When a golf ball meets a case fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2005 - 12:07 PM |

MVKTech has review up of Sharkoon's Silent Eagles.  Not only will it go well with that Golf themed PC you're working on, but an 80mm fan that moves 22.7CFM at 17.8 dB(A) is not something you have to yell over to be heard.

"Sharkoon came up with a new silent solution when it comes to fans, namely the Silent Eagle range.

The Silent Eagle comes in 2 different versions, the Eagle 1000 and Eagle 2000 where the number

stands for the rotation speed of the propeller.


The Guru Delivers - nVHardPage SE version 3.2

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2005 - 11:54 AM |

Guru of 3D's nVHardPage SE lets you tweak settings on your video card, through an easy to use software program, and they've updated it to version 3.2.  If you use it, update it ... if you've never tried it, maybe you should give it a try and see if you can breed a bit more life into your old nVidia card.

"Do you seek an easy way to en/disable overclocking options or vsync your ForceWare drivers

without the burden of importing registry entries or the need to go in that registry yourself ?

Source: Guru of 3D

Happy Halloween

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2005 - 11:41 AM |

So what if it will be obsolete within a week, get your Pumpkin PC today!!!

"Just in time for Halloween, the staff at the computer store at the University of Arkansas have

created a seasonally appropriate PC."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

like the old one @ The Inquirer

  • Source: ZDNet

    High Speed, Low Latency, Easy Overclocking

    Subject: Memory | October 28, 2005 - 07:04 PM |

    Having a high FSB isn't the only way for memory to excel. Overclockers Online looks at OCZ's PC4000 2GB EB Platinum Edition.  This set of dual channel RAM is set to very low latency right out of the box.  Either leave it alone, and enjoy the performance, or find your own overclocked sweet spot with this kit.

    "Gone are the days when the best performance is provided by 1GB kits of memory.

    When there's something strange ... with your temperatures ...

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 28, 2005 - 06:58 PM |

    Who you gunna call?  Heat Buster!!!  Well, maybe not ... but Maximium CPU does have a review of the PCI cooler with more today.  Not only does it provide cooling to whatever component is closest to where you place it, it also has an exhaust to remove more hot air from the case.

    'The Heat Buster from PowerColor is a PCI slot cooler, with a little more to offer. It has the

    standard exhaust fan, as well as a second, adjustable fan to help facilitate air movement in your


    Source: Maximum CPU

    PSU Review For You

    Subject: Systems | October 28, 2005 - 06:36 PM |

    3DXtreme has a 3 way comparision of PSU's - SinTek 500w SLI, Enermax Liberty 500w and Silverstone Strider 600w.  See what they liked, and what they though could have been done better

    "A stable source of power is the heart of every working PC. Overclockers can appreciate a stable

    and sufficient Power Supply as this could be the 'make it or break it' component within their PC.

    Source: 3DXtreme

    Intel lets the Cats out of the bag

    Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 06:28 PM |

    Intel has devised 2 new benchmarking tools, the Gaming Capabilities Assessment Tool (G-CAT), and the Digital Home Capabilities Assessment Tool (DH-CAT). Silent PC Review will give you the full run down on what they test, and why you should be interested.

    "They're benchmarks, designed to test a PC's gaming or "Digital Home" capabilities. It's probably

    the first time that a processor company is trying to create benchmarks for a whole PC rather than

    specific components.

    The purer the power, the higher you can get

    Subject: Motherboards | October 28, 2005 - 01:27 PM |

    AnandTech has a comprehensive review of the Asus P5N32-SLI: Dual x16.  It has many innovations on it, and one of the main focuses on this board seems to be improving the quality of power that the system recieves.  You night wonder what that means to you?  It means better overclocking potential ... that's what!

    "The Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe is outstanding and deserves serious consideration if you are an Intel


    Source: AnandTech

    Got the "File Not Found" blues?

    Subject: Storage | October 28, 2005 - 01:04 PM |

    Has your flash memory let you down?  Your USB data stick is more stick than data?  PC Stats has put together a guide on recovering your data when it goes missing, and to prevent it from happening again.

    "Stuck with lost data on a USB memory key or Flash card and don't know what to do? Recovering data

    from flash memory devices is possible, and not to complex, so follow along and we'll help you get

    those pictures back!

    Source: PCStats

    DDR4 - Coming soon to a GPU near you

    Subject: Graphics Cards | October 28, 2005 - 11:57 AM |

    The Inquirer reports on Samsung's new GDDR4 chips, which are currently undergoing testing.  If they deliver, they will double the bandwidth of current GDDR3 chips.

