A Fatal1ty heatsink for your Fatal1ty motherboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 20, 2005 - 01:10 PM |
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It's big and loud, and it does it's job very well.  The Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler from Zalman is a 5.5" wide, 2 pound chunk of copper, with a 120mm fan to move the air.  See what Tweak News makes of it here.

"Fatal1ty has partnered with Zalman, among other companies, to market high-end products to the

computer gaming community.

Source: Tweaknews

Do you have what it takes to play with the Strogg?

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2005 - 12:03 PM |
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Hardware Zone got their hands on Quake 4, and a bunch of high end video cards.  See what you need to be able to enjoy your assault on the Strogg's!

"The latest installment of the legendary Quake series has arrived and we put it through our lab

tests to find out how it fares with various graphics hardware. Though based on the Doom 3 game

engine, we've found that Quake 4 needs much more juice.

Intel Named Best Workplace For Commuters

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 - Intel Corporation is the nation's best workplace for commuters for the second year in a row, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Intel's commute reduction program is meant to improve the environment and reduce impact on local communities by offering Intel employees alternatives to driving alone in their cars to work.

AMD MOMENTUM BUILDS AS INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO EMBRACE AMD TURIONT 64 MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:55 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF - October 20, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Falcon Northwest has joined the ranks of computer manufacturers and system builders supporting AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology.

Source: AMD

She canna' take much more ...

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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It may be being used for armouring tanks, instead of a whale tank, but Transparent Aluminium is here.

"Many of us remember the scene from Star Trek IV where Scotty barters the formula for transparent

aluminum for a small run.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Makes Multimedia Services Faster, Easier And More Affordable

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced new hardware and software products that will simplify the deployment of multimedia solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) services such as Voice over IP (VoIP) in pure IP and hybrid enterprise networks.


Telecommunications service providers offer multimedia services such as adding video to voice and text applications to help increase revenues, improve end user experiences and more effectively compete around the world.

Put a Tiger in your box

Subject: Systems | October 19, 2005 - 02:56 PM |
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The E Power Tiger 550W Power Supply is a nickel plated modular PSU, with one low noise 120mm fan.  It may not be above the 80% efficiency mark, but it is certainly more efficient than a lot of the older PSUs you still find in people's systems.

"E Power Technology has released two new power supplies in their Silent Engine series. The new

Tiger 550W and Tiger 650W Silent Engine power supplies feature dual +12V outputs, dual PCI-Express

connectors, and a quiet, variable speed fan.

Intel's Next-Generation Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco Compatible Extensions

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 01:48 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced that it will support the latest version of Cisco* Compatible Extensions in Intel's next-generation Wi-Fi solution, providing enterprises the assurance that Intel-based devices have been designed to interoperate with Cisco Wi-Fi access points.


Intel is the first vendor to achieve Cisco Compatible Extensions 4.0 certification, with the Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection.

Discount X850XT appears, the X800GTO

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
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With the release of the expensive X850XT, ATI has found it's self with extra R480 cores.  The solution they came up with was to use the same core in their X800GTO, a card that costs roughly half as much.  TweakTown can give you the whole story on what this card can do.

"With all the hype surrounding the new generation ATI graphics cards, there are people who don't

have that kind of money to spend.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Announces Record Revenue Of $9.96 Billion

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced record revenue of $9.96 billion for the third quarter, up 18 percent year-over-year and up 8 percent sequentially.


Third-quarter operating income was $3.1 billion, up 31 percent year-over-year and up 17 percent sequentially, and includes the impact of a legal settlement discussed below. Net income was $2 billion, up 5 percent year-over-year and down 2 percent sequentially.

USB Gaming Console Controllers coming to a PC near you

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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If you are jealous of all the console systems cool controllers, then this review from Think Computers will make your day.  They look at the USB Nyko Airflo EX, a programable game controller that will let you play just about any PC Game, but still get the feeling of a controller.

'Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years,

they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative

peripherals to enhance

Which DIMM shines brightest?

Subject: Memory | October 19, 2005 - 11:49 AM |
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Legit Reviews has a 3 way overclocking memory kit comparison, between A-DATA, Kingston, and Mushkin. All of the kits are PC2-6400/DDR2 800MHz, but they all have different timings, and different voltages.  See which of the 3 you like best.

"The Mushkin eXtreme PC2-6400 modules loaded Windows at 1060MHz on the first try. Although we

later found that 1060MHz was unstable this was an impressive achievement. After RST Pro2 testing

we found that 1042MHz was 100% stable on our 2GB memory kit...

Do not just Snort at this vulnerability

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 11:38 AM |
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Snort is an open-source tool that tries to detect and prevent attacks on systems and has also been included in up to 45 retail firewall products, plus many more open-source software.  CNET has an article which describes a buffer overflow flaw in it, which hasn't been exploited ...

How does "no wires" sound?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 05:59 PM |
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hardCOREware has a review of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System.  If you have a wireless LAN, mouse, keyboard and phone, why do are you still forced to have wires for your surround sound system? 


"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been

annoyed by the rear speakers.

Source: hardCOREware

Danger Den has your GPU's best interests at heart

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2005 - 05:52 PM |
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If you can't afford to buy a brand new graphics card, with the watercooling already built in, consider Danger Den's Acetal Maze4 GPU Block.  You can put it onto just about any modern ATI or nVidia board, so consider adding it to your 1/2" or 3/8" OD cooled system.  Read all about it at Techniz.

"Overall, the Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU water block is performing very well during in the

testing section. The package includes all the necessary components for proper assembly.

Shuttle unveils a new HTPC

Subject: Systems | October 18, 2005 - 05:42 PM |
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Shuttle's SD31P XPC is their newest HTPC barebones system.  It expects an LGA775 processor, and DDR2, but it comes with good sound and is able to output video to almost any component.  HEXUS has the full review.

"The one word that describes Shuttle's SD31P XPC is competent. Just add a hard drive, preferably

SATA, optical drive, RAM, and an LGA775 CPU and away you go. Everything works just as it should,

and installation is a real cinch for even novice XPC builders.

Source: Hexus

Crossfire and SLI got you down? Try SDGE!

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 05:33 PM |
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CoolTechZone looks at ECS's SDGE, their answer to ATI and nVidia.  It is incredibly adaptable, running 

mixes like PCIe x16 + PCIe x4, PCIe x8 + PCIe x8, PCIe x16 + PCIe x16.  Also, in the future more combos may be included, like PCIe x16 + AGP Express, AGP 8x + PCIe Express, Integrated Graphics + AGP Express and Integr

Source: CoolTechZone

Video Quality Examined - The Eyes Have It

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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The Firing Squad takes a close look at video quality, and how it applies to HDTV, and to video processors.  Any questions you might have had about what to expect in quality, or even how people write reviews that include quality, will be answered here.

"Alan challenges one of the recently published "third party studies" comparing ATI and NVIDIA

video technology and shows you just how deep the rabbit hole goes... unless you'd rather go on

believing what you want to believe.

Source: Firing Squad

7800GT vs x1800xl Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2005 - 03:49 PM |
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AMD Review has a head to head contest up ... it pits ATI's current flagship card against nVidia's.  Check it out to see which gives you more bang for your buck.


"Today we got our hands on both an ATI X1800XL and NVIDIA 7800GT, so we decided to benchmark each of these cards with the same configuration to see what happens and how much bang you get for your buck."

Source: AMD Review

Is VOIP really free?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 03:44 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods examines this new thing called VOIP ... and tries to answer the real question ... is it truely free?

"We all hear about Voip here and Voip there but what does it really stand for? Voip stands for 'Voice over Internet control' which basically means the phone over the internet. We have seen Skype, MSN, etc… come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"