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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D tests the new x1900 to see if ATI will beat nVIDIA, or if they have been delegated to playing catch-up again. For this batch of testing, they have grabbed PowerColors X1900XT.
"The late introduction of R520 had caused ATI to speed up the introduction of its new products.
Going by how the company handles kicker products, most of us assumed it would be just that; a
refresh of the older SKUs. All in all, it was a hasty and wrongful assumption.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MetkuMods has posted a gallery of an extremely unique case by Janos Marton. I can't begin imagine where the inspiration might have come from.
"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power
consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc.
Subject: Memory | February 3, 2006 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org pushed OCZ's PC3500GX memory as hard as they could, while keeping the voltage low. If you are looking for RAM that OC's well, without the added wear and tear that overvolting can cause, this is one attractive module.
"Considering that we easily pegged 245MHz at 2-2-2-5 with just 3.2V and no errors, and 250MHz with
the same timings and voltages with only minor errors, OCZ has come out swinging with a winner, now
offering the same low latencies that VX offers albeit with much lowe
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although we have little information yet, Gamehelper has translated a german interview with some Crytek employees and a German website (Gamestar) about the upcoming FPS, Crysis. While it does not exactly seem to be a follow up to Far Cry, it certainly sounds like they took everything that made FarCry great, and improved it.
"There will be a high degree of interactivity with the environment.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has posted a guide on using the boot disk distros of Knoppix to aid in recovering a borked windows install. Simply download the newest version of Knoppix, burn to a disk, and boot the troublesome PC using it. The guide covers various ways to rescue yourself from data loss.
"A bootable CD or DVD with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2006 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Red & Blackness Mods tests the new Danger Den Thermalchill radiator, and as you might expect, it performs admirably. It also manages to cool without being larger than your average tower case.
"Today we take a look at a radiator from Dangerden, we know that Dangerden is one of the top
companies when it comes to watercooling and their previous products have got very good ratings. We
will see how good this radiator performs vs a Alphacool Cora 6 and vs a BlackIce extreme.
Subject: Storage | February 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has grabbed one of Buffalo's TeraStation home servers, a NAS solution that bears a remarkable resemblance to a safe. It is home to 4 Western Digital Caviar 7200rpm 250GB EIDE hard drives, defaulted to give you a 700Gb RAID 5 setup, though there are other options.
"Shopping for a terabyte NAS box can be conflicting. You wonder: "Should I build my own? Hard
drives are so cheap these days, and I am so gifted with technology!
Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviews the ASUS A8R-MVP, a very inexpensive motherboard that combines 2 chipsets, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition and ULi's M1575 southbridge. Head over to see what advantages that gains over a motherboard that uses ATI's SB450.
"Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Its north bridge is capable
of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has gathered an FAQ on the Blackberry patent dispute for those trying to figure out if they will wake up one day to find the service dead. If you have one, then you know the confusion this suit has caused. If you don't have one, but know people who do ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today nVIDIA released the 7800 GS AGP card into the wide world. This is very likely to be the last AGP board released, so you may want to plan your next upgrade around switching to PCIe, though this card will let you put that off for a while, it is quite powerful. It's expected to retail at just over $300. Head to Bjorn3D for a peek at some benchmarks, and a look at what makes the card powerful enough to play the newest games.
Don't forget Ryan's review, either!
Subject: Systems | February 1, 2006 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Firingsquad is putting together a powerful system, with one constraint, no component can cost more than $400. Take a look to see what made it into the system.
"FiringSquad just posted an article describing a system build with a limit of $400 per component.
Subject: Displays | February 1, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has posted a shootout between 5 brands, all offering the latest and greatest High Definition tech. All are huge, between 4 to 5 feet, and either 720 or 1080 resolution. This will be a series, this first installment discusses the technology, what it is, and how it works.
"Liquid Crystal on Silicon, LCoS, is a relatively new and obscure display technology that is now
making its grand entrance into the HDTV marketplace.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SonoWave Digital Media player is a WiFi device that will play back music from just about any source you can stream to it. It's only major drawback is the amount of batteries it eats, just like old ghetto blasters, this guy wants 8 C batteries. Heaf to 3dGameMan for the full review.
'This is not your standard boombox. Being able to play Internet Radio, MP3 and other audio formats
wirelessly sets it apart from many other devices.
Subject: Editorial | February 1, 2006 - 12:31 PM | Ryan Shrout
People keep yelling at me to update this, so here you go.
Okay, well maybe not really, but you really have to get some background on it before you'll agree. If you haven't jumped on the Chuck Norris bandwagon as of late, then you really should check out this link and this link. After laughing a bit at those quotes and trying not to tear up, have a look at these:
Source: PC Perspective
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech compares the quality of DVD playback from ATI and nVidia using the filters in PowerDVD as the base for their experiment. If you are setting up a media PC or just starting to watch more DVD's via your PC you might be interested in the results. Mind you, since they give away standalone DVD players with TicTac's and just about anything else you buy now, maybe you still watch them without the PC at all.
"Graphics cards are all about 3D, right?
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has a story about, and a link to download, the newly released IE7 public beta. Head straight to the page if you want to see what the new version can do ... the only requirement is that you must have WinXP with SP2 in order to use it, Win2K won't cut it.
"The program, still a work in progress, is available for download from the Internet Explorer
section of Microsoft's corporate Web site, the company said.
Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2006 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has taken a NEC Versa S5200 Centrino Duo Notebook out for a spin, and want you to know what they thought. With a Core Duo Centrino, just over a gig of RAM, a big battery and incredibly low power consumption, it is not going to dissapoint.
"The Centrino mobile technology from Intel is known to deliver excellent mobile computing
experience and that has been true so far. However, will this trend stay true with the latest Intel
Centrino Duo mobile technology?
Subject: Systems | January 31, 2006 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCApex (who were PimpRig until yesterday) has just released a power consumption calculator, called Juice. Just pick all of your components from the drop down menus and it calculates your total power needs, don't forget to specify the number of each component you have. The only caveat is that this tool calculates total power consumption, it doesn't specify loads on each seperate rail.
"Fu3lman has released a new application which is an advanced PC wattage calculator for
determining the power u
Subject: Storage | January 31, 2006 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone sits down with Seagate to get the scoop on their plans for 2006. They are planning everything from smaller, more dense storage to shock resistant, incredibly robust hard drives made to work in cars.
"Hardware Zone had the golden opportunity to chat with James M. Chirico, Jr., the Senior VP of
Global Operations at Seagate.