How to build your own laptop

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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The fellows at Legit Reviews take you step by step through ordering a whitebox laptop chassis from ASUS, and turning it into a powerful little machine.  If you've held off buying a laptop because none of them have all the components you would have chosen, consider foing it this way.

"The performance capabilities of the Centrino package are amazing. The ASUS

Z63A is as fast as my overclocked Pentium-4 desktop in almost all computing

tasks.

Foxconn adds SIS's Mirage

Subject: Motherboards | November 11, 2005 - 05:27 PM |
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The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S includes the newly released IGP from SIS, The Mirage.  Read the full review at PC Stats to see how it stacks up to the N4 boards, both in price, and performance.


Don't forget to read Ryan's review of the A8N32-SLI either.


"The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard is based upon a new chipset from

SiS which has a couple media-friendly assets.

Source: PCStats

ATI's new driver supports the X1800XL & XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 11, 2005 - 05:10 PM |
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TweakTown analyses the new ATI Catalyst 5.11, and checks the difference in performance between the sample drivers for the 1800's and this first official release.

"We did mention in our regular Catalyst performance analysis earlier in the day

that one of the most important additions to the Catalyst 5.11 drivers was the

inclusion of the X1800XL and X1800XT.

Source: TweakTown

Gotall's got mods

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2005 - 04:59 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods has a gallery of the modded cases they will be taking with them to Dreamhack.  Now you can see all their hard work, even if you can't make it to the LAN Party.

"Our modder Gotall is taking of to Dreamhack in a few weeks. Dreamhack is the

world biggest LAN party with over 6000 people.

A different kind of Windows install

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2005 - 04:51 PM |
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Pro-clockers has a guide on how to install a window into your PC.  If you've got the tools and the time, it can really make your case look unique.

"Nowadays, there are countless numbers of computer cases available with panels

that have been pre-fabricated with windows. Two of the most popular methods of

window mounting are gluing and riveting, both of which work quite well but

leave something to be desired aesthetically.

GIGABYTE Unleashes GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2005 - 04:34 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan November 11th, 2005—GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, has launched GIGABYTE GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal, the world first SLI technology enabled motherboard equipped with four PCI Express X16 slots. Based on the NVIDIA® nForece4™ SLI™ Intel® Edition and NVIDIA® nForece4™ SLI™ chipsets, the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal is designed for gamers who lived by ultimate performance and ultimate scalability.

Pinless Socket F

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2005 - 11:50 PM |
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There is a link on PC Stats leading to pictures of an upcoming socket F AMD server processor.


It's translated from Dutch here.


"Tweakers.net have some leaked photos of what is apparently a new  AMD Opteron Socket F  server mainboard, and in particular its LGA1207 pinless processor interface.
Source: PCStats

Barracuda leads with a burst of speed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2005 - 07:06 PM |
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500GB of performance drive is BigBruin's findings on Seagate's SATA Barracuda 7200.9.  If you are looking for a large capacity drive that has good speed, and a great warrantee, this may be the solution!

"Taking a look at the burst results honestly made me say "WOW"! The Seagate

Barracuda 7200.9 not only outscored the RAID 0 array of SATA 1.5 Gb/s drives,

but it also blew away the Hitachi SATA 3 Gb/s 500GB drive by over 20 MB/s.

Source: Big Bruin

Creative Labs speaks up on the X-Fi and nForce 4 issue

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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Since publishing our review of the X-Fi sound card, i've heard about incompatibilities with the X-Fi and certain nForce 4 motherboards.

7800 reasons to get silent cooling

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2005 - 04:09 PM |
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nVidia's 7800 series stock cooling solutions can often be loud, and in some cases limit your overclocking abilty.  InsaneTek looks at the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev3, built for cooling 7800's, and doing it very quietly.  If you have one of these cards, you owe it to your ears to read the review.


"Arctic Cooling has done it again. The NV Silencer 5 Rev3 made for the Geforce 7800 series is an

excellent cooler that performs in dead silence.

Source: InsaneTek

Intel Announces 25 Percent Cash Dividend Increase And Authorizes $25 Billion In Share Repurchase

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 12:43 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has approved a 25 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to 10 cents per share beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2006.

An excel spreadsheet in 52" of HD glory?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2005 - 12:08 PM |
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Soon you won't need the TV-out that comes on most graphics cards today, you will be using your TV as your main monitor.   LCD's, DLP and plasma TV's will soon be taking over the monitor market, why play on a 19" screen when you can do it on a 42"?  Mind you, there may well be many 3 way fights over getting control of the TV, between the movie fan, the console gamer and the PC gamer ...

Spying on Silverstone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2005 - 11:55 AM |
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Overclockers Online got a sneak peak at the Silverstone Temjin 7 and snapped a couple of pictures.  The good news is that Silverstone said they're allowed to share them.  If you are curious as to what the new Temjin will look like, then clicky the linky.

"Silverstone has been pretty hush hush about there new Temjin 7. Until recently, there were very

few photos, if any, that were available to the public.

A capacity for stealth

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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According to this article on CNET, not only are we in for another run of bad capacitors on mobos and graphics cards, some of them won't be easy to spot.  Not all bad caps rust, ooze or buldge, some sit there looking perfectly healthy while secretly sabotaging your enjoyment.  They offer a few hints to spot them, without bringing out the ocilliscope.

"Not all broken capacitors will bulge, swell and burst, however.

Das Geeky Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 07:00 PM |
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Das Keyboard, if you haven't run into a mention of it yet, get over to The Moditory to see what people are talking about.  If you have, but aren't sure if you really want to take your computing to that level, read the review, and see if it makes your mind up one way or the other.

"Looking for a new keyboard to proclaim your status of Geekdom?
The DAS Keyboard is a product invented by Ãœber Geek Daniel Guermeur intended to make a bold

statement to enthusiasts.

Source: The Moditory

Power pure as the driven snow

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2005 - 06:46 PM |
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Bjorn3D has a review of the Thermaltake PowerStation 520W.  This is Thermaltake's solution to the growing power needs of recent generations of PC components, to provide more stable power, not just more power. 

"Power supplies play a crucial part in how our computers operate. Number of Watts a power box has

will not make your computer more stable -- as long as you don't overload your system.

Source: Bjorn3D

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 05:37 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will hold a financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at AMD Headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.

Source: AMD

$200 Opteron at 3Ghz

Subject: Processors | November 9, 2005 - 01:39 PM |
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A couple of PimpRig forum members have discovered a cheap chip with great overclocking potential.  Read carefully, and decide if you want to try to get this CPU onto your gift list.

"Again we have one of those special low dollar "Gifts" this time from AMD, the OPTERON... just in

time for Christmas! "But Opteron is a 940 pin CPU for servers only" you say?

Source: PimpRig

Return of the IGPs

Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2005 - 01:32 PM |
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It's been a while since a batch of motherboards with Integrated Graphics Processors has been released.  However, with the new nForce boards, we are seeing quite a few boards with a 6100 built in, like the Biostar GeForce 6100-M9 TForce reviewed by TweakTown.  Consider it the next time you are putting together a system for a non-gamer.

"The integrated desktop graphics market is often one which is overlooked by many users.

Source: TweakTown

Intel-Based Commercial WiMAX Networks Under Way With 24 Carriers Worldwide

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 01:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2005 — Thirteen carriers from around the world are now deploying the world's first fixed WiMAX networks based on Intel Corporation WiMAX technologies, delivering high-speed broadband access to businesses and residences from Germany to Guatemala.