Corsair Memory Giveaway!!!

Subject: Memory | September 2, 2004 - 10:45 AM |
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Contest Ended!!  Winners are:




  • John Jenkins, Charlotte, NC


  • N.

Consider losing your CPU fan or add 5 to a PCI slot & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 1, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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Pimprig looks at an interesting gadget from Logisys, an adjustable fan bracket that mounts in a PCI slot to keep your cards cool.  Also look at flickerdown's review of a Fanless heatsink from Thermaltake. 

"What is a 3D Edge Fan? Well I'm glad you asked. The 3D Edge Fan is a multi directional/positional fan set-up that can cool anything in the PCI slots or close to them.

Source: PimpRig

Gaming Inspired Update to the Ars Technica System Guide

Subject: Systems | August 31, 2004 - 09:28 PM |
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With gaming the focus, Ars Technica has updated the System Guide, bringing you The Performance Gaming Box and The Ultimate Gaming Box. The Ars Technica System Guide has always been an excellent resource to anyone building a new system. To get fraggin and increase those FPS, head over and check it out!


Major upgrades are often driven by software, not hardware. And one of the biggest software categories driving upgrades is games.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Demonstrates World's First X86 Dual-Core Processor

Subject: Processors | August 31, 2004 - 06:17 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-AUG. 31, 2004-Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announces it is demonstrating the industry's first x86 dual-core processor.

Source: AMD

Morning cup of coffee, case reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2004 - 11:48 AM |
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fastlanehw looks at a non-Xaser Thermaltake case, there's an acrylic case from beantech, and a "transformer looking" NZXT Guardian at R&Bmods.  Enjoy.

"Thermaltake has been making cases for quite a while now, all of which bear the "Xaser" nameplate, and usually the accompanying flashy graphics and outrageous colors, all of which have been a heavy topic of debate amongst computer builders.

Source: fastlanehw

Ohh... There's TWO of Them!

Subject: Systems | August 29, 2004 - 12:13 PM |
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Only two SFF reviews for you today, but both are good reads. And yes, I have been watching too many Strong Bad Emails...

GPU and Memory Waterblock & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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Modtown runs through the installation of a waterblock onto a GPU and RAM.  If you are thinking of trying watercooling your own system, take a look how easy it is to set up a watercooled VGA.

"The NV-68 Block is relatively simple to fit, but considering you have just invested heavily in both a top of the line Graphics Card and Block it's well worth taking a little time to read the following step by step guide to ensure you get the block fitted correctly first time without any costly mistakes."

Here are some mor

Source: modtown

We don't need no stinkin' heatsinks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 26, 2004 - 01:00 PM |
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Slashdot, the AP, and Sciam are all reprting on a new material for CPU's - 

Silicon carbide (SiC).  That's the stuff used to make the heat shields on the Space Shuttle.  Although it may take a while, as "SiC semiconductors are generally expected to b

Source: Slashdot

Misc. SFF Reviews

Subject: Systems | August 26, 2004 - 12:31 PM |
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We have the SFF reviews rollin' in! Enjoy.

NewEgg Announces Weekly Sweepstakes

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2004 - 08:34 AM |
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Newegg.com today announced the launch of its Weekly Online Sweepstakes promotion. This web-based initiative offers Newegg.com visitors a weekly opportunity to win prizes ranging from Canon's latest 6MP Digital Camera to powerful Compaq/ Hewlett Packard Notebooks.


"The sweepstakes program is a fun, yet strategic endeavor crafted to supply rewarding incentives to Newegg.com visitors" says Stuart Wallock, Newegg.com Director of Marketing.

Source: Email

CPU's, VGA's and HDD's all aircooled & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2004 - 11:48 AM |
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Happy hump day all.  You should be able to find something in these reviews to cool off even the most stubborn component, perhaps even quietly.

"When one focuses upon cooling their computer system, more often than not the main focus is the CPU. With recent graphics cards getting warmer due to higher clock and memory speeds, stock cooling just isn't satisfactory any more.

Source: Phoronix

PC Case's On Diets, & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2004 - 12:03 PM |
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Bigger isn't always better when it comes to your PC's case.  Many HTPC's are set up for mini-ITX, like in todays review.  Some, like the LaScala, further down, will fit almost any ATX board.  Why don't you take a look, maybe your next PC can live in your IKEA Home Entertainment Centre ... just make sure the PC case isn't from there!

