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Subject: Storage | March 30, 2006 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seagate NL35 comes in 3 sizes, 250, 400 and 500GBs. XYZ Computing grabbed the 400GB SATA version and took it for a spin. As the drive was designed for enterprise applications, it makes perfect sense as a storage drive, the MTBF is 1 million hours and an error recovery control.
If you are more interested in speed than size, then check out Ryan's review of the WD Raptor X 150GB SATA drive.
Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2006 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report examines ABIT's AN8-32X, a nVIDIA based board with some very useful features. Among the things that make the board stand out is passive chipset cooling that really seems to work and an in-built fan controller. Read the whole review to get an idea at ABIT's strategy for returning to enthusiast boards.
"The first step in Abit's bid to reclaim the enthusiast market could be the AN8 32X, a Socket 939
Athlon 64 motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2006 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Washington, D.C has been named the 'Best City for Teleworking' in America, according to a new study released today by research firm Sperling's BestPlaces and Intel Corporation. The phenomenon of telework has grown rapidly in recent years thanks in part to the availability of powerful mobile computers based on IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® Mobile Technology and a network of more than 19,000 hotspots in the U.S.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cray is working on the first computer to break the petaflop boundary, and what they are putting together to do that is just amazing. Read more about the stats of this machine at The Inquirer.
"IT LOOKS LIKE Cray is starting to come back a bit, this time with a box made from 24,000 quad
core 2.6GHz Opterons.
That said, it is aiming at 187 or 400TB of memory, claimed to be cost related, but I think it
gets a volume discount after 100TB. It is also putting 11 petabytes of disk space on the beast.
Subject: Systems | March 29, 2006 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the third part of their Mini-ITX/HTPC series, XYZ talks about how to set up a Linux PVR. If you wouldn't pay the premium to have a normal PC setup for you, why do the same with a personal video recorder?
"For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time using my Mini-ITX computer.
Subject: Memory | March 29, 2006 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LOSTCIRCUITS interviews Jeff Lewis, the VP of Worldwide Marketing at Innovative Silicon, developers of ZRAM. ZRAM is Zero Capacitance DRAM, essentially a SOI (Silicon On Insulator) device, allowing the removal of capacitors, the insulating effect means the transistor holds it's charge. The bottom line is denser memory that goes faster, and the article gives very good basic explanations of the technology behind it, and goes a little bit into AMD's participation.
"Conventional DRAMs are made of capacitors and transisto
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 29, 2006 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have moved beyond 3rd party air cooling for your newest graphics card, 3DXtreme presents a 3 way watercooling shootout. The participants are the DangerDen Maze 4, the AquaXtreme MP-1 and Swiftech's MCW60. Drop by to see which can provide you with the most extra frames and craziest overclock.
"From this we have come across forums where certain products are recommended for their
performance with very little performance data to stand on.
Subject: Systems | March 29, 2006 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NEW DELHI, March 29, 2006 — Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virtual-Hideout reviews the Kingwin Big Air AMD CPU Cooler, a incredibly easy to install heatsink. If you are a little clip-shy after managing to drive a screwdriver through a motherboard when dealing with a very stubborn socket clip, take a look at this innovative way of securing the heatsink to the socket.
Don't forget about the CoolerMaster giveaway, you have until April 11th to enter!
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone spotted a concept wrist computer from Eurotech. At 200 grams, and sporting a 72x55 mm TFT screen, it certainly won't be mistaken for an oversized watch, but is it something you want to wear on your wrist?
'Remember the cartoon Futurama, and how Leela always sported a wrist computer/sensor device? Now,
would you believe me if I told you such a machine was in the works? Well, believe it or not, it
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has a preview of a very musical keyboard, the Creative Prodikey PC-MIDI. Why sit at your computer learning to type, when you can be learining to play the piano?
"The Prodiky PC-MIDI is an innovative device that combines keyboard with piano keys. With it,
anyone can work and learn how to play a piano in front of the computer without having to buy
separate input devices.
Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XG Duro 900W Power Supply comes with 4 +12V rails, perfect for trying to get a pair of dual core graphics cards up and running as fast as they can go. 3dGameMan provides their usual comprehensive review, and proves that this is a well thought out PSU, and not just another pretty phase.
'The XG Duro 900W Power Supply with Quad +12V rails is obviously going to turn heads.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2006 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 28, 2006 — Recognizing Brazil's position as South America's largest economy and its increasing importance as a technology leader, Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corporation, has created a US$50 million venture capital fund to promote technology growth in Brazil.
'Intel Capital's investments will help stimulate technological innovation and growth of Brazil's rapidly developing entrepreneurial community,' said Intel Corporation CEO
Subject: Storage | March 28, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BTX Form Factor explores the upcoming hard drive technology, perpendicular storage. By keeping the magnetic particles used for storage standing vertically instead of lying them on the surface, much greater storage density can be reached. This requires a new manufacturing process that they briefly touch on as well.
"Hard Disk Drives store all our most valuable data, our contacts, email, family photos and the
like, but increasingly space is getting cramped in drives...
Subject: Processors | March 28, 2006 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena compares the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ against the Athlon 64 3800+ and throws in an Athlon 64 3200+ for pure speed comparisons. See what that X2 can give you compared to the single core version, and what difference the lower speed makes.
"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a question from people wanting to
upgrade or buy a new PC. The question has been, should I get a dual core AMD Athlon 64 or single
core and what speed should I get?
Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following up on their guide to build the ultimate gaming machine, Corsair has posted a system build guide for HTPCs. Follwoing the easy instructions and detailed photos, you will end up with a very stylish and quiet component.
"Dive into the details of building a home theater PC. From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2006 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews points out one of the best values in video cards right now. The GeForce 7900GT isn't the fastest card out there, but with the overclock that most people can acheive, it comes close. If you are more worried about breaking the bank than voiding warantees, take a close look at this card.
"As an enthusiast and overclocker I have to say that if you were planning to upgrade or building
a new system I highly recommend looking long and hard at the 7900 GT.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2006 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the last of the series on case modding at Extremetech, suggestions from readers on the best way to cut curves was requested from those who have done it before. The replies poured in, and you can take advantage of all of the tips'n'tricks on your next project.
Subject: Mobile | March 27, 2006 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BleedinEdge examines a Dell notebook with some real power under the hood. This may well be a glimpse at the components that will continue to keep Dell's Alienware mobility systems on the farthest edge of performance gaming laptops.
"Bleedinedge reviewing a notebook? Not only that but it's a Dell and not an XPS
system! You must be wondering what gives? To be fair, this review is about
much more than just about a Dell.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550. They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.
"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the
mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also
be a good family computer.