Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on Mar. 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2006.


In November the company announced a 25 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, to $0.10 per share.


Intel's Pressroom has more info.

Another format war come and gone?

Subject: Storage | January 19, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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The battle between BluRay and HD DVD seems to be drawing to a close, with a whimper and a draw.  There is no clear resolution in sight, so the 2 sides have agreed to try to combine the formats into something that combines both.  No word on what that will really do to expected production times, but CoolTechZone can give you a lot of other info.

"With many Blu-Ray and HD DVD supporters agreeing to support both formats as o

Source: CoolTechZone

Fixing a soggy mistake

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a very handy How To guide, one on fixing electronics after they've gotten soaked, and get to dry on their own, leaving all sorts of interesting mineral deposits everywhere.  If this has happened to you, you will appreciate the info, and if it hasn't ...

Source: MAKE: Blog

CrossFire vs. SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 06:16 PM |
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ATI's second go at Crossfire, with X1800's has seen a better reception than the first run.  Now that the drivers and hardware have improved, and it is actually possible to find a Master card to use in a Crossfire setup, it is time for a rematch against nVidia's SLI.   Head to Legit Reviews to see how they stack up.


Don't forget to look at Ryan's sneek peek of the 7300 GS, either.


"While ATI's first generation Crossfire platform proved ATI could offer a dual video c

AMD REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 05:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan.

Source: AMD

Portable power from ASUSTek

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2006 - 03:56 PM |
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ASUSTeK's A6JA 'Napa' Notebook undergoes a close examination at HEXUS, give them a couple of minutes of your time and maybe have a new notebook to dream about.

"When judged in relation to benchmarks that are single-threaded, the supplied A6JA's Intel

Centrino Duo T2500, humming along at 2GHz, and thanks to a dual-core architecture that's been

enhanced in the transition over from single-core Dothan's, together with the use of a faster FSB,

performs in the general vicinity of, say, a Pentium M 780 (2.2

Source: Hexus

Non-modable keyboards are so passe

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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The Techzone grabbed Ideazon's ZBoard Customizable Gaming Keyboard, and tried it out on a few games.  Read the review, maybe you'll be tossing your old keyboard out later on today.

"Ideazon has a great idea here, and one that has held up well since its introduction. The Gaming

Keyset supports a surprisingly large number of games, and keymaps are easily accessible from the

menu.

Source: Tweaknews

Thankfully, we still don't need a PSU with a kilowatt of power

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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CoolTechZone takes a minute to bust the bubbles of those who thought we would be using a PSU with 1000 watts in order to power SLI rigs by 2006.  While the PSU's overall power keeps growing in importance, we haven't quite reached the extremes that we could eventually need.

"Ever since NVIDIA's SLI debuted, we've been hearing about high powered power supplies, which were

supposed to have surpass the 700W+ limit in order to support the power hungry SLI setup, b

Source: CoolTechZone

Cool it!

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Out of the wild, wacky world of USB devices, The Tech Zone has grabbed a USB powered drink cooler.  If you switch your intake from warm caffeine to cool caffeine at some point in your day, this little doohicky will help keep your drinks cooler for longer.

"We all know that USB is very versatile and can be used for anything from transferring data to

powering a laptop light. However, this is the first time we've seen USB used for keeping your

drink cold.

Futuremark Overhauls the Gamer's Benchmark in 3DMark06

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:40 AM |
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The official PR just hit the wire, and Futuremark has announced availability of the new 3DMark06.  You can check out my preview of the new benchmark by clicking here. 


The Futuremark download page has a list of sources to get the large (580 MB+) file, but of course our favorite is

Source: General

NVIDIA Announces Budget 7300 GS GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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Besides today's release of the 3DMark06 benchmark, NVIDIA is announcing a new budget level GPU called the 7300 GS.  Since I didn't get any samples on it, I'll just quickly go over the specs here.





  • GeForce 7300 GS


  • 4 pixel pipes


  • 3 vertex pipes


  • 550 MHz core clock


  • 400

Liquid cooled case, just add water

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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X-Bit Labs provides a full rundown of ThermalTake's Tai Chi water cooled case.  Everything you need, except the liquid, is included in this well thought out case.

"Today we are going to take a closer look at a very interesting system case from Thermaltake with

pre-installed water-cooling system, which features extravagant and demanding image, boasts quiet

operation, efficient internal cooling and the whole bunch of other attractive features."


Here are some more Cases & Cooling r

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dual GPU's with low heat and power consumption

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Hardware Zone reviews an interesting product from MSI, the Geminium-Go, dual 6600 MXM's power this card, that produces far less heat and needs less power than you would expect.  While it still isn't going to work in a laptop, it can bring serious power to an HTPC or SFF system.


Plus, if you haven't read Ryan's review of the XFX GeForce 6800 GS review, shame on you!


"Though SLI for notebooks hasn't arrived yet, MSI has tak

Gigabyte gets the royal touch

Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.

Source: Bjorn3D

Good sounds on a budget

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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It is not a company most people have heard of, but BlueGear makes soundcards, and their newest is the HDA X-Mystique 7.1.  The cards are priced for someone on a budget, but do offer 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for those who don't want to pick up a Creative card.  Read the whole review at Penstar Systems.

"The sound card market is a very strange one these days.

Get the lag out

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming.  They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive.  If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.

"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be

prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre

Source: Tech-Hounds

A challenger for Arctic Silver?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 06:41 PM |
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OCMODSHOP reviews a new Thermal Compound with a big name, TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound.  Head over to see if this newcomer can replace Arctic Silver and AS Ceramique as the paste of choice for overclockers.

"Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but

is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that

heat can pass through.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Seagate gets into storage on the side

Subject: Storage | January 16, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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Seagate has implemeted some new technology into their new series of laptop harddrives.  By using Perpendicular storage, as opposed to the Longitudinal storage that all current harddrives use, they vastly increase storage denisty, as well as improving shock tolerance.  Read the full review at Big Bruin and clear up the confusion you likely feel right now.

"The future of perpendicular recording hard drives looks to be very interesting, and Seagate is

ready to show off their first entry

Source: Big Bruin

A talk with one of the founders of Corsair

Subject: Memory | January 16, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Legit Reviews sits down for a chat with one of the co-founders of Corsair Memory, John Beekley, and you are invited.  Take a peek at what Corsiar has coming up over the year, and hear about what they did in 2005 from someone who knows.

"LR: Let's talk about the future of computer memory in 2006. It looks like we are going to see DDR3 and FB-DIMM's enter into the market space this year. Which should enthusiasts be more interested in?


John: I think that 2006 will be all about DDR2, actually.

Hi-tech with Vacuum Tubes

Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology.  It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube. 

"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.