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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 8800 series owns both the performance crown and the record for most expensive consumer graphics card. If you like to game above 1600*1200 then this card is what you want, but if your monitor can't handle that resolution you won't be able to take full advantage of the card. [H]ard|OCP put the new Ultra version of this card to the test, and ran out of resolutions and features to turn up ... everything was maxed and the card was still going strong.
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has just published a review of LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar. If you can spare the time from WoW, you can start a new online career as a hobbit, elf, dwarf or man. With Tolkien's entire world replicated, there are a lot of sites you can enjoy checking out and plenty of orcs to slay and quests to complete. It would also be a great way to first experience an MMORPG, as the reviewer has been playing for quite a long time and still hasn't died once.
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With Bearlake's release date bumped up from May 27th to May 9th, DDR3 is about to become a hot topic. Of course, DDR2 has had quite a lot of benefit from being on the market, with very tight timings now becoming common, and that may make DDR3 systems slow in comparison. The Inquirer shares a bit more here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Welcome to the EVGA exclusive Step-Up program. We have just opened a limited special offer to allow customers
with any NVIDIA 8800 Series product to Step-Up to the new e-GeForce 8800 Ultra. A total of 20 pieces for North
America and 20 pieces for Europe have been set aside for this offer. Now is your chance to switch your
video card from another brand to EVGA, Step-Up to the highest level video performance, and qualify for the best
customer service in the industry.
Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Richmond, VA — May 1, 2007 — Velocity Micro, the largest independent U.S. builder of custom, high performance computers and workstations, announced today that it has acquired Overdrive PC, a U.S. based boutique manufacturer of highly overclocked gaming and multimedia computer systems. Following the acquisition, Velocity Micro and Overdrive PC will maintain individual brand identities to collaboratively provide high quality, performance systems for a broad range of professional, enthusiast, and PC gaming customers.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclocker's Club has posted a review of some add-on software for iTunes from Avanquest called TransferMy Music. Designed to fit right into iTunes, it offers a user friendly way to music from iTunes to your iPod and back again. It also lets you make text notes and other interesting customizations to your iPod. The warning messages might scare you a little, but there were no problems durin
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 1, 2007 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In part one of Tech ARPs guide to fixing dead graphics cards, they covered larger capacitors and inductors. Today they have released part 2 of their guide, dealing with Surface Mounted Devices, in this case capacitors, which is a much more delicate job. Even so, a pair of tweezers and a steady hand can repair the damage and get the card working again.
Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista. With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid? Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.
Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Big Bruin has some tips on how to extend your laptop batteries life. They cover tips that will keep the battery going longer on a charge, as well as delaying the inevitable slow death of your battery. From tips you would expect like hibernation mode, to making sure you don't expose the battery to temperatures beyond it's comfort zone. Read on, if you don't feel like buying replacement batteries anytime soon.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer. Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python. With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.
"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele
Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown managed to get their hands on a pre-production solid state drive from Team. At 16GB and a 2.5" profile, this is designed to be a rugged hard drive for a laptop. With no moving parts, the noise and heat that most HDD create are completely absent. Unfortunately, the large speed benefits that SSDs were hoped to have is also absent, but don't sneer at a cool, quiet and nearly indestructible (under normal usage) HDD.
Subject: Memory | April 30, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ's 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper HPC kit is designed for speed and quiet at the same time. The DIMMs are totally covered in a black heatspreader that has a heat pipe running along the top, and extends to another heatspreader located above the DIMM, attached only by the heatpipe. It is timed @ 5-5-5-18 out of the box, and is capable of 642MHz at those timings.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra ChillTec Thermoelectric CPU Cooler is designed in such a way that the TEC part does not begin to draw power until a certain temperature is reached allowing you a bit of savings in electricity. It also comes with an LCD panel to display current temperatures, fan speed and the load that the TEC is under. Since it is a TEC, the cooling capability is quite impressive allowing you respectable overclocking potential, as Le
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Saitek Obsidian Wireless Rechargeable mouse has a very sleek look to it, to the point where scroll wheel has even been removed. In it's place is a touchpad that acts as the scroll wheel, as well as being able to perform a few more tricks as well. Head to ExtremeTech for the full review, and find out if this mouse has been designed more for style than usability.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a long hiatus, [H]ard|OCP presents a new State of the Silicon Union address. There is a lot to talk about, with AMD/ATI losing ground with their aging architectures, both CPU and GPU. nVIDIA also causes him to wonder, as many companies have managed to start partnerships but nVIDIA is still going it alone. Head over and read the full editorial
Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (April 30, 2007) — CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the new Flash Survivor™ family of USB drives. Designed and engineered to be the industry's toughest USB drive, the Flash Survivor is a water-resistant, aluminum encased, shock-proof way to store user's information and files. Offering unique features and the highest price/performance solution in the market - the Flash Survivor is immediately available in two variations:
* Flash Survivor GT 8GB — MSRP $129.99 USD
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2007 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to The Inquirer, we now have the stats on the 8800 Ultra, it's GPU runs at 612MHz, the 128 scalar units runs at 1.5GHz and the memory is 2.16GHz. That also puts the theoretical memory bandwidth below the upcoming Radeon HD 2900XT; the Radeon will be 105.60GB/s to the Ultra's 103.68GB/s. Looks like you are better off with a volt mod.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2007 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Fatal1ty brand has expanded into cases, with the release of the Zalman Fatal1ty Champ1onship Series FC-ZE1 Chassis. Now you can build an entire PC, barring the processor, out of Fatal1ty branded parts and peripherals, although you will probably still lose to him in a CS:S match. There are some things about the case that disappointed Hi-Tech reviews, but overall they were very impres
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown reviews Theatre of War, a new World War 2 RTS with a bit of a twist. This game is not based around starting a base from scratch and climbing troop tiers, or on the fly research. You are forced to use strategy and terrain, not simply reflexes in order to win the battles. The army you battle with in a campaign is slightly modifiable, but once you take the field you aren't going to get to build more troops. If you are aching for an RTS that relies more on careful planning th