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News Archives for January 2007

Article: DDR2-667 and DDR2-800: An 11-kit Overclocking Comparison

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:02AM
Author: Encrypted_God

hwupgrade - As DDR2 solutions continue to gain higher clock frequencies and tighter timings, we review the overclocking potential of eleven kits from the categories of PC2-5400 (DDR2-667) and PC2-6400 (DDR2-800). The last few months we haven’t seen many large changes in the memory market other than confirming the change in standards from DDR to DDR2, a large part of which can be accredited to the AM2 launch which had both Intel and AMD supporting a unified memory solution again. The popularity of Core 2 chips among enthusiasts has also greatly spurred the popularity of DDR2 because it is the only memory standard compatible with the, as of right now, performance-crown-holding processors.


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Review: EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:23AM
Author: sdy284

Motherboards.org - EPoX has done a good job with the 570 Ultra chipset. It has many of the features of last year’s nForce 4 Ultra chipset. The only real glaring omissions from the board is the lack of a second PCI Express x16 slot, but the ordinary user won't need two video cards. Other than that the EPoX board features are second to none in the mainstream chipset.


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Review: Zalman HD135 Aluminum HTPC Case

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:25AM
Author: sdy284

MODTHEBOX - The first and most striking feature of this unit is the slim and low profile design which makes this unit perfect for any audio rack. While a few manufacturers currently on the market offer aluminum style bezels combined with steel chassis, Zalman has gone one step further by making the entire composition of the HD135 out of light weight aluminum. Home Theater purists will love the simple yet aesthetic appearance of the HD135 since the unit resembles traditional stereo audio components found in the living room.


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Review: Ultra X-Pro 600W APFC PSU

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:31AM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersOnline - Ultra, a company based out of Fletcher, Ohio, strives to produce products with innovation, value and quality in mind. With years of experience and an extensive ever-growing line of products, Ultra has become one of today's leaders in computing accessories. Different computer systems have different power requirements; a simple email and internet computer would require a different power supply than a high end gaming system. The same goes with a workstation or server. To cater to these users, Ultra has released a brand new line of power supplies, the X-Pro EE (Extra efficient) sporting 85% efficiency.


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Review: OCZ GameXStream 850W SLI-Ready PSU

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:33AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - We have come to know that OCZ offers up some very high quality RAM. They also offer some other items, like RAM cooling components and even some power supplies, which is what we have up for review today. The OCZ GameXStream is an 850W power supply. As more and more gamers take advantage of the gaming benefits offered by multi-GPU technology, the need for improved power supply solutions increases greatly. The GameXStream features high-quality components to ensure your PC’s vital hardware is supplied with clean, stable and reliable power without compromising effectiveness. Kept ultra-cool with a large 120mm fan with blue LEDs, the GameXStream remains virtually silent and supremely cool even at peak loads.


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Review: ASUS WL-500W SuperSpeed N Wireless Router

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:34AM
Author: sdy284

ThinkComputers - ASUS isn't just known for its fantastic motherboards and bare-bones laptops. It also produces a series of wireless devices, most notably the WL-500G, an 802.11g-compliant wireless router that has a built-in USB port. The router can be combined with an external hard drive to set up a file server, or a printer to set up a print server. The WL-500W, the subject of this review, is the WL-500G's big brother. It is a pre-N router, meaning it supports the most current draft specifications of 802.11n as of its manufacture date and firmware revision. Read on for a investigative review.


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Review: OCZ PC2-8500 Platinum SLI-Ready DDR2 2GB Kit

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:35AM
Author: sdy284

BigBruin - Once again it is easy to see why OCZ Technology is one of the top brands in the gaming and enthusiast market. If you are looking for the absolute best performing RAM for your nVIDIA SLI system, you can not go wrong with the new OCZ Technology PC2-8500 Platinum SLI-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 2GB kit.  With a modest (and easy) overclock, a performance boost of over 10% was achieved when compared to what was possible with another 2GB kit without EPP or nVIDIA SLI certification.


