ECS' new mobo comes in grape!

Subject: Motherboards | October 26, 2005 - 12:41 PM |
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Motherboards.org has gotten a hold of the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard, an SLI board without the paddle usually found to switch between single and dual video cards.  It even comes with a "Top Hat" a backup BIOS that sits on top of the main BIOS chip.  It will allow you to boot after a bad flash, so you can try to reflash. 

"ECS is not only one of the biggest sellers of motherboards worldwide, sometimes they actually

make products that are worthy of attention and priced right as wel

High Performance Pre-Built Rig from Falcon Northwest

Subject: Systems | October 26, 2005 - 12:12 PM |
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If you are looking for a pre-built system that will make others green with envy, you want a Falcon Northwest machine.  Specifically, look at the 

FragBox 2, an incredibly powerful SFF PC.  [H]ard|OCP bought one, specifcally built to play Battlefield 2 very well.  Take a look and see what they recieved.

"The first time I ever saw a Falcon Northwest PC was in 1998, and coincidentally it was the first

time I'd ever seen 3DFX GLIDE used in a game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ's memory is going for the gold

Subject: Memory | October 26, 2005 - 10:40 AM |
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OCZ's 500Mhz, 2GB dual channel kit, the EL DDR PC-4000 1024MB Gold Edition Dual Channel, performs well straight out of the box, and better once you overclock it.  Even better is the lifetime warranty that comes with it.  Red & Blackness Mods puts it through the paces, check out the review.

"Todays games have started to require more power and one of the main things is ram. 1Gb or ram is

required these days and 2Gb is almost recommended.

Comparing Processor Price & Performance

Subject: Processors | October 26, 2005 - 09:03 AM |
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ExtremeTech takes on a daunting task in this CPU review on performance versus cost.  It covers quite a few AMD and Intel chips, and puts them to work on a lot of different benchmarks.  There are even some odd surprises, like the 3700+.

"When you build a PC, you're often making a series of delicate trade-offs. After all, most of us

have budget limits on any PC we build, and making the most of that budget is key.

Source: Extremetech

Gigabyte's 3D series, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2005 - 08:55 AM |
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The 3D Galaxy from Gigabyte has been around for a bit, and you may have seen reviews of this watercooling system.  New from Gigabyte is the 3D Aurora, an ATX case designed specifically to house the Galaxy watercooler.  See how well they work together in the full review from Legion Hardware.

"They did this by developing the "Galaxy Liquid Cooling Kit" designed for use with high-end

systems.

And you thought your patching was behind

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2005 - 08:46 AM |
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20% of the DNS servers that form the backbone of the world wide web are seriously behind in their updates. CNET has the story, with all the gory details.

"DNS servers, which translate domain names such as "yoursite.com" into IP addresses, underpin the

workings of the Internet. In its survey, Internet performance company The Measurement Factory

found that the BIND software used for domain-name resolution is out-of-date on a fifth of DNS

servers.

Stronger! Faster! Better! Cheaper?!?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2005 - 03:41 PM |
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PC Modding Malaysia discovers an interesting fact about the XFX GeForce 7800 GT.  It is a better performing card than the 6800 Ultra, and costs around $100 less.  Keep that in mind if you're upgrading, but aren't looking to spend $500+.

"All in all, the XFX GeForce 7800 GT is a stunning graphics card. The package was impressive and

the bundled games are pretty good. This 7800 GT comes factory overclocked and it runs pretty cool

even at overclocked speeds.

Enhancing video podcasts with WMA

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 12:45 PM |
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Jealous of the things people can do to videos with their Macs?  Head over to MediaBlab to see just how much you can add to a plain old Windows Media video file.

"Apple's AAC format allows podcasters to create "enhanced podcasts" complete with embedded photos

at publisher defined points throughout the podcast. These files are only compatible with iTunes

and iPods, leaving a large universe of listeners out of the picture.

Even your wires can be upgraded

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 12:22 PM |
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If your stereo system just doesn't sound good enough, consider upgrading the cheap and nasty wiring between your component's and speakers, before going out to buy a whole new system.  While I would not recommend buying cabling that costs $100/ft, The Tech Zone has an article describing why when you spend $0.02/ft on cables, the sound may not quite be "live". 


"The very basic reason why audio cables are important is because they change the signal going

through them.

Fan Commander to the rescue

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2005 - 10:09 AM |
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Cooling off a hot system is about more than just putting as many fans into the PC as the chassis will allow; unless you live alone, and like wearing earplugs.  Fan controllers allow you to monitor your temperatures, and reduce the speed, and therefore the noise eminating from under your desk.  Ultra Product's newly released Fan Commander may be what you need, and Big Bruin can tell you all about it.