"Since VIA launched their mini ITX platform they have developed somewhat of a cult following.

Source: Sudhian

UT2004 + 61" = Eat Your Heart Out Baby!

Subject: Displays | August 22, 2004 - 03:04 PM |
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No it's not a 'typo', it really does say Sixty One inches! Samsung have done it again, further blurring the line between Monitor and TV, with their latest Projection Television. So, get out your wallet (you'll need it!), get settled in that comfy armchair and experience your favourite games like never before.

Source: Bytesector

AMD Strains Silicon in New Microprocessors

Subject: Processors | August 21, 2004 - 03:44 AM |
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AMD reportedly is making some slight changes to their chips that may help them out with heat dissipation.  Read more at X-bitlabs

Advanced Micro Devices is reportedly adopting strained silicon for an array of its processors that will be available this Fall. The design tweak is likely to improve the company's ability to ship high-speed microprocessors while maintaining sufficient yield as well as keeping heat dissipation of the products into generally-acceptable envelope.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Hardware Zone Reviews the MSI MEGA 180 Deluxe

Subject: Systems | August 21, 2004 - 12:08 AM |
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The guys at Hardware Zone recently took a look at MSI's MEGA 180 Deluxe, and apparently liked what they saw (snagged the Most Innovative Product Award). Overall, I would say a pretty slick looking SFF system. Head over and check it out!

MSI's Entertainment and Gaming Appliance (MEGA) model 180 is based on the NVIDIA nForce2 IGP solution for AMD Athlon XP CPUs.

Peltier + Waterblock = 1 Cool Chip & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2004 - 11:26 AM |
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If you are looking to do overclocking in the summer, chances are you've already started to use watercooling for your system.  Well, if it's not quite going fast enough yet, consider this actively cooled waterblock from Swiftech that SystemCooling has reviewed.  Then if you can mod it to work on people, please send one out to me, cause I have a really nasty sunburn.  Have a good friday!

"Swiftech is one of the few manufacturers that offer actively cooled waterblocks for extreme cooling.

Home Theatre PC Project (Part 1)

Subject: Systems | August 20, 2004 - 01:14 AM |
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MODTHEBOX has put together part 1 of building your own HTPC. These systems have gained popularity over the past several years. Coming in smaller, more powerful sizes, a home theatre PC can really spice up that entertainment center.

The SFF (Small Form Factor) market has been revitalized with a surge of all-inclusive mini PC systems marketed by companies such as ACorp, AMS, Biostar, Hush Technologies, MSI, Shuttle, Soltek, and VIA.

Source: MODTHEBOX

AMD Responds To Students' Back-To-School PC Technology Needs

Subject: Processors | August 18, 2004 - 04:58 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 18, 2004 --Security and advanced multi-media capabilities have evolved into the two most critical technology features students seek in new PCs this back-to-school season, according to Current Analysis, a consumer electronics research firm. AMD (NYSE: AMD) meets the needs of these often tech-savvy users with the award-winning AMD Athlon™ 64 processor family for desktops and notebooks.

'Many students today are performance-hungry users, taking games and multi-media applications to the next level.

Source: AMD

Silent VGA Cooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 18, 2004 - 03:39 AM |
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Since PCI-Xpress is being used to bring back old school Scan Line Interleave, you all may end up with 2 videocards in your box.  OCIA looks at a silent VGA cooler from Zalman that might save your ears, and let you hear the bad guys that you can't see onscreen.


"Does silent cooling tickle your fancy? I do believe it does if you're reading this review. Zalman has long since lead the way in silent cooling and now they are back with version 3 of their noiseless VGA cooler.
Source: OCIA

AMD Set To 'Go For The Gold'

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2004 - 05:05 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 17, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor 3700+ for desktop-replacement notebooks, extending the award-winning AMD64 processor family to new heights with the highest performing 32-bit/64-bit processor available for mobile PCs.

AMD Athlon 64 processor 3700+ for desktop-replacement notebooks is the most advanced PC processor designed for notebook computing, offering outstanding 32-bit power today plus compatibility with tomorrow's 64-bit software.

Source: AMD