Nominate the Worst for WIRED's Vaporware 2005

Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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It's that time of year again to nominate the worst vaporware offenders of the industry! Cast your votes for the worst vaporware in 2005 by emailing the Vaporware team with your suggestions! When emailing them make sure to:



  • Put the name of the company and product in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in the message body.
Source: Wired News

Morning Cooling News

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2005 - 09:52 AM |
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The guys over at PimpRig have posted a review of Coollaboratory's Liquid Metal thermal interface.

Source: PimpRig

A card as rare as uranium, and just about as heavy

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM |
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Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size.  Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.

"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its

associated faults.

Seagate is thinking small

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2005 - 03:29 PM |
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CNet has an article that gives you some insight into the minds of Seagate's engineers.  Significant amounts of money have been invested in nanotechnology, and it may well be affecting their next generation of hard drives.

"The Londonderry plant will now become a nanotechnology center of excellence in the development of

thin film technology, specializing in next generation and leading-edge photolithography.

Source: 3DCenter

Building a heat machine

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2005 - 03:19 PM |
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Procooling gives you a glimpse into the creation of a heat testing rig.  See how you build a die simulator, and learn about heat transferance at the same time.

'What it comes down to is that we are perhaps moving out of a period where die simulator

advantages far outweighed their drawbacks into a time where the complexity of CPUs as heat sources

may preclude simulating them with simple copper dies.

Good ram at a good price

Subject: Memory | December 15, 2005 - 03:12 PM |
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Virtual Hideout has found a good deal, in GeIL's Value Dual Channel PC3200 kit.  You get 2 gigs of RAM, for about the price of 1 gig of performance level RAM, and while you won't win any speed contests, you may appreciate the extra RAM more than the extra 2 Mhz on your FSB.

"This ram is some of the cheapest 2GB of ram that I could find online and certainly the best

looking in this price range. For the price of 1 GB in high-end ram, you can get 2GB.

Intel And BMW Enter Comprehensive Partnership

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation and the BMW Group today announced a comprehensive partnership that includes technology, co-marketing and Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. As part of this agreement, Intel technology will be deployed throughout the BMW Group and its worldwide dealer network, and Intel will become 'Official Corporate Partner' of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Why am I still a button pusher?

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves.  Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons?  No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.

"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop

is in some way an optimal representation.

Streaming audio get easier everyday

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2005 - 06:41 PM |
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Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Media Player lets you stream audio wirelessly.  Simply set up your PC with software, to become the Slim Server and the Squeezebox will play through whatever type of speaker system you hook up.  Get the full review at Think Computers.

'Media, over the past few years all different types have been flooding our lives, from music to

video we see it everyday. There are services to download music and video now. We have MP3 players

and media players.

Convergance spreads to monitors

Subject: Displays | December 14, 2005 - 06:12 PM |
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The TechZone examines Samsung's SyncMaster 910MP Multifunction LCD Monitor, a combo monitor/HDTV with an acceptable response rate.  Take a gander at this thing, if you are torn between buying a small HDTV, or a new LCD monitor.

"The Samsung SyncMaster 910MP is a multifunction 19" LCD panel. This display combines such

features as a TV Tuner, IR Remote, Secondary Inputs, and HDTV compatibility.

Source: 3DVelocity

Nokia's Mobile Chimerae

Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2005 - 03:15 PM |
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Ars Technica reviews the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, a strange mix of mobile beasties.  It's a mix of a laptop and a PDA, with wireless internet and reasonable media player.  At about 8 ounces, and more or less pocket sized (5.5in. x 3.1in x 0.7in), you can't get any more mobile, though you trade that mobility for power.

"The Nokia 770 measures 5.5in. x 3.1in x 0.7in and weighs in at a hair over 8 ounces. It also has

a 4.13in. LCD display, and what a display it is: 16-bit color at 800x480.

Source: Ars Technica

Digital Entertainment and Intel to Take Center Stage at Consumer Electronics Show

Subject: Shows and Expos | December 14, 2005 - 12:57 PM |
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When:

Jan. 5-8, 2006; keynote by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 5. See below for more detail.

Where:

Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Intel booth at Central Hall South, #7153; plus other venues

Give your video card some jewlery for Christmas

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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Motherboards.org has posted a review of Swiftech's MC14 BGA Memory Heatsinks, which is a package of 8 copper heatsinks, each  14mm3.  While they may not help a card that already has sufficient cooling, it may bring new life to an older card.

"While the initial gain of 8MHz isn't anything special, it still is enough to garner many an

overclocker's attention.

Valve dreams of video cards from the future

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP got a tour of Valve, and likely ran into Ryan while they were there.  If you haven't seen the pictures and movies of their proposed implementations of motion blur, colour correction, film grain, depth of feild and more, check it out at [H], and here at PCPer, too.  The only problem is that you will need a video card capable of at least 600 frames per second ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA to Acquire ULI Chipset Maker

Subject: Chipsets | December 14, 2005 - 10:54 AM |
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Well, this is certainly going to be a smack in the face to ATI's hopes in the chipset market.  NVIDIA is set to take over ULI's chipset business next year and that is nothing but bad news for the big red machine.  As most of you know the ATI motherboard south bridge chips have been plagued with issues and ATI's quick fix was to pair the Xpress 200 north bridge with a ULI south bridge, just like we saw on the Asus A8R-MVP motherboard I recently reviewed.&n

Source: Digitimes

RAM that Tesla could fall in love with

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2005 - 07:01 PM |
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OCZ's PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme was built to be overvolted, in fact it loves it.  Read the full review at Adrian's Rojak Pot to see if these DIMM's are the holy grail for overclockers.

"Overclockers love playing with voltages, clock speeds and timings to get the maximum out of their

memory modules. The OCZ PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme modules allow them to do just that with its

incredible overclockability and affinity for high voltages.

Source: Tech ARP

Put your mouse where it don't belong

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 06:48 PM |
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HardwareXL has come up with an innovative idea for a contest.  Head on over to see just where you'll need to put that mouse to have a chance at a Glidz QPAD.

"…Place your mouse where it does not belong and take a picture of it and post it in here.

Source: HardwareXL

Another Birthday Passes

Subject: Editorial | December 13, 2005 - 04:47 PM |
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This past Sunday was my birthday and I celebrated it by sitting in the freezing cold with my girlfiend and dad at the Cincinnati Bengals game and then coming home to nap and watch football the rest of the evening.  Is that what living is about?


I have an odd perspective on birthdays and holidays in that I generally don't get too worked up about them.  I am considered a "scrooge" through out most of my family and friends though I don't think I really that bad; just not 'peppy' like the others.  I do enjoy many parts of the holidays but much of the commercializatio

ULi's M1697, ATI chipset for the A64/x2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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Anandtech got a hold of a ULi M1697 reference board, and they give us a peek into the new upcoming chipset.  If you are torn between the NForce4 and ATI chipsets, see if this can put you on one side or the other.

"As VIA and SiS seem to be declining in the chipset arena, ULi continues an aggressive push to capture a larger share of the chipset market.

Source: AnandTech

The need for passively cooled speed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM |
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Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan.  While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.

"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP