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Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web. Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.
You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - August 30, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. Using a highly efficient and compact design, the Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. Catering to the needs of gamers and enthusiasts, the Vanquisher will become an integral addition to any extreme-performance gaming rig.
Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W. It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking. It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced. Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2007 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GECUBE is back with the Gemini 3, two overclocked HD2600XT cards in one. It gives you a chance to essentially run 2 cards while taking up one slot and a lot less space. It will be interesting to see if this board can be run in Crossfire before the new Quad-GPU support of the upcoming AMD 790 chipset. Get a good look at this board, and what it can do, at TweakTown.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's 850 TruePower Quattro has four 18A 12V rails that can handle up to 768W, as well as a nice modular design that makes it very easy to spot the dedicated PCI Express plugs. Hi-Tech Reviews was worried that the single 80mm fan wouldn't be enough to keep this PSU cool, but it did the job admirably, and Antec offers a 3 year warranty in case anything goes wrong.
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early. Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed. AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus.
Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes. The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.
Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games. This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zaward's Twin Towers have incorporated some nice flexibility into their design. They are fanless, which means they are a very large and not compatible with all motherboard/case combos, but more so than other huge coolers on the market now. techPowerUp's testing also proved that you can expect better cooling from this heatsink than the one shipped with retail C2Ds.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP continues the quest to find something useful about DX10, this time examining the performance and image quality of Call of Juarez. There is good news for AMD, the the 2900XT can keep up with the 8800 GTS for the first time in a series of benchmarks. There is also good news on the quality side, there are very striking differences between DX10 and DX9, for the first time you don't even have to give the game the benefit of the doubt, you can see the differences easily. It makes th
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gphone is coming, and we should know what it's all about in September. Running Linux and projected to be very cheap, it will be interesting to see what the phone is capable of, and if Google has plans to emulate Apple's locked service. According to what the Inquirer learned, Google seems to hope to make money from ads (Ad Words?) piped directly to the phone.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Transcend's T.Sonic 820 has some good points, and some bad points. While it is able to show photos and video on it's 1.5" colour OLED, it only has 2GB of storage. The good news is that it's price is well under $100. If you are looking to get a small cheap portable music and video player then check out Pro-Clockers review.
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cirago Smart Mobile Storage System sports a Compact Flash, XD and SD card readers, as well as USB, and contains a standard 2.5" drive, making it very handy. OCC did notice 2 troubling problems with this otherwise perfect mobile storage device ... it only supports FAT 16/32, and the LCD is very hard to read.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs. With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case. Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP. If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.
Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom. Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline. It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium. The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day. Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.
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