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Subject: Systems | December 22, 2005 - 02:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Before we begin, it makes sense to outline our approach and illustrate what we're trying to accomplish.
Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.
Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2005 - 10:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
Hoping for a motherboard in your stocking or under the tree this Holiday? Bit-tech takes a look at the well-endowed Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. In typical Asus fashion, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with a whole whack of accessories including a turbine style fan.
Not to be forgotten is EPoX and their latest Intel 945P offering.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2005 - 01:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
Pro-Clockers takes a look at the Thermatake Big Typhoon heatpipe cooler. This heatsink is an absolute monstrosity when it comes to size, but how does it perform? nvNews tackles another Thermaltake product, the Volcano 4005. This cooler is an odd waterblock with an integrated radiator and weighs almost 1kg with a fan.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.
What is UDI and why should you care?
Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.
Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Seems like a lot more GeForce 6100 reviews are hitting the web. Today TweakTown has a review of the Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS (try saying that three times quickly!) which uses NVIDIA GeForce 6150 chipset and comes in a mATX form-factor. If you're looking for a budget HTPC, this Foxconn may be what you're looking for!
If that Foxconn is a bit "ghetto" for you, then maybe the DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert board reviewed at TBreak is more your style.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.
Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2005 - 09:40 AM | Jonathan Hung
Today we're taking a look at the ATI X1800XT and XL CrossFire cards. Performance and features look promising, but is availability and pricing haunting ATI yet again?
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2005 - 08:05 AM | Jonathan Hung
Back in November, Anand previewed the upcoming Yonah processor. Today he's revisiting the same CPU but with updated software and hardware. It's really interesting to see how the mobile dual-core compares to AMD's X2.
"... we've updated the benchmark suite considerably, including modern day games and a few professional-level applications hopefully to get a better perspective on Yonah's performance. We've also included an Athlon 64 X2 running at 2.0GHz, but with each core having a full 1MB L2 cache, making the Yonah vs.
Subject: Mobile | December 19, 2005 - 02:21 PM | Jonathan Hung
Dell is recalling about 35,000 laptop batteries that may pose a fire risk. Considering the company is the world's #1 laptop manufacturer with a reputation to uphold, recalling these units before people get hurt is a good move.
Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2005 - 02:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Legit Reviews has an article on the DFI RDX200 CF-DR motherboard posted. This motherboard is probably one of the more important CrossFire motherboard releases since DFI has been consistently setting the standard for enthusiast features. How does it stack up against the venerable DFI NF4 SLI-DR?
"Dropping the memory divider to 166 and the CPU multiplier to x8 allowed me to push the board all the way to 309FSB, not too shabby at all. One issue I'd like to point out is the heat generated by the chipsets.
Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2005 - 10:35 AM | Jonathan Hung
It's that time of year again to nominate the worst vaporware offenders of the industry! Cast your votes for the worst vaporware in 2005 by emailing the Vaporware team with your suggestions! When emailing them make sure to:
- Put the name of the company and product in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in the message body.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2005 - 09:52 AM | Jonathan Hung
The guys over at PimpRig have posted a review of Coollaboratory's Liquid Metal thermal interface.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2005 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Asylum managed to get their hands on the extremely rare Gigabyte 3D1-68GT, a dual GPU card whose performance is great, but comes at the cost of severe heat, and a massive size. Still no word on whether there will be an SLI version released in the future.
"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its
Subject: Storage | December 15, 2005 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet has an article that gives you some insight into the minds of Seagate's engineers. Significant amounts of money have been invested in nanotechnology, and it may well be affecting their next generation of hard drives.
"The Londonderry plant will now become a nanotechnology center of excellence in the development of
thin film technology, specializing in next generation and leading-edge photolithography.