Return of the IGPs

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2005 - 10:32 AM |
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It's been a while since a batch of motherboards with Integrated Graphics Processors has been released.  However, with the new nForce boards, we are seeing quite a few boards with a 6100 built in, like the Biostar GeForce 6100-M9 TForce reviewed by TweakTown.  Consider it the next time you are putting together a system for a non-gamer.

"The integrated desktop graphics market is often one which is overlooked by many users.

Source: TweakTown

Intel-Based Commercial WiMAX Networks Under Way With 24 Carriers Worldwide

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 10:09 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2005 — Thirteen carriers from around the world are now deploying the world's first fixed WiMAX networks based on Intel Corporation WiMAX technologies, delivering high-speed broadband access to businesses and residences from Germany to Guatemala.

Intel, Dell And Schlumberger To Deliver Feature Rich Platforms For The Oil And Gas Industry

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 10:06 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced it is working with Dell and Schlumberger to deliver a new workstation platform specifically designed to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry.


The three companies will employ their core strengths to develop computing platforms that deliver solutions with superior data throughput, computation performance and 3D graphical performance. Specifically, Schlumberger brings to this collaborative effort an intimate knowledge of exploration and production (E&P) environments and customer needs.

TANSTAAFL, as it applies to Wi-Fi

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 09:10 AM |
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That free, unsecured Wi-Fi connection you just logged onto may come back to haunt you one day.  Free internet is fun, but is it worth a stranger capturing every bit of data you send, including passwords?  Read on at The Tech Zone.

"What Is An Evil Twin? They are fake Internet gateways posing as legitimate Wi-Fi hotspots.

Supposing you visit the local Internet cafe who has a paid hotspot.

AMD'S OPEN PLATFORM MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE EMBRACED BY INDUSTRY ...

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 08:39 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced key industry acceptance and support of its Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA) specification that defines a common system interface between the server motherboard and its management subsystem. Leading infrastructure vendors, system builders and solution providers worked with AMD to develop the specification, which was published earlier this year.

Source: AMD

AMD BOOSTS DATACENTER EFFICIENCY WITH BEST PERFORMANCE PER WATT ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2005 - 08:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Nov. 9, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a variety of customers are embracing the powerful combination of Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors, Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and Visual Studio 2005 to improve business processes.  Customers who demand leading-edge performance are rapidly recognizing and embracing the speed, price and efficiency advantages offered by AMD64 and Microsoft x64 innovations.

Source: AMD

Faster! Faster! You fool! You Fool!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2005 - 03:33 PM |
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Tweaktown isn't happy with the speed of ATI's X1800XT and X1600XT.  They spent hours figuring out how to overclock them, and today they share their findings with everyone.

"Today we will be using that very tool and overclocking both the new Radeon X1800XT and X1600XT.

We would have liked to also include the X1800XL but unfortunately it has left our hands for the

time being.

Source: TweakTown

Quiet! We're trying to compute

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2005 - 01:11 PM |
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Part 2 of the silencing guide from Hardware.GamersHell is up.  Part one is here if you missed it.  In it you will find all sorts of tips on how to build a new, silent machine, or how to quiet a PC you've already built, but is drowning out your speakers.

"If you are considering getting into the addictive game that is silencing, you will be looking to

either build a new system with silence in mind or si

Source: HardwareHell

Portable performance can be too hot to handle

Subject: Mobile | November 8, 2005 - 10:17 AM |
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Switching to a gaming laptop solves a lot of back pain and setup at LAN parties, but it does cause another problem.  All those high end components create a lot of heat, and that poor laptop just can't dissipate it all on it's own.  Think Computers comes to the rescue with a review of the Vantec Lapcool 3 Notebook Cooler.

'As our desire to take computer gaming mobile increases in unison with the advancing technologies

of today's computer world, there is always one negative factor that increase

Memory loves company

Subject: Memory | November 8, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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I can't say I've heard the name TeamGroup before, but according to InsaneTek, that's because I live in North America.  The components they use to make the DIMMs will be familiar to all, and the timing isn't bad at all; 2-2-2-5 at 200MHz.  Get the full review at InsaneTek.

