ATI Posts Increased Revenue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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ATI has posted some positive financial news today with Q1 revenues climbing 26% from Q4 2005.

Seagate Buys Maxtor

Subject: Storage | December 21, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Looks like Seagate is buying Maxtor for $1.9 billion. This will increase Seagate's position as the world's largest hard drive manufacturer, followed by Western Digital.

Source: The Inquirer

ThermalTake's Unconventional Radiator-Waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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Pro-Clockers takes a look at the Thermatake Big Typhoon heatpipe cooler. This heatsink is an absolute monstrosity when it comes to size, but how does it perform? nvNews tackles another Thermaltake product, the Volcano 4005. This cooler is an odd waterblock with an integrated radiator and weighs almost 1kg with a fan.

Source: NVnews

Response Time Compensation LCD Displays

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM |
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XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.


What is UDI and why should you care?

Source: X-Bit Labs

Bill Buxton - Usability Icon Joins Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

Show me the Gadgets

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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I love my gadgets, but sometimes I can't help but feel some of them are more gimmicky than functional.

Foxconn GeForce 6150 & DFI's Latest NF4 SLI

Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Seems like a lot more GeForce 6100 reviews are hitting the web. Today TweakTown has a review of the Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS  (try saying that three times quickly!) which uses NVIDIA GeForce 6150 chipset and comes in a mATX form-factor. If you're looking for a budget HTPC, this Foxconn may be what you're looking for!


If that Foxconn is a bit "ghetto" for you, then maybe the DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert board reviewed at TBreak is more your style.

Source: TweakTown

CrossFire in Overdrive

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.


Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.

Source: Guru of 3D

ATI X1800 XT and X1800 XL Review @ PCPer

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2005 - 09:40 AM |
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Today we're taking a look at the ATI X1800XT and XL CrossFire cards. Performance and features look promising, but is availability and pricing haunting ATI yet again?

AnandTech Revisits Yonah

Subject: Processors | December 20, 2005 - 08:05 AM |
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Back in November, Anand previewed the upcoming Yonah processor. Today he's revisiting the same CPU but with updated software and hardware. It's really interesting to see how the mobile dual-core compares to AMD's X2.

"... we've updated the benchmark suite considerably, including modern day games and a few professional-level applications hopefully to get a better perspective on Yonah's performance.  We've also included an Athlon 64 X2 running at 2.0GHz, but with each core having a full 1MB L2 cache, making the Yonah vs.

Source: AnandTech

DELL Recalls Laptop Batteries

Subject: Mobile | December 19, 2005 - 02:21 PM |
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Dell is recalling about 35,000 laptop batteries that may pose a fire risk. Considering the company is the world's #1 laptop manufacturer with a reputation to uphold, recalling these units before people get hurt is a good move.

DFI's RDX200 CrossFire Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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Legit Reviews has an article on the DFI RDX200 CF-DR motherboard posted. This motherboard is probably one of the more important CrossFire motherboard releases since DFI has been consistently setting the standard for enthusiast features. How does it stack up against the venerable DFI NF4 SLI-DR?

"Dropping the memory divider to 166 and the CPU multiplier to x8 allowed me to push the board all the way to 309FSB, not too shabby at all. One issue I'd like to point out is the heat generated by the chipsets.

Nominate the Worst for WIRED's Vaporware 2005

Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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It's that time of year again to nominate the worst vaporware offenders of the industry! Cast your votes for the worst vaporware in 2005 by emailing the Vaporware team with your suggestions! When emailing them make sure to:



  • Put the name of the company and product in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in the message body.
Source: Wired News

Morning Cooling News

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2005 - 09:52 AM |
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The guys over at PimpRig have posted a review of Coollaboratory's Liquid Metal thermal interface.

Source: PimpRig

A card as rare as uranium, and just about as heavy

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM |
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Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size.  Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.

"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its

associated faults.

Seagate is thinking small

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2005 - 03:29 PM |
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CNet has an article that gives you some insight into the minds of Seagate's engineers.  Significant amounts of money have been invested in nanotechnology, and it may well be affecting their next generation of hard drives.

"The Londonderry plant will now become a nanotechnology center of excellence in the development of

thin film technology, specializing in next generation and leading-edge photolithography.

Source: 3DCenter

Building a heat machine

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2005 - 03:19 PM |
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Procooling gives you a glimpse into the creation of a heat testing rig.  See how you build a die simulator, and learn about heat transferance at the same time.

'What it comes down to is that we are perhaps moving out of a period where die simulator

advantages far outweighed their drawbacks into a time where the complexity of CPUs as heat sources

may preclude simulating them with simple copper dies.

Good ram at a good price

Subject: Memory | December 15, 2005 - 03:12 PM |
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Virtual Hideout has found a good deal, in GeIL's Value Dual Channel PC3200 kit.  You get 2 gigs of RAM, for about the price of 1 gig of performance level RAM, and while you won't win any speed contests, you may appreciate the extra RAM more than the extra 2 Mhz on your FSB.

"This ram is some of the cheapest 2GB of ram that I could find online and certainly the best

looking in this price range. For the price of 1 GB in high-end ram, you can get 2GB.

Intel And BMW Enter Comprehensive Partnership

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation and the BMW Group today announced a comprehensive partnership that includes technology, co-marketing and Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. As part of this agreement, Intel technology will be deployed throughout the BMW Group and its worldwide dealer network, and Intel will become 'Official Corporate Partner' of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Why am I still a button pusher?

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves.  Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons?  No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.

"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop

is in some way an optimal representation.