USB Gaming Console Controllers coming to a PC near you

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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If you are jealous of all the console systems cool controllers, then this review from Think Computers will make your day.  They look at the USB Nyko Airflo EX, a programable game controller that will let you play just about any PC Game, but still get the feeling of a controller.

'Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years,

they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative

peripherals to enhance

Which DIMM shines brightest?

Subject: Memory | October 19, 2005 - 08:49 AM |
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Legit Reviews has a 3 way overclocking memory kit comparison, between A-DATA, Kingston, and Mushkin. All of the kits are PC2-6400/DDR2 800MHz, but they all have different timings, and different voltages.  See which of the 3 you like best.

"The Mushkin eXtreme PC2-6400 modules loaded Windows at 1060MHz on the first try. Although we

later found that 1060MHz was unstable this was an impressive achievement. After RST Pro2 testing

we found that 1042MHz was 100% stable on our 2GB memory kit...

Do not just Snort at this vulnerability

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 08:38 AM |
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Snort is an open-source tool that tries to detect and prevent attacks on systems and has also been included in up to 45 retail firewall products, plus many more open-source software.  CNET has an article which describes a buffer overflow flaw in it, which hasn't been exploited ...

How does "no wires" sound?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 02:59 PM |
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hardCOREware has a review of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System.  If you have a wireless LAN, mouse, keyboard and phone, why do are you still forced to have wires for your surround sound system? 


"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been

annoyed by the rear speakers.

Source: hardCOREware

Danger Den has your GPU's best interests at heart

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2005 - 02:52 PM |
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If you can't afford to buy a brand new graphics card, with the watercooling already built in, consider Danger Den's Acetal Maze4 GPU Block.  You can put it onto just about any modern ATI or nVidia board, so consider adding it to your 1/2" or 3/8" OD cooled system.  Read all about it at Techniz.

"Overall, the Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU water block is performing very well during in the

testing section. The package includes all the necessary components for proper assembly.

Shuttle unveils a new HTPC

Subject: Systems | October 18, 2005 - 02:42 PM |
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Shuttle's SD31P XPC is their newest HTPC barebones system.  It expects an LGA775 processor, and DDR2, but it comes with good sound and is able to output video to almost any component.  HEXUS has the full review.

"The one word that describes Shuttle's SD31P XPC is competent. Just add a hard drive, preferably

SATA, optical drive, RAM, and an LGA775 CPU and away you go. Everything works just as it should,

and installation is a real cinch for even novice XPC builders.

Source: Hexus

Crossfire and SLI got you down? Try SDGE!

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 02:33 PM |
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CoolTechZone looks at ECS's SDGE, their answer to ATI and nVidia.  It is incredibly adaptable, running 

mixes like PCIe x16 + PCIe x4, PCIe x8 + PCIe x8, PCIe x16 + PCIe x16.  Also, in the future more combos may be included, like PCIe x16 + AGP Express, AGP 8x + PCIe Express, Integrated Graphics + AGP Express and Integr

Source: CoolTechZone

Video Quality Examined - The Eyes Have It

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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The Firing Squad takes a close look at video quality, and how it applies to HDTV, and to video processors.  Any questions you might have had about what to expect in quality, or even how people write reviews that include quality, will be answered here.

"Alan challenges one of the recently published "third party studies" comparing ATI and NVIDIA

video technology and shows you just how deep the rabbit hole goes... unless you'd rather go on

believing what you want to believe.

Source: Firing Squad

7800GT vs x1800xl Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 12:49 PM |
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AMD Review has a head to head contest up ... it pits ATI's current flagship card against nVidia's.  Check it out to see which gives you more bang for your buck.


"Today we got our hands on both an ATI X1800XL and NVIDIA 7800GT, so we decided to benchmark each of these cards with the same configuration to see what happens and how much bang you get for your buck."

Source: AMD Review

Is VOIP really free?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 12:44 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods examines this new thing called VOIP ... and tries to answer the real question ... is it truely free?

"We all hear about Voip here and Voip there but what does it really stand for? Voip stands for 'Voice over Internet control' which basically means the phone over the internet. We have seen Skype, MSN, etc… come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"

Watercooled 7800 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 09:01 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP got their hands on a BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC H2O!  It's watercooled right out of the box, although you do need to have an existing watercooled PC to add it to.  See just how far they can push this beast!


