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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006. Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.
Subject: Storage | December 14, 2006 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Future of Things has posted an in depth look at Samsung's flash based hard drive and also posts an interview with Don Barnetson, Director of Flash Marketing for Samsung. You can find out about why Samsung chose the mobile 2.5 form as the flash standard as opposed to 3.5, and when to expect SATA support.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a VERY active thread about the problems people are encountering with the 680i chipset. They also have a news post that talks about what is known for sure, and what is likely the cause. Unfortunately, right now it seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to problem free motherboards.
Subject: Motherboards | December 13, 2006 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The majority of budget boards, if they support dual graphics cards, tend to have SLI. Motherboards.org reviews the ABIT IL9, a budget board for ATI fans based on Intel's 945p. Head over to find out how well this board can compete in it's target market.
If you are looking for more power, and want to stay with ABIT, consider Wes Patison's review of the AB9 Pro 965P.
Subject: Mobile | December 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Laptops have come a long way in the past 6 years. With Alienware and others putting high end gaming components into their systems, it quickly becomes apparent that battery technology just hasn't kept pace. The Tech Zone looks at batteries in general, and the top 5 technologies that are most likely to take us into the future.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
7.1 sounds adds up and down to your surround sound, and Auzentech provides it with the new X-Meridian. With a 120dBA dynamic range, and many, many other features, this commercial level sound card provides professional level options. Guru of 3D did find some problems with it though, so read on to find out if this is a must have for you.
"It's HERE! We originally heard about the release date for Auzentech's X-Meridian waaay back in June.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation. Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves. Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems. Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 13 December 2006 â€” VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced full support for Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new Windows-based environment that simplifies the creation of robotics applications, across all VIA processor platforms and the acclaimed range of ultra compact VIA EPIA mainboards. Whether for academic, hobbyist or commercial robots, the flexible VIA EPIA mainboards powering Microsoft Robotics Studio makes development
Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of nForce2, VIA has an immense hurdle to overcome to position itself as attractive to gamers. The Foxconn motherboard that TweakTown recently reviewed implies that they may be thinking in a different direction. The board is as stable as it is inexpensive, and with an AM2 Sempron, you almost have most of a system built without breaking the $100 mark.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality. Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values. If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MODTHEBOX continues their review of 7zoneUSA's DIY kits. From fan adapters to upsize heatsink fans from 70 to 120mm, to ducting and rubber fixings and silica gaskets, 7zoneUSA has everything you could possibly need to increase cooling and reduce noise. They will even sell you a stylish blue anti-static wrist strap, for those who are into them.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get your creative juices flowing, FUTUREMARK is having a competition. Head over and download the blank template, and get to work creating a comic strip, however you feel like. You have until the 22nd to submit your comic, and the prize winners will be announced on the 28th. First prize is an Alienware Area-51 M5750.
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Subject: Storage | December 12, 2006 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) — Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, expanded its lineup of the award-winning Flash VoyagerTM USB2.0 drives to include new 16GB capacities.
Subject: Processors | December 12, 2006 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device
Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) presented
papers describing the use of immersion lithography, ultra-low-K
interconnect dielectrics, and multiple enhanced transistor strain
techniques for application to the 45nm microprocessor process
Subject: Storage | December 11, 2006 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews a pair of NAS boxes from QNAP. The TS-101 can function as a print server, as well as handling one drive, either ATA or SATA. The TS-201 can't handle SATA, but it does fit a pair of drives, up to 1.5 Tb and it can do RAID 1 and 0.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ultimate providers of power supplies has been PC Power & Cooling. With the new power hungry components that are popping up in high end systems everywhere, they went and made a new series of PSU. Bjorn3D reviewed their newest, the 1kW-SR. With a .98 Power Factor and 3 12V lines (two 18 amp and one 36 amp) you won't run short on juice.
Subject: Systems | December 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500. With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they've covered all your techie friends.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark. Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds. His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy. Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.
"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse
benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...