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Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2005 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With all the ATI news around, the new ForceWare drivers have fallen by the wayside. Tweak Town fixes that problem, with a comparison of drivers, to show what performance changes you can expect from upgrading.
"A couple of days ago nVidia released their much talked about ForceWare Release 80 graphics card driver to the world.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2005 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's Sonata 2 might not be a tool-less case, but it has been designed to reduce noise, and the black finish is a wonderful touch. It migth not be big enough to fit some of the newer ginormous heatsinks and video cards, but it certainly has enough room for most systems to fit in it. Think Computers has the full review.
'Antec, a name that pretty much anyone who is into computers knows. They make various products from top quality computer cases to lights and cables.
Subject: Memory | October 6, 2005 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware runs some tests using SiSoft, Doom3, F.E.A.R and BF2, to see what the benchmark differences are between using 1 GB or 2GB.
"Recently, Corsair released a PDF document showing quite a considerable gain in Battlefield 2 performance when moving from 1GB to 2GB's of system memory. While I do believe their findings and comments to be accurate there are a few points that need to be clarified. Firstly I feel the system Corsair put together for this presentation was somewhat unbalanced.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 01:19 PM | Jonathan Hung
The Australian court has ruled that the PS2 modchip is legal in that country. Seems this is just another page in the continuing story of Sony going after the consumer to stop them from doing unintended things to their hardware (re: PSP hack firmware). However, this ruling is not the end of the road as the recent Australia vs.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CA - Oct. 6, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it will become the Official Technology Partner of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), the foremost sanctioning body of stock car racing in North America. Through this unique relationship, AMD plans to play a critical role in helping NASCAR improve competition on the race track and enhance the safety of its participants.
"Technology is as critical to NASCAR as fuel, tires and communications.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HardwareHell has a review of a device that those of you with multiple gaming consoles will love. It's the Hip Gear S-Video AV System Selector, which is essentially the same as a KVM switch for your PC. Go and see how the review turned out.
"A couple of people out there may be asking: 'What's an AV system selector?
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2005 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
T-break has a review of the ASRock 939Dual SATA2 up, the board with a dual personality. It will take dual core CPU's, it has Dual Channel Memory, both IDE (3) and SATA (2), an odd slot labeled "future CPU slot" and the ability to accept either an AGP 8x card, or a PCIe 16x, although not both at the same time. All that and a price that is under $100.
"The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 has a decent set of features supporting the 939 pin based Athlon64/Dual Core CPUs with dual channel memory controller as well a
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you love modifying photos, can't afford Photoshop, and don't think MS Paint is up to the task, try The GIMP. If you have used it before, you'll be glad to hear version 2.4 is out. Newsforge has a breakdown of what's new and improved.
A major update to the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), widely regarded as the leading free software raster image editing program, is scheduled for this month.
Subject: Storage | October 5, 2005 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte i-RAM, as reviewed by Hardware Zone, is a card that holds up to 4 gigs of RAM, and has a battery onboard, so data stored on the RAM will stay, even if it is moved from one computer to another, for about 16 hours. It utilizes SATA to transfer data, and it does it at an almost unbeleivable speed. See how it compares to one of the fastest SATA drives around.
"The new Gigabyte i-RAM is a device that uses DDR memory for storage while emulating itself as a SATA
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
YellowTAB's ZETA OS (version 1.0) could be viewed as a revival of BeOS, available at the same price you can buy a retail copy of a Linux distro. It is a fully functional OS, and includes many small games as well as the Gobe Productive suite, ZETA's own inbuilt office suite. Head over to XYZ Computing to see what else it can do.
"When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Apple's OS X or Linux.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Desperate for a new video card, and unwilling to wait any longer? TweakTown reviews 2 of ATI's Radeon X800GT, the current champion of comparatively low priced video cards. Find out which one you actually want, PowerColor or HIS.
"In August we saw the introduction of ATI's Radeon X800GT which finally gave some competition to nVidia against their mighty mid-range GeForce 6600GT.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Feeling overwhelmed with the choices for purchasing and downloading music from the interent? DesignTechnica reviews several of the more popular services that are available, to help you decide. Then scroll down for reviews of what you might want to listen to your new music on.
"However, all of that means the consumer is presented with a dazzling multiplicity of choices. Where do you go to find the music you want? Which is the best service?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 01:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
You can get more information, as well as the driver by visiting NZone.com.
SANTA CLARA, CAâ€”October 5, 2005â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today upgraded the performance of millions of customers with the immediate available of the NVIDIA ForceWare graphics driver Release 81.84.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2005 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs got their hands on the Zalman Reserator 1 Plus. Find out exactly what the plus will give you, and the stylish new way they have finished their waterblocks.
"We would like to introduce to you a water cooling system from Zalman — The new modification of their exclusive Reserator solution: Reserator 1 Plus.
Subject: Mobile | October 5, 2005 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It hasn't appeared in the wild yet, but it looks like there is a new, upcoming mobile Turion from AMD, El Reg has the story.
"AMD has updated its price list to include the Turion 64 ML-42 mobile chip.
AMD Welcomes Actions by Austria and Ireland to Promote Competition in Government IT Procurement Prac
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CA-OCTOBER 5, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) supports the publication of new computer hardware procurement guidelines by Austria's Bundeskanzleramt and the National Public Procurement Policy Unit (NPPPU) of Ireland's Department of Finance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2005 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
More info can be found here.
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 5, 2005- AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leader in developing power-efficient, environmentally-conscious innovations such as Cool'n'Quiet(tm) technology, today announced its sponsorship of The University of Texas at Austin Solar Decathlon Team (UT SolarD). The UT SolarD Team will compete in the 2005 Solar Decathlon taking place October 7-14, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Founded by the U.S.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reviews are in, but is it in stock? Start off with Hot Hardware's comprehensive testing of this series of cards. The top of the line card might not totally blow the 7800GTX out of the water, but then again, how many games utilize ATI's version of Shader Model 3? Be warned that this card wants power, even when idle. Make sure your power supply can handle the load.
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