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Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 11:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you received a new PC for Christmas, whether in parts or fully assembled, you may have been daunted by the 63 Critical Updates a fresh XP SP2 system needs, not to mention other updates like .Net. A member here, JustinC939, has complied SP2.5 for Windows XP, incorporating all 63 updates, IE7, WMP11 and more, and you can benefit from his work by stopping in at our forums.
Subject: Processors | January 5, 2007 - 09:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2007 - 07:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While I can't imagine what made Ultra design a 2kW PSU, they have, and Legit Reviews is there to examine it. The +12V rail is rated at 1800W ... 150A load, about twice the power draw of a pair of 8800GTXs. Head over and check this monster out!
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 07:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer has expanded into 7.1 HD soundcards, with the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card. Featuring some serious digital processing hardware, and compatible with regular headphones, amplified stereo speakers, 2.1 system, 5.1 system, or 7.1 systems, you really should head to OCIA to get the full review.
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues. Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 1TB (1000GB), and an MRSP of $400 dollars, Hitachi's newly announced drive is raising a lot of eyebrows. Getting it to work in a TiVo may be a challenge, but space for 250+ hours of HD programming ought to give someone the incentive to make it work. Get more information at DigiTimes.
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2007 - 10:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has some information on SanDisk's newly announced 32GB Solid State Drive, designed primarily for notebooks. Not only do they give you information on the SanDisk drive, but they also provide links to info on the competitors drives.
Subject: Motherboards | January 4, 2007 - 08:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews abit's AW9D-MAX for Core 2 Duo. It is compatible with CrossFire, and the layout is very well thought out, including the cooling for the chipset. However, they discovered one little flaw that may cause disinterest among hard core users.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 07:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews Gigabyte's 7950 GT, a nice alternative to the 7900 GTX. This particular model comes with a full version of Civ4 and a large Zalman cooler which allows some nice overclocking possibilities.
Lee also offers you an alternative to buying a new VGA, with the Thermalright HR-03 VGA Cooler, which cools hot graphics cards well without a fan, and even better with one.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 â€” Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading
Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a
collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based
media PCs, such as those with IntelÂ® Viiv™ technology, to legally
download and record major motion picture movie content to blank DVD
discs for playback on both the PC and consumer electronics devices,
including most standard DVD players.
SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ionic cooling is a little known way of cooling PCs efficiently and silently. The Future of Things gives you an overview of how the technology works, and an interview with 3 very knowledgeable scientists in that field, one of whom is the CTO of Kronos Advanced Technologies.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Step 1 - Release free browser
Step 2 -
Step 3 - PROFIT!!!!
Well, Firefox figured out step 2, and The Tech Zone sat down with the head honcho to find out how they made over $50 million in 2005.
"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox
web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 06:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
EVGA is announcing four new GeForce 8800 cards, all of which are overclocked. The new 8800 GTXs run at 626MHz/621 MHz core and 2.0 GHz memory speeds while the 8800 GTS will run at 580MHz/576 MHz core and 1.7 GHz memory.
EVGA, a leading provider of performance computing hardware, today announced the release of their e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO w/ ACSÂ³ (P/N:
768-P2-N837-AR) and 8800 GTS KO w/ ACSÂ³ (P/N: 640-P2-N827-AR) NVIDIAÂ® technology-based graphics card.
Subject: Editorial | January 3, 2007 - 09:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Believe it not, this year's CES is actually shaping up to be quite a busy one for me. Not because of some elaborate launch plans from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel, but mostly because of the alarmingly high amount of meetings that I have setup for a three day time span. Currently I am 28 -- that's nearly 10 a day and considering all the issues involved with getting around the city of Las Vegas in a timely fashion, I have a feeling I am going to be doing quite a bit of sprinting.
Subject: Storage | January 3, 2007 - 09:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
By 2010, it looks like Seagate is aiming for 300 terabyte hard drives for your systems!
PLATTER SPINNER Seagate thinks that it will be able to create a 300 TB hard-drive by 2010.
According to Joystick, Seagate boffins are apparently working on a hard-drive which uses heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) techniques.
Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2007 - 09:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
If the LCD screen on your notebook just isn't the quality you demand, then the upcoming releases of LED-based notebooks from both HP and Apple is likely to peak your interest.
HP's new LED-based notebooks will feature Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) and will aim at high-end, multimedia uses, the sources said, adding that using LEDs as the backlight source for large-size applications will become more popular thanks to more models of such kind from US-based notebook brands.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2007 - 09:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
I don't think this is a suprise to most of us, but the Inq is reporting more info stating a March release for their DX10 GPU.
The last revision of the prototype chip - upon which a certain "pre-review" is based - also suffers from problems which are serious enough to get another re-spin, sources tell me. This re-spin puts a hold on the launch for another couple of weeks, and now R600 is looking like an early March launch, probably the week before SnowBIT in Hangover.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 09:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
The guys at Tech Report noticed that even though the Quad FX parts are available for sale now, they aren't the prices AMD quoted to everyone last month.
Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2007 - 09:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Want to make sure you are in on the upcoming Halo 3 beta? Then just buy a specially marked "Crackdown" game.
On page 61 of the February 2007 issue of GamePro sits the second of two pages promoting the bright and shiny new world of destruction called Crackdown. As if this game's explosive mayhem didn't look sweet enough already, the lower right corner of the advertisement reads: "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta.