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Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Game Demo Contest was launched at GDC 2006 to
empower game developers and break down game development barriers. Over
the course of the last five months, 80 people entered the contest, narrowed
down to six finalists. With our two prize categories, Best Threaded Game
and Best Game on the Go, we have the following winners:
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2006 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember Diamond Multimedia as the graphics company that sold you your first 3DFX product. The brand itself was purchased wholesale by a company called Best Data, who have produce many different products under the Diamond name. [H]ard|OCP reivews their Viper X1600 Pro 512MB, not the fastest ATI chipset, but at ~$129.99, it does pretty good.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet reports on an Office flaw particluar to Word, that is running around in the wild. As opposed to many vulnerabilities, this one was not discovered by researchers in a lab, or a white hat playing with code. It is out there and it wants to munch your DNS.
Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sporadic network troubles can drive a person nuts, which is why our Networking forum has been busy this week. Some members think IE7beta3 may give Firefox some stiff competition, but others disagree, much like this Intel vs.
Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet reports on a Samsung MP3 player, that will contain speakers so you can listen to your music without headphones. That's not the only thing going for it, as is should be compatible with Urge, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Napster.
"At first look, the K5 Digital Audio Player, which is slated to be released Sept. 10, doesn't look too different from other portable audio players.
Subject: Storage | September 1, 2006 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
25Gb gives a lot of space to back things up. HardwareZone has tested LG's Blu-ray burner, which can burn onto just about any CD or DVD format on the market. Drop by and take a look at this drive, which is a big improvement on previous Blu-ray burners.
Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Go to TECHGAGE, watch the movie, and then wait patiently for TF2 to be released.
"We've just posted the latest trailer from Valve. This time it's of the upcoming Team Fortress 2, and it weighs in at 218MB (WMV HD)."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends looks at the most obvious reason people will want to upgrade to Vista, the gaming improvements. New and improved minsweeper, not to mention chess games all come with Vista too.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Lounge wants to help you get a little more life out of your s939 system. By rounding up all the heatsinks they can find and comparing them, they'll help you buy one of the best ones, tweak your multiplier up a bit. Overclock it far enough, and you might even feel like you have a new system.
"AM2 has revitalized AMD's K8 architecture. Core 2 has spurred the competition fiercely. Socket 939
has lost its leg up. Or has it?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps look at 2 products from Clever Power, a CPU stabilizer and a VGA booster. Both are essential huge banks of capacitors, which massage the electrical flow to your components into a perfect sine wave. If you are having random power related problems, you owe it to yourself to check these out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2006 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While tooling around in ATI's newest driver, Beyond3D noticed something a little odd, the GPGPU. Take a visit and find out what they discovered.
"Using R580 and with unique device IDs of 724E and 724F, at least as far as the Linux driver is
concerned and confirmed on ATI's vendor ID page, these FireStream products appear to be distinct
boards with R580, but with a different purpose than 3D graphics acceleration."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H] notices something new in the way Gigabyte put together their new Core 2 Duo mobo. They have always been a company that makes stable boards, but haven't had a history of good overclockability. That changes with the GA-965P-DQ6, they got a Core 2 Duo E6300 1.87GHz to run at 3.3GHz, with a 472MHz FSB, but they did need to break out a few waterblocks to do so.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next time you find yourself browsing on a pubic terminal, the creator of Browsar hopes you will use his program to keep your surfing secret. A tiny download that overlays IE, and deletes any cookies, passwords or autocomplete information you may have left behind. The Inquirer has a link to this little program, perhaps a way to avoid identity theft.
Subject: Systems | August 30, 2006 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech reviews the PC Club Enpower Sabre Extreme, a Core 2 Duo system with 1Gb of RAM, a 19' LCD, a 250Gb hard drive, a 7900 GT and more. At $1,400 it won't empty your wallet as badly as some other new systems will, so take a look to see if it's what you want.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Using VIA mini-ITX boards, Capricorn is now selling racks with an incredibly high amount of storage. At 3TB per 1U node, 120TB per 19 inch rack, you will not run out of storage sapce anytime soon, and it will probably make a really good space heater as well. Find out more from The Inquirer.
Subject: Memory | August 30, 2006 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews posted a slide show from Corsair on their new DHX technology for their RAM, and an interview with John Beekely, Corsair's VP of Applications Engineering. Find out just how they got PC2-8888 into production, which runs at 1111MHz, with 4-4-4-12 timings.
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the 7th installment of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft makes her appearance on the Xbox360. [H]ard|OCP takes on the onerous task of playing through the game to make sure the animation and ...er physics standards are up to par.
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles. While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out. Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The people at DailyCE are as confused as I am over the soon to be released MP3 player, the Vibex from Trekstor. With a remote control and an FM Tuner, a docking station and more, you have to wonder if we are going a little overboard. Mind you this is the company that also proudly proclaims to have made the world's most expensive MP3 player:
"The casing of the organix is cast in 750 gold (18 karat) and adorned with 63 diamonds (one-karat)"
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 29, 2006 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The card that holds the title of best bang for you buck is on Pricegrabber. Don't limit yourself to just reading the reviews and looking at the benchmarks, get your own X1950 XTX for $485.69, and support your favourite tech site on the net at the same time.
If you need some extra money to get it, why not sell some of your older components at the Trading Post!