Intel's New Products Improve Features For Value-Priced PCs

Subject: Systems | September 22, 2004 - 08:34 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 22, 2004 - Intel Corporation today announced new products to provide cost-conscious consumers more fully featured PCs. The Intel® Celeron® D processor 340 and the Intel® 910GL Express chipset offer solid computing reliability and value with improved features and technologies for value-priced PCs, including support for PCI Express*, Intel® High Definition Audio, and the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900.

Maxtor Atlas SCSI Review + Misc other storage news

Subject: Storage | September 22, 2004 - 01:00 PM |
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The crew over at The Tech Report has just posted their Maxtor Atlas 10K V SCSI Review. Since your hard drives are usually the largest bottleneck (in a fairly new system), it is important to pay attention to how fast the drive is (along with the storage capacity). An excellent read as always...

Now Asus makes Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2004 - 11:54 AM |
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As you can see, it is a quiet one, and able to keep a P4 cool n' froody.    If you haven't read Robotech's review of the CoolerMaster Hyper 6, shame on you!  Drop what you're doing and read it, now. 


"Up until this point, Asus had not sold heatsinks under its brand name, and was known primarily as a videocard and motherboard manufacturer.
Source: Frosty Tech

[H]ard|OCP's $500 Upgrade Guide

Subject: Systems | September 21, 2004 - 07:55 PM |
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Low budget and low FPS? Fear not, [H]ard|OCP's $500 Upgrade Guide provides some basic common sense upgrades to keep that box kickin' strong for under $500.

The [H]ard|OCP 500, Q3-04 : Do you want upgrade your box that is a bit long in the tooth without having to take out a second mortgage? We give you some economically minded suggestions using $500 and parts from NewEgg that you can purchase today.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD & Intel Battle It Out Under Linux

Subject: Processors | September 21, 2004 - 04:23 PM |
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There seems to be a growing amount of people using Linux; perhaps seeking experiance or making the switch altogether. So how does the latest gear from AMD & Intel perform under Linux? Read on to find out!


Almost three months ago, Intel released their new platform which included many new features for Intel. These features included two new chipsets, a new CPU package and socket, DDR2 memory support, and the first motherboards with PCI-Express slots.

ATI Radeon X700 series reviews from around the net

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2004 - 12:56 PM |
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It is a busy day for ATI Radeon X700 series cards.

Source: AnandTech

ATI Introduces Radeon X700 Family

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2004 - 10:41 AM |
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In case you somehow missed that big icon above, be sure to read our X700 Pro review as well today!

ATI introduces the RADEON(r) X700 family of visual processors with best-in-class price and performance

MARKHAM, ON — September 21, 2004 — ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today introduced the RADEON(r) X700 family of visual processors. The RADEON X700 delivers excellent graphics performance for gaming and visual processing, at a price suited to a broad range of customers.

AMD Teams Up With Atari To Deliver 64-Bit Firepower

Subject: Processors | September 21, 2004 - 06:43 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- September 21, 2004 --Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announces the first 64-bit game optimized for AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based systems, 'Shadow Ops: Red Mercury,' is available now on retail shelves. 'Shadow Ops: Red Mercury,' published by Atari and designed on AMD64 technology, includes specific 64-bit enhancements that enable a richer and more immersive gaming experience. The power of the AMD64 platform has opened the door for game developers to truly capture the imagination and creativity of artists and industry visionaries.

Source: AMD

Cases of a Martial Nature & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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Is it just me, or are a lot of case manufacturers re-usung each others model names, usually with a fighting theme of some sort?  Well, true or not, the Cavalier that Viper Lair reviews would stand out in any battlefield.  Much like a Glitterboy for you Rifts fans :-)

"The basic design of the Chieftec case has not changed for over two years, but it still remains one of the nicer looking cases today, at least in our opinion.

Source: VIPERLAIR

AMD Drives Performance and Security With New Mobile Processor

Subject: Processors | September 20, 2004 - 11:35 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- September 20, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today further expanded its family of low-voltage mobile processors designed to offer outstanding performance, security and true mobility for thin and light notebooks. The new Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processor 3000+ for thin and light notebooks enables a powerful 32-bit computing experience today with a seamless transition to 64-bit computing.

