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Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2006 - 08:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
There's a nice review of the Silver Stone LC20M HTPC case. For the money, no one else makes a nicer HTPC enclosure than Silver Stone.
"The VFD, IR, power LED and HDD activity LED are all behind the acrylic strip beside the drives. The LEDs that were chosen for this case do not fit well, as they are bright blue and very noticable from your sofa. Even behind the darkened acrylic, I found them to be distracting when watching a movie in a dark environment.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2006 - 08:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
Bit-tech has a dual review today of the Sapphire and Connnect 3D Radeon X1900XT video cards. They're affordable, but comes with a mixed bag of good and bad performance when compared to X1800, 7800GT and 7900GT cards.
"It is designed to compete head-to-head with NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT and is expected to fit into the very attractive sub-Â£250 market.
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2006 - 07:28 AM | Jonathan Hung
Almost as relentless as the news pouring out of E3, ABIT has let go some more details on upcoming products. This time it's a Intel 945G mATX motherboard that supports both your standard VGA and HDMI. On top of that, it uses Yonah / Merom packages which runs relatively cool.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Joe White
LOS ANGELES and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — May 10, 2006 - AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced today at E3 that Kuju Entertainment is supporting the AGEIA PhysX processor in its upcoming Rail Simulator. Rail Simulator lets players take charge of steam, diesel and electric trains on real routes in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2006 - 06:35 PM | Joe White
Legion Hardware takes a look at the MSI GeForce 7600GS. With its $115 price tag, it looks to be a great value oriented card. Though it is a fair bit slower than the 7600GT, the $65 price difference is nothing to sneeze at. Is the card worth it? How much slower is it compared to the 7600GT?
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2006 - 06:15 PM | Joe White
Legit Reviews takes a look at the DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition from Kingston. You can find the DataTraveler Elite in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB in size and is the first to secure 100% of data on the fly. Check out the full article for more.
"If you enter a wrong password a small window will pop up informing you that you have entered an invalid password. If you enter an invalid password more than 25 times the drive will lock the user out and need to be formatted.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2006 - 09:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
This time of year is always one I would love to hate -- E3 completely eclipses everything with a unyeilding barrage of announcements, teasers, videos, and booth babes. The big news from E3 yesterday was from Sony. Not only did they announce a release date for the PS3, they also pegged it with a whopping $599 USD. Excuse me? Yeah, that's a whole lot of cheddar for a console and I hope it's worth all the delays (though Sony never promised a ship date).
Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2006 - 02:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
HP has gone with a new process to make the exterior shells for their laptops. Starting with their next generation Compaq V3000 series and HP DV2000 consumer-level units, HP will apply advanced molding techniques provided by Nissha Printing Co. in Japan. The laptops look pretty sharp and is a nice step from the typical bulky HP notebook.
Alienware also has announced some new SLI notebooks for your gaming pleasure.
Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2006 - 11:40 PM | Jonathan Hung
It's been a rough few months for ABIT, but it appears the worst is behind them. They are hitting back with some new products. Following Ryan's review of the AN8 32X last week, ABIT has revealed their next nForce motherboard based on the nForce 5 chipset. The Inquirer has the scoop along with some pictures and the new company logo!
"The company will unveil the board around Computex time, but it looks quite finished to us.
Subject: Shows and Expos | May 9, 2006 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
As I sit here in my West Hollywood hotel, I thought I would post up some links to latest news that has been happening, mostly on the console front.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AGP X1600Pro is a very inexpensive card, but is it one you should run out and purchase if you are running a card just reaching middle age? Legion Hardware compares it to an X700 Pro, to find out if it is a worthy upgrade.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plasma is on it's way out and SEC is on it's way in, according to Auphan Online. The technology in a Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display is like a CRT, but instead of an electron gun it uses surface conduction electron emitters to make the phosphur glow, allowing it to remain as thin as an LCD.
"First there was rear projection LCD, then DLP, then came Plasma. What's the next big TV technology just on the horizon?
Subject: Storage | May 5, 2006 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB is an impressive beast, and Big Bruin has it on the test bench. At about $500, it costs less than a dollar a gigabyte, and it is significantly faster than it's predecessor.
"Seagate really does have the Steve Austin of hard drives on their hands with the Barracuda 7200.10, as it really is better, stronger, faster. One thing the 6 Million Dollar Man didn't have going for him was being "bigger", which is obviously something the 7200.10 does have.
Subject: Systems | May 5, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware burns themselves playing with the Voodoo PC OMEN a121x Crossfire. It's not a cheap system, but you certainly get what you pay for.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft has been busy, with several patches expected to appear on Tuesday, according to this article on CNET. There are bulletins posted at Microsoft detailing the patch, and there will be a broadcast on Wednesday as well.
"The Exchange e-mail server and at least one of the Windows alerts is deemed "critical," Microsoft's highest risk rating, the software maker said in a notice posted on its Web site on Thursday.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 07:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seasonic has abandoned Dr. Cable in lieu of cable sleeves, and has seriously increased the number of connectors on the PSU. Drop by SPCR to see all the changes the S12-330 Rev A3 has incorporated.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats reviews S3's latest PCI Express card, the Chrome S27. At only $80 US, it is a very affordable solution to anyone looking to run Vista and mid-range games. It is a far superior card to their last offering, even coming close to a 6600GT in some cases. Keep your eye on their upcoming projects.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DVelocity took on the task of rounding up some of AC Ryan's best modding tools and add ons, and gathered them together for your pleasure. All you need is a case you like to start with, and with the help of AC Ryan, it can look like almost anything, and you can add funcionality as well.
Subject: Motherboards | May 4, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes reports on Cypruss Semiconductors newest invention, a universal clock generator. This will allow mulitiple motherboard manufacturers to make multiple types motherboard chipsets, both Intel and AMD, all with the same clock generator. This will certainly make it easier for them, but it may also improve the ability of BIOS modders to determine the exact values of the clock cycles.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Firefox got a small update this week, pushing the version up to 22.214.171.124. They have switched to automatic updating, so it is likely that you are already updated, but double check, as this is one of those nasty remote code execution issues.
"Malicious attackers could exploit the flaws to cause a denial-of-service attack, which in turn may allow them to take remote control of a user's system, according to an alert from security research company Secunia, which rates t