Hot Home Theatre Hardware & More

Subject: Systems | September 20, 2005 - 07:28 PM |
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To be honest, the front panel of ThermalTake's Tenor reminds of the old storage trays for VHS tapes, but much more stylish.  Brushed aluminium and blue LEDs will make sure that this component stands out in your home theatre, in a good way. Read all about it at Tweaknews.

"Thermaltake has done a great job of designing a kit that brings the user everything needed for a system that cools well, and is oh-so-quiet. The BigWater kit brings the bling, as well.

Source: Tweaknews

A Chipset With Great Graphics Grafted On & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2005 - 06:56 PM |
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Integrated video cards on Nforce4 are here.  

 The GeForce 6100 is a 425MHz chip and the 6150 a 475MHz chip with added features, like a TV encoder.  The Tech Report has the full story, head on over.

"Today NVIDIA is announcing a new K8 chipset family that brings GeForce 6 graphics to the nForce4

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PC Case With A Spacious Interior & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2005 - 12:14 PM |
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With the size of components shrinking, the size of the cooling seems apparatus to grow.  With the norm quickly becoming huge heatsinks, 120mm fans, oversized videocards, or a radiator and waterpump, the size of your case can become an issue.   Gamepyre reviews the Lian Li PC76, a huge case, 24.79'(D) x 10.43'(W) x 22'(H), that should fit just about anyhing you want in it.

"After our exhaustive tour-de-force, there's one thing we've got to say about this case — it's big, really big — you wo

Source: Gamepyre

45lb Radiator Or Heavy PC & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 16, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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Titan's Robela Water Case is a simple watercooling solution, that will net you some good temperatures.  As just about everything is built right into it, you get to worry less about jumping into watercooling to see what it is all about.  The folks over at hi-techreviews show you just what this case is made of.

"What do you get when you take a full-size tower case and turn one side-panel of it into a radiator with two 120mm fans mounted on it? You get the new Titan Robela Water Case.

Heatsink Size Does Matter & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2005 - 12:22 PM |
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SystemCooling reviews the ThermalRight SI 120, a much more compatible version of the XP 120, with almost no performance difference.  If you want your A64 to run at under 40C, but couldn't fit the XP 120 into your PC, then this may be the cooler for you.

"The new Thermalright SI-120 heatsink is a redesigned XP-120 that offers greater motherboard compatibility while still accommodating a 120mm fan of your choice.

Gateway FX400XL System Review

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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What's this?  A Gateway review at HardOCP?  That's right, they are evaluating the new Gateway system that packs a dual core Pentium D and a 6800 Ultra. 

I carry much more disdain for the mouse. Not only is it uncomfortable and not very functional, but it's also actually difficult to operate. It sounds ridiculous, but the effort required to push down the buttons is beyond what should be asked of someone. Besides the monitor, the consumer interfaces with the mouse more than any other item on the computer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

R520 Information Hits Anandtech

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2005 - 11:19 AM |
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If you would like to get all the juciest information on the R520 before it gets released later next month, you can head over to Anandtech's "pre-NDA Extravaganza" and read up on a lot of it.  The meat of it is that we will only see a 16 pipe version of this core despite older rumors and that clock speeds on the XT (top model) are going to be at 600 MHz core and 700 MHz memory!  Oh and we will now have two more cards with 512 MB memory configurations stock from ATI by the looks of it.

At the top end is the Rad

Source: AnandTech

Intel 975X Chipset to Support Both SLI and CrossFire

Subject: Chipsets | September 13, 2005 - 01:19 AM |
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According to Digitimes Intel's upcoming 975X chipset will support both SLI and CrossFire dual graphics solutions, throwing yet another wrench into the world of multi-GPU systems.  Now perhaps an Intel platform for a gaming box looks a little better?

Intel's forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia's SLI and ATI Technologies' 'CrossFire' dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Source: Digitimes

Take the Time to Reflect

Subject: Editorial | September 12, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history.  Chances are even if you didn't remember it on your own you were reminded by the shows on TV and the flags at half mast.  I ran into a suprisingly high amount of people over this weekend that seemed completely oblivious to what importance this date had for us. 


Though I don't want to get into a political rant here, but I can remember on the first anniversary of 9/11/01 how the country had changed in the course of one year.  In the months after 9/11 everyone was involved

iPod Nano Thrown From Car

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2005 - 05:58 PM |
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Well, all in the name of science at least...  The reviewers at ArsTechnica put the iPod Nano through an abundance of tests including a stress test that included being thrown from a car at 50 mph! 