"TeamGroup is not well known here in the States, but they do have reputation overseas.

Source: InsaneTek

Swapable SATA storage

Subject: Storage | November 8, 2005 - 08:43 AM |
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The Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK takes advantage of one of the SATA-II specs, that the drives must be hot-swapable, much like a USB or SCSI device.   It also incorporates some cooling into the casing, which makes the enclosure bigger than a CD-ROM drive, so don't just blindly shove it into a system the first time you use it, double check there's enough space.  Head to PC Stats to get a better idea of it's full capabilities.

"The Vantec EZ-Swap MRK200-ST-BK only comes in black, and it supports the

Source: PCStats

Lupper - Linux-land, left out no longer

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2005 - 08:32 AM |
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Feel like the virus writers mostly ignore Linux, and miss the thrill of trying to harden a box while it's undergoing an attack, or fixing it after the fact?  Well, let me introduce you to the new kid on the block ...

240 graphics cards compared, and counting

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2005 - 01:00 PM |
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If you aren't familiar with Adrian's Rojak Pot's gigantic video card comparision, now is a good time to check it out.  If you are familiar, it's been updated with the new ATI cards, as well as some additions and corrections.

"Covering over 240 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily

compare 15 different specifications for each and every card!

Source: Tech ARP

A Guardian Angel to monitor your power consumption

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2005 - 11:33 AM |
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Think Computers has tested the Seasonic Power Angel, a monitoring device for all types of power.  Plug in your PSU, power up the PC and see how much power you're using, the efficency of your PSU and much more.  Even better, it will test anything, so you can spend the day unplugging random electronics and test them too!

'Were you ever curious about just how much power your computer consumes? Did you ever want to know

just how efficient that Active PFC power supply is?

Portable Multimedia Storage

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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The Novatronn iamm NTD-35 is a little different than the MP3 players you might be used to.  For one thing, it's based on a normal 3.5" HDD, so you can swap in a huge drive, if you feel so inclined.  This may take away from it's portability, as does the power plug, but it will play most movies, pictures and songs, and can hook up to a TV as well as a PC.

Source: 3DVelocity

The 6800 GS arrives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 10:54 AM |
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The 6800GS has arrived, and most sites have a review up, so you won't have to wonder what it can do anymore.  Start off at the Guru of 3D, and keep going 'till you've read 'em all.

"It was mid 2004 when NVIDIA released it's young rascal, the GeForce 6800 GT. It offered

staggering performance!. We are now a sturdy year away from that first GT release and a couple of

things have changed in that time-frame. Most importantly, we noticed a massive shift from the AGP

platform towards PCI-Express.

Source: Guru of 3D

All aboard the Radeon Xpress

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 10:40 AM |
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Legion Hardware has posted a review of the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR, which uses the new Radeon Xpress 200 chipset.  Read through the review to see if this will replace an nForce4 board on your wishlist.


"Already the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR looks much like the DFI nForce4 SLI motherboard. However,

there are a number of small changes made to the board and of course a few new features have been

included.

Take Thermaltake's new case for a Swing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 10:32 AM |
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Get a new case, with 120mm fans, without blowing a large chunk of the money you were going to spend on your new system with the Thermaltake Swing.  It's not the most feature filled or stylized case, but if you want good cooling without breaking your bank, read the review at InsaneTek.

"Want a decent looking case with good features without the expensive price? Thermaltake's new

Swing is a good candidate.

Source: InsaneTek

Careful what you say where people can hear you

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 10:05 AM |
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Back in 1965, Gordon Moore made an off-handed comment "

that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every year to two years".  That comment has now become Moore's Law, and it has proved accurate over the past 40 years.  CNet looks to see if we can expect it to hold true for a few more decades.


"The success of Moore's predictions has created some problems.

Bigger than a flash stick, faster than a speeding CD-ROM

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 02:23 PM |
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Even with the bigger 1Gb memory sticks, and double sided DVD's, you still run into the occasional file that is too big to easily transport.  Portable HDD enclosures are the easiest answer, and in the case of the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, it may even keep your HDD living longer than installing it in a case.  Head to Bjorn3D to read up on this great little device.

"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a

CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of fi

Source: Bjorn3D