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Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2006 - 08:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently Firefox has made two release candidates of the upcoming Firefox 2 browser. If you are wondering what they do, and what isn't quite supported yet, drop by Tech Talk where a few members have been trying it out. The Asrock 939DUAL-VSTA seems to have some issues, but nothing we can't help out with. Flashing your BIOS can be stressful especially when it fails, but it isn't the end of the w
Subject: Displays | October 20, 2006 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... which is something you are likely to develop watching the Optoma Bigvizion HDBV3100. Digital Trends reviews this expensive wall mounted DLP TV. This display is compatible with just about every format on the planet, including 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and as far as inputs go, it has VGA, S-Video, Composite, 3 HDMI inputs, HDMI to and from receiver, HDMI to display, Component YPbPrand a lot more.
"A 100-inch TV is not for everybody.
Subject: Systems | October 20, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP published a review of the Voodoo Hexx, just before HP purchased Voodoo, so their review may not be representative of the experience one will have with HP. That said, this $3000 SFF gaming machine has the stats to perform on paper, but [H] found the real machine a little lacking.
Subject: Processors | October 20, 2006 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware had the chance to talk with AMD about the upcoming 4x4 processors, and crack a few Pacino jokes while they're doing it. Get a glimpse of the 7x series that we hope will give strong competition to Intels Core 2 Duo.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Postal III is coming, and censors and the easily offended had better hide. If you haven't played Postal II you missed out, so scour the bargain bins and eBay for copies of them. If ever there was a game that deserved an R rating, this is it. Hexus has a bit of info on the game, including mention of motion captured stars that will appear in the game.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wired News has an article on the sort of-invisibility cloak that has just recently been created. While being invisible to microwaves may not seem to impressive, I want to find out what would happen if you wrapped a fork in the cloak and then microwaved it.
Subject: Systems | October 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's the Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC, built for Core 2 Duo and Crossfire. [H]ard|OCP was given one to try out and they found that while it's performance certainly stood out amongst other SFF systems, there were some irregularities with the power that caused some concerns.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2006 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new set of nVIDIA dirvers (91.47) allow Transparency AA on GeForce6's, which was exculsive to the GeForce7's previously. Elite Bastards explains what exactly this type of AA does, and it's effects on gaming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D. This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db. It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virutal Hideout has posted an 8 way watercooling review. Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance are all represented. They rate everything from ease of installation to cooling performance, so this is the article to read if you are considering entering the world of watercooling but aren't sure which kit to choose.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has a lot of links to reviews and downloads of the just released IE 7. As long as you have Windows XP or Server 2003, you can update and try out the newest incarnation of this browser. On the other hand, there has already been a vulnerability revealed, which can disclose personal information on websites with mhtml: URL handlers.
Subject: Memory | October 18, 2006 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
2GB OZC PC2-8800(1100MHz) with gold XTC heatspreaders and 5-6-6-15 timings straight out of the box, now up for review at techPowerUp. It even comes in a non-melted shut package, so you don't have to attack the RAM with a knife just to get at it. The total speed may not go up too much further than the default, but the timings can be tightened significantly with some tweaking.
"Even though the OCZ
Subject: Mobile | October 18, 2006 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Megabook S271 is based around a Turion X2, in the model AnandTech reviews, it is a TL-50 (1.60 GHz with dual 256K L2 cache). Recently they compared this laptop to a Core 2 Duo based machine; this review is all MSI. They cover everything from customization and betery life to MSI support.
Subject: Storage | October 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone takes a look at the past 50 years of hard drives. From the gigantic beasts of old, to flash drives and the biometric protection you see on newer systems, it's all there.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Massive Assault Network 2 is an online strategy game, but not in the traditional MMO genre. Instead it runs more like the online lobbies of Total War, Warhammer 40K or Starcraft. If you are looking for some online mayhem, head to Gamehelper to see if MAN 2 is right for you.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but if you work it out, it is only $250 per core. Keep in mind that the $1000 figure is probably lower than what you will have to pay, unless your local retailer or online shop is in the habit of buying lots larger than 1000 units. DigiTimes has more here.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rapsody N35 Home Media Center is a network media storage system allowing playback of audio or video, in a variety of formats. The fact that it uses normal 3.5 IDE hard drives lets you keep a lot on this box, and you can set up RAIDs to help with the speed. Find out the whole story at Hardware Zone.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's quite a mouthful, but Intel's WPAN is kind of like Bluetooth on steroids. You get 480Mbps at a range of 10 meters or less, but no further, and Intel refers to it as wireless USB. Tweaktown can give you more from the demo at IDF Taiwan.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,
Oct. 17, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that it will
encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input
and output acceleration technology designed and added to its server
product lines earlier this year.
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,