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BFGTech is well known for taking video cards and bringing a guaranteed and warranty approved factory overclock right out of the box for you to enjoy more performance. As we all know, there is only so much you can do with a heat sink and fan unit using air-cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Computing Faster Than Light

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 08:31 AM |
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If you aren't familiar with quantum computing, you really should read this morning's article at The Tech Zone.  One of the most interesting ideas is instantaneous data transfer, not to mention incredible processing power.

"Imagine a computer whose memory is exponentially larger than its apparent physical size; a computer that can manipulate an exponential set of inputs simultaneously; a computer that computes in the twilight zone of space. You would be thinking of a quantum computer.

Dual processor setup, with a single chip implementation

Subject: Motherboards | October 17, 2005 - 02:38 PM |
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LostCircuits reviews the server/workstation class Foxconn Winfast NFPIK8AA-8EKRS motherboard.  Built around the nForce4 profession chipset, you need to read the full review to get an idea of what they did with this motherboard.  Essentially a dual CPU board, but without the second socket, definately unique, and definately powerful.

"Foxconn is one of the world's largest OEM manufacturers of computer parts and only recently has started to enter the enthusiast market.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

NVIDIA Secures Exclusive Bundling Right to Call of Duty 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2005 - 12:32 PM |
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NVIDIA GeForce graphic processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for Call of Duty 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Call of Duty which is the winner of over 80 'Game of the Year' awards.

But the flamethrower makes it cool

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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Robosapien is kinda neat, but it's functionality is limited.  MAKE: Blog has found someone who thought a little improvement is in order, and what could improve the Robosapien more than a flamethrower?


"Filed under the "don't try this a home" Maker project.
Source: MAKE: Blog

Ultra Bright, Programmable, LED Display

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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Think Computers has a review of the Mashie Design MDVA.  It is a really bright, and programmable LED display that sits in your 5.25" drive trays, facing out of your front panel.  See if this is the thing you need to finish off your case mod, or just scare the cats.

“Modding products, where did they go? It seems like we never see any new case mods at all. Well if you’re into case modding at all, then I’m sure you have heard of Mashie. If not take a look at his website.

May the Blu-Ray of happiness show up before you know

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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Microsoft and others may have decided to go with HD DVD, but you certainly can't find a drive that will read them on the market.  Blu-Ray the other hand, is soon to be available.  According to this article from Ars Technica, A-Open will start selling drives in November.  They certainly won't be cheap.

If you're itching to cast an early vote on which next-generation optical disc format will ultimately triumph, you'll have your chance next month.

Source: Ars Technica

Coming Soon, to an AMD based system near you

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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The Tech Report takes a look at what is known in the way of plans from AMD this year, and into the future.  If you are curious, or just looking to confirm any rumours you might have heard, then give the article a good look.

"AMD HAS BEEN rather tight-lipped about its future plans recently, as we've noted. Its public CPU roadmap was last revised in March and doesn't extend beyond the end of this year, with no major product changes slated between now and then.

Golden Emperor International Ltd (GEIL) RAM

Subject: Memory | October 17, 2005 - 08:51 AM |
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GeIL may not get the attention that other RAM manufacturers get, but they are certainly still working away at improving their products.  The PC2-4300 Ultra DDR2 Dual Channel Kit HardwareZoom reviews is not only low latency, but has a huge heat spreader that can't hurt your efforts at overclocking.

"Specialised in memory modules design and manufacturing, GeIL has been making high performance memory modules since 1997.

6800GT Shootout, who will reign supreme?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2005 - 03:58 PM |
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Wondering which 6800GT is right for you?  Tech-hounds has a shootout between 3 major players in the graphics card biz.  Even if the FRAPS ratings are the same, make sure to compare heat and the bundle of goodies they come with.

"Out of the the high end graphics card from NVIDIA, the GeForce 6800GT has the best bang for the buck. Now selling around US$ 250 to 350, it's the most affordable SM 3.0 graphics card that won't slow to a crawl under high details with AA and AF on.

Source: Tech-Hounds