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Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550. They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.
"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the
mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also
be a good family computer.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Researchers in the US have built the first logic circuit on a molecular scale (18 Âµm) according to this story on nanotechweb. This seems to reinforce the idea that circuits will not always be etched out of existing material, but grown one molecule at a time. Small Form Factor indeed!
Researchers at IBM, the University of Florida and Columbia University, all in the US, have
created a logic circuit on a single-walled carbon nanotube.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2006 - 07:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCStats examines ASUS' EAX1900XTX a 512 MB card with dual-DVI outputs and some really impressive clocks, the GPU is 650 and the memory runs at 1550Mhz. It will cost you a lot, but there isn't much out there that can come close to saturating it's bandwidth.
Plus, Ryan has been busy this week, dropping by the Game Developers Conference, and talking with ATI about their take on Physics accleration ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With as many case manufacturers and styles as there are in the market right now, it makes sense to start with a purpose built case to put your system in. If you are going to agonize over every component on the inside, give the case some consideration too. Silent PC Reivew examines the Nexus Breeze Real Silent Computer Case, which, as you may have guessed, is a good enclosure to build a quiet PC in.
"Nexus Technology is addressing the problem of noisy computers head-on with their new Nexus
Breeze Real Sil
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Coolermaster jumps into eco-friendly waters with their release of the iGreen Power series, and Hardware Zone has pics and stats. Before you start looking down your nose at them, these are simply high efficiency PSU's with added PR. High efficiency translates into less heat, and more stablity, so keep your eye out for them.
"Green power is all the rage nowadays and Cooler Master reacts to this with its new iGreen Power
series of energy efficient PSUs.
Subject: Storage | March 24, 2006 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE looks at the biggest and fastest 2.5 HDD from Seagate, the Momentus 5400.3 160GB. Living out of a laptop is becoming more common, and this drive looks to address almost any storage need, without forcing you to carry around external drives in your bag.
If you demand to be mobile and still have the hard drive space you need, then you should look at
the Seagate Momentus 5400.3.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica and MicroSoft have some good news. MechCommander 2 has gone Shared Source! You can get it from MicroSoft by following the link, although some assembly is required. This should also make modding a possibility for this title.
"According to Vole's site, MechCommander 2 has been released under its Shared Source licence.
The release contains all of the source code and source assets required to build MechCommander 2.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Connect Magazine has come up with something interesting for Operating System junkies to play with while they wait for the ever delayed release of MicroSoft Vista. With their guide in hand, try converting Windows Server 2003 into a home OS. They talk about the good and improved parts, and those services best skipped for non-server machines.
"It might need a little outside help, but Windows 2003 can actually become a valid choice for
home users, if one takes care to set aside the
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2006 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org reivews the ATI based ECS KA1-MVP Extreme motherboard. Native support for Crossfire and a very colourful scheme are just 2 of the more noticable features, and there are many more waiting to be discovered, if you only click the link.
"A solid board backed by a good price, sprinkled with much needed features in the way of exotic
options, and you've got yourselves a winner here from ECS.
Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a loss when it comes to figuring out the best settings to overclcok your RAM at? Maybe you just don't have time to benchmark every possible timing and speed combination? Worry no more, EclipseOC has published a memory overclocking guide that should get you going fast, and in not too much time.
"So, it's time to tweak your memory to get maximum performance out of it eh? After playing around
with a LOT of memory, I've sorta settled on what I think is a good way to overclock memory.
Subject: Displays | March 23, 2006 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a quick response rate, multiple inputs and the ability to split the screen, the Samsung SyncMaster 214T is an interesting monitor. With it's odd size it may seem an unlikely choice, but read the full Bona Fide Review before you decide.
"The Samsung SyncMaster 214T is Samsung's latest 21.3" LCD display and is currently listed at an
online price of around $670USD. The 214T features a gamer-friendly1600x1200 resolution, 178
degree viewing angle, and a quick 8ms Gray-to-Gray response time.
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2006 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest P4 based on the old architecture, the 965, has been sped up to 3.73Ghz, in an attempt to unseat the FX-60. Hexus has them competing head to head today, so drop by and find out the winner.
"Intel has now hit back with a Pentium Extreme Edition that's clocks in at 3.73GHz, up from the
'955's 3.46GHz. Is it enough to dislodge the FX-60's as the fastest x86 CPU around?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
UNIX and LINUX are getting in on the newly discovered vulnerability theme for this week as well. According to this story on CNET, the Sendmail flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain control of your machine. The Windows version is not at risk and upgrading to version 8.13.6 of *NIX sendmail will secure you, as it contains a patch for this vulnerability.
"An attack could interfere with or intercept mail delivery, permit the intruder to tamper with
Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 23rd, 2006 - Chaintech Computer CO., LTD allied with Walton Advanced Technology, the leading memory package and test factory, one of the Passive System Alliance, and renamed as Walton Chaintech Corporation. After brewing for months, the alliance eventually releases the first product —APOGEEÂ® memory module series.
This series of product has integrated the primary R&D strength of Walton Chaintech and the superior package and test capability of Walton Advanced Technology; possess a respectable aftereffect which cannot be underprized.
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2006.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking to overclock that shiny new video card, but feeling the heat, or just trying to quiet it? Legion Hardware has a 6-way shootout between Thermalright, Zalman and Arctic Cooling. Drop by and find out which one can do you right!
"When it comes to high-end air-cooled VGA coolers the six tested here today are amongst the best.
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are into flight or space sims, then there is a good chance you have an aging joystick somewhere on your desk. Saitek has designed a new controller, the X52 Flight Control System and OCC has a full review. Drop by and see if it is worth learning a whole set of new button positions.
"The ability to rotate using the twist grip made for some outright unfair moments where I could
temper the throttle and shamelessly mow down soldier after soldier while maintaining a consistent
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs reviews a pair of headphones that carry on the tradition of the Rumbleseat and force feedback controllers. The XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset vibrates when appropriate, giving you the feel of ... well let X-bit Labs explain it.
"We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First we had no physics cards, and now we have a battle royal between nVIDIA and Ageia to get their physics acceleration to the market first. The Inquirer feels that there is already a clear winner, and are quite happy to tell you who.
"So, the SLI physics engine can make water fall, ripples move, and rocks from the exploding cliff
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It hasn't been a great week for Microsoft, with announced delays on Vista's release, and a bug that can cause IE 6 to crash. CNET reports on another flaw reported this week. While Microsoft has not released the details, the vulnerabililty is in the way HTA files are handled, and could result in the running of code without your say so. Practice safe computing.
The flaw was reported to the company earlier this month by Jeffrey van der Stad, a 25-year-old