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Subject: Processors | October 11, 2006 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech is sharing everything they know about the upcoming quad-core processor from AMD, currently known as Barcelona. Taking a different aproach than Intel, they did not widen the instruction pipe, instead optimizing the current one with a 512-entry indirect branch predictor, a 32-byte instruction fetch, a sideband stack optimizer and out-of-order load execution.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIAÂ® GeForce™based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI™ configurations.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Saint's Row does look very GTA-ish at first glance. [H]ard|OCP would like to dispel that myth, as they found the game to be better executed that any of the other clones, and feel that calling it an improved sequel to GTA3 might have been a better idea.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has a link to the new incarnation of Writely, as a Google product. The new Google Docs and Spreadsheets allows you to create documents and spreadsheet, which you probably figured out, but it also allows you to upload various formats, including Excel, Word and Open Office. It also makes it very easy to get at those documents from anywhere you can log into your Google account.
Subject: Systems | October 11, 2006 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
IA joins with leading UK-based system providers Evesham and
Tranquil to launch computers ideal for organizations looking to reduce
their Carbon Footprint
London, England, October
11, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of
silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced
with partners Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC the world's first
Carbon Free Computers based on the ultra energy-efficient VIA C7Â®
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
— Intel Corporation today unveiled a new baseband card that helps speed
the creation of WiMAX base stations. The Intel NetStructureÂ® WiMAX
Baseband Card is Intel's first integrated hardware and software
platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a
standards-based Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC)* form factor.
WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
Subject: Systems | October 11, 2006 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. â€” October 11, 2006 â€” AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of new AMD LIVE!™ PCs from Alienware and Dell, expanding the selection of popular, easy-to-use PCs designed to help simplify today's digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE!
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 10:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sporting such features as Ethiopian Sheep leather earcups and headband, S-Logic support, 30 ohm impedance and electromagnetic emissions reduced by up to 98%, the Ultrasone PROline 750 Professional Headphones seem to have a lot of feature. Digital Trends has a pair for review, so find out if you love any of these features enough to pay the $400 price tag.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 07:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a motherboard deisgned to passivly cool your chipsets with heatpipes, the new Coolermaster Hyper TX will help. The idea behind this heatsink & fan is a shroud that redirects some of the airflow onto any heatpipes located near the CPU socket, to turn the passive solution into an active one. The HardwareZone does note that this is not a universal cooler, there are 2 seperate versions for AMD and Intel.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Set to become the 3dMark equivalent for Physics Processing Units, AGEIA has posted their RealityMark benchmarking tool for download.
Here's the system requirements
- AGEIA PhysX Accelerator with latest drivers (2.5.1 or later required)
- Microsoft WindowsÂ® XP 32-bit or 64-bit
- 1GB System RAM or higher
- At least 1 GB free hard disk space
- IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® 4 or Celeron Processor, 1.5GHz or higher OR AMD Athon XP™ 2400+ or higher
- DirectX 9.0 graphics adapter with 128MB RAM or higher
Subject: Storage | October 10, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Mercury Elite Pro External is perfect for those who can't make up thier minds. Working perfectly on Linux, Mac and Windows, with and USB 2.0, FireWire, and eSATA connectors, you will be hard pressed to find a PC that can't talk to this drive enclosure. Head to ExtremeTech to see the full review, and the drives one Achilles heel.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2006 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent, a totally passively cooled graphics card, that costs just under $150. The problem is that it's direct competitor is the GeForce 7600 GT, which costs even less and has more impressive stats on paper. Read the review to find out if it can compete.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You are never guaranteed that the system you buy today won't be obsolete in the next week, in fact the guarantee works the opposite. However, with the new platforms that just came out, PCI Express, DDR2 and dual core, it would seem logical that a system should be OK with several partial upgrades over the next year.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-October 9, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the new EvoStream Power Supply. The exciting
addition to the prominent OCZ PSU family will be introduced in a 600W
configuration and features an advanced 100% modular cable management system
and polished, titanium mirrored case that is reminiscent of the
award-winning ModStream line.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 08:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our members, PaulDriver, has decided to scrap all his 3.5" drives, as he has 2 ways to boot to DOS using a USB memory stick or card, his guide is well worth a read. Several members have also realized that with the plethora of newere AGP cards coming out, they can refresh their systems without having to buy a completely new computer. If you are looking for a new HDD, tuskenraider has done an infor
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Transcend's DDR2 modules haven't been reviewed as much as the OCZ and Corsair offerings, but they are not out of the memory business by any means. Big Bruin was pleasantly surprised by their performance, and found it might even be possible to push these DIMMs harder with a better cooling solution.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of. Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar? If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Battlefield 2142 is creating a lot of stir, and not all of it is good. On one hand you have futuristic weapons and vehicles, on the other hand, you get to pay full price for a game that uses the same engine as BF2, which a lot of fans feel should make it a less expensive add-on. Then they offer the demo only to people with paid accounts on download sites.
NGOHQ wants to help, that's why they have a direct link to download the demo, no money or membership required.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This HEXUS article could be a conversational hand grenade. They are wondering if the inroads that AMD has made into corporate servers, and having Dell build systems around AMD processors displays a change in direction from AMD. Intel's Core 2 Duo is the PC enthusiast's choice, and AMD doesn't seem to be doing much in response.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2006 - 09:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a false start with faulty capacitors, the relaunched ATI TV Wonder 650 is back on the shelves. Motherboards.org does a full review of this truly multifunctional card, at home in just about any HTPC application.