Steel Headphones, built to travel

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 02:04 PM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot reviews Steel Sound's 5H-USB Professional Gaming Headset.  This headset has LAN party written all over it, from the stylish lines to the earphones that fully cover your ears from the ineviatable cries of anger from fellow gamers.  It is easy to completely dissasemble, and come with a USB "Soundcard" that allows similar acoustical performance on any system it's plugged into.

"The new Steel Sound 5H-USB professional gaming headset looks just like any other gaming headset.

Source: Tech ARP

500GB, and there's still never enough storage

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2005 - 01:52 PM |
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The 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA HDD that CoolTechZone reviews may not solve all your storage problems, but it should keep you from having to clean out your hard drive for a few weeks.

"Man's need for storage is insatiable. We initially thought that we could make do in a few

kilobytes; however, we then moved up to megabytes, gigabytes and now hundreds of gigabytes.

Source: CoolTechZone

Help choosing a cooling solution

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2005 - 01:10 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods try to help out with the vast amount of choices available for cooling off your system.  If you find yourself wonder what cooler to pick, and are maybe frustrated about having to do so after choosing all your other components, this article may give you some hope.

"It seems like the market makes it harder and harder for the average consumer to make choices.

Walk quietly with a big Heat Stick

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM |
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Legion Hardware reviews ASUS' Extreme X800 Silencer.  As the name implies, this is a new ATI card that runs dead silently.  The heatpipes heatsink may be huge, but with it you can overclock this thing very well.

"This new passive cooling design by ASUS has proven to deliver exceptional performance while

operating with complete silence. The demand for silent cooling methods has become increasingly

popular as volume has become a real concern over the past few years.

AMD Turion 64 Price Cuts

Subject: Processors | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM |
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DigiTimes is reporting that AMD has cut prices on their Turion 64 processors. Their chart shows the classic "Trickle-Down" effect in pricing with the ML-40 now priced like a ML-37, the ML-37 priced like a ML-32 etc. AMD's Turion 64 laptops are gaining momentum in the market and these price cuts will certainly help.


On the same topic, we have just posted a new review on Compaq's latest Turion 64 laptop.

Source: Digitimes

Don't FEAR the tweaker

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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You bought F.E.A.R. as soon as it came out, but now comes the frustration of getting the game to run perfectly on your system.  Instead of starting out by trying the first level 42 times, with different resolutions and detail levels, let the folks at Tweakguides give you a head start!


"Before getting into any game-specific settings and tweaks, this section covers the obligatory system optimization information I include in all my guides.
Source: Tweak Guides

Spansion Extends Wireless Family With Introduction Of 3-Volt Mirrorbit(TM) Product Line

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- October 24, 2005 --Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), today announced the introduction of the 3-volt MirrorBit™ technology-based PL-N product line, designed to satisfy the growing code storage demands in wireless handsets. The 256 Mb devices build on the momentum of the successful 1.8-volt products and allow designers to migrate from floating-gate technologies to Spansion's award-winning, two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology for improved price performance.

Source: AMD

AMD EXPANDS CHINA RELATIONSHIPS WITH KEY X86 MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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BEIJING - Oct. 24, 2005 - At a ceremony today in China's Great Hall of the People, AMD executives signed agreements with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Peking University to license AMD


x86 microprocessor design technology that will enable Chinese development of low-power and embedded computer solutions for consumer and commercial markets.

Source: AMD

AMD UNVEILS COMMERCIAL CHANNEL PROGRAM ENHANCING AND EXTENDING CHANNEL INITIATIVES WORLDWIDE

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct. 24, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced the AMD Commercial Channel Access Program to enhance and extend the company's commitment to partners' business needs and contribute to their continued growth and success in the commercial market. The program is designed to foster an environment of collaboration and innovation within the growing worldwide AMD64 ecosystem of systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs) and distributors.

Source: AMD

AMD TO USE 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY IN AUSTIN

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 11:37 AM |
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Oct. 24, 2005 - Austin, Texas - AMD today announced a new agreement with the Austin Energy GreenChoice(r) Program to purchase green energy derived from renewable resources that will power all AMD Austin operations for the next 10 years, including the new AMD Austin Campus which is expected to be operational in 2007. The new agreement makes AMD the largest private Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner in Texas, the fifth largest private Partner in the U.S. and 12th largest overall Partner in the nation.

Source: AMD

256, 512, 1024 & 2048, what does more RAM do to gaming

Subject: Memory | October 21, 2005 - 06:31 PM |
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Legion Hardware runs a series of test benchmarks using differeny amounts of RAM, both single and dual channel.  See what the tests say about the effect of gobs 'o RAM on your Frames Per Second and load times.