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Review: ASUS P5N-E SLI

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:36AM
Author: sdy284

[H] - ASUS has a hell of an enthusiast motherboard engineered inside the P5N-E SLI. The P5N-E SLI is stable. The P5N-E SLI is a performer. The P5N-E SLI is a great overclocker. All of this is done at a very reasonable price and has the ASUS reputation standing behind it.


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Review: Kanguru AES Flash Drive

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:37AM
Author: sdy284

GideonTech - The big selling point for this drive is Kanguru's support of 256-bit AES encryption, making this the first drive to meet federal requirements for insuring the confidentiality of sensitive data. Working in the health care field, I have spent a lot of time on the HIPAA (Heath Information Privacy Accountability Act) so I know how important it is to keep private information as safe as possible.


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Review: MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:38AM
Author: sdy284

PCStats - If you're a gamer, multimedia enthusiast, or future indie rock star mixing tracks for your debute CD, the MSI K9N Diamond is a board well worth your attention because it integrates a Creative Audigy 7.1 channel hardware sound card right in. Standard onboard equipment includes dual Gigabit Ethernet network jacks, a Soundblaster Audigy SE 7.1 sound card, IEEE 1394a 400Mpbs Firewire and USB2.0. When it comes to peripheral expansion we find two PCI Express x1 slots for high bandwidth devices, a 32 bit PCI slot, and the two PCI Express x16 SLI compatible slots for videocards. Data storage is supported by one Ultra 133 IDE channel and six 3GB/s SATA II ports. Nvidia RAID (0/1/0+1/5/JBOD) comes standard with the nForce 590 SLI chipset.


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Review: OCZ PC2-6400 2GB ATI CrossFire Dual Channel Memory

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:39AM
Author: sdy284

ThinkComputers - There are many factors that go into choosing memory for your computer. From how much ram to what speed etc. If you are a gamer you want quality memory that will work at the highest level of performance with your video card(s). That is where OCZ's ATI CrossFire certified memory comes in. This memory is tested and qualified under ATI's renowned certification program. This ensures that gamers get the highest quality and compatibility possible for their CrossFire system. These modules also feature special ATI heatspreaders that any ATI fanboy will appreciate.


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Review: Razer AC-1 Barracuda 7.1 Sound Card

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:40AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - If someone asks me a quick question “Is this worth getting for my system?” My answer is a simple “Yes, by all means”. This is a VERY viable replacement for any Creative Audigy and Audigy 2 sound card, and a huge upgrade from on board sound.


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Review: ETASIS ET850 850W PSU

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:42AM
Author: sdy284

Bjorn3D - I received the ETASIS ET850 850 Watt power supply a few days before Christmas and immediately began to wonder if part 2 of my daydream; 'meets the needs of the needs of the greater majority of my readers at a price that everyone could afford', would be affirmed. Please join me as we explore this product in great detail and see if this entire scenario is surreal, or if perhaps sometimes dreams really do come true.

Click HERE to compare this to the OCC review of the Etasis ET850.


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Review: XFX GF 8800GTX XXX Overclocked

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:44AM
Author: sdy284

Motherboards.org - The XFX GF 8800GTX 630M 768 M Dual DVI TV XXX Edition video cards is an interesting addition to XFX's lineup. The card is overclocked over the standard 575MHz core/1.8GHz memory 8800GTX, but in many respects the card is CPU limited even on a AMD FX-62 CPU. If you want the fastest, most feature-rich card today, the XFX GF 8800GTX 630 M 768 M Dual DVI TV XXX Editions is it. Ryan, the PR person for XFX says the card should retail about $50 more than the standard card, making it a good choice for those with a Core 2 Extreme X6800 or QX6700.


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News: Novel software drives '$100 laptop'

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:45AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs. For most of these children the XO machine, as it's called, likely will be the first computer they've ever used. Because the students have no expectations for what PCs should be like, the laptop's creators started from scratch in designing a user interface they figured would be intuitive for children.