    "The latency of the shipped modules is set at 0.8 nanoseconds, which limits the highest clockspeed

    of the memory to an astonishing 1.25 GHz in DDR mode.

    It does not take a braniac to calculate the possible bandwidth on G80/R580 boards: 32-bytes

    (256-bit) x 1.25 (GHz) x 2 (DDR) results in 80GB/s of theoretical bandwidth, almost double the


    Source: The Inquirer

    50 years up time, 0 reboots!

    Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:43 AM |

    "CHIEF SOFTWARE Architect Bill Gayes is 50 today.

    He was born under the sign of Windows and Uranus is on the cusp.

    Source: The Inquirer

    Motorola and Intel Team to Promote Adoption of Mobile WiMAX Technology

    Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:29 AM |

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2005 — Motorola* Inc.

    Intel Simplifies Storage

    Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:27 AM |

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2005 — Intel Corporation announced today a new storage platform designed to make it easier and more affordable for small- and medium-sized businesses to deploy storage solutions that help ensure prompt disaster recovery and extend backup capabilities.

    Businesses today are inundated with an increasing volume of data due to greater use of digital information, such as business reports, employee records, photos and videos.

    A High Definition Vista

    Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 07:07 PM |

    PC Stats has a long hard look at how Vista's HDCP (High Definition Copy Protection) will affect you and your PC viewing habits. 

    "Part of the feature set of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system is support for

    High-Definition content, either through television signals, HD or Blu-Ray DVDs, or Internet video.

    Along with this support though, is a new set of restrictions designed to ensure the sanctity of HD

    content and protect it from copying.

    Source: PCStats

    The Invisible Fan ... Controller

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2005 - 06:19 PM |

    The Sunbeam Theta TP-101 fan controller is a little different than you might expect.  It's a PCI card, with a satndard molex power connector and 8 fan connectors.  All the fans in your system connect to it, and are controlled via installed software.  Read the full review at Big Bruin.

    "Sunbeamtech has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past,

    but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different.

    Source: Big Bruin

    The IceMat Cometh, Second Edition

    Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 03:41 PM |

    It's been about 2 years since the original IceMat was first available, and now the 2nd Edition has arrived.  It is much bigger and come in a wider variety of colours.  XYZ computing took it out for a test drive, see what they had to say about it.

    "One of the first high-end mouse pads to make a name for its was the glass Icemat.

    The many faces of the R480

    Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM |

    Bjorn3D puts the HIS X800GT and GTO head to head in a review that also incorporates 6 other video cards.  As with many other reviews, most ratings are shown twice, once for pure performance, and once as performance versus price.

    "While ATI is busy showing off their new products it is easy to forget that they still have a

    pretty nice line-up already out.

    Source: Bjorn3D

    Faster than a speeding CRT

    Subject: Displays | October 27, 2005 - 11:56 AM |

    DigiTimes reports on BenQ's new 2ms response time LCD.  It isn't available on the market, in fact it doesn't even have a price yet, but it likely won't be cheap.

    "BenQ recently debuted its 2ms 19-inch LCD monitor (FP93G X), which it claims to be the world's

    fastest monitor. The monitor will be first introduced to the Asia Pacific region next month,

    targeting the gamer market.

    Source: Digitimes

    Holy Horus in 32 ways, Batman!

    Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 11:50 AM |

    If you haven't heard of AMD's upcoming Horus chip, it is designed to allow Opterons to work in 12, 16 and 32 way systems.  Keep an eye out for the conference, and head over to The Inquirer to read up on what is known about the Horus so far.

    "AMD AND NEWISYS are set to demonstrate a 32-way or more Horus system at a Supercomputing event in

    Seattle in a couple of week's time.

    And the event will have Microsoft's Bill Gates as the keynote speaker, prompting speculation that

    the firm might have a bash at showing off a

    Source: The Inquirer


    Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 11:23 AM |

    SINGAPORE-Oct. 27, 2005-At a ceremonial opening of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that the digital backbone of the new Lucasfilm Animation Singapore digital animation center is powered by AMD64 processor technology - the gold standard for 64-bit computing.

    Lucasfilm Animation Singapore is Lucasfilm Ltd.'s first animation studio in Asia and complements their new Letterman Digital Arts Center combining Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts at the Presidio in San Francisco.

    Source: AMD