Of Mice and Men

Subject: General Tech | January 2, 2005 - 02:24 PM |

Here's the latest mouse/keyboard combo review, the Microsoft® Wireless Optical Desktop, Comfort Edition @ XYZ Computing

"When it came time to actually use the keyboard and mouse, they did not disappoint. Though I am very attached to my small, minimalist Eluminx keyboard, I am very much a fan of ergonomic keyboards.

Intel Boosts Investment In The Digital Home

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2004 - 03:47 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec.

Mobility Radeon X800

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 30, 2004 - 02:02 AM |

Those of you interested in laptop gaming might want to check out this review of ATI's Mobility X800. You can find the review over at Beyond3d.

"M28, fundamentally, is very similar to M18 as they are both derived from basically the same core parts. Where M18 is derived from ATI's R420 core,
M28 is derived from R423 - both of these cores are architecturally, and performance configuration wise, the same but R420 is built for AGP graphics
whilst R423 is built for PCI Express.

Source: Beyond3D

Rock Direct Quaddra 64 3700 Laptop

Subject: Mobile | December 27, 2004 - 05:47 AM |

Introducing the Quaddra 64 Laptop from Rock Direct

  • Up to AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Processor

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home

  • Up to 2Gb DDR400 RAM

  • 60Gb 7200rpm / 80Gb 5400rpm HDD

  • 17.0' WXGA+ TFT Screen (
  • Source: Hexus

    Merry Xmas

    Subject: General Tech | December 24, 2004 - 03:28 PM |

    Source: ZZZ

    Jetart JACSH1 Video Cooling Kit

    Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2004 - 04:38 PM |

    This is the Jetart JACSH1 Video Cooler and it looks like it performs as good as it looks, according to this review at Club Overclocker: "Just recently we reviewed the now infamous NV5 silencer.

    Source: Club OC

    OCZ PowerStream 600watt PSU

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2004 - 04:17 PM |

    The OCZ PowerStream power supply family offers the quietest, most versatile and adaptable PSU available today. The PowerStream PSU family comes in 420W, 520W and 600W configurations; they are the ideal solution to your computer power needs. With its universal ConnectAll™ connector, the PowerStream power supply offers all-in-one connectivity.

    Source: 3DCenter

    Shuttle CR40 DVD+RW DL 16x Burner

    Subject: Storage | December 21, 2004 - 03:42 PM |

    According to Shuttle, the world's first 16X DVD writer with 'style'; it's Simply Beautiful! Designed to match the XPC's superb industrial design and performance metrics, this latest addition to the XPC Accessories product-line features fast 16X DVD ± RW burning (4X DL b

    Source: Club OC

    OCZ DDR Booster Diagnostic Device Review

    Subject: Memory | December 21, 2004 - 04:15 AM |

    Auphan Online has put up a review of the OCZ DDR Booster. All of you overclockers out there might want to check out the review here.

    "Us overclockers have had many great tools added to our arsenal in the last couple years. We've had great CPU's like the Athlon XP-M, the P4 2.4c and most recently the Athlon 64 Winchesters. It has never been a problem getting volts to the CPU. RAM however, has been a different story. Short of volt mods, we had to settle for what our motherboards gave us...

    Metal Gear USB/Firewire External 5.25 and more...

    Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2004 - 10:48 PM |

    Busy, busy, busy. Here's a few bits and pieces of general hardware you might be interested in, especially if you're looking for that last minute stocking filler.

    Source: ExtremeMhz

    Gigabyte K8NS Ultra-939

    Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2004 - 10:03 PM |

    Supporting the latest AMD socket 939 AthlonTM64/ 64 FX processor, the GA-K8NS Ultra-939 brings new levels of performance and features to the desktop platform.

    NetGear's MP101 Digital Music Player Reborn

    Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2004 - 09:17 PM |

    Netgear's MP101 Digital Music Player is one of those gadgets that connects to a LAN so you can play music files and Internet radio on your stereo without running audio cables through the house or putting a computer in your lounge room.

    Source: Dan's Data

    Mushkin PC2-5300 (DDR2)

    Subject: Memory | December 20, 2004 - 08:56 PM |

    How fast?! Mushkin Enhanced Memory is definitely one of THE choices for the discerning computer fanatic, as well as being a really good choice if you're looking to build your first PC, or even just upgrading.

    Time to start getting ready for the holidays

    Subject: Editorial | December 20, 2004 - 07:15 PM |
    Tagged: blog

    If you haven't read my NVIDIA PureVideo article yet, it will probably interest you if you find video image quality important at all. The new driver (publically available soon) will actually enable that video processor that exists in all the 6-series graphics cards from NVIDIA, with the exception of the WMV9 hardware decode that is still broken on the NV40 and NV45 chips.

    I was interesting for me to delve into the world of high defintion DVD and all the different standards that are fighting for dominance.

    ATI Radeon X700

    Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2004 - 10:22 AM |

    Not everyone needs or wants a top of the range graphics card and there are some good mid range alternatives on the market right now. One alternative to consider is one of the Radeon X700 series graphics cards, based on ATI's RV410 GPU. The X700 Pro is a smart looking little card, with a compact dual exhaust cooling solution.

    ThermalTake Aquarius III Watercooling Kit

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2004 - 02:50 AM |

    For those of you looking into watercooling, you might want to check out a review of the ThermalTake Aquarrius 3 watercooling kit. You can find it over at PimpedOutCases.net

    " The Aquarius III is a unique little unit. The previous Aquarius models
    were a series of parts one had to install into their PC case, including a separate water block, reservoir/pump combination, and radiator. They
    took quite a time investment to install properly and effectively.

    PQI PC4000-1024DBL TURBO

    Subject: Memory | December 18, 2004 - 04:16 PM |

    During the last year PQI have begun to make a name for themselves as a manufacturer of high quality memory. They may not be at the top of the tree yet, but they have certainly begun to make a name for themselves within the overclocking community.

    CoolerMaster gets into watercooling & More

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 17, 2004 - 11:37 AM |

    The Aquagate from CoolerMaster that OCTools reviews one of the few watercooling related links I found this week.  To fill the rest up you have 2 air coolers and a run of nice looking cases.  I'll be back in January, so to all I wish a Merry Christmas & happy New Year, and to the rest, enjoy your Hanukkah,

    Kwanzaa, O Shohgatsu, Diwali, Soyal, Tongji or Winter Solstice!

    "The Cooler Master Aquagate Liquid Cooling System is
    Source: OCTools

    Gigabyte Previews dual-chip 6600GT SLI Card

    Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2004 - 11:21 PM |

    I just got this in an email from Gigabyte, and it looks damn cool.  We are looking at a dual 6600GT card (that's right, one card) with 256 MB of DDR3 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, running at a memory clock of 600 MHz and a core clock of 500 MHz (each, I assume).  I have included the 1 page PDF file as an image they sent out below.

    What is still left to be determined is how exactly this is working!  My first theory is presume that the card itself is splitting the PCIe bus into two buses, one going to each chip seperately and with a direct connection between

    Intel Strengthens Investment In Intel® Itanium® Architecture

    Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2004 - 05:28 PM |

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2004 - Intel Corporation today reached an agreement with HP to hire HP's Intel® Itanium® processor design team based in Ft. Collins, Colo. The deal strengthens Intel's investment in the Itanium architecture and bolsters the development of multi-core processors. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.