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News: Dell Leaks 27" Display on Website

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - An inconspicuous typo reveals one of the most anticipated Dell displays to date. Earlier this year Dell was expected to release a 27" enthusiast display even though no manufacturer had announced plans to build on 27" LCD substrates. However, with Samsung's announcement earlier this month, it looks as though Dell's 27" plans are finally a go. Yet late last week, the product page for the Dell 2007WFP was updated with a "new" image of the product.  Much to the confusion of enthusiasts everywhere, this was not the image for the 20" Dell display announced last year, but the image of a 27" display that has not been announced yet.


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News: Early AMD ATI "R600" Specs, Benchmarks Leaked

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:48AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Newly created site Level 505 has leaked benchmarks and specifications of AMD’s upcoming ATI R600 graphics processor. The upcoming graphics processor is expected to launch in January 2007 with an expected revision arriving in March 2007. These early specifications and launch dates line up with what DailyTech has already published and are present on ATI internal roadmaps as of workweek 49. Preliminary specifications from Level 505 of the ATI R600 are as follows...


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News: Sapphire Debuts Dual-Radeon X1950 Pro

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 02:45PM
Author: Makaveli

DailyTech - If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative. Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather. The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.


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News: Sanyo Announces 1 GB Multimedia Phone

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 02:54PM
Author: Makaveli

TG Daily - Sanyo and Sprint have announced a new multimedia phone with 1 GB of internal memory. The Sanyo M1 phone can hold up to 16 hours of music along with pictures, videos and voice recordings. Being part of the Sprint's 3G network, the phone will be able to download songs and watch up to 50 channels of audio and video. There will also be a pay-per-view service that will stream full-length feature films.


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News: Ultra Products to Debut 2000W PSU @ CES

Posted: January 3, 2007 @ time: 10:41PM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub - Ultra Products, a global leader in technology solutions, today announces that it will unveil the world's first 2000W ATX Power Supply Unit for the PC at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Ultra X3 Modular 2000W PSU has a footprint similar to some competitors' 1000W units (just 10.25 inches) and is 80% efficient under typical loads. The 2000W X3 will be available to consumers sometime in early 2007. The product will be on display at the ShowStoppers media showcase at the Wynn Hotel on Monday night, January 8th.


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Review: Cooler Master NotePal S

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:46AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - A few months back I reviewed the NotePal P1 Laptop Cooler. That cooler was small, lightweight and has some cooling fans incorporated into it. As a matter of fact, I still use it today. This time around from Cooler Master we are going to look at the NotePal S. The style of this unit is more of a stand and not so much a cooler. The NotePal S has six adjustable incline settings to help get that perfect angle for your typing pleasure. With the laptop being raised off the surface and the NotePal S having large channels cut into it, air flow will not be obstructed. There are a few more features to mention, but let's do that in the review.


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Review: abit AW9D-MAX

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:47AM
Author: sdy284

[H] - The AW9D-MAX is abit’s latest offering with full support for Intel’s Core 2 Duo and quad core based LGA 775 processors. The board is built around the Intel 975X chipset, offering built-in support for the following technologies: LGA 775 processors, DDR2 DRAM modules operating in Dual Channel mode up to 800MHz, and dual card ATI CrossFire support in x8 mode with matching ATI graphics cards installed.


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Review: Digital Storm Twister Gaming Desktop

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:48AM
Author: sdy284

[H] - This was our first experience with Digital Storm, and it was on-the-whole very positive. We’d like to see some changes in the purchasing process, but almost everything post-sale was well done. Digital Storm delivered a stable, very well-priced gaming machine. While there aren’t many “extras” that set the Twister Lite apart from the masses of systems that cross our evaluation tables, it did a fairly good job of doing exactly what we paid for it to do.


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News: Studios sign off on movie downloads

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:53AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - Hollywood studios have approved a new technology and licensing arrangement that should remove a major obstacle consumers now face with burning movies they buy digitally over the Internet onto a DVD that will play everywhere. Sonic Solutions Inc. is introducing on Thursday the Qflix system for adding a standard digital lock to DVDs burned in a computer or a retail kiosk. The lock, known as "content scrambling system," or CSS, is backed by the studios, TV networks and other content creators and comes standard on prerecorded DVDs today. All DVD players come equipped with a key that fits the lock and allows for playback. But movie download services such as Movielink, CinemaNow and Amazon.com's Unbox haven't been able to use CSS because studios fear widespread DVD burning could lead to piracy.

