Video Quality Examined - The Eyes Have It

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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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.

Source: Firing Squad

7800GT vs x1800xl Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 03:49 PM |
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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."

Source: AMD Review

Is VOIP really free?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 03:44 PM |
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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, etc… come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"

Watercooled 7800 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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[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!


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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Computing Faster Than Light

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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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.

Dual processor setup, with a single chip implementation

Subject: Motherboards | October 17, 2005 - 05:38 PM |
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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.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

NVIDIA Secures Exclusive Bundling Right to Call of Duty 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2005 - 03:32 PM |
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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.

But the flamethrower makes it cool

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 03:17 PM |
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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.
Source: MAKE: Blog

Ultra Bright, Programmable, LED Display

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2005 - 02:39 PM |
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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.

May the Blu-Ray of happiness show up before you know

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

Coming Soon, to an AMD based system near you

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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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.

Golden Emperor International Ltd (GEIL) RAM

Subject: Memory | October 17, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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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.

6800GT Shootout, who will reign supreme?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2005 - 06:58 PM |
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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.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Smarter than your average bearer of data

Subject: Storage | October 14, 2005 - 05:49 PM |
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Kingston's 1GB U3 DataTraveler gives you a password protected way to bring your info with you.  It offers far more than most would expect from a thumbdrive, read what all you get at the Tech Zone.

"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

HOW TO: FTP server on your home PC

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 04:01 PM |
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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?

Source: MAKE: Blog

Watercooled system, ready for you to start already

Subject: Systems | October 14, 2005 - 03:03 PM |
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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.

Staying Busy

Subject: Editorial | October 14, 2005 - 01:56 PM |
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Sorry it has been a while since I posted in here, I have just be swamped with work around here and the house for quite some time. 


Since the last work-related post I made here the following articles have been published: Asus N7800GTX TOP Video Card Review, NVIDIA GeForce 6100 GPU Motherboard Chipset PreviewATI CrossFire Review, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX Pre

TYAN INVOKES DUAL CORE POWER WITH DUAL PRODUCT LAUNCH

Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2005 - 01:27 PM |
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FREMONT, CA, USA, October 6th, 2005 - Leveraging on the power of dual core processors to deliver the power needed to meet demanding application requirements, Tyan is launching not one, but TWO dual core products.

Play with your own manual temperature knob

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2005 - 12:32 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout has a review of Innovatek's Fan-O-Matic Micro, a fairly advanced Fan Controller.  Instead of guesstimating the RPM's you want in order to balance noise an temperature, you set the desired temperature, and it manages the RPM's.

"Innovatek has built a strong product that many people should find useful for either water cooled systems or air cooling. It does everything for you, the only adjustments you make are to the manual temperature knob.

Pure Power Purveyors, PC P&C, Present Penultimate PSU

Subject: Systems | October 14, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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If you want the best of everything in your system, then PC Power & Cooling is the PSU supplier for you.  The newest, the Turbo-Cool 510 SLI is incredible.  850W minimum power, 2 seperate PCI-X power connectors, 4 17amp 12V rails, and a ±1% voltage regulation.  PureOverclock can tell you everything about.

"On removing the top we see a very unique design. It's laid out in such a way you can see each stage of the design as you look from left to right.