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Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has a preview of a very musical keyboard, the Creative Prodikey PC-MIDI. Why sit at your computer learning to type, when you can be learining to play the piano?
"The Prodiky PC-MIDI is an innovative device that combines keyboard with piano keys. With it,
anyone can work and learn how to play a piano in front of the computer without having to buy
separate input devices.
Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XG Duro 900W Power Supply comes with 4 +12V rails, perfect for trying to get a pair of dual core graphics cards up and running as fast as they can go. 3dGameMan provides their usual comprehensive review, and proves that this is a well thought out PSU, and not just another pretty phase.
'The XG Duro 900W Power Supply with Quad +12V rails is obviously going to turn heads.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2006 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 28, 2006 — Recognizing Brazil's position as South America's largest economy and its increasing importance as a technology leader, Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corporation, has created a US$50 million venture capital fund to promote technology growth in Brazil.
'Intel Capital's investments will help stimulate technological innovation and growth of Brazil's rapidly developing entrepreneurial community,' said Intel Corporation CEO
Subject: Storage | March 28, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BTX Form Factor explores the upcoming hard drive technology, perpendicular storage. By keeping the magnetic particles used for storage standing vertically instead of lying them on the surface, much greater storage density can be reached. This requires a new manufacturing process that they briefly touch on as well.
"Hard Disk Drives store all our most valuable data, our contacts, email, family photos and the
like, but increasingly space is getting cramped in drives...
Subject: Processors | March 28, 2006 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena compares the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ against the Athlon 64 3800+ and throws in an Athlon 64 3200+ for pure speed comparisons. See what that X2 can give you compared to the single core version, and what difference the lower speed makes.
"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a question from people wanting to
upgrade or buy a new PC. The question has been, should I get a dual core AMD Athlon 64 or single
core and what speed should I get?
Subject: Systems | March 28, 2006 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following up on their guide to build the ultimate gaming machine, Corsair has posted a system build guide for HTPCs. Follwoing the easy instructions and detailed photos, you will end up with a very stylish and quiet component.
"Dive into the details of building a home theater PC. From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 27, 2006 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews points out one of the best values in video cards right now. The GeForce 7900GT isn't the fastest card out there, but with the overclock that most people can acheive, it comes close. If you are more worried about breaking the bank than voiding warantees, take a close look at this card.
"As an enthusiast and overclocker I have to say that if you were planning to upgrade or building
a new system I highly recommend looking long and hard at the 7900 GT.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2006 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the last of the series on case modding at Extremetech, suggestions from readers on the best way to cut curves was requested from those who have done it before. The replies poured in, and you can take advantage of all of the tips'n'tricks on your next project.
Subject: Mobile | March 27, 2006 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BleedinEdge examines a Dell notebook with some real power under the hood. This may well be a glimpse at the components that will continue to keep Dell's Alienware mobility systems on the farthest edge of performance gaming laptops.
"Bleedinedge reviewing a notebook? Not only that but it's a Dell and not an XPS
system! You must be wondering what gives? To be fair, this review is about
much more than just about a Dell.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in the nick of time [H]ard|OCP purchased and tested an AlienWare Aurora 550. They managed to miss buying a DELL by a matter of days, although the recent sale may give them a reason to buy another AlienWare machine in the future, and test them head to head.
"We purchased the Aurora 5500, the baseline AMD-based gaming computer from Alienware. Among the
mid-range of Alienware's offerings, the Aurora 5500 is marketed towards gamers but it could also
be a good family computer.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Researchers in the US have built the first logic circuit on a molecular scale (18 Âµm) according to this story on nanotechweb. This seems to reinforce the idea that circuits will not always be etched out of existing material, but grown one molecule at a time. Small Form Factor indeed!
Researchers at IBM, the University of Florida and Columbia University, all in the US, have
created a logic circuit on a single-walled carbon nanotube.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2006 - 07:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCStats examines ASUS' EAX1900XTX a 512 MB card with dual-DVI outputs and some really impressive clocks, the GPU is 650 and the memory runs at 1550Mhz. It will cost you a lot, but there isn't much out there that can come close to saturating it's bandwidth.
Plus, Ryan has been busy this week, dropping by the Game Developers Conference, and talking with ATI about their take on Physics accleration ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With as many case manufacturers and styles as there are in the market right now, it makes sense to start with a purpose built case to put your system in. If you are going to agonize over every component on the inside, give the case some consideration too. Silent PC Reivew examines the Nexus Breeze Real Silent Computer Case, which, as you may have guessed, is a good enclosure to build a quiet PC in.
"Nexus Technology is addressing the problem of noisy computers head-on with their new Nexus
Breeze Real Sil
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Coolermaster jumps into eco-friendly waters with their release of the iGreen Power series, and Hardware Zone has pics and stats. Before you start looking down your nose at them, these are simply high efficiency PSU's with added PR. High efficiency translates into less heat, and more stablity, so keep your eye out for them.
"Green power is all the rage nowadays and Cooler Master reacts to this with its new iGreen Power
series of energy efficient PSUs.
Subject: Storage | March 24, 2006 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE looks at the biggest and fastest 2.5 HDD from Seagate, the Momentus 5400.3 160GB. Living out of a laptop is becoming more common, and this drive looks to address almost any storage need, without forcing you to carry around external drives in your bag.
If you demand to be mobile and still have the hard drive space you need, then you should look at
the Seagate Momentus 5400.3.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica and MicroSoft have some good news. MechCommander 2 has gone Shared Source! You can get it from MicroSoft by following the link, although some assembly is required. This should also make modding a possibility for this title.
"According to Vole's site, MechCommander 2 has been released under its Shared Source licence.
The release contains all of the source code and source assets required to build MechCommander 2.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Connect Magazine has come up with something interesting for Operating System junkies to play with while they wait for the ever delayed release of MicroSoft Vista. With their guide in hand, try converting Windows Server 2003 into a home OS. They talk about the good and improved parts, and those services best skipped for non-server machines.
"It might need a little outside help, but Windows 2003 can actually become a valid choice for
home users, if one takes care to set aside the
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2006 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org reivews the ATI based ECS KA1-MVP Extreme motherboard. Native support for Crossfire and a very colourful scheme are just 2 of the more noticable features, and there are many more waiting to be discovered, if you only click the link.
"A solid board backed by a good price, sprinkled with much needed features in the way of exotic
options, and you've got yourselves a winner here from ECS.
Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a loss when it comes to figuring out the best settings to overclcok your RAM at? Maybe you just don't have time to benchmark every possible timing and speed combination? Worry no more, EclipseOC has published a memory overclocking guide that should get you going fast, and in not too much time.
"So, it's time to tweak your memory to get maximum performance out of it eh? After playing around
with a LOT of memory, I've sorta settled on what I think is a good way to overclock memory.
Subject: Displays | March 23, 2006 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a quick response rate, multiple inputs and the ability to split the screen, the Samsung SyncMaster 214T is an interesting monitor. With it's odd size it may seem an unlikely choice, but read the full Bona Fide Review before you decide.
"The Samsung SyncMaster 214T is Samsung's latest 21.3" LCD display and is currently listed at an
online price of around $670USD. The 214T features a gamer-friendly1600x1200 resolution, 178
degree viewing angle, and a quick 8ms Gray-to-Gray response time.