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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2005 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techspot has their own High End PC component guide up, in case you wanted a second opinion after looking at Ryan's Hardware Leaderboard. Or I suppose you could pick up one of the new offerings from Dell, and have it all together when you pick it up.
"Back like a bad RMA request, TechSpot's High-end PC builders' guide takes another stab at fabricating the finest custom PC possible.
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 29, 2005 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the IGrid2005 blog at http://www.calit2.net/igrid2005/ , and see the future of distributed computing!
iGrid 2005, the 4th community-driven biennial International Grid event, is a coordinated effort to accelerate the use of multi-10Gb international and national networks, to advance scientific research, and to educate decision makers, academicians and industry researchers on the benefits of these hybrid networks.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HardwareHell, and GamersHell are hosting the downloadable multiplayer demo of F.E.A.R. I believe that it is properly referred to as a "Video System and Network Traffic Stress Test", if anyone asks why there's the sound so many explosions coming from the IT department.
Update: While you're at it, check out the F.E.A.R. mechanima done by RoosterTeeth (the Red vs. Blue people) called "P.A.N.I.C.S".
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2005 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The G70 chipset, like that used in the XFX 7800GT SLI that Gamepyre reviews, is one of the top cards available today, or perhaps until next week, when ATI releases their newest offering. If you want to see the most effects in your games, get one or two of these for your system today.
"The 7800GT is a worthy successor to the 6800GT and sell at about the same price point.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2005 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hi-Techreviews takes a look at the Thermalright SI-120. This is the follow up to the XP-120, and fits on almost any AMD chip, and with a LGA 775 RM you can put it into an Intel system, assuming your motherboard can fit it in.
"When the XP-120 heatsink was released it became an immediate success with people singing its praises in forums here in the states and abroad. Yet as good as it was there was one thing that made it far from perfect and that was its failure to fit on a large number of motherboards.
Subject: Memory | September 29, 2005 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
1Gb 800Mhz DDR2 module, running at CL 4-3-3-8 is what you would get, if you picked up some OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum EB RAM. As HotHardware discovers, 800Mhz is what it is supposed to run at, not it's maximum speed.
'Each OCZ PC2-6400 EB Dual Channel Kit is hand tested as a matched pair across a wide variety of motherboards.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2005 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razor Copperhead is a black mouse with blue LED's, and quite the stats for a lowly mouse. It's paired with the anodized aluminium eXactMat in this review at PureOverclock.
"The Copperhead boasts some of the best specs of any mouse available. These include the 2000 DPI laser engine, 1000 Hz interpolling and a 16bit data path. This should provide absolute accuracy.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2005 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Want to overclock your SFF PC, or just put 2 gigs of high speed Corsair memory in it to improve performance? Shuttle and SilverStone thinks you should be able to, and so do the guys at hardCOREware!
There's no question who rules the prebuilt SFF system market. Shuttle was the first true innovator, and haven't rested since taking over.
Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2005 - 05:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
VIA StrongBox software application enables VIA PadLock hardware security for bulletproof protection against identity theft and physical loss of data; $5000 challenge issued at the 'Hack in the Box' security conference
Taipei, Taiwan, 27 September 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today made available VIA StrongBox, a secure virtual drive application that utilizes the VIA PadLock Sec
Subject: Motherboards | September 28, 2005 - 04:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This board has everything, good looks, gobs of functionality and speed, in fact the only limitation that nV News could find was FSB overclocking. Not because of a specific problem with the board, but because the PCI Express bus, SATA, and the link between north & south bridges all use the same clock generator. You can't (yet) lock those frequencies in the BIOS, so you get problems with SATA and PCI Express devices if you push it too far.
"The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2005 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 4.5 inches tall, the Ultra Fire Heatpipe AMD CPU Cooler may not fit in every case, but it is certainly compatible with sockets,
370, 462, 754, 939, and 940 are all supported. PimpRig puts it and it's dual 80mm fan design to the test! It's not quite as good as watercooling yet, so if you have your heart set on the lowest heat, look below.
"Not to call Ultra liars but I wanted to see how heavy this heatpipe really was.
Subject: Storage | September 28, 2005 - 02:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well the technology that we first saw at Computex this past June looks like it is finally going to make it to the market.
Taipei, Taiwan September 28th, 2005 — GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, has launched GIGABYTE i-RAM, the world's fastest storage device available to digital graphics designers and PC enthusiasts.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 28, 2005 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want OK graphic performance, without breaking the bank. the 2 cards to consider would probably be the GeForce 6600GT, or the ATI X800GT. Elite Bastards has a review of the Powercolour X800GT, that comes with a good card, and a nice software bundle, including Hitman: Contracts.
"To put it simply, the Radeon X800GT isn't any one new core, or even a cut-down version of any one old core.
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2005 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's not Patch Tuesday, but CNET is letting everyone know that Office 2003 got a bit of a facelift and a security upgrade. If you use it, head to Office update to get it. Even better, it looks like you won't need to dig out the old disks to do it. Plus, Overclockers Online has a Coolermaster contest going on.
"Microsoft Office 2003 SP2 is designed to prevent "phishing" attacks and improve the han
Subject: Storage | September 28, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The guys at HardwareHell talk about file compresssion, and what exactly happens when you use it. If you're curious about what you use Huffman coding for, give it a read.
"Modern compression is the technology used today by computers in order to pass data from place to place using less data then it would take to simply transfer these data as they are. Compression is quite common these days and is used transparently in many computer systems.
Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2005 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
2 Media players running on *NIX have expolit flaws, story on CNET.
"A flaw has been discovered in RealNetworks' RealPlayer version 10.0.5.756 Gold and Helix Player 188.8.131.527 Gold running on Linux or Unix operating systems, according to a report released Tuesday by the French Security Incident Response Team, or FrSIRT."
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2005 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't just build a replica of R2-D2, make him useful too! Head on over to PimpRig to see all the pics.
"One of our forum regulars, TheGreatSatan, has completed his amazing R2-D2 project.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2005 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not only is Corsair's Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR fast RAM, but it has programmable LED lights. If you long for the days when red scrolling LED signs were everywhere, now you can get some for your PC, just like ModTheBox did.
"Included with the Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR Memory modules are two matching 10-digit alphanumeric displays. Each display consists of a small PCB with identical 34-pin connectors.
Subject: Memory | September 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Fremont, CA / Taipei, Taiwan (September 26, 2005) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, and ASUSTekÂ®, the perennial leader of the motherboard industry, today announced a joint product launch targeting the AMDÂ® enthusiasts.
Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2005 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the oldest disk management and virus suites will be updating it's software within the next 2 weeks. It's probably too soon for them to have incorporated the anti-worm and anti-fishing software they gained control of from
WholeSecurity last week, but it's detection ablities will undoubtably be improved from 2005.
Symantec, in the next two weeks will start selling the 2006 editions of its consumer security software prod