"Ultra Products has a new fan controller called the Fan Commander which can control up to seven fa

Source: Big Bruin

Say hello to Microsoft's little friend

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 09:12 AM |
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Microsoft is finally re-doing it's command line,

the Microsoft Command Shell (MSH), to bring it up to date with it's .NET inititatives.  If you know (or at least know of) Windows Scripting Host (WSH), do not despair.  The new MCS will be mostly Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins built on top of the existing MSH and WMI.  Don't take my word for it, get it straight from Ars Technica.

"Also known by its code name Monad, the new Microsoft Command Shell hopes to revolutio

Source: Ars Technica

1 in 5 PC's uses an AMD processor

Subject: Processors | October 25, 2005 - 08:55 AM |
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AMD is showing it's strengths in the market, with just over 20% of desktops, and 17.8% of all PC's globally being based around an AMD processor.  With their ~25% price reduction on most CPU's just before the christmas season, that number could be different by Q1, 2006.

"Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surpassed a 20% share of the desktop PC-use CPU market worldwide in the third quarter of 2005, its first time since 2001, according to Mercury Research.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Invests $650 Million In U.S. Manufacturing Site

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 08:40 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest $650 million in the company's existing manufacturing site in New Mexico. The investment will be used to increase the capacity of the 300mm wafer fabrication facilities in Rio Rancho, N.M., called Fab 11X.


'Today's announcement signals another important addition to one of Intel's pre-eminent U.S. manufacturing sites, and better positions us to meet customer requirements,' said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

Is your HDTV lacking definition?

Subject: Displays | October 24, 2005 - 02:15 PM |
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Designtechninca takes you through a simple guide to make your HDTV get the best out of digital signals.

"Your new HDTV looks atrocious. It doesn't produce a picture any better than the old analog TV you

just demoted to the bedroom. The first realization may hit you smack on the head. Then again, it

might just sneak up on you gradually. Either way the result is the samedissatisfaction,

disappointment, disillusionment, suffering, pain, misery, death.

Intel's renewed focus on Mobility

Subject: Mobile | October 24, 2005 - 11:18 AM |
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Hardware Zone looks at Intel's plans for the mobile market in 2006, including the dual-core Yonah and Napa the 3rd gen of Centrino chipsets.

"Intel's new Centrino Mobile Technology will be launched by January 2006, paving the way for a

Next Generation Micro-Architecture that should swing Intel back on track with rival AMD.

DFI's NF4 Infinity - Function over Form

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2005 - 11:12 AM |
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hardCOREware likes DFI's NF4 Infinity.  Unlike their LAN Party series, this board gets the job done with a minimum of embellishments.  It handles the latest Athlon's, will overclock fairly well, and costs less than $100!

"We have soft spot for motherboards that offer nothing more than the basics, but are superb

overclockers and performers.

Source: hardCOREware

Steel Headphones, built to travel

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 11:04 AM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot reviews Steel Sound's 5H-USB Professional Gaming Headset.  This headset has LAN party written all over it, from the stylish lines to the earphones that fully cover your ears from the ineviatable cries of anger from fellow gamers.  It is easy to completely dissasemble, and come with a USB "Soundcard" that allows similar acoustical performance on any system it's plugged into.

"The new Steel Sound 5H-USB professional gaming headset looks just like any other gaming headset.

Source: Tech ARP

500GB, and there's still never enough storage

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2005 - 10:52 AM |
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The 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA HDD that CoolTechZone reviews may not solve all your storage problems, but it should keep you from having to clean out your hard drive for a few weeks.

"Man's need for storage is insatiable. We initially thought that we could make do in a few

kilobytes; however, we then moved up to megabytes, gigabytes and now hundreds of gigabytes.

Source: CoolTechZone

Help choosing a cooling solution

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2005 - 10:10 AM |
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Red & Blackness Mods try to help out with the vast amount of choices available for cooling off your system.  If you find yourself wonder what cooler to pick, and are maybe frustrated about having to do so after choosing all your other components, this article may give you some hope.

"It seems like the market makes it harder and harder for the average consumer to make choices.

Walk quietly with a big Heat Stick

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 24, 2005 - 09:08 AM |
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Legion Hardware reviews ASUS' Extreme X800 Silencer.  As the name implies, this is a new ATI card that runs dead silently.  The heatpipes heatsink may be huge, but with it you can overclock this thing very well.

"This new passive cooling design by ASUS has proven to deliver exceptional performance while

operating with complete silence. The demand for silent cooling methods has become increasingly

popular as volume has become a real concern over the past few years.