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Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
hardCOREware has a review of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System. If you have a wireless LAN, mouse, keyboard and phone, why do are you still forced to have wires for your surround sound system?
"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been
annoyed by the rear speakers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2005 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can't afford to buy a brand new graphics card, with the watercooling already built in, consider Danger Den's Acetal Maze4 GPU Block. You can put it onto just about any modern ATI or nVidia board, so consider adding it to your 1/2" or 3/8" OD cooled system. Read all about it at Techniz.
"Overall, the Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU water block is performing very well during in the
testing section. The package includes all the necessary components for proper assembly.
Subject: Systems | October 18, 2005 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's SD31P XPC is their newest HTPC barebones system. It expects an LGA775 processor, and DDR2, but it comes with good sound and is able to output video to almost any component. HEXUS has the full review.
"The one word that describes Shuttle's SD31P XPC is competent. Just add a hard drive, preferably
SATA, optical drive, RAM, and an LGA775 CPU and away you go. Everything works just as it should,
and installation is a real cinch for even novice XPC builders.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone looks at ECS's SDGE, their answer to ATI and nVidia. It is incredibly adaptable, running
mixes like PCIe x16 + PCIe x4, PCIe x8 + PCIe x8, PCIe x16 + PCIe x16. Also, in the future more combos may be included, like PCIe x16 + AGP Express, AGP 8x + PCIe Express, Integrated Graphics + AGP Express and Integr
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Firing Squad takes a close look at video quality, and how it applies to HDTV, and to video processors. Any questions you might have had about what to expect in quality, or even how people write reviews that include quality, will be answered here.
"Alan challenges one of the recently published "third party studies" comparing ATI and NVIDIA
video technology and shows you just how deep the rabbit hole goes... unless you'd rather go on
believing what you want to believe.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD Review has a head to head contest up ... it pits ATI's current flagship card against nVidia's. Check it out to see which gives you more bang for your buck.
"Today we got our hands on both an ATI X1800XL and NVIDIA 7800GT, so we decided to benchmark each of these cards with the same configuration to see what happens and how much bang you get for your buck."
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Red & Blackness Mods examines this new thing called VOIP ... and tries to answer the real question ... is it truely free?
"We all hear about Voip here and Voip there but what does it really stand for? Voip stands for 'Voice over Internet control' which basically means the phone over the internet. We have seen Skype, MSN, etcâ€¦ come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP got their hands on a BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC H2O! It's watercooled right out of the box, although you do need to have an existing watercooled PC to add it to. See just how far they can push this beast!
BFGTech is well known for taking video cards and bringing a guaranteed and warranty approved factory overclock right out of the box for you to enjoy more performance. As we all know, there is only so much you can do with a heat sink and fan unit using air-cooling.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you aren't familiar with quantum computing, you really should read this morning's article at The Tech Zone. One of the most interesting ideas is instantaneous data transfer, not to mention incredible processing power.
"Imagine a computer whose memory is exponentially larger than its apparent physical size; a computer that can manipulate an exponential set of inputs simultaneously; a computer that computes in the twilight zone of space. You would be thinking of a quantum computer.
Subject: Motherboards | October 17, 2005 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LostCircuits reviews the server/workstation class Foxconn Winfast NFPIK8AA-8EKRS motherboard. Built around the nForce4 profession chipset, you need to read the full review to get an idea of what they did with this motherboard. Essentially a dual CPU board, but without the second socket, definately unique, and definately powerful.
"Foxconn is one of the world's largest OEM manufacturers of computer parts and only recently has started to enter the enthusiast market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2005 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA GeForce graphic processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for Call of Duty 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Call of Duty which is the winner of over 80 'Game of the Year' awards.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Robosapien is kinda neat, but it's functionality is limited. MAKE: Blog has found someone who thought a little improvement is in order, and what could improve the Robosapien more than a flamethrower?
"Filed under the "don't try this a home" Maker project.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2005 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers has a review of the Mashie Design MDVA. It is a really bright, and programmable LED display that sits in your 5.25" drive trays, facing out of your front panel. See if this is the thing you need to finish off your case mod, or just scare the cats.
“Modding products, where did they go? It seems like we never see any new case mods at all. Well if you’re into case modding at all, then I’m sure you have heard of Mashie. If not take a look at his website.
Subject: Storage | October 17, 2005 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft and others may have decided to go with HD DVD, but you certainly can't find a drive that will read them on the market. Blu-Ray the other hand, is soon to be available. According to this article from Ars Technica, A-Open will start selling drives in November. They certainly won't be cheap.
If you're itching to cast an early vote on which next-generation optical disc format will ultimately triumph, you'll have your chance next month.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report takes a look at what is known in the way of plans from AMD this year, and into the future. If you are curious, or just looking to confirm any rumours you might have heard, then give the article a good look.
"AMD HAS BEEN rather tight-lipped about its future plans recently, as we've noted. Its public CPU roadmap was last revised in March and doesn't extend beyond the end of this year, with no major product changes slated between now and then.
Subject: Memory | October 17, 2005 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GeIL may not get the attention that other RAM manufacturers get, but they are certainly still working away at improving their products. The PC2-4300 Ultra DDR2 Dual Channel Kit HardwareZoom reviews is not only low latency, but has a huge heat spreader that can't hurt your efforts at overclocking.
"Specialised in memory modules design and manufacturing, GeIL has been making high performance memory modules since 1997.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2005 - 06:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wondering which 6800GT is right for you? Tech-hounds has a shootout between 3 major players in the graphics card biz. Even if the FRAPS ratings are the same, make sure to compare heat and the bundle of goodies they come with.
"Out of the the high end graphics card from NVIDIA, the GeForce 6800GT has the best bang for the buck. Now selling around US$ 250 to 350, it's the most affordable SM 3.0 graphics card that won't slow to a crawl under high details with AA and AF on.
Subject: Storage | October 14, 2005 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"With the launch of the U3 DataTraveler, Kingston has open up a whole new world of smart drive computing whereby any PC user moving between various locations and Windows 2000 SP4 or XP-based syste
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When a USB thumbdrive or harddrive isn't enough to take it all with you, consider a home FTP site. Then you can transfer whatever you need to where ever you might be at the time. MAKE:Blog will send you to a site that can show you how.
"A home FTP server is useful to anyone who wants to save and retrieve files on their computer from anywhere. Ever forget a Word document on your home desktop that you really need at work?
Subject: Systems | October 14, 2005 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has a review of an almost unique type of premade system, the NEC PowerMate DL T8000 Water-Cooled PC. It's expensive, but you can be guaranteed a quiet and powerful system, right out of the box.
"NEC brings to the region a first-of-its-kind water-cooled desktop PC.