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Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2006 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Three different AMD nForce 590 motherboards are getting the complete work over at HotHardware. If you are not thinking about jumping to Intel's Core 2 Duo, these are the top contenders for AMD based platforms. Find out which boards top out their list.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2006 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a big sturdy aluminum case, with built in features to make it easier to setup watercooling. The Guru of 3D is quiet impressed by the Aurora 570, since they like the extra space. It makes it easier to install the parts, and you can fit more parts in, though the USB ports could use a better location.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not since a certain movie involving high flying reptiles, has anything generated such a buzz as Rockstar Games Bully. It's worst enemy has ended up being it's biggest advertiser, and given people something to talk about while guessing at what the game will be like. Ars Technica heads to the playground to find out what it's like to be a Bully.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer caught an odd error on the newly greened ATI website ... 3 of 4 special computer deals have Core 2 Duo inside them. While you are checking that out take a look at the newly redesigned ATI website, they've done a good job at not moving the Driver section and other often visited areas.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI
Technologies Inc. Combining the complementary strengths of the two
technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing
powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2006 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Various PSUs from NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master and Silverstone are undergoing testing at R&B Mods. All have dual 12V rails, although only 4 have the 8-pin EPS12V adapter some dual core systems want.
If pure overkill is your preference, Lee's review of the Enermax Galaxy 1kW PSU may be what you want.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006
— Highlighting its leadership and long history of delivering innovative
energy-saving technologies and products, Intel Corporation today
announced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
newly announced ENERGY STAR computer specifications.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2006 — HP,
Intel Corp. and Oracle* today announced a joint initiative to help
customers increase business agility and performance, reduce operational
cost, and mitigate risk when moving applications from mainframe systems
to open standards-based server environments.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2006 — HP,
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you scoff, it's made by Behringer who have a good reputation in the audio industry. They aren't the best of the best, but they are affordable. The FCA202 allows you to get good quality audio out of a laptop, although it does use the rare 6 pin Firewire to connect. DriverHeaven gives you some background in audio terminology before moving on to review this external soundcard.
Subject: Storage | October 24, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Kanguru 32GB Flash Max Drive is USB 2.0, 17 grams, and not that much larger than a normal thumbdrive. Other than that it's resemblance ends, it holds 32Gbs, but I do find myself siding with CoolTechZone, who is going to pay that much for a flash drive?
Subject: Mobile | October 24, 2006 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At [H]ard|OCP, the newest system to undergo their thorough system evaluation is Velocity Micro's L80, with a T7200 (2 GHz) and a Go 7600. Head over and find out how well this $2300 laptop performed.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaknews grabbed the 'early' release of Firefox 2.0, and has already published a tweak guide. Mozilla's response to the early release can be found here, they are asking people to refrain from downloading directly from the ftp site, as it could cause voluntary mirror sites to be not so willing to participate in the future.
So for now, read the Tweak Guide, it's only a few hours 'till the release.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its
Dresden-based operations with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor
Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor
was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO,
Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2006 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler is fairly large (140mm*115mm*100mm, and 656g) in order to accomodate a 92mm fan and 5 heatpipes. X-bit Labs pits it against their current favourite, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, on both AMD and Intel systems.
Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is pinching themselves, just to make sure they really do see a 590 SLI for Conroe. The previous nForce, the 570 SLI was not really anything to get excited about, it was essentially an nForce4 board. Now they have their hands on ASUS' P5N32-SLI, so drop by to see how this implementation worked.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today announced the formation of the IntelÂ® Software
Partner Program, a membership-based program for independent software
vendors (ISVs). The program is open to any software company developing
commercial products or services for Intel technologies, such as IntelÂ®
Core™ 2 Duo, IntelÂ® XeonÂ® and IntelÂ® ItaniumÂ® processors.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCOâ€”OCT. 23, 2006â€”At OracleÂ® OpenWorld today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2006 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest release of RivaTuner should be able to cope with all the new video cards that have come out since the last releas. Also covered is nVIDIA drivers up to 95.97, ATI up to 6.10, and even experimental 32 bit Vista support. Get over to the Guru of 3D to restore your overclock.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FireFox 2.0 is supposed to be released tomorrow, but the sharp eyes at [H]ard|OCP have spotted what looks like an early release. Nothing on the main firefox page mentions it, but if you can't wait for a non-RC FireFox any longer you can try out the download.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2006 - 08:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently Firefox has made two release candidates of the upcoming Firefox 2 browser. If you are wondering what they do, and what isn't quite supported yet, drop by Tech Talk where a few members have been trying it out. The Asrock 939DUAL-VSTA seems to have some issues, but nothing we can't help out with. Flashing your BIOS can be stressful especially when it fails, but it isn't the end of the w