Seeing what the Mobility X1600 can do

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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HEXUS sees just how much power ATI has managed to fit into their Mobility X1600 here.  Find out if it can outperform the 

GeForce 7800 GTX Go.

"Been wondering what to expect from ATi's up-coming Mobility RADEON X1600?

Source: Hexus

Storage - very fast, very big and very mobile

Subject: Storage | December 2, 2005 - 02:44 PM |
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It wasn't too long ago that the only mobile strage you could get was expensive, held very little, and was very fragile.  Now a lot of people can't leave home without a few hundred megs worth of data in their pockets.  OCZ has produced the Rally drive for just that type of person, so head over to Overclocker's Online, and see how fast you can fill up a 2 gig USB2 drive.

"I've now had these two units for about a month, the ability to drop half a DVD's worth of content

on to the drive in a

Stick the Eiffel Tower under your desk

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2005 - 12:37 PM |
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Think Computer reviews a case from a manufacturer you may have never run into before, Asys.  The Asys Freedom Tower Series (CK-1022-5) Eiffel Tower impressed them in just about every way they could think to test it, so check it out.

'Today for review I have something I think is very cool, and has now become my favorite case of

all time. Asys is a new sponsor to ThinkComputers, this is our first review for them.

BattleField2 & BSD serve up a game

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2005 - 09:08 AM |
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Why use Linux or Windows when you can setup a BF2 server on FreeBSD?  If you know the OS, and want to start rising in EA's ranks, NewsForge can run you through the setup.

"Many players of Electronic Arts' multiplayer online game Battlefield 2 run Battlefield 2 game

servers, either at home or as a hosted solution. Most use Windows or Linux as their server

operating system. Few people know that you can use FreeBSD as well.

Source: Newsforge

BioWare is looking for a few good game writers

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2005 - 08:57 AM |
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Think you've got what it takes to make the next Baldur's Gate or KOTOR?  BioWare is having a contest, to have people submit, in writing, the outline for a game.  Even if you don't get hired, there's a good chance you could win a prize.  The Inquirer can give you more info, and a link to the contest details.


I've also heard rumours that FutureLooks and The Tech Zone are running a similar ECS contest, if you are really hoping to put a Pentium D under the tree.


"It is officially titled, "The
Source: The Inquirer

Overclock your GPU with Thermalright's help

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2005 - 03:48 PM |
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Thermalright's V1 Ultra graphics cooler will fit almost any modern GeForce or Radeon, and provides full wrap around cooling.  The cooler is much better than the stock cooling solution you probably use, in fact it's almost as good as watercooling.  SystemCooling has the full review, so see if you want to push the limits of your videocard with some new cooling.

"Back in June, we introduced users to Thermalright's maiden voyage in the world of video card

cooling, the Thermalright V1.

Tube Tied

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 02:52 PM |
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It may look like a something you'd find in a game of Fallout, but the Coolermaster Musketeer 3 is a tube based sound conditioner.  If you are baffled as to what exactly that is, head to the Guru of 3D for a full explanation.


"Did somebody at CoolerMaster loose his mind ? I mean, there's a reason that vacuum tubes were

left in history back in the 50's: they kinda suck. However, they might have lost their minds, but

they ain't crazy. Tubes have been making a bit of a renaissance comeback lately in audio.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel Board Promotes Four To Senior Vice President, Elects Four Others As Corporate Officers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2005 - 01:15 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced its board of directors has promoted four people to serve as senior vice presidents and elected four others as corporate officers. The company also named new chief marketing and technology officers.

A Crossfire board you can buy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2005 - 01:13 PM |
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The Tech Report has gotten their hands on the first available Crossfire board, the DFI LANParty UT RDX200 CD-DR.  Not all the benchmarks use Radeon's in a Crossfire setup, so you can see the boards performance against nVidia chipsets, but they do use it when they are comparing to SLI.


Then head back for Ryan's review of the ASUS A8R-MVP Crossfire board, hopefully available in stores soon.


