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Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New for 2006 is the Gentoo LiveCD. This time the installer is GUI based, although it is still Linux, so easy installation is a relative term. Read the review at TECHGAGE, and see if you'd like to take this distro for a spin.
"A new version of Gentoo has been released, so I am going to take a quick look at it to see what's
new. Alongside this new release, there is a LiveCD version available in which you can install
Gentoo from within a GNOME desktop.
Subject: Memory | March 1, 2006 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2006 - 10:11 AM | Jonathan Hung
This morning begins a new chapter for ATI's CrossFire technology! The new CrossFire XPress 3200 chipset is hitting the web like rubber balls in San Francisco and we have a MASSIVE 21 page article to give you all the details!
As if that isn't enough, the review of the Asus A8R32-MVP premieres Ryan's new testing suite.
Subject: Systems | February 28, 2006 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HTPC's are becoming quite common, not only the purpose built cases, but even micro-ATX boards built with the quiet HTPC in mind. Silent PC Review has posted a huge review of the Zalman TNN-300 Fanless PC Enclosure, that is more of a giant, stylish heatsink than a normal case. The included PSU keeps with the same style ethic, and provides enough power without producing excess heat or noise.
"It's raining TNNs at SPCR!?
Subject: Displays | February 28, 2006 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hot Hardware has grabbed a hold of a gamer's LCD from ASUS, the PM17TU. It is a 17' LCD monitor with built in speakers and a 3ms response time. Although limited to 4:3 ratio, which makes it less than perfect for DVD movies, the complete lack of ghosting makes it a great, and inexpensive monitor for those just wanting to game.
'â€¦the LCD industry has made great progress in the realms of gaming and motion video.
Subject: Storage | February 28, 2006 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 controller provides all the modern advantages. Support for the lastest SATA drives, both types of command queuing, and PCIe. Read the full review at X-bit Labs and you won't be stuck with your Raptors in RAID 0 or 1.
"Today we are going to introduce to you a hardware RAID 5 controller from HighPoint that supports
SATA-II and SATA150 hard disk drive, advanced PCI-Express interface, both command queuing
technologies, such as TCQ and NCQ.
Intel Invests $300 Million In Vietnam, Build Nation's First Semiconductor Assembly And Test Facility
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2006 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 28, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it will invest $300 million (US) to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. This represents the first such investment by the semiconductor industry in Vietnam and supports Intel's strategy to invest to support overall demand.
Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org has reviewed the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI from Gigabyte, and it is a truly impressive board. With 4 PCIe 16x slots and support for both nVIDIA's SLI and ATI's Crossfire, this board will be the base of some truly impressive systems in the near future. It also supports pretty much every LGA775 processor out there, including the new Presler chips, if you upgrade the BIOS first.
"GIGABYTE has done a wonderful job with the GA-8N Quad Royal SLI motherboard and it stands out
among the cr
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2006 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone takes you through an easy process to clean and speed up your PC. Call it WinRot or senility, as an OS install ages, it begins to develop idiosyncrasies and will slow down in some tasks, follow this guide and it will be running like the day you first got it.
"It seems that the longer you own your computer, the slower it gets! It isn't getting slower just
because it is older.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler uses everything you would expect from a modern heatsink, though they implement it in different ways. By using a large fan (110mm), the noise can be kept to reasonable levels, and Gigabyte has made the heatsink smaller and lighter than most of the coolers on the market now, so it should fit nicely into most sytems. Read more about it at XYZ Computing.
"Although Gigabyte has made a name for itself by producing motherboards and video cards, lately
Subject: Motherboards | February 27, 2006 - 04:41 PM | Jonathan Hung
In the EPoX 5NVA+ SLI review there was an error that was published. I incorrectly stated that a SATA-to-PATA adapter was included with the 5NVA+ SLI, but this is incorrect. The adapter is actually a PATA-to-SATA adapter which allows you to connect your old drives to the SATA interface. Please see this link for the update.
Subject: Memory | February 27, 2006 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It won't be too much longer before AMD's Socket AM-2 is available, so it's time to keep an eye on DDR2 modules. DriverHeaven looks at the SuperTalent T800UX2GC4 PC2-6400 2GB kit, while it may be hard to find this kit for sale, the speed it provides makes the search worthwhile.
Don't forget to check out Jon's review of two of Corsairs' DDR2 kits, the 5400UL and the 8000UL.
'AMD will present the AM2 socket th
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2006 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I find it hard to believe that headphones can duplicate 6 discrete channels directly into your ears. However, TECHGAGE reviews the Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA Headset, and they have found that it can be done, within limits. Along with very comfortable ear peices, the headphones come with a amp/equalizer that lets you switch between channel settings, from regular 2 channel to 5.1.
"Can't set up a 5.1 speaker setup, but want true surround sound?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PureOverclock has a review of a well named card from Gainward, the BLISS 6800 GS GLH. If the memory overclock they managed to achieve is typical of this card, then you can have a lot of fun tweaking it to an inch of it's life.
'Gainward's BLISS 6800 GS GLH is no reference board. Sure, the core headroom is still up to the
gods, but the memory headroom will destroy the competition. I managed to clock the memory to 1480
MHz at its peak.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone has posted the lauch dates of several anxiously awaited nVIDIA products ... the NVIDIA G71, Quad-SLI and NFORCE 5. Yes, it is official, there will be Quad-SLI, and it will likely be the hottest thing going, better get the watercooling setup ready.
"After a number of debates and speculations, we finally have the launch dates for NVIDIA's
next-gen. product lineup based on the G71 core. According to insiders, the launch is expected to
take place at CeBIT 2006, and the cards will be placed under the 7900 series.
Subject: Systems | February 24, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the ThermalTake ToughPower 550W may not be the most powerful PSU out on the market right now, that is not it's purpose. The idea behind this PSU is to provide stable power, with the least variation on the lines possible. Read the review at Bjorn3D to see how well it does it's job.
"Today, I'm looking at Thermaltake's yet to be available ToughPower 550W power supply. You might
ask what's the big deal? Let's say you already have a PurePower / PowerStation ~500W model.
Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2006 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a name like that, how can you not want one? Virtual-Hideout has the review of this insulating pad, designed to make laptop use a little more comfortable, and more importantly, to save your lap from being baked. Read the review to see if the regular version is what you need, or if you should get the Lapinator Plus, and maybe a Mousitizer too.
"If you've got a tiny laptop, the original Lapinator will do wonders for you.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2006 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Head to AnandTech to see the clash of the Titans, Tai-Chi versus The Stacker. See which one comes out on top, and why it was picked as a winner.
"We've looked at products from both of these companies for several years now, and it's apparent
that they both know what they're doing. The last several models of Thermaltake's have had
exceptional capacity for drives, but don't have quite the same "quality of construction" feel that
cases from others like Lian Li tend to have.
Subject: Storage | February 24, 2006 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers has spotted an external HDD enclosure that can do a little more than you might expect. The Vizo Opera Media Enclosure can output DVD's to a TV and stereo, or pictures, or just music using it's various possible connections, VGA, audio, A/V and USB 2.0.
"For a long time now hard drive enclosures served one purpose and that was to store data from
various reasons. Not only can the Vizo Opera store data but it can also play that data back on
your television, just as long as it is video or audio data.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Moditory has published a review of Darwinia, a very unconventional game. While the RTS and tech tree basis of the game will be familiar, and the graphics will take you back about 10 years, the game play is king in this game. There is much to explore in how they have set this game up, and you can get it very easily if you use Steam.
"Gameplay is sometimes overlooked in the gaming industry. Today a lot of stress is put on graphics
and now sound.