VIA Announces VN800 Mobile IGP Chipset

Subject: Chipsets | August 17, 2005 - 04:19 PM |
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VIA has announced the first chipset for the new mobile VIA C7-M processor.

VIA today announced the VIA VN800, the first chipset solution for the VIA C7-M™ processor with DDR2 memory support for fast and efficient system memory access and hardware MPEG-2 decoding for flawless DVD playback.

Xbox 360 Pricing Revealed

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2005 - 04:15 PM |
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This link from Mercurty News has been floating around that points to the official pricing of the upcoming Xbox 360 console.  MS even has the official PR on their website.

The company will sell a high-end Xbox 360 model that will come with  a standard 20-gigabyte hard disk drive for $399.

Lilliputian Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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Weighing in at only 334 grams, and

around 7.5 - 8 cm a side, the Nexus AXP-3200 is tiny compared to most heatsinks available  today.  MODTHEBOX has a full review of this low noise CPU cooler, see how it performed in their tests.

"The AXP-3200 introduces Nexus's new SkiveTek® technology which involves the process of shaping materials to produce high fin density thermal solutions. The AXP-3200 includes patented V-shaped fins which optimize the airflow and prevent air obstruction.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Cases with extras & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM |
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Thermalrock has released the Eclipse chassis, and Phoronix has a good look at it.  Along with some interesting additions, this case has the tool-less assembly and 120mm fans that are almost standard in PC Cases this year.

"ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, has diverted away from the design of traditional ATX cases in favor of offering a new level of innovation with such things as CD storage on the front bezel.

Source: Phoronix

Adjustable Waterpumps & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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SystemCooling has a Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump to review, and it does exactly what Swiftech says; it improves on the MCP650.  There is a pot on the pump, letting you run it at anywhere between 5 and 14 V, with a simple twist of the wrist.


"In their on going quest for the perfect PC water-cooling pump, Swiftech has recently released the MCP655 12 VDC Pump, which features several key improvements over the ori

NVIDIA Announces the 7800 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 11, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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You can grab the full press release at their website, then check out my review of the product, and then look at the other reviews I have gathered here.

Samsung Now More DDR2 than DDR

Subject: Memory | August 11, 2005 - 02:12 AM |
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This is why AMD is almost being forced to move from their current DDR memory controller to a new DDR2 memory controller perhaps before they'd like to.  Memory vendors like Samsung that are responsible for a huge percentage of all available memories are moving closer and closer to majority DDR2 output.

Samsung Electronics announced today that that it is leading the industry in shifting from DDR to DDR2 memory output.

Source: Digitimes

VIA Sponsors 'girlz 0f destruction' for Ms. Quakecon

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2005 - 01:59 AM |
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VIA extends Geared for Gaming initiative, sponsoring top all-girl PC gaming team to compete for US$30,000 at the world's premier multiplayer LAN gaming event


Taipei, Taiwan, 9th August 2005, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the sponsorship of 'girlz 0f destruction', a leading female PC gaming team, at this year's QuakeCon being held in Grapevine, Texas, from 11th to 14th August 2005.


The girlz 0f destruction (www.girlzdestruct.com) team members will com

Quakecon Waits Another Day

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 11, 2005 - 01:57 AM |
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Well, I was waiting down in the line for hte BYOC area to open most of the evening and about 10 minutes ago, I gave up and came back to the room to finish up an article and get some sleep.  You can head on over to the Quakecon website to see when things FINALLY get around to moving!  ;)

Air Cooled Vapochills & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2005 - 12:15 PM |
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Asetek has released a line of Vapochill CPU heatsinks designed to be air cooled, not watercooled.  There are 3 models in the series, and Overclockers Online has posted a review of the Ultra Low Noise version.  It performs fairly well, and does so nearly silently.

"The addition to the Asetek arsenal is more traditional than a phase change or water cooling system, but still cutting edge in its own right.

Quakecon Bound

Subject: Editorial | August 10, 2005 - 09:07 AM |
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I think the title says it all. If you are going to the best LAN event in the world as well, look me up!

