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Subject: Systems | January 18, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone takes a minute to bust the bubbles of those who thought we would be using a PSU with 1000 watts in order to power SLI rigs by 2006. While the PSU's overall power keeps growing in importance, we haven't quite reached the extremes that we could eventually need.
"Ever since NVIDIA's SLI debuted, we've been hearing about high powered power supplies, which were
supposed to have surpass the 700W+ limit in order to support the power hungry SLI setup, b
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Out of the wild, wacky world of USB devices, The Tech Zone has grabbed a USB powered drink cooler. If you switch your intake from warm caffeine to cool caffeine at some point in your day, this little doohicky will help keep your drinks cooler for longer.
"We all know that USB is very versatile and can be used for anything from transferring data to
powering a laptop light. However, this is the first time we've seen USB used for keeping your
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
The Futuremark download page has a list of sources to get the large (580 MB+) file, but of course our favorite is
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2006 - 09:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
Besides today's release of the 3DMark06 benchmark, NVIDIA is announcing a new budget level GPU called the 7300 GS. Since I didn't get any samples on it, I'll just quickly go over the specs here.
GeForce 7300 GS
4 pixel pipes
3 vertex pipes
550 MHz core clock
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2006 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs provides a full rundown of ThermalTake's Tai Chi water cooled case. Everything you need, except the liquid, is included in this well thought out case.
"Today we are going to take a closer look at a very interesting system case from Thermaltake with
pre-installed water-cooling system, which features extravagant and demanding image, boasts quiet
operation, efficient internal cooling and the whole bunch of other attractive features."
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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2006 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone reviews an interesting product from MSI, the Geminium-Go, dual 6600 MXM's power this card, that produces far less heat and needs less power than you would expect. While it still isn't going to work in a laptop, it can bring serious power to an HTPC or SFF system.
Plus, if you haven't read Ryan's review of the XFX GeForce 6800 GS review, shame on you!
"Though SLI for notebooks hasn't arrived yet, MSI has tak
Subject: Motherboards | January 17, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the review on Bjorn3D explains, the Gigabyte GA-8I955x qualifies as royalty because of the support for 888MHz DDR2, Gigabyte's patented Universal-Plus Dual Power System, dual gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394b.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not a company most people have heard of, but BlueGear makes soundcards, and their newest is the HDA X-Mystique 7.1. The cards are priced for someone on a budget, but do offer 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for those who don't want to pick up a Creative card. Read the whole review at Penstar Systems.
"The sound card market is a very strange one these days.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming. They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive. If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.
"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be
prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP reviews a new Thermal Compound with a big name, TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound. Head over to see if this newcomer can replace Arctic Silver and AS Ceramique as the paste of choice for overclockers.
"Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but
is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that
heat can pass through.
Subject: Storage | January 16, 2006 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate has implemeted some new technology into their new series of laptop harddrives. By using Perpendicular storage, as opposed to the Longitudinal storage that all current harddrives use, they vastly increase storage denisty, as well as improving shock tolerance. Read the full review at Big Bruin and clear up the confusion you likely feel right now.
"The future of perpendicular recording hard drives looks to be very interesting, and Seagate is
ready to show off their first entry
Subject: Memory | January 16, 2006 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews sits down for a chat with one of the co-founders of Corsair Memory, John Beekley, and you are invited. Take a peek at what Corsiar has coming up over the year, and hear about what they did in 2005 from someone who knows.
"LR: Let's talk about the future of computer memory in 2006. It looks like we are going to see DDR3 and FB-DIMM's enter into the market space this year. Which should enthusiasts be more interested in?
John: I think that 2006 will be all about DDR2, actually.
Subject: Motherboards | January 16, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI K8N Diamond Plus Limited Edition that Hardware Zone has up for review is a blend of old and new technology. It contains everything you would expect from an N4 board, with the addition of an OEM version of the Coolermaster Musketeer 3, an audio front panel with a vacuum tube.
"Since we last reviewed the MSI K8N Diamond Plus, things have been going on behind the scenes.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs takes the time to explain what WiMax is, and why it is slowly taking over wireles data transfer from WiFi. Then keep reading, because there are a plethora of links today.
"WiMax is new wireless networking standard that will provide non-line of sight wireless coverage
up to 30 miles. This article explains how this new technology affects other wireless technologies
like cellular phones and WiFI.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2006 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NGOHQ has discovered that ATI's X1800 is extremely overclocking friendly. Take a look and see how far they pushed it, and how easy it was to do.
""ATi has finally made the leap and given overclockers a reason to celebrate. In their new RADEON
X1800 series they have given us the ability to modify the GPU/DDR voltages without using a voltage
Subject: Systems | January 13, 2006 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a pair of system reviews up, the first of which is WidowPC's WidowFX. That's followed up by the Maingear Prelude. Consider these 2 as a good start for getting new system with very little assembly required.
"The experience that we had with WidowPC on the back end was above average. They have friendly and
responsive techs, and, essentially, they build a stable gaming systemâ€” once you get the parts that
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Beyond3D had a chance to chat with Gavin Carter about the upcoming release of the next chapter of Morrowind, Oblivion. If you are waiting impatiently for the release, you can at least glean a few more tidbits out of this interview.
"Bethesda's Morrowind was one of the "big three" computer roleplaying games released in 2002,
along with Dungeon Siege and Neverwinter Nights. Sporting an advanced engine many high end systems
buckled under the pressure and gamers delighted at what they saw.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunbeamtech's newest case, the Silent Storm is reviewed by Big Bruin today. Not only is it an attractive case with good cooling, with the proper fan choices, it is almost silent. Read on to find out what a Core Fan can do for you.
"If you are looking for a case that is not meant to be seen or heard, the Sunbeamtech Silent Storm
is a great option! It has a very plain look to it, but has the added benefit of being silent,
while keeping your gear cool.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs wraps up their coverage of CES2006 with a look at some of the stuff they haven't covered yet. After that, kill some spare time making a CNC machine, or converting your barbeque.
"CES 2006 is over. But although we have been sharing with you all the news hot from the show floors on a daily basis, there were still quite a few interesting things left that are worth mentioning.