MORE POWER !!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:41 PM |
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At 1000 Watts of power, the Enermax Galaxy is the Toolman's dream PSU.

Currently in final production at the time of writing, the two samples in the photos are engineering samples so we couldn't get out hands on one for testing, but having run the figures past Rys, they add up to just a little over 1000W output, drawing 1400W from the mains… so no need for a dimmer switch in the lounge anymore!

Source: Hexus

BTX case with an ATX centre & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:20 PM |
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Antec's P180 will give you a classy look in the BTX style, while still accepting the installation of ATX boards.  Washable filtres and 4 120mm fans make it a top air cooler to start with, and the extra space inside could easily fit a pump and reservior, if you were so inclined.  The full story is at Legit Reviews, go read it.

"In the end, the P180 is one of the finest cases I've ever seen.

AMD Turion(TM) 64 Mobile Technology Is A Fierce Contender For Mobile Gaming

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 22, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today revved up the performance of AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology with the introduction of two new models, MT-40 and MT-37. These new additions to AMD's popular 64-bit mobile processor family are expected to be available in new ENVY Featherweight and ENVY Middleweight notebook computers from VoodooPC.

Source: AMD

AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2005 - 10:13 PM |
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Source: AMD

Intel Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2005 - 10:02 PM |
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Waterchill Complete Kit & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Asetek has a WaterChill 3/8" ID Power Kit, which includes CPU, GPU and NB Waterblocks with a 120mm Radiator cooled by 3 fans.  The CPU waterblock is designed for Intel's LGA 775 (Socket T), thought the GPU block should fit almost any card.  Read the full review at PimpRig.

"My initial expectations of this kit is that in it's complete configuration it will provide very reasonable performance but that better performance could be achieved with a little "tw

Source: PimpRig

Secret Overclocking In ASUS Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2005 - 01:22 PM |
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Rojakpot examines why exactly the ASUS P5AD2 Premium, based on the old i925X chipset, constantly out performs the A

BIT AW8-MAX, based on the new i955X chipset.

"It's no secret that ASUS motherboards perform very well. But what's their secret to success? Great engineering? Or something more than that?

Source: Tech ARP

Multi-core CPU Development Slows Graphics Field?

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM |
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This article at The Inquirer points to an interview with Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, David Kirk, saying that because game developers will no be spending more time working on utilizing the multiple cores of the CPU, improvements in graphics and the utilization of the GPU will slow down.  Interestingly, this is a very similar statement to what we heard echoed by John Carmack at his recent keynote at this year's Quakecon event.  Citing the use of multiple cores in the consoles a

Source: The Inquirer

ATI Roadmaps Unmasked??

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:39 PM |
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It looks like Anandtech has spilled the beans on the upcoming release of ATI's next generation GPU series, the R5xx.  Unfortunately, with the dates they have listed at least, things still aren't looking up quite yet. 

You'll first notice that ATI is releasing their cards slightly out of order this time around. ATI's approach may be to corner off NVIDIA before a next generation replacement for the 6200 series shows up.

Source: AnandTech

Dual-core-capable Platforms Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2005 - 04:38 PM |
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The gang at Tech Report has posted up an article that looks at various motherboards based on the 955X and nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets for dual core Intel processors. 

With our summaries complete, it's clear that none of the boards in this round-up are perfect. Each has high points and drawbacks, but a couple stand out as better options than the rest. Our first Editor's Choice recipient is an easy pick.

XFX Adds Double Lifetime Warranty GeForce 6/7 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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XFX sent over word that they have increased the warranty coverage of their video cards; new AND old!  This warranty is retro-active and is good on all GeForce 6 and 7 series cards. 

Here's the deal: We will repair and service your 6-Series or 7-Series Graphics Card for as long as you own it. All you have to do is register the card with us online. And, should you sell or transfer the card, we'll honor the warranty for the card's second owner, too, as long as they register it with us online.

Catalsyt 5.8 Drivers Released

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:24 PM |
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ATI released new Catalyst drivers today in the form of a 5.8 revision.  No release notes have been posted yet.

XFX 7800 GTX Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2005 - 04:22 PM |
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Anandtech has reviewed the latest high end card from XFX, the 7800 GTX.  They look at the same 490/1.3 version that I reviewed here

That being said, here is what we recommend. If you still don't have Battlefield 2 and want to get a good 7800 GTX with BF2 bundle, then definitely go with the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked (with BF2 bundle), which is available for about $550 right now.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Announces VN800 Mobile IGP Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | August 17, 2005 - 04:19 PM |
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VIA has announced the first chipset for the new mobile VIA C7-M processor.

VIA today announced the VIA VN800, the first chipset solution for the VIA C7-M™ processor with DDR2 memory support for fast and efficient system memory access and hardware MPEG-2 decoding for flawless DVD playback.

Xbox 360 Pricing Revealed

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2005 - 04:15 PM |
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This link from Mercurty News has been floating around that points to the official pricing of the upcoming Xbox 360 console.  MS even has the official PR on their website.

The company will sell a high-end Xbox 360 model that will come with  a standard 20-gigabyte hard disk drive for $399.

Lilliputian Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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Weighing in at only 334 grams, and

around 7.5 - 8 cm a side, the Nexus AXP-3200 is tiny compared to most heatsinks available  today.  MODTHEBOX has a full review of this low noise CPU cooler, see how it performed in their tests.

"The AXP-3200 introduces Nexus's new SkiveTek® technology which involves the process of shaping materials to produce high fin density thermal solutions. The AXP-3200 includes patented V-shaped fins which optimize the airflow and prevent air obstruction.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Cases with extras & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM |
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Thermalrock has released the Eclipse chassis, and Phoronix has a good look at it.  Along with some interesting additions, this case has the tool-less assembly and 120mm fans that are almost standard in PC Cases this year.

"ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, has diverted away from the design of traditional ATX cases in favor of offering a new level of innovation with such things as CD storage on the front bezel.

Source: Phoronix

Adjustable Waterpumps & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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SystemCooling has a Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump to review, and it does exactly what Swiftech says; it improves on the MCP650.  There is a pot on the pump, letting you run it at anywhere between 5 and 14 V, with a simple twist of the wrist.


"In their on going quest for the perfect PC water-cooling pump, Swiftech has recently released the MCP655 12 VDC Pump, which features several key improvements over the ori

NVIDIA Announces the 7800 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 11, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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You can grab the full press release at their website, then check out my review of the product, and then look at the other reviews I have gathered here.

Samsung Now More DDR2 than DDR

Subject: Memory | August 11, 2005 - 02:12 AM |
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This is why AMD is almost being forced to move from their current DDR memory controller to a new DDR2 memory controller perhaps before they'd like to.  Memory vendors like Samsung that are responsible for a huge percentage of all available memories are moving closer and closer to majority DDR2 output.

Samsung Electronics announced today that that it is leading the industry in shifting from DDR to DDR2 memory output.

Source: Digitimes