Waterchill Complete Kit & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Asetek has a WaterChill 3/8" ID Power Kit, which includes CPU, GPU and NB Waterblocks with a 120mm Radiator cooled by 3 fans.  The CPU waterblock is designed for Intel's LGA 775 (Socket T), thought the GPU block should fit almost any card.  Read the full review at PimpRig.

"My initial expectations of this kit is that in it's complete configuration it will provide very reasonable performance but that better performance could be achieved with a little "tw

Source: PimpRig

Secret Overclocking In ASUS Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2005 - 01:22 PM |
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Rojakpot examines why exactly the ASUS P5AD2 Premium, based on the old i925X chipset, constantly out performs the A

BIT AW8-MAX, based on the new i955X chipset.

"It's no secret that ASUS motherboards perform very well. But what's their secret to success? Great engineering? Or something more than that?

Source: Tech ARP

Multi-core CPU Development Slows Graphics Field?

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM |
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This article at The Inquirer points to an interview with Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, David Kirk, saying that because game developers will no be spending more time working on utilizing the multiple cores of the CPU, improvements in graphics and the utilization of the GPU will slow down.  Interestingly, this is a very similar statement to what we heard echoed by John Carmack at his recent keynote at this year's Quakecon event.  Citing the use of multiple cores in the consoles a

Source: The Inquirer

ATI Roadmaps Unmasked??

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:39 PM |
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It looks like Anandtech has spilled the beans on the upcoming release of ATI's next generation GPU series, the R5xx.  Unfortunately, with the dates they have listed at least, things still aren't looking up quite yet. 

You'll first notice that ATI is releasing their cards slightly out of order this time around. ATI's approach may be to corner off NVIDIA before a next generation replacement for the 6200 series shows up.

Source: AnandTech

Dual-core-capable Platforms Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM |
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The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors. 

With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick.

XFX Adds Double Lifetime Warranty GeForce 6/7 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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XFX sent over word that they have increased the warranty coverage of their video cards; new AND old!  This warranty is retro-active and is good on all GeForce 6 and 7 series cards. 

Here's the deal: We will repair and service your 6-Series or 7-Series Graphics Card for as long as you own it. All you have to do is register the card with us online. And, should you sell or transfer the card, we'll honor the warranty for the card's second owner, too, as long as they register it with us online.

Catalsyt 5.8 Drivers Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:24 PM |
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ATI released new Catalyst drivers today in the form of a 5.8 revision.  No release notes have been posted yet.

XFX 7800 GTX Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:22 PM |
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Anandtech has reviewed the latest high end card from XFX, the 7800 GTX.  They look at the same 490/1.3 version that I reviewed here

That being said, here is what we recommend. If you still don't have Battlefield 2 and want to get a good 7800 GTX with BF2 bundle, then definitely go with the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked (with BF2 bundle), which is available for about $550 right now.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Announces VN800 Mobile IGP Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | August 17, 2005 - 04:19 PM |
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VIA has announced the first chipset for the new mobile VIA C7-M processor.

VIA today announced the VIA VN800, the first chipset solution for the VIA C7-M™ processor with DDR2 memory support for fast and efficient system memory access and hardware MPEG-2 decoding for flawless DVD playback.

Xbox 360 Pricing Revealed

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2005 - 04:15 PM |
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This link from Mercurty News has been floating around that points to the official pricing of the upcoming Xbox 360 console.  MS even has the official PR on their website.

The company will sell a high-end Xbox 360 model that will come with  a standard 20-gigabyte hard disk drive for $399.

Lilliputian Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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Weighing in at only 334 grams, and

around 7.5 - 8 cm a side, the Nexus AXP-3200 is tiny compared to most heatsinks available  today.  MODTHEBOX has a full review of this low noise CPU cooler, see how it performed in their tests.

"The AXP-3200 introduces Nexus's new SkiveTek® technology which involves the process of shaping materials to produce high fin density thermal solutions. The AXP-3200 includes patented V-shaped fins which optimize the airflow and prevent air obstruction.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Cases with extras & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM |
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Thermalrock has released the Eclipse chassis, and Phoronix has a good look at it.  Along with some interesting additions, this case has the tool-less assembly and 120mm fans that are almost standard in PC Cases this year.

"ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, has diverted away from the design of traditional ATX cases in favor of offering a new level of innovation with such things as CD storage on the front bezel.

Source: Phoronix

Adjustable Waterpumps & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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SystemCooling has a Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump to review, and it does exactly what Swiftech says; it improves on the MCP650.  There is a pot on the pump, letting you run it at anywhere between 5 and 14 V, with a simple twist of the wrist.


"In their on going quest for the perfect PC water-cooling pump, Swiftech has recently released the MCP655 12 VDC Pump, which features several key improvements over the ori

NVIDIA Announces the 7800 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 11, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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You can grab the full press release at their website, then check out my review of the product, and then look at the other reviews I have gathered here.

Samsung Now More DDR2 than DDR

Subject: Memory | August 11, 2005 - 02:12 AM |
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This is why AMD is almost being forced to move from their current DDR memory controller to a new DDR2 memory controller perhaps before they'd like to.  Memory vendors like Samsung that are responsible for a huge percentage of all available memories are moving closer and closer to majority DDR2 output.

Samsung Electronics announced today that that it is leading the industry in shifting from DDR to DDR2 memory output.

Source: Digitimes

VIA Sponsors 'girlz 0f destruction' for Ms. Quakecon

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2005 - 01:59 AM |
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VIA extends Geared for Gaming initiative, sponsoring top all-girl PC gaming team to compete for US$30,000 at the world's premier multiplayer LAN gaming event


Taipei, Taiwan, 9th August 2005, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the sponsorship of 'girlz 0f destruction', a leading female PC gaming team, at this year's QuakeCon being held in Grapevine, Texas, from 11th to 14th August 2005.


The girlz 0f destruction (www.girlzdestruct.com) team members will com

Quakecon Waits Another Day

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2005 - 01:57 AM |
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Well, I was waiting down in the line for hte BYOC area to open most of the evening and about 10 minutes ago, I gave up and came back to the room to finish up an article and get some sleep.  You can head on over to the Quakecon website to see when things FINALLY get around to moving!  ;)

Air Cooled Vapochills & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2005 - 12:15 PM |
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Asetek has released a line of Vapochill CPU heatsinks designed to be air cooled, not watercooled.  There are 3 models in the series, and Overclockers Online has posted a review of the Ultra Low Noise version.  It performs fairly well, and does so nearly silently.

"The addition to the Asetek arsenal is more traditional than a phase change or water cooling system, but still cutting edge in its own right.

Quakecon Bound

Subject: Editorial | August 10, 2005 - 09:07 AM |
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I think the title says it all. If you are going to the best LAN event in the world as well, look me up!

I'll post more when I see or hear it and expect a new product to be announced tomorrow at the show.

Full Sized, SFF/HTPC Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2005 - 01:22 PM |
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Starting off with the full sized systems at the top, and carrying on into SFF enclosures perfect for home theatre use, there are a few recent case reviews to check out.  Start with Extreme Overclocking's review of the Antec TX1050B.

"Antec is one of the top most recognized brand names when it comes to high-end PC enclosures. The original Performance Series is undoubtedly the most well-known Antec design, and each new generation since then has been based on this classic chassis.