Source: AMD

Shuttle SB81P XPC Reviews

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2004 - 10:40 PM |
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It has been a little slow on the SFF front, but I was able to scrape up a couple Shuttle SB81P XPC reviews.

Source: AnandTech

Waterblock, Multifuction Panel & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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One lonely watercooling review, from SystemCooling, and some miscellaneous additions to your cooling setup.  The Enermax Panel might be something you are looking for, it reads most memory cards, has serial ATA connectors for external devices, USB & Firewire ... plus it's a fan controller.

"GlobalWIN has always brought quality and innovation to the market. Whether it's power supplies, cases, heatsinks, hard drive enclosures or other accessories you always know that it's going to be some of the best hardware available.

Source: 3DCenter

Iomega Announces NAS 100d Network Storage Solution

Subject: Storage | September 16, 2004 - 04:00 PM |
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Iomega is announcing today the release of their new network attached storage device, the 100d.  It comes in two versions, a 160GB and 250GB version.  I spoke with Iomega about this device earlier in the week, and I can assure you this is more than just a hard drive with a network plug on it.  It is basically a very small form factor PC that is self contained and managed through a web interface that functions as network storage as well as a wireless access point if so desired.  We are supposed to be getting one of these soon from Iomega for testing and you can be sure we'll

Both Fanless and fanned cooling, noise dampening & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 15, 2004 - 12:16 PM |
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ExtremeMhz takes a look at a new companies heatsink.  There's a lapping kit to look at, or maybe you are more concerned about noise dampening?  Don't forget the 3 way fanless VGA cooler showdown, and for those neat-freaks out there, PCI slot covers!

Source: ExtremeMhz

Shuttle's SN95G5 XPC Reviewed @ GamePC

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2004 - 03:57 PM |
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The guys over at GamePC have thrown the Shuttle SN95G5 nForce 3 Ultra Socket-939 through the lab. Read on and see what they found!

Despite the valiant attempts of every major motherboard maker to grab a piece of the small form factor market, Shuttle is still the dominating player.

Source: GamePC

Monday the 13th Case Reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2004 - 11:52 AM |
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Whether you are more concerned with how your case looks on the outside, or on the inside, there should be something to tweek your interest today.  Start off with the Mutant X, and see what else catches your eye.


"Wanting to get away from the sometimes boring and average looking cases that are out on the market, Kingwin designed the Mutant X case for those who want to be a little on the wild side. Many of today's cases have a plain or modern and sterile look to them that may not appeal to everyone.
Source: Bjorn3D

VIA Releases PadLock SDK for Windows and Linux

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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VIA Releases PadLock SDK for Windows and Linux-Based Information Security Software Developers


Easy to use Software Development Kit assists third party developers in integrating support for the VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite


Taipei, Taiwan, September 10th 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the release of the VIA PadLock SDK, a step by step programming guide designed for third party software developers who want to capitalize on the performance

Watercooling Quickie & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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Just a quick one today folks, but still worth reading.

"As we've stated at the beginning of the review, building an efficient water cooling system will take some planning and research.

Source: VIPERLAIR

RIAA Playing Defense

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2004 - 11:55 AM |
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Yes, you did indeed read the title correctly. The RIAA is now on the defensive side of things concerning this case...

SUING MACHINE, the RIAA is on the legal defensive after a P2P software company has accused it of nicking its technology.

Altnet is suing the RIAA and several of its partners of pirating its patent covering technology for identifying requested files on a P2P network.

Source: The Inquirer

New Weblog Entry

Subject: Editorial | September 8, 2004 - 11:51 PM |
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No, this isn't exactly news, but I figured I would throw a link to my lastest weblog entry out to you all in case you hadn't checked it in a while (as if you did before) because I took so long to update it.  :)


It has personal junk as well as work related info it, so maybe you'll find it worth your while to read... 


Have a great week!


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