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Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. Apr. 4, 2006 Addressing a growing enterprise market for high capacity, highly reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500 GB SATA hard drives. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for improved performance in multi-user, random I/O environments.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Stop by Hot Hardware for a review of the Alienware Area-51 m5500, a perfect blend of portability and power. A 2.0 GHz Pentium M, with choice of the built IGP or a 6600 Go (either 128 or 256M), 533Mhz DDR2, and a 15" display, weighing just over 6 pounds. Read the full review to get a feel for the newest mobile Area-51.
"As one of the pioneers of the gaming notebook, it comes as no surprise to see Alienware coming
to the table with yet another innovation.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That's right, Bob Dyl has reviewed the Coolermaster Centurion 534, and now that he is done with it, it is being taken away from him, and given to a lucky PC Perspective member.
If you could do with a free, stylish case, all you need to do is head to this thread and follow the instructions!
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LONDON, April 3, 2006 — Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital investment organization, and PIPEX Communications PLC, a major United Kingdom-based telecommunications provider, announced today that they have jointly formed PIPEX Wireless, a wireless operator which will provide broadband services in major metropolitan areas.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake comes to the rescue of overheating SLI rigs with the Tide Water Plus kit. PC Modding Malaysia reviews this kit that was designed specifically for rigs with 2 video cards. Read on to see if it is superior to jury-rigging your own.
If you are in the need of a futuristic case, then Bob's review of the newest case from NZXT should be right up your alley.
"All in all, the Tide Water Plus water cooling solution is yet another ingenious dual GPU cooling
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2006 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Futurelooks reviews an 8 gigabyte compact flash compatible photo storage micro hard drive from Seagate Technologies. This card would seem to be the current record holder for biggest commercially available flash card, and there is no way you could fill it in just one sitting. If you know someone with 4 or 5 small flash cards for their camera, then you may know what to get them the next time they deserve a present.
"Sitting in a beautiful brand new plastic blister package was an 8 gigabyte compact flash
Subject: Memory | April 3, 2006 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Memory PDC22G8000+XBLK DDR-2 is designed specifically to run at different speeds depending on the CAS latency you choose, and that is before you start tweaking for the best OC. Add to that the fact that it performs well at all the speeds it is rated for, this is a really well designed DIMM. The only bad news is that PC Stats got a sneak peek at them, you can't actually but them yet.
"" What sets this pair of PC2-8000 DDR2 memory apart from the competition is that it's capable of
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... the kids these days have no idea how easy they have it. The Tech Zone explores the history of portable data, from the floppies that you were amazed could fit 1.44 Mbs of data to the USB flash and HDD based drives of today. Read through it and some of the jokes old sysadmins crack might start making more sense.
"History of secondary storage is quiet interesting, as it has seen the use of papers to silicon
to optical medium.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 'Discover the PC' initiative to make the benefits of PC technology more broadly available to people in developing nations. The initiative focuses on delivering products and technologies that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of people in developing countries.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs grabbed a hold of a fast new notebook from Acer Labs, the Ferrari. It has a very attractive finish, and even has the Ferrari logo emblazoned on the cover. Of course the price also reflects the branding, though you certainly won't be dissapointed by the performance.
"We would like to introduce to you a superior notebook on AMD Turion 64 processor from Acer.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2006 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Compro VideoMate U900 is a tiny TV tuner that accepts coax and antenna signals, and hooks up to a PC or laptop. While being able to carry a device to eceive a TV signal in a pocket sounds great, read the full review at [H]ard|OCP before you run out and buy one.
"The thing about the two is that, traditionally, people want larger television screens and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Modders-Inc has posted a how to for bending plexi and other plastics for case modding. If you are into modding cases and want to build something really twisted, this will tell you how, and what tools you need to do it right.
"Master Modders Sheldog23 show us one of his secerts for making a custom modded case. Quote: I
get asked all the time "How did you bend the Plex for your UTMod?".
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monarch Computer's rebate countdown continues ... not that much time left to wait.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech stuck around the GDC 2006 until the very end, to tell you about all the really cool things they saw, and you missed becuase you couldn't take a week off to go game in San Fran. Prepare to be jealous, as there were quite a lot revealed there.
"This year's Game Developers Conference had its share of controversy, terrific sessions,
competing parties and chance interactions.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD will be announcing a new single core chip clocked at 3GHz in early April. It will probably take longer for the dual core version to appear.
"AMD will use its 65nm party in Prague to talk about the progress company is making with
production ramp of its Fab36, but at the same time, company will introduce their fastest clocked
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE has let the games get to their head. After spending way too much time in the simulated cockpit of a Lear jet, they purchase the new NaturalPoint TrackIR 4:PRO, and started looking out the side windows while flying to Hawaii. The TrackIR tracks your head movements and translates it to the computer screen. You get to change the direction you are looking, without changing your mouse aim, and while it isn't CounterStrike compatible yet, be assured there are many people working on making it so.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have probably seen the term Digital Signal Processing before, but you may not know what it is. To add to the confusion, it is an often misused term, but Digital Grabber will set you straight on this process of making analog sound better on digital setups.
"It happens that many people have no idea what Digital Signal Processing means, although they
hear more and more often these words, today.
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.