"Given we now know 1GB of memory is the sweet spot, how much faster is 1GB than 512MB or even

256MB in today's games? There are still a huge amount of gamers out there fragging away with just

512MB of memory.

She chopped off their tails with a carving knife ...

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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Three wireless mice from Logitech, the cordless Mini, and the V200, intended for notebooks and the cordless LX 7 are examined at GeekExtreme.  The butcher's wife had no comment.

'Today we're going to take a look at three of Logitech's new wireless mice: the Cordless Mini, the

V200, & the LX 7. The Cordless Mini & the V200 fall into Logitech's "Notebook Mice" category,

while the LX 7 is simply in the "Cordless Mice" category.

Source: GeekXtreme

Zalman, Scythe and Thermaltake Under The Magnifying Glass

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2005 - 05:47 PM |
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X-Bit Labs can solve your cooling dilemmas.  Zalman's CNPS9500 LED, Scythe's Shogun & Ninja (SCNJ-1000), and  Thermaltake's Big Typhoon (CL-P0114) & Sonic Tower (CL-P0071), all in one huge comparitive review.  There is a lot of detail, everything from cooling performance to installation is covered.

"We would like to offer you a detailed roundup of five today's best CPU coolers with heatpipe

technology.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD's new Socket M2 spotted in the wild

Subject: Processors | October 21, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted 2 pictures of an upcoming AMD Socket M2 processor.  One is of the pinout, and one an actual part of a boot screen.  You know you want to see it!


"Here are two pictures of AMD's working Socket M2 processor. This particular unit is running at

2.4GHz. You will notice the "extra" M2 pin bringing the total pin count up to 940 (from the

current 939).

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Brand New PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard

Subject: Systems | October 21, 2005 - 12:57 PM |
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'After a longer than expected delaly, we finally have a new Hardware Leaderboard online for everyone to view.  We have several notable changes and trends we are seeing, starting with the apparent staleness of AMD's processor prices.  Since our last update on August 31, none of the 4 AMD processors we used before had gone up or down in price on Newegg.com.  We are hearing news that AMD is planning a big price break soon, but there is no telling how much and which models will be affected.'

Jump into HTPC's with this primer

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2005 - 12:55 PM |
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Big Bruin can answer all of your HTPC video and audio questions in this first installment of their HTPC primer.  If you are thinking of putting together a SFF system, or incorporating an HTPC into your multimedia system, give it a  read!

"HTPCs don't have to be much different than your typical computer, but a few key areas do need to

be addressed.

Source: Big Bruin

Hot Pinouts gone wild, everything revealed

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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The Hardware Book is "The Internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable descriptions."  If you have trouble remembering how to splice an S-Video into a composite wire, or how to build a Serial to PS/2 mouse adapter, then you will spend hours on this site.

"The Hardware book is the internet's largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable

descriptions. All pages have the same style of presentation.

Source: MAKE: Blog

EQS's Crossfire Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2005 - 06:09 PM |
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HEXUS has had the EQS A72K9-CF for a while now, but haven't had an ATI Master card until now.  Now that they do have it, you can read their review in full.

"EQS enabled HEXUS with its EQS A72K9-CF CrossFire Edition mainboard literally weeks before we got

our grubby paws on the ATi Master graphics board required to complete the platform for our

analysis on the launch of the CrossFire platform.

Source: Hexus

Dual layer DVD's, in stores now

Subject: Storage | October 20, 2005 - 05:52 PM |
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X-Bit Labs reviews 2 DVD±RW Dual Layer burners, the Pioneer DVR-110D and Toshiba's SD-R5472.  While Blu-Ray and HD DVD are still a while away, dual layer DVD's will let you store more data than a run of the mill DVD.

"As new DVD media types emerge, the DVD burners become more and more affordable in price. Today we

are looking at the solutions from two well-known optical drives makers: Toshiba and Pioneer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD OPTERON PROCESSOR TO POWER KOREA'S NATIONAL EDUCATION INFORMATION SYSTEM

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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SEOUL, Korea-Oct. 20, 2005-AMD (NSYE:AMD) today announced the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development of Korea has selected the AMD Opteron(tm) processor to power its server systems for the National Education Information System Project (NEIS).


The NEIS project, establishing an online education information system to improve teachers' working environments and increase efficiency of national educational administrations, is the largest IT project in 2005 in Korea and will service over 10,000 schools and education offices nationwide.

Source: AMD