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Subject: Editorial | October 4, 2005 - 04:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rahul Sood, the founder of VoodooPC, has posted a blog entry on the lack of availability of CrossFire products. Even more interesting is the fact that even though his company is listed as a launch partner for CrossFire, they haven't even received samples yet.
When AMD, Intel, ATi, or NVIDIA launch something big, they always try to get companies like VoodooPC to test it ahead of time, offer feedback, and perhaps use it in our review systems.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2005 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not only have their recent tendency to release frequent product "paper launches" started to engender much discussion among tech sites, they have also reduced the length of their warranty on newly sold cards. LegitReviews has an article posted discussing this little noticed change. Could these developments undo the work ATI has put into restoring their name and reputation after the driver issues from several years back?
"ATI silently lowered its warranty from three years down to a single year on the majority of
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2005 - 02:58 PM | Jonathan Hung
Last week Bungie was hinting at a big announcement sometime this week. While some others have predicted it as nothing more than some XBOX 360 hype, the reality is far from it! The big news is that Peter Jackson (yes that Peter Jackson) has signed on to Executive Produce the Halo motion picture.
Subject: Systems | October 4, 2005 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Part 2 in LinuxHardware's Ultimate Linux WorkStation is up. Step by step, they are building a box desgined to run perfectly, and to do it while running Linux. If you missed part one, start here.
"If you've read part one of Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation, then you already know what my goals and thoughts were surrounding this system.
Subject: Processors | October 4, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker tries out the AMD64 4000+, pairing it with DDR600. They managed to hit 2.7 GHz from the 2.4 it ships at, and they include hints for reaching it yourself.
"The 4000+ is a very good overclocker - or at least the part we had a chance to play with. As you can see from our charts the performance is very nice when the processor is overclocked. I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings and the HT multiplier at 3x.
Subject: Systems | October 4, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today, PimpRig looks at the Enermax MaximumPlus 660 EG851AX-VH(W) 660W Power Supply. It is a bright yellow, but with 660 Watts and Quad +12V Rails it may well deserve to look like a peice of heavy duty equipment.
"Independent 12V rails supply to MB/CPU and drives in order to provide stable and clean current to noise-sensitive devices, such as: CPU, add-on cards.Meet UL 240VA safety requirements.
Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2005 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How does it feel when there are laptops getting better framerates than the box you lugged all the way to a LAN Party? Chances are it's running nVidia's newest mobile graphics card, the Go 7800GTX, like the one reviewed at HotHardware. See if you think it's good enough to put in your next laptop.
'Over the course of the last few years, we've witnessed the notebook industry go through some dramatic changes.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2005 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Internet Archive now does moving pictures. From open sourced films to Feature Presentations that have moved into the public domain, and more ... it's all available. Brought to you by the same people that provide you with the Wayback Machine.
This collection is free and open for everyone to use. Our goal in digitizing these movies and putting them online is to provide easy access to a rich and fascinating core collection of archival films.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2005 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has published a story about a flaw in Kaspersky Lab's Antivirus definitions. Possibly affected by this are such 3rd party software brands as : Aladdin eSafe, Alt-N MDaemon Antivirus, Astaro Security Linux, F-Secure, Sybari, and others.
A "critical" flaw in Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software could let an attacker commandeer systems that use the products, a security researcher warned Monday.
The problem lies in Kaspersky's antivirus library, security resear
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 3, 2005 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A water cooled graphics card right out of the box. The PowerColor X800 GT EVO that Bjorn3D reviews has a Thermaltake TideWater All in one VGA Liquid Cooling Module built right onto it. The X800 sits in a PCIx slot, like you would expect, and the pump/radiator takes up 2 PCI slots. Install those, and you are done!
"Today we are looking at something special from PowerColor. Something overclockers will drool at. What if I told you we have a card equipped with its own liquid cooling system?
Subject: Storage | October 3, 2005 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs reviews the Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance. Not only is it big and yellow, it supports RAID 0,1,1+0 & 5. It has a built in 8 port LAN switch and NAT router, SPI firewall, auto backup, and many more features. The 8Mb cache is pretty impressive too!
"This review will be taking a look at Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance. That's right, a terabyte storage appliance.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2005 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How would you feel about a computer whose main processor was mostly E. Coli? Previously, problems arose in the amount of energy it took to turn a protein from on to off, but nanotechweb reports on 2 researchers from Cambridge University have found a way to make it work. Feels like you could infect your PC on purpose as a type of upgrade, 50 years from now.
"Theoretical physicists in the UK have shown that it should be possible to use clusters of proteins to perform complex logic operations.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2005 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't blame me for the odd start of PimpRig's review, but if you don't recognize what it is in the first paragraph, you should buy the book. As for the review of the AquaBay M1, which I promise they do get to, not only does it give you some great info about the current state of your watercooling, it is gorgeous.
"The AquaBay M1 is actually
Subject: Systems | October 1, 2005 - 01:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
Taipei, Taiwan, 30 September 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of PC platform solutions, and Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner Networks Corp., today announced the VoomPC™ family of compact, high performance yet affordable x86 car PC kits aimed at driving telematics mainstream.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SETI League has posted instructions on how to do it! The diagram has links to pages containing specifics.
This site shows how you can set up your own SETI receiving station using nothing more than an old C-band satellite TV dish, general coverage receiver and your PC. With it, you can also do radio astronomy as well. Can't beat that!
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2005 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet has an article about high tech survival solutions, like portable water purifcation or warmth. That may help to protect yourself from physical harm; and they also have 2 articles to help protect you from electronic harm (eHarm?)
"Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina can turn a high-tech culture into a decidedly low-tech one--where food, water and shelter are what matter most.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Maybe you won't be able to get the latest and greatest game titles the same day as your friends running Windows, but as Phoronix found out, when they do release them for Linux, Ageia PhsyX will work.
"For nearly a year Ageia has been making headlines with its innovative physics technology that they hope will revolutionize game-play not only for PC games but also console platforms such as Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone has posted a guide on assembling a laptop that will game as well as full tower PC's. If you follow their advice, the only technical difficulty you might have at a LAN party would be your battery dying.
"Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant computer towers standing at everyone's feet.
Subject: Motherboards | September 30, 2005 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to have choices, and the nForce chipset certainly offers that. The newest one to be reviewed at PCStats is the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme, with all the functionality you'd expect, and switchless SLI. Check it out.
"The ECS KN1-SLI Extreme looks like a pretty sweet motherboard for anyone on a budget who wants good performance, and the all important option of running dual PCI Express x16 SLI-compatible videocards.
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