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Subject: Editorial | August 2, 2006 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have gotten several complaints about a lack of updates on my blog, so here it is: FINALLY!
First, a lot of work has been going on at PC Perspective, if you haven't noticed already. Probalby most interesting of which has been the change in Intel's processor lineup with the introduction of Core 2 Duo. I reviewed the desktop aspects of the new core while Jon has been using a Merom processor to test out its effects on current Core Duo systems such as the Asus Z96J an
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the old days, if we dropped a hard drive we didn't worry about us killing it ... we worried about it killing us ... kids these days and their 2.5" harddrives.
"What is 340MB, weighs 85lbs and cost almost $18,000 when it was new? Here's a few pictures from [H]
reader extraordinaire, JLangejans, to help you figure it out."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2006 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D looks at a company new to the watercooling mainstream. Alphacool, and their Answer III, may not be the first to your mind when you think watercooling, but that could change. Their system is not at the top of the cooling performance pile, but it is hard to find an easier to install watercooling setup.
Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2006 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown somehow managed to sneak into a lab working on the upcoming Radeon chipset for Core 2 CPUs. 90nm manufacture, three 16x PCI express slots, 2 X8s for graphics and one X2 for a PPU plus support for DDR3 ... just a few of the mysteries they reveal.
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On this day of the 286, CNet reports 26 Mac OS flaws have just been fixed, including remote code execution vulnerabilites. Add to that the Macbook Pro issues [H] links to, and it's not a good day to be a Mac fanatic.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (August 2, 2006) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European-based NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today their new BFG GeForce™ 7300 GT OC™ 256MB PCIe graphics card.
Subject: Mobile | August 2, 2006 - 10:43 AM | Jonathan Hung
We continue with our experimenting with the new Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 CPU and this time we drop it into a Dell XPS M1710 laptop! The darn thing works! Granted the testing results are a bit mixed, the outlook is positive for a Core 2 Duo upgrade for existing M1710 owners.
"The heatpipe is easily taken out by undoing seven screws holding the mechanism to the motherboard.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven reviews the Be-Quiet StraightPower, a new lower cost version of their original series, the DarkPower. Boasting very solid rails and a black finish so shiny it looks copper in the review, due to it reflecting the wooden table it is sitting on, this is definitely worth a look, even without modular power cabling.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the search for a better mouse, many odd shapes and designs have been considered, in the hopes of banishing RSS and carpal back to the tennis courts and assembly lines, where they belong. Extremetech will not give up until they find the newest mouse, in this case the "Zero Tension Mouse" which looks like ...
well ... umm....
Go look for yourself, I'm not going to say it.
Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's new XPC SN27P2 could bring back their dominance in the barebones SFF PC market. The Tech Report puts the system through it's paces, and discovers what could be a problem for people trying to save money by buying a cheaper, but easily overclockable AM2 processor.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today introduced its first NOR flash memory products
aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products
have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured
to work with low-cost, single-chip baseband and RF solutions from
leading chipset suppliers.
Subject: Mobile | August 1, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP tries a new Gateway laptop, the NX860X. In the reviews of previous systems from Gateway, they have found certain flaws in Dell's support and other procedures. Can this system turn that all around?
"Gateway's sturdy, powerful widescreen Core Duo notebook is ready for work and play. Find out how much
you can pack into an eight-pound portable (well, sort of portable) desktop replacement."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To Linux users, ffmpeg is probably a program you have heard of, but not if you are a Windows user only. That is all about to change, The Inquirer has spotted Super, a FOSS video converter able to change files from any one codec to another. Check this out before you go nuts from re-encoding files 8 times before getting it in the format you want.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2006 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (August 1, 2006) —CorsairÂ® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory and cooling solutions, today announced the introduction of the Corsair HX Series power supply product line.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2006 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Mechanic looks at HyperMemory and TurboCache, and helps you figure out what's what. Along the way they also explain how their can be many different prices and models off of the exact same core.
Subject: Storage | July 31, 2006 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Zone looks at the GStor Secure Mobile Storage solution. While it looks like a normal HDD enclosure, by using the GStor security key, you get 64bit, on-the-fly encryption. There is a big warning, though the security key slot looks like a Firewire slot, it isn't! Plugging a normal firewire cord into it may damage the enclosure, your PC, or both.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (July 31, 2006) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North America and European-based supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that the company continued its #1 revenue market position for NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards in United States retail sales from January through June of 2006, as well as for the month of June, 2006.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2006 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has released a seven way AM-2 cooler shootout. In keeping with their style, this is more than just a comparison of temperatures, they delve into the ease of installation, what fans are possible to fit onto the coolers, and of course, whether it will drown out a vacuum cleaner, or vice versa.
For more extreme cooling, check out Lee's shiny new review of the peltier based Vigor Monsoon II.