"The first CrossFire board to become available in N

Intel To Extend Manufacturing Leadership With Second 45nm 300mm Wafer Factory

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 09:50 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a new 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility at its site in Kiryat Gat, Israel. The new factory, designated Fab 28, will extend Intel's manufacturing leadership by producing leading-edge microprocessors in the second half of 2008 on 45 nanometer (nm) process technology.

Watercooling, your way to overclocking fame

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2005 - 09:16 AM |
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OCMODSHOP grabbed a Danger Den DD12V-D4 Water Cooling Pump and put it to the test.  It's a very compact pump, with a good amount of cooling power, but just how loud does it make your system?

"The amount of noise from a pump is somewhat of a subjective factor but noise can make a pump intolerable regardless of the pump's performance.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Join the war on spam

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 08:50 AM |
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Can the war on spam be won by everyone ignoring the spammers?  Read this article from The TechZone, and spread the word. If nobody clicks, nobody will spam.

"Everybody hates spam! I am sure spammers hate getting spam too, but they still continue to dish

it out. Why? Because it is still effective. Believe it or not, many of us still click on the links

or follow-up with the spam message. As long as we continue to do this, spam will exist.

AMD Helps Meet Increased Demand for Basic Needs Assistance in Austin

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 08:41 AM |
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November 30, 2005 - Austin, TX. - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has donated $100,000 to the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas (BNC) for the Best Single Source (BSS) project, an alliance of non-profit agencies pooling resources and information to provide a comprehensive solution to meet the basic needs of individual clients.

Source: AMD

Intel updates their mobility processor line

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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The Centrino is getting old, and the new up and coming whipppersnapper's name is Yonah.  AnandTech has a look at what the chip is expected to be able to do, and the direction Intel mobility is headed.

"As the successor to the current Pentium M (Dothan) and the predecessor to next year's Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest cores, Yonah is a very important chip.

Source: AnandTech

More Holiday System Guides

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 30, 2005 - 02:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a guide on how to setup a nice system for Christmas, without totally destroying your food budget for next year.  TechReport has also given it a shot over here, and as always, Ryan's recommendations can be found on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard.

"For full systems, we scoured Newegg.com with budgets of $1200 and $2000 and looked at good buys for both AMD and Intel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

So that's how I check my powersupply

Subject: Systems | November 30, 2005 - 02:02 PM |
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If you don't want to be digging around in your case with a multimeter, but are pretty sure that your crashing is caused by a bad PSU, BigBruin has a review of the tool you want.  The FrozenCPU ATX 2.0 PSU tester is about the simplest way out there to check your PSU.

"When it comes to troubleshooting hardware inside your computer, any enthusiast can tell you that

any particular problem can be caused by one or more components going/gone bad.

Source: PimpRig

You want how much for that video card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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Penstar Systems asks the question that most of us have, how high are graphics card prices going to go?  Right now, a high end video card can be half of the entire cost of a new PC, more if you want to use 2 video cards in SLI, Chrome or Crossfire mode. 

"In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price

ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail

for well above $549.

Solid State Storage Sales Soon

Subject: Storage | November 30, 2005 - 08:59 AM |
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As Solid State storage becomes more common, and less volatile when the power goes off, 3.5" & 2.5" hard drives may disappear.  This could mean notebook computers becom even more light and skinny, and storage will be even denser.  The big question is of course the price, and The Inquirer is reporting that the costs will be much more attractive over the coming year.


The market research company predicted that NAND memory average selling price will fall by 43% CAGR

between 2004 and 2009, but other factors t

Source: The Inquirer

There's good news, and there's bad news

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2005 - 08:48 AM |
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First, the bad news.  CNet is reporting on a flaw in PERL which could lead to an attacker getting control over a server.  Not only that, but Java has been patched, and so has OS-X.  On the other hand, chances are that all 3 vulnerabilities won't be affecting you, and also Mozilla 1.5 is out!

"Dyad Security on Tuesday warned of a so-called "format string vulnerability" in Webmin, a

Web-based administration utility