Click HERE to discuss this in the OCC Forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: Samsung Unveils Double-Sided LCD Display

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:56AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - Samsung Electronics Co,, Ltd. is coming out with a new double-sided, mobile LCD panel that can show independent images on each side. The new display, which will be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, is designed to show either a set of the same images or two entirely different pictures on the front and back of the same screen, the company announced Thursday. Samsung noted in a written statement that other conventional double-sided LCDs only show a reverse image of the same picture or data. "Our new double-sided mobile display underscores Samsung's commitment to equip our customers with advanced display technology that accelerates the trend toward slimmer mobile products," says Yun Jin-hyuk, an executive VP for Samsung. He added that the LCD will go into mass production in the first half of this year.

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News: First Mac Tablet Set To Be Unveiled At MacWorld Next Week

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:57AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - The first Mac tablet computer is set to be unveiled at MacWorld Expo next week in San Francisco. The ModBook, a high-end slate-style notebook computer, is being developed by a cooperative effort between hardware manufacturer Axiotron Inc. and Other World Computing, a Mac product manufacturer and reseller. The Axiotron ModBook features WACOM Penabled hardware for pen input and is fully compatible with Apple's Inkwell, a Mac OS X Tiger feature that provides system-level handwriting and gesture recognition for Mac applications, the company said. Axiotron said users will be able to draw and write directly on the screen. They are aiming the product at professionals, students, and artists. The ModBook also is the only portable Mac system that features an optional built-in Global Positioning System, the company said.


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News: Anti-Piracy Company Issues $40,000 Hacker Challenge

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:57AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - Hackers, crackers, and other top coders can make some quick bucks in the near future. An anti-piracy software company is challenging the hacker community for the second time to crack its product. WIBU-Systems USA, Inc. will give $40,000 to the first person who can hack into and remove their anti-piracy software from a protected application. Techies will have six weeks to try, starting Jan. 31. Registration for the challenge kicks off at MacWorld Expo next week in San Francisco. "We're saying to the hackers of the world, 'You've been boasting that you can remove anti-privacy systems. Here's a chance to earn bragging rights and take home 40,000 bucks if you're as good as you think you are," says John Poulson, VP of business development at WIBU-Systems, a German-based company with U.S. headquarters in Seattle.


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News: Forget the triple play--wireless ups the ante

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 10:59AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - If 2006 was the year of the triple play, 2007 may very well be the year of the quadruple bundle as cable operators and phone companies start to integrate mobile wireless services into their service packages. Even though AT&T will soon own all of Cingular Wireless, and Verizon Communications owns a significant stake in Verizon Wireless, the cable industry seems to be taking an early lead in actually integrating the services and rolling them out to customers. "Depending on how well mobile services are received by cable customers, it could up the ante in the battle between cable and phone companies," said Jim Penhune, an analyst with Strategy Analytics. "It will force the phone companies to readdress the market and get more serious about integrating their own wireless services into their offering."


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News: New disc may sway DVD wars

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 11:00AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - Consumers wary of buying new high-definition DVD players because of a technology war reminiscent of the days of Betamax versus VHS will soon have a new kind of DVD that might make the decision less daunting. Warner Bros., which helped popularize the DVD more than a decade ago, plans to announce next week a single videodisc that can play films and television programs in both Blu-ray and HD DVD, the rival DVD technologies. Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner, plans to formally announce the new disc, which it is calling a Total HD disc, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Two rival camps introduced high-definition DVD players last year: a consortium called Blu-ray, backed by Sony and others, and a group called HD DVD, backed by Toshiba and Microsoft. Retail and media executives say this clash of corporate titans and their incompatible machines has left some consumers bewildered and has slowed the introduction of what is intended to be the next great thing in home entertainment.


