

Network attached ... USB?

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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http://www.everythingusb.com/usb@nywhere.html.  You install the server software on one PC, and the client on another, and you can now use the USB devices over a WAN or LAN, on the cheap.

"Hi, we found a nifty software called USB@nywhere that lets you share USB devices on the Internet.

You basically only need to install 'Device workstation' on the PC with the USB devices you want

to share, and 'Remote workstation' on the PCs where you want to access the remote USB hardware.

Able to cool 7 cpus with one radiator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2005 - 03:56 PM |
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The Asetek Xtreme KT12A-12VX Triple Radiator Kit can remove a lot of heat from a system.  According to Xtreme Resources findings, about "2445Kcal per hour (9702 BTU), which roughly translates to 680W", with all 6 fans running on the radiator!

"When Asetek first entered the PC watercooling market with the introduction of the initial

Waterchill kits, their good value and excellent performance made them loved within the enthusiast

circles.

Size doesn't always count

Subject: Motherboards | November 2, 2005 - 01:41 PM |
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Think Computers reviews the Biostar M7VIG-400 Combo micro ATX board, that comes with a Mobile Athlon XP 2600+ Barton.  Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it lacks power.  It's able to run 

Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron, and Sempron at 200, 266 and 333 FSB speeds, has built in video (with an AGP expansion slot as well), built in audio, and a NIC as well.  This might be the board to base your first HTPC on.

'Well, today we have somethin

Intel Opens Leading-Edge 65nm, 300mm High-Volume Wafer Manufacturing Facility In Arizona

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 01:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2005 — Intel Corporation has re-opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Chandler, Ariz., converting it to a leading-edge 300mm, 65nm process factory. Called Fab 12, the factory is Intel's second volume-production fab using 65nm process technology produced on the industry's largest wafer size (300mm), which provides the Intel fab with the potential to generate the world's highest microprocessor output at the lowest cost.

73 lbs of pure bassy goodness

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 12:13 PM |
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At roughly 1ft * 2ft * 2ft, the Behringer Truth is 360 Watts of sub woofer, that might just be what you need to make the ground shake as the artillery starts to fall in a frantic BF2 session.  Tech Connect does all the tests, so you don't have to wonder what this sub can do.


Then come back and read John Hung's review of Creative Labs' Sound Blaster X-Fi.


"Do you feel the noise? DO YOU?

More bulging capacitors, the video card version

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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I really hope that this is a one time problem that The Inquirer had the bad luck to run into, but checking your video cards capacitors might well be a good idea.

"The symptoms included corrupted graphics, and then repeated rebooting of the GPU, sometimes up to

once a minute, it was really odd. So, if you have problems like this, check the caps on your

cards, and let us know if you see any.

Source: The Inquirer

This card is begging to be overclocked

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2005 - 06:26 PM |
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PimpRig has a look at the Sapphire X800 GTO2 Limited Edition 256MB PCIe Video Card.  It's a slightly faster X800, with great overclocking potential, and more.  It has 12 pipelines, as you'd expect, but with a flash, you can mod it into a 16 pipleine card, like the 850's, at about half the price.  Then you overclock that, and end up with an X800 than outperforms a vanilla X850.  You really want to read the whole article!

"The Sapphire X800 GTO2 was modestly launched recently

Source: PimpRig

Taming the heat of a P4, Asus style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2005 - 03:13 PM |
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It's a big, bad, powerful cooler, but it only fits on P4 systems (LGA 775).  Motherboards.org reviews the Asus VR Cooler, which tames the heat of the Prescott, even overclocked.

"For our closing remarks, I'd have to think that our comments on the performance will more than

suffice - wow. At a great price with great performance, there's almost nothing not to love about

this heatsink, apart from the disappointing lack of cross platform mounting.

All you wanted to know about HTPC ....

Subject: Systems | November 1, 2005 - 02:37 PM |
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Big Bruin finishes off the HTPC guide they started today, with the second part.  You know all about the audio and video, this guide covers the rest of the components and issues you could have. 

"In the first of a two-part series of Tech Tips on getting started with a Home Theater PC, or

HTPC, we looked at the two most basic features to be considered: audio and video.

Source: Big Bruin