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Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year. They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try. They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it. If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!
Subject: Systems | June 5, 2007 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced three leading vendors attending Computex Taipei are unveiling their server platforms demonstrating the industry's first native x86 quad-core solution, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors (codenamed "Barcelona"). "Barcelona" processors are expected to deliver up to 50 to 80 percent performance and performance-per-watt improvements on a broad range of server applications over similar current generation AMD Opteron processors.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2007 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - Further advancing the availability of energy-efficient platforms, at Computex today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the finalization of the DTX specification, an open standard initiated by AMD to enable the development of small form factor PCs. AMD also introduced new 45-watt energy-efficient processors based on 65nm technology, the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor BE-2350 and the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor BE-2300.
Subject: Storage | June 5, 2007 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 4, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced it is shipping in volume high-capacity 750 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD
CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Ideal for data-intensive
applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD
Caviar SE16 750 GB drives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer
rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).
"WD knows that there is nothing more important than our customers'
data," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop
Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.
The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect valuable data.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at MADSHRIMPS they're reviewing a passively cooled 400PSU from FSP. While it may not have the power of the liquid cooled 1200W PSU from OCZ that Lee just reviewed, MADSHRIMPS didn't have any problems with their test system. Read the full review if you are interested in getting rid of a bit more noise from your system, or if you
Subject: Memory | June 4, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is certainly true that DDR3 will soon become the memory of choice for Intel systems, as of yet it cannot beat DDR2's champions. One of the best is OCZ's Reaper HPC PC2-9200. With their new cooling method, pushing these DIMMs beyond their rated 1150MHz is quite easy, and the performance is absolutely top notch. TweakTown shows you j
Subject: Storage | June 4, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, you didn't bother to keep a good backup regimen, and when you boot up your PC in the morning you are greeted by a blue screen of death. Gripped by panic, you start sweating as you think of all the work you have just lost. Well, all hope is not gone. Drop by Icrontic for a look at several data recovery techniques for just such an occasion. Once you're back up and running, do yourself a favour and start backing up the important stuff.
"Even with the latest hard drive technol
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has put together the mother of all LGA775 cooler reviews, with 25 different models and 15 different manufacturers represented. They test them all, and break the winners and runners up apart based on price, so you can pick the best cooler you can afford. Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee before you start reading, this one will take you a while.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware managed a sneak peek into Computex before the official start. They have pictures of people hard at work assembling the booths and displays that will dazzle everyone today, as well as some nice external shots.
Subject: Memory | June 4, 2007 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
COMPUTEX Taipei, Taiwan (June 4, 2007) Corsair, the worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the world's fastest production DDR3 memory rated at a blazing-fast 1,600MHz (PC3-12,800) and the world preview of the Corsair DOMINATOR memory running at 2,000MHz (PC3-16,000). Live demonstration of the new DOMINATOR memory will be on display in the Corsair VIP suite (#1334) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The TWIN3X2048-1600C10D DOMINATOR is the latest addition to the Corsair line of high-performance memory modules.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 11:06 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex Taipei, June 5 9 2007 Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors will show their Low Cost Liquid Cooling (LCLC) solution inside the new DTX small form factor platform at Computex this week. DTX is an open industry standard specification initiated by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs.
PCs and consumer electronics are facing a variety of challenges as they trend towards smaller form factors and designs. This leaves little room for existing bulky cooling solutions.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions. Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried?
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MobiTV is the new way to get TV on your cell phone, and they offer service in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and the UK. Ars Technica tried out the service on Cingular, and found 43 channels to watch while on the go. As you might expect, changing channels takes a bit of waiting, as it has to find that signal, but there was some onerous waiting times for Ars when they were simply watching a program. Get more info on the service in the full article.
Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2007 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is showdown today at HotHardware, between MSI's P965 Platinum and the Asus P5B-E. The ASUS board may be lacking in some features, like CrossFire support, but the BIOS is perfect for tweakers, as there are lots of settings you can adjust to get the syst
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock. Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited. Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system. It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it. Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2007 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Pentium E2140 is a stripped down Conroe with a cut rate price. The L2 cache becomes 1MB, and is shared between the 2 cores, and the FSB is reduced to 800MHz. HotHardware's testing showed it to be about 10% slower than the C2D E6300, and about half the price. They also pushed the 1.6GHz chip up to 2.9GHz with stock cooling.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP builds an HTPC running on Vista Home Premium, to see how it does at replacing the Media Center edition. You also get some good recommendations on what hardware to include in an HTPC. Read on to find out why Vista may be your new best friend when it comes to HTPCs.