Last Tuesday, Apple's solution came in the form of the iPod nano, a mini-mini-version of their current iPod color line. That's right, it's more miniature than the iPod mini, and the display is color!

Source: Ars Technica

New Low Cost Sun Opteron Servers

Subject: Systems | September 12, 2005 - 05:51 PM |
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Sun has released a new series of Opteron servers today, going to a lower cost market with server setups starting under $1000.  The gang at Anandtech has a hands-on-preview of these new machines up today as well.


Another interesting position of Sun's new direction includes the prospect that end users will probably reconfigure the hardware (particularly the entry level components), as soon as they get them.
Source: AnandTech

Abit AN8 Ultra Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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HardOCP has reviewed the Abit AN8 Ultra motherboard today based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset.  Looks like the guys didn't find the fanless design all that appealing...

Remember that you are hearing all of this from a person that has been a huge fan of ABIT motherboards since their introduction of the "soft bios" in the mid-90s. Based on the ABIT motherboards that I have experienced over the last year, I have to wonder if ABIT has simply lost its grip on their marketing and engineering teams.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Buys Entry Level Chipsets from ATI

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2005 - 05:40 PM |
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This is an interesting turn of events; due to Intel's recent chipset shortage, Intel has started buying RC410 chipsets from ATI in order to fill in the gaps in their 915 chipset market. 

Intel has placed orders for PCIe-enabled RC410 chips from ATI Technologies in order to maintain its supply of 915-based motherboards as the chip giant is reportedly to phase out its 865 and 915PL/GL chipsets in the fourth quarter and exit the entry-level chipset market, the Chinese-language Commercial Times reported t

Source: Digitimes

Mobo Shipments for Big Four Up

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that the motherboard shipments for the "big four" have gone up for the month of August, a good sign for the industry as a whole. 

First-tier motherboard makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped a combined 8.93 million motherboards in August, up 25.8-27.6% from the 7-7.1 million units they shipped during the same period last year.


As demand picked up in the traditional peak season,

Source: Digitimes

Computer Case Cornucopia & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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Miss one Monday, and a dozen new reviews come out.   First up today we have the MGE Titanium at Think Computers, a case that seems to incorporate every new innovation in case design from the past year into one case.  It is roomy, it still has enough space for a watercooling setup, and all that, and a price tag around the $100 mark.  If that's not the case you're looking for, there are almost 20 other reviews to choose from!


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Icy Cold TEC Waterblocks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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If you've never heard of Wintsch, they are a company making waterblocks with thermoelectric cooling built in.  I'm not sure if you are comfortable running something that makes ice in your box, but as Pimprig found in their tests, it can give you a bit of room for overclocking ...

Source: PimpRig

Fred Weber Leaves AMD

Subject: Processors | September 7, 2005 - 07:23 PM |
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This is surprisingly big news coming from AMD today.  A press release hit my email box just today that discusses Phil Hester, the new CTO of AMD and mentioned very briefly is the "departing CTO Fred Weber."  Fred being the primary designer of the K8 architecture that has brought AMD such success, I can't help but wonder why AMD would have let him go and how this will affect future products.


Prior to joining AMD, Hester was the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas based Newisys

R520 Spy Pics?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 07:05 PM |
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It looks like some pics have finally leaked of the upcoming R520 product along with specs on possible card line ups. 


The card you are seeing is the R520 XT.

Source: techPowerUp!

Master Card Requirement to Stay in R5xx Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2005 - 03:25 PM |
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The Inq believes that the upcoming R520 will still require the use of a master graphics card and won't be able to sell just a single GPU as NVIDIA is doing.

ATI SIMPLY didn't have enough time to remove the necessity for the master—slave card concept in R520 and the other R5xx cards. We learned that a handful of R520 master cards should be available at launch date and that customers will get them a few weeks after the launch.

Source: The Inquirer

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 ULi 1695 Review

Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2005 - 03:14 PM |
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Wesley over at Anandtech has posted a review of the ASRock board featuing the ULi 1695 chipset that sports both PCIe and AGP video card slots.

Many have been looking forward to the arrival of the first ULi chipset retail motherboards since our review of the ULi Reference boards. In the first Reference board review and the updated second ULi Reference, we found the performance of the on-board PCIe and AGP 8X to be both uncompromised.

Source: AnandTech