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News: SanDisk Unveils 1.8" 32GB Flash SSD Drive

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 11:00AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - DailyTech reported on Samsung's latest advances in Flash Solid-State Disks (SSDs) yesterday. Samsung announced that it had developed new 50 nanometer 16Gb NAND flash memory chips that provide 100% faster read speeds and 150% faster write speeds. The announcement sparked a lot of interest from consumers looking for larger and faster offerings than Samsung's current 32GB Flash SSD drive. SanDisk today entered the SSD fray with a 32GB drive of its own. The 1.8" SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 drive uses patented TrueFFS flash management technology and has a 2 million hour MTBF. The drive has no moving parts, so it is completely silent and weighs less than traditional 1.8" mobile hard drives. The drive also consumes 0.4W of power when active versus 1.0W for a traditional mobile hard drive.

Click HERE to discuss this in the OCC Forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: AMD Quad FX Hits Retail

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 11:07AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - The Tech Report reports AMD Quad FX processors and accompany motherboard are available in retail. All is not well for AMD’s Quad FX platform though. While the Athlon 64 FX-70 series and ASUS L1N64-SLI WS are available in retail there’s a steep price premium on processors and the required motherboard. There are only two retailers that carry the necessary Quad FX products too: Newegg and ZipZoomFly. AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors of all speed grades are available from Newegg while ZipZoomFly only has the Athlon 64 FX-70 in stock. Obtaining the required ASUS L1N64-SLI WS is a challenge as neither retailer has it in stock.  Pricing of the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS is $429.99 and $379.99 from Newegg and ZipZoomFly respectively: $30-80 higher than the expected $349.99 MSRP.


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News: Toyota Developing Alcohol Detection System For Cars

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 11:07AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Toyota is in the process of developing a system designed so that cars would be able to detect drunken drivers and automatically shut down.  According to reports, the world's current No. 2 automaker plans on fitting some cars with the system by the end of 2009. The detection system will be released as an optional extra. Toyota hopes that it can be installed on all car models once manufacturing prices have dropped. New cars equipped in the system will not start if driving wheel sweat sensors pick up a high level of alcohol in the driver's bloodstream.  The Toyota system will also be able to detect if a driver is driving abnormally, along with a camera that is used to determine whether or not the driver has pupils that are dilated -- a sign that the driver may have had too much to drink.  If the system picks up any of the signals, the car will slow down and come to a complete stop.


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Review: Vizo Luxon 3.5" USB & SATA External HDD Enclosure

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 03:55PM
Author: Makaveli

Tech Arp - There are so many external hard drive enclosures in the market, but what sets the Vizo Luxon apart from the others is the fact that it supports direct SATA connectivity in addition to the usual USB cable. Take a look at the Vizo Luxon and see how it compares against the Seagate Pushbutton Backup 750GB.


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Review: Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22" Widescreen LCD

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 03:58PM
Author: Makaveli

TheTechLounge - Samsung has an outstanding history of producing great LCD monitors. Today we look at the Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22" Widescreen LCD display. Its 22" size is an upgrade from the 20" widescreens that have dominated the market for the past two years. And what a welcome upgrade it is.


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Review: Antec Nine Hundred Hardcore Gaming Case

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 04:02PM
Author: Makaveli

MadShrimps - After spending more than a month with this Nine Hundred Gamers case we stress tested it with different system to find its strong and weak spot, read on to see if this new Antec case is worth your money.


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News: Ionic Wind Cooling Next Step in CPU/GPU Cooling

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 04:06PM
Author: Makaveli

DailyTech - A company called Kronos Advanced Technologies is working on a method of removing heat from devices such as CPUs by using ionic discharge creating a fluid motion of air. This technology has been around for a few years and is used in products such as ionic air filters, which have no moving parts but still move volumes of air and create quite a strong breeze. The same concept is being applied to micro processor cooling.


