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Subject: Processors | October 12, 2005 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Engineers, like most humans, are weird, and they can get bored. So what do they do when they get bored? Would you believe they etch micron scale icons and cartoons into processors, and other integrated circuits? CNet has a story up with Micheal Davidson, who runs a website called the Silicon Jungle, a collection of all the examples he has found.
"Davidson suspected at first that the tiny design he saw
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2005 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've heard all about 3rd party video card cooling, or mayve just seen the reviews for heatsink add-ons to video cards that allow for better overclocking. If you are a little worried about disassembling your shiny new card, then TECHGAGE has the review for you. The Antec VCool Video Card Cooler is easily mounted into 2 PCI slots. It is a big fan that can be setup to either suck in external air and blow it onto the card, or to exhaust hot air from around the card out the back of your PC.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MobiBLU DAH-1500i is a tiny square MP3 player, designed to hang off your neck liek a locket, while you are listening to it. 10 hours of battery life, either 512MB or !Gb storage, and good playback quality, with an iPod-like interface. See what CoolTechZone makes of it here.
"We've all had it with standard sized MP3 players; after all, what's so special about them anymore? The same old features and audio quality are the norm these days.
Subject: Displays | October 12, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you managed to get a handle on dot pitch as it applies to CRT's, only to get baffled by LCD's with 2 different dot pitches on the same display? Wondering what a 500:1 contrast ratio is, or just how fast a response time you need to avoid whatever "ghosting" is? Head on over to The Tech Zone, and they shall illuminate you.
"The LCD monitor isn't just for spread sheets anymore.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Did you turn in your 32bit WinXP for the 64bit version when Microsoft first offered the trade in, and are now starting to regret the decision? Think Computers wants you to know that you aren't alone.
'Well, Windows Xp 64 has been out for quite a while now, I for one have already upgraded and there is a noticeable difference, better in some respects, while not better in other. The 'not better' part is driver support.
Subject: Memory | October 11, 2005 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA (October 11, 2005), Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of ValueRAM DDR2 667-MHz (PC2-6400) memory modules to support next generation notebook and mobile systems. The new Kingston ValueRAM 667-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SO-DIMM modules are available in 256-MB, 512-MB and 1-GB capacities, shipping immediately in limited quantity.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2005 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- EPS of $0.18 Driven by All-Time Record Sales of $1.523 Billion -
- 44 Percent Year-on-Year Sales Growth in Microprocessors Highlighted by Accelerated Mobile Processor Sales -
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct. 11, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported sales of $1.523 billion and net income of $76 million, amounting to $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 25, 2005. Third quarter sales were up 23 percent compared to the third quarter of 2004 and increased 21 percent from the second quarter of 2005.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2005 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has an article about a different use for ATI's x1000 series GPUs. Not only can they provide incredible graphical performance, but they are also much quicker at processing phsyics than your main CPU. Read the full article if you want to know how texture memory can be used for general storage, and what pixel shaders can really do.
"One of the more surprising aspects of ATI's Radeon X1000 series launch is something we didn't get a chance to talk about in our initial review of the graphics cards: ATI's eagerness to talk about using its GPUs for no
Subject: Storage | October 11, 2005 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate's newest drive line, the 7200.9 is fully SATA 2.5 compliant, and comes in many flavours. They run from 40GB up to 500GB, with caches from 2MB up to 16MB! They are significantly hardier when it comes to bumps and bruises and also run quieter. Read the full story at Anandtech.
"Today, Seagate officially announces the joining of the 7200.7 and 7200.8 drives with its 7200.9 line of hard disk drives.
Subject: Mobile | October 11, 2005 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's XPC SD31P is based around the Intel 945G chipset, with 7.1 audio built in and it has one x16 PCIx slot. Xtreme Resources puts it to the test, see how it stands up against a full sized system based on an Asus P5LD2.
"After the release of new CPUs and technologies, every company had to evolve their products and refresh their line-up.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BigBruin does a full review of SinTek's new 500W PSU. It's got modular connectors, as in you only plug in however many wires are needed. It has a 120mm LED fan, and you can overvolt your memory and PCIx by 5%, right on the PSU. To see what else it can do, read the whole review.
"SinTek has a real quality unit on their hands here.
Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2005 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the high price of nForce4 boards are keeping you from moving to 64 bit computing, consider Gigabyte's GA-K8V890-9. It isn't going to outshine a comparable nVidia bases board, but it is also significantl cheaper. Head to HardwareZone for the full review of this boards capabilities.
"VIA may have become the underdogs in the chipset race, but we find out that the old dog still has some bite in it.
Subject: Memory | October 11, 2005 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TWINX2048-3500LLPRO, with stock timings of 2-3-2-6-1T. The overclocking test proved that while you cannot hold the CAS of 2, you can certainly get a great deal more bus speed out of them.
"We have just posted a new review of the Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO modules, which are the worlds first 2GB kit to have a CAS latency of 2 at these speeds.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2005 — As the most technology savvy and well-connected generation of college students enters school this fall, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., is the nation's 'Most Unwired Campus,' according to Intel Corporation's second annual survey on wireless Internet access at U.S. colleges and universities.
Last year many campuses reported limited wireless network capabilities. This year's survey, conducted with the Center for Digital Education, reveals that students are more likely to be enjoying campus life unwired.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have never heard of Jackson Backup before, but you may well wish you had. They are a company that specializes in data loss prevention, and recovery. Hi-Techreviews has a review of their Armor PCI Card, which is a hardware solution to both data protection and recovery. It is much like the software suites you are used to, but it takes up less of you HDD space to do the same job.
"Things have changed over the course of the last five years when it comes to using the Inte
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2005 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What better contest could their be? You get inspiration to start on that mod you've been considering, in the form of prizes from SilverStone Technology, Cooler Master, Sunbeam Technology, Vantec and Ultra Products, and when you are done, you've still got your modded ... whatever ...
Wireless Industry Leaders Promote Next-Generation Wi-Fi Technology to Accelerate IEEE Standards Deve
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2005 — Twenty six Wi-Fi* industry leaders today announced a coalition formed to accelerate the IEEE* 802.11n standard development process and promote a technology specification for next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products. By introducing a specification with widespread industry support, the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) hopes to speed ratification of an 802.11n standard, while enabling an ecosystem of high-performance WLAN products built to a common set of guidelines.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 10, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced the availability of its first dual-core, hyper-threaded IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processor for dual processor servers.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you been hearing about mice with extremely high DPI or precision, but haven't been curious enough to spend $60 to $80 or more, just to finf out if it's worth it? A True Review has found a solution for you, in the form of the Sunbeam X-1300 Gaming mouse.
"Every hobbyist and gamer is looking for a mouse that helps them improve in their computing world. Although, a $60 gaming mouse like the Razer Diamondback, is not in their budget.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2005 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone has a huge write up on the changes you will see from Vista Beta 1 to Vista Beta 2. If you want to know what to expect, or to see how the OS changes during Beta testing, then they've got your answers.
"At the recent PDC, Microsoft started a new way of launching software, and we aren't complaining.