I'll post more when I see or hear it and expect a new product to be announced tomorrow at the show.

Full Sized, SFF/HTPC Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2005 - 01:22 PM |
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Starting off with the full sized systems at the top, and carrying on into SFF enclosures perfect for home theatre use, there are a few recent case reviews to check out.  Start with Extreme Overclocking's review of the Antec TX1050B.

"Antec is one of the top most recognized brand names when it comes to high-end PC enclosures. The original Performance Series is undoubtedly the most well-known Antec design, and each new generation since then has been based on this classic chassis.

NVIDIA "Announces" nForce4 SLI X16 Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | August 8, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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Though it wasn't officially released or announced yet, NVIDIA sent out a PR this morning touting the use of a new chispet in an upcoming Dell system.  The XPS 600 series of system will now be using the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP that gives the board a full x16 lanes of PCI Express to both graphics card slots and rids the system of any switching or paddle boards for moving between SLI and standard modes.  In all reality, this will mean nothing in terms of perfor

USB Controlled Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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Asetek has released a 12V Waterchill reservoir and pump, and PimpRig has it for review.  While it may not be a top of the line performer, some of the extras that it comes with may influence your decision somewhat. 

"Odd shape or not, the reservoir is very precisely mated to the pump body over the inlet to the impeller making for a very clean look. A small tube is modeled into the back of the reservoir to accommodate a LED which is accessible from the underside of the pump.

Source: PimpRig

Your GPU Wants Fans & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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Your Graphic card's GPU and RAM are probably the 2 hottest components in your case.  While it is common to have a fast main processor running at 35-45 C, the GPU is often nearly twice that temperature.  Treat the poor card to a Zalman VF700-Cu, not only will the card be cooler, but the fan has a silent setting too.  Read the full story at Xtreme Resources


"Is your video card o­ne of those that is getting very hot and even

Air Cooling by Gigabyte & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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Gigabyte seems to produce everything nowadays, and is doing a good job of it to boot.  Next on their list is CPU heatsinks, like the G-Power Cooler Pro that is reviewed at ExtensionTech, that will keep your chips cool and good looking.  Also included are 2 news releases from Muskin, and some dust proof fans. 

"Gigabyte, a name you'd come to think of as a motherboard company, has been diversifying themselves over the last few years.

New summer outfits for PC's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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The Foxconn TP-230 case is steel with a black and silver colour scheme.  It features screwless mounting, something many of us have become very used to, as well as a removable motherboard tray.  Read the full review at X Bit Labs.

"We would like to offer you a review of a new system case from Foxconn, which appears to be one of the most interesting mainstream solutions out there.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Weekend Watercooling Widgets & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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Swiftech is offering up the Storm, a universal CPU waterblock.  Not only is it pretty; if paired with a powerful pump, it is also very cool.  Read the full review at SystemCooling.

"Swiftech has teamed up with the well-known Australian engineer Stew Forster (aka Cathar) to commercialize one the most innovative and exquisitely executed waterblocks on the market today.

ECS Shows the PF88 Dual Platform Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2005 - 04:08 PM |
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Touting another industry first, ECS is still showing off their upcoming PF88 motherboard that allows users to use either an Intel Pentium processor based on the LGA775 socket or a 939-pin AMD processor at their choice.  It does NOT allow for usage models like running both processors at the same time, but it does attempt to helps users deal with the constantly changing processor socket platforms from both Intel and AMD. 


Using a technology they are calling the "Elite Bus", ECS has setup a serial connection between the processor bridge card and other components on the mainb

Case Cooling with Style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2005 - 01:31 PM |
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Ever want to see a video of someone making blow holes in their case before you try it on your own?  This article over at VIA Arena does just that.

Case cooling is very important to the healthy operation of any PC. John has produced many articles that give blow by blow descriptions of how to provide your case with adequate cooling. One such article is how to insert blow holes (with fans) in a metal case. The end result of that effort was a Star Wars case mod with serious air flow.

Source: General