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Review: Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB PC2-5300

Posted: January 4, 2007 @ time: 07:32PM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

OverclockersOnline - As I mentioned in the opening, this was our first experience with a kit of memory from Crucial here at Overclockers Online and I don't think we could have had better modules to look at. I had big expectations from this memory after I saw that the IC's they used were the famous D9GMH and those lofty expectations were surpassed in all aspects of overclocking.


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Review: Eidos Interactive's Just Cause

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:33AM
Author: sdy284

Bjorn3D - Well, most of the games failed somewhere in the process and made us gamers pretty suspicious about every game that tries to imitate that sort of gameplay… Just Cause looks amazing and succeeds in implementing some key ideas, while bringing some new cool things to the gameplay. You can think of it as a combination of Far Cry and GTA. Don’t get too excited though, Just Cause is VERY far from being perfect…


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News: Vegas braces for gadget frenzy

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:39AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - Entertainment is going extreme as content providers, distributors and electronics makers race to keep pace in a world in which digital media becomes accessible anytime, anywhere. The frenzy will be more evident than ever next week in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show, a showcase of the latest products seeking to secure a spot in today's digital age. Information technology companies like Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. will battle traditional electronics companies such as Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. over ways to link or directly bring Internet- and computer-based media to the television.

For the first time, OverclockersClub will be attending CES 2007. Be sure to continuously check out the site for breaking news from CES as we'll be posting about new products & gadgets continuously throughout the day! - syd284 *News Editor*


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News: Not Enough Storage? One-Terabyte Drives Coming Soon

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:42AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - The latest milestone in consumer hard drive capacity -- 1 terabytes of storage " has been achieved by both Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Seagate Technology, which unveiled their latest products in advance of next week's Consumer Electronics Show. Both firms said the drives should be on the market this spring. While 1 Tbyte of storage seems more than anybody could possible fill, it should appeal to millions of TV viewers, according to a report released Thursday by CBS Research, which studied consumer attitudes towards digital media. The report revealed that new breakthroughs and developments in digital media are spurring increased viewing of TV and video. In turn, the increased viewing will result in more storage of video and that will boost the need for more hard disk storage, or so the argument goes.

Click HERE to discuss this in the OCC Forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: USB Developers Approve Micro-USB Connector Specification

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:42AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb -  A new specification for micro USB connectors has been approved by the USB Implementers Forum to replace many of the Mini-series plugs and receptacles used in portable devices. Announced Thursday, the Micro-USB specification will support USB technology in mobile phones as well as in a new generation of ever-smaller portable devices. The new specification will enable more portable devices to communicate with each other when a PC is not available under the umbrella of the USB On-The-Go supplement. The USB-IF said definitions under the specification include Micro-B receptacles for standard devices, Micro-AB receptacles for OTG devices, Micro-A and Micro-B plugs as well as standard cables.


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News: Vista testers get unexpected holiday gift: No TV

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:45AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - Some people testing Microsoft's Windows Vista got an unexpected holiday surprise: their TVs stopped working. Media Center, which is included in the Home Premium and Ultimate versions of the Vista operating system, allows remote-control access to a variety of entertainment options, including television, for machines that have a TV tuner. However, for those running the "release candidate 1" version of the software--the most broadly distributed of the Vista test versions--the TV feature stopped working on December 31. Microsoft blamed the issue on the fact that it has a paid license for the video decoder and Dolby sound technology, and it only licensed those through December 31. The overall RC1 software is not scheduled to expire until June.


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News: Best Buy & Circuit City sales rise in December

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:48AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - Best Buy and Circuit City Stores said on Friday December sales rose, boosted by strong demand for flat-panel televisions and laptop computers during the holiday shopping season. The two biggest U.S. consumer electronics retail chains also raised expectations for their fiscal years. "It was clearly a good result in that the consumer electronics category and the TV categories were really the stars of what was otherwise not a fantastic Christmas season," said Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Colin McGranahan. Best Buy said its December sales at stores open at least 14 months rose 7 percent, while Circuit City said its December sales at stores open at least a year rose 4.2 percent.

