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Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2006 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has garnered a bit of experience in buying custom built PCs from numerous vendors recently. They took all that they learned from these purchases, and have put together their best tips on buying a custom build for yourself.
Subject: Mobile | May 18, 2006 - 10:44 AM | Jonathan Hung
Following yesterday's announcement from ATI of their new Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset, MSI today is announcing the availability of the new Megabook S271 supporting the Turion 64 X2 dual core CPU. The S271 is an ultra portable notebook with an aluminum alloy body and comes in black, red, and blue.
Subject: Storage | May 17, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers introduces a handy little box from IOGear, the BOSS 120GB home/office network srever appliance. For around $300, you can get one, and set up your own file server in about 10 minutes.
Subject: Systems | May 17, 2006 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingwin's HTPC box, the Supernova gets a full examination at MODTHEBOX. It has a well designed LED display, and the total stereo aesthetic has been executed perfectly, read the review to see how it performs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2006 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have more spare time than spare change, and have avoided phase change cooling because of the price, then this guide will eat up some of that time. MAKE:Blog has linked to an article describing how to build your own phase change cooling system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This is no battle of the titans, but the 2 mainstream cards that [H]ard|OCP pits against each other are more commonly bought than the ultra high end models. BFGTech's GeForce 7600 GT OC versus an ATI Radeon X1800 GTO, see who can claim victory.
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
hardCOREware looks at an alternative to buying your own T1 line, the Hawking Technology HBB1 Broadband Booster. It might not provided as big an effect as they claim in all situations, but less lag is always good.
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2006 - 11:12 AM | Jonathan Hung
Blue Security, the little start-up company in Isreal that touted some innovative anti-spam technology, has officially closed its doors. After the massive DoS attack unleashed by a spammer in early May that shut down servers around the Internet, including those of Tucows, Blue Security decided it can not morally take the burden of indirectly causing the collateral damage resulting from escalating spam retaliation.
While it appears that the spammers have won this round, the technology developed by Blue Security proves that it is possible to effectively shut down a spammer.
Subject: Mobile | May 17, 2006 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
ATI is announcing their latest mobile chipset the Radeon Xpress 1100 which supports AMD's latest Turion 64 X2 and DDR2 memory. The Xpress 1100 boasts a graphics core that is 33% faster than the Xpress 200M. More interestingly is the 5th generation Powerplay scheme which now adjusts graphics voltages and clock speed in additon to CPU frequency and voltage.
Subject: Memory | May 16, 2006 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCStats reviews some very fast RAM, Buffalo's FireStix FXZ1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000, 1 Gb DDR2 DIMMs. They manage to push them up to 1020MHz, and would have gone further, if the board would have allowed it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2006 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ontario, Calif., May 3, 2006â€”XFX, a worldwide presence in the manufacture of nVIDIAÂ®-based graphics cards, today announced a partnership with Auravision, Inc., the master licensor for Fatal1ty Brand Products. Under the agreement, Fatal1ty will collaborate with XFX on the design and technical specifications of a series of graphics cards with a special focus on the needs of competitive PC video gamers. Future products will be designed for maximum performance and stability.
Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2006 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone looks at the feature rich ASUS M2N32 SLI-Deluxe. ASUS has managed to utilize almost every available feature in the nForce 500 chipset, drop by and see all the bells and whistles that includes.
Subject: Processors | May 16, 2006 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reveals the pricing structure of AMD's new socket AM2 low power consumption CPUs. Athlon64 and X2 Dual Cores, as well as the mobile Semprons are all listed.
"The chips will be available in May and AMD gave the prices it's charging. The 64 X2 DC chips will
cost $671 for the 4800+; $601 for the 4600+, $514 for the 4400+, $417 for the 4200+; $353 for the
4000+; and $323 for the 3800+."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Auphan Online will teach you how to bring an iPod back from the dead. Learn how to open one up, and replace the peices that have given up the ghost with newly unburied parts. Just be careful which brain your assistant hands you.
"Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple
equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death? Don't throw it out! You can fix it yourself, I'll show you
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft has given up on FrontPage, replacing it with 2 new tools. The Expression Suite is supposed to allow standards-based website creation, and as well it is designed to play nice with ASP 2.0. Read more about this at CNET.
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2006 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 16 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced an outstanding array of top executives from leading industry players to address the seventh VIA Technology Forum (VTF2006), taking place in Taipei from Wednesday, 7th June to Friday, 9th June.
VTF2006 will be opened by Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA, who will expand upon VIA's leadership in developing exciting new technologies that are driving the proliferation of digital intelligence.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs reviews a Viiv system, based around an ASUS N4L-VM DH and a socket 479 processor, Intel's Core Duo T2600 clocked at 2.16GHz. While it is essentially a mATX board, it contains far more built in features than you would expect. Drop by for a sneak peak.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers has posted a dual review, both reivewing the new GPU/VGA waterblock from Corsair, and examining the effect of adding more components to an existing watercooling loop.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online reviews 2 budget coolers from Spire, the VertiCool II and the DiamondCool II. While neither will win prizes for extreme cooling, they are certainly powerful enough to use in a normally clocked PC.