Air cooling is not for turkeys & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2004 - 11:35 AM |
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Air cooling innovations are still coming out, even with the growth of water cooling as a solution for top preforming PC's.  With 120mm fans and multiple heat pipes being the main improvements lately, it is nice to see someone improve that which usualy gives me the most trouble, the retention clip.  Phoronix reviews the Spire VertiCool and one of the comments that stood out for me was "

The Spire VertiCool is among the easiest heatsinks on the market as far as installation is concerned."

"Utiliz

Source: Phoronix

NVIDIA's SLI - An Introduction by HEXUS.net

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2004 - 08:36 AM |
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Not so much a review of a specific card, but rather an in-depth discussion on the merics of SLI technology. A very well written first piece to complement your next graphics purchasing decision.

Source: Hexus

Corsair Announces System Select: Upgrades Made Easy

Subject: Memory | November 24, 2004 - 06:22 AM |
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Fremont, CA, November 23, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced System Select, a new memory product line specifically designed to meet the needs of consumers and IT professionals in the upgrading of their desktops, laptops, and servers.

AMD Rings In The Season With A New Mobile AMD Sempron(TM) Processor

Subject: Processors | November 24, 2004 - 06:18 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- November 23, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the new Mobile AMD Sempron™ processor 3000+ for thin and light notebooks, expanding the popular product family that has redefined everyday computing for today's mobile lifestyle with AMD's latest technology. In addition to offering best-in-class performance, this full-featured mobile processor also offers Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) designed to prevent the spread of certain malicious viruses when enabled by Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Source: AMD

Kingston Data Traveler Elite 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2004 - 10:13 PM |
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No sooner had I mentioned the variety of products from Kingston, than into my in-tray pops this review of their top of the range USB 2.0 Flash Drive. The Data Traveller Elite is aimed squarely at the Corporate I.T. user, combining advanced data security with outstanding performance.

Source: Bjorn3D

2GB Kingston Elite Pro Compact Flash

Subject: Memory | November 23, 2004 - 09:39 PM |
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Kingston are well known to most people, with more than a passing interest in computers, as one of the leading players when it comes to the supply of quality PC memory. But what you may not know is that they also manufacture a diverse range of portable media, from Smart Cards to USB Flash Drives.

Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), CL4-4-4-10 Review

Subject: Memory | November 23, 2004 - 06:20 AM |
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Back in July Ryan announced the launch of Crucials Ballistix High-Performance Memory. Back then if you wanted to get your hands on one of the 512MB PC2-5300 (DDR2-667), CL4-4-4-10 modules, it would have cost you a hefty US$238.99.

Source: Bjorn3D

Artistic Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2004 - 05:00 PM |
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A nice spread of cases, with a style that should suit just about anyone looking at getting a snazzier case.  Pimprig's look at the warrior is the place to start.

"I was really impressed with the actual construction. Instead of using glue or rivets to attach the mesh and plastic window, they used screws with end caps.

Source: PimpRig

Waterblocks from across the pond & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2004 - 11:35 AM |
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What's the real difference between Eastern Block and Western Block?  Procooling knows.  Also, Polarflo escalates the conflict with an announcement about a new series and 2 more reviews compete for your attention.

"Procooling has been trying to test more European waterblocks lately to provide a clear and fair picture of the designs and technology to our readers.

NVIDIA and Intel Announce Cross-License Agreement for nForce!

Subject: Chipsets | November 19, 2004 - 09:27 AM |
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You heard it here first, guys!  I just learned that NVIDIA and Intel have inked a deal to allow NVIDIA to develop chipsets for the Intel platforms.  Here is a link to the PR news on Yahoo.com.  Here's what I can tell you so far, based on the info in the press release and other information I was given.  First, this is a broad cross-license, which means we will be seeing multiple chipsets from NVIDIA's nForce line for Intel's platforms, probably including the high-end markets as well as the integrated grap

Asus Adds A8N-SLI to Website

Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2004 - 10:50 PM |
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This might be old news, but I just saw that Asus has added the A8N-SLI motherboard to their website.  This of course is their nForce4 SLI motherboard that supports dual PICe graphics cards.  Expect an article on it very shortly.  Here is the specification list:








One Year Later, AMD And Sun Continue To Redefine Enterprise Computing

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2004 - 08:30 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- November 17, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today celebrated the one-year anniversary of the strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, Inc. As part of the alliance, AMD also announced support for the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) introduced on Monday, Nov. 15.

To date, the AMD-Sun alliance has produced a complete roster of AMD Opteron™ processor-based Sun Fire servers and Sun Java workstation solutions that deliver industry-leading performance to the enterprise.

Source: AMD

Heatsinks, Fan Controllers & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2004 - 11:48 AM |
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hi-techreviews puts Scythe's new heatpipe based heatsink to the test, and gives it high marks.  Also, the ATake Phantom is a very inexpensive solution for older Socket A/P3 systems you might have running Seti@Home.  Plus, if you want to get some more control over your 9800pro, read the article at techpowerup!

"We have reviewed numerous products from Scythe USA in the past and each one of them was somehow unique in its design and the Scythe's new SCKKR-1

NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT - AGP Version

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2004 - 11:29 AM |
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The PCI Express version of this card has been out for a few weeks, but the AGP version has finally also been released.  This card seems to be NVidia's successor to the low priced GeForce4 Ti 4200, with a fairly impressive performance boost, of course.  If jumping into PCI Express isn't in your plans, but a new videocard is, NVidia may have your answer.

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Alienware Releases SFF Machine

Subject: Systems | November 15, 2004 - 04:05 PM |
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Wow, even Alienware is getting into the SFF biz now!  These are starting pretty cheap, but you can deck them out with a lot of upgrades like the Intel 560 processors and even Radone X800XT's or GeForce 6800 GTs!  Head on over to read about the technology behind it or you can just start configuring your own!

This weeks AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2004 - 02:40 PM |
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Sorry for the delay in these latest press releases from AMD. My net connection has been messed up and I haven't been able to post much lately.

Source: AMD

PC Cases for everyone & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2004 - 11:53 AM |
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Hexus reviews a fairly unadorned,  but extremely stylish case from Akasa.  For those of you who prefer a little flash at the front, check out the Janus, Samurai or the Dracula, and Coolermaster announces that their CM Stacker line is BTX ready.

"Akasa, while not the original manufacturers of the chassis, have worked with the original creators to tweak it just as they like it, engineering out any initial flaws they saw and paying close attention to the smaller details and the wider coolin

Source: Hexus

Half Life 2 on Sale!?

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2004 - 05:35 PM |
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I just back from a visit to our local Best Buy, and guess what I found? 




The real question is now, am I going to be allowed to play it?  I'll let you know in a few!  I started a thread in our forums to discuss it and see what everyone else is finding out...


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Easily switch to watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2004 - 11:46 AM |
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Big Bruin looks at a watercooling setup from Thermaltake that makes it easier to set up your first watercooled PC and there's three more reviews for those of you looking for a little more from your current setup.

"Thermaltake has really hit the mark with this kit. It has everything you need to easily make the switch from air to liquid cooling for your CPU.

Source: Big Bruin

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Adopted Never-Seen-Before Innovations

Subject: Motherboards | November 11, 2004 - 10:33 AM |
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Direct Power Supply and User-Friendly SLI Switch Design Provide Stable Power Source and Easy Activation of SLI Technolo