What!?!? These stores actually sold more in December? I wonder why this happened? This is so strange...I bet nobody saw this coming. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: Sonic Announces Legitimate Download-to-Own System for DVD Movies

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:50AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Qflix to pave the way for movies on the cheap as well as unlimited supply for retailers. Sonic, the parent company of Roxio, today announced what it calls a licensing program designed to legally allow users to download content from online providers, burn the content onto DVDs, and watch on set-top players. The program, dubbed Qflix, provides Content Scramble System (CSS) protection for high-quality content. The Qflix system requires support from both media manufacturers and drive manufacturers. Online digital content providers will also have to be Qflix-enabled, as will the necessary software. When a user downloads a movie for example, the movie has a CSS tag which is recognized by both the client software as well as the drive. When burned, the movie will only be able to be played back on the PC it was downloaded on as well as a standard DVD player. Users will not be able to copy the burned DVD.


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News: ASUS Z84Jp Notebook Leaked Ahead of CES

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:52AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Asustek's latest desktop replacement gets leaked early. With CES just around the corner, prepare to be bombarded with countless announcements from notebook manufacturers on their latest and greatest mobile offerings. In the case of Asus, one of their new notebooks destined for Las Vegas has made an early appearance over at Notebook Review. The 8.8 pound, 17" (WSXGA+) desktop-replacement Asus Z84Jp supports Intel's Core 2 Duo processors, features a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 mobile GPU and can accommodate up to 4GB of DDR2 533/667MHz memory. When it comes to I/O ports, the Z84Jp is loaded with four USB 2.0 ports, one external SATA port, an ExpressCard slot, VGA, S-Video and HDMI port. A 7-in-1 media reader is also included as is a 2.0MP webcam and 4 speakers plus a subwoofer.


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News: HP Drops DLP to Concentrate on LCD and Plasma

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 10:58AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Despite the good price/performance ratio, HP's DLP televisions are on their way out in favor of LCD and plasma based sets. HP revealed its 2007 lineup of HDTV’s that will be on display at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, and its roster of televisions no longer include DLPs. According to an earlier report on the topic, HP has invested heavily in DLP technology -- making the move away from DLP a rather strange one. Market forces, such as increased demand and lower costs for flat panels, may have had something to do with the decision to concentrate on LCD and plasma. When asked about its plans for new television products for this year Pat Kinley of HP Personal Systems Group explained, “During 2007, HP plans to concentrate engineering resources and marketing efforts towards the growth segments in the HDTV category, which include LCD and plasma TVs and home automation. As a result, we will sell through our existing 2006 inventory of MDTV [microdisplay TV] units and not introduce any new models next year.”


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Review: Be Quiet! 750W & 850W Dark Power Pro PSU

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 01:04PM
Author: Makaveli

Virtual-Hideout - In today's crosshairs we have a couple of modular power supplies from a company called be quiet! That's right, I said BE QUIET! This is another new company to me and looking over their site, I've found they offer some really nice looking power supplies at many different price levels. be quiet! sent out 2 power supplies for review: the BQT P6 PRO750W and the BQT P6 PRO-850W. These units are identical in every way except for the 100W difference, which is spread out over several of the power rails. Also these power supplies have been Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFire approved.


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News: ISSCC Agenda Reveals Faster Power6, Cell, Intel CPUs

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 01:32PM
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DailyTech - A quick look at the program outline for the International Solid State Circuits Conference reveals Power6 chips faster than 5GHz, Cell chips faster than 6GHz and 80-core Intel processors. Many believe that the race for GHz ended with the Pentium 4 architecture, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the speed of these two upcoming IBM processors. According to the agenda of the International Solid State Circuits conference, IBM’s Power6 Processor will operate at speeds of over 5GHz in high-performance applications. The second-generation of the Cell Broadband Engine processor, which was co-developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, will run at 6GHz.  More details of Intel's "teraflop-on-a-chip" network processor will also be revealed.


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OCC News: OverclockersClub Has a New Design!

Posted: January 5, 2007 @ time: 01:33PM
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OverclockersClub - As you can probably tell