An excel spreadsheet in 52" of HD glory?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2005 - 09:08 AM |
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Soon you won't need the TV-out that comes on most graphics cards today, you will be using your TV as your main monitor.   LCD's, DLP and plasma TV's will soon be taking over the monitor market, why play on a 19" screen when you can do it on a 42"?  Mind you, there may well be many 3 way fights over getting control of the TV, between the movie fan, the console gamer and the PC gamer ...

Spying on Silverstone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2005 - 08:55 AM |
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Overclockers Online got a sneak peak at the Silverstone Temjin 7 and snapped a couple of pictures.  The good news is that Silverstone said they're allowed to share them.  If you are curious as to what the new Temjin will look like, then clicky the linky.

"Silverstone has been pretty hush hush about there new Temjin 7. Until recently, there were very

few photos, if any, that were available to the public.

A capacity for stealth

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 08:42 AM |
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According to this article on CNET, not only are we in for another run of bad capacitors on mobos and graphics cards, some of them won't be easy to spot.  Not all bad caps rust, ooze or buldge, some sit there looking perfectly healthy while secretly sabotaging your enjoyment.  They offer a few hints to spot them, without bringing out the ocilliscope.

"Not all broken capacitors will bulge, swell and burst, however.

Das Geeky Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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Das Keyboard, if you haven't run into a mention of it yet, get over to The Moditory to see what people are talking about.  If you have, but aren't sure if you really want to take your computing to that level, read the review, and see if it makes your mind up one way or the other.

"Looking for a new keyboard to proclaim your status of Geekdom?
The DAS Keyboard is a product invented by Ãœber Geek Daniel Guermeur intended to make a bold

statement to enthusiasts.

Source: The Moditory

Power pure as the driven snow

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2005 - 03:46 PM |
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Bjorn3D has a review of the Thermaltake PowerStation 520W.  This is Thermaltake's solution to the growing power needs of recent generations of PC components, to provide more stable power, not just more power. 

"Power supplies play a crucial part in how our computers operate. Number of Watts a power box has

will not make your computer more stable -- as long as you don't overload your system.

Source: Bjorn3D

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 02:37 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will hold a financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at AMD Headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.

Source: AMD

$200 Opteron at 3Ghz

Subject: Processors | November 9, 2005 - 10:39 AM |
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A couple of PimpRig forum members have discovered a cheap chip with great overclocking potential.  Read carefully, and decide if you want to try to get this CPU onto your gift list.

"Again we have one of those special low dollar "Gifts" this time from AMD, the OPTERON... just in

time for Christmas! "But Opteron is a 940 pin CPU for servers only" you say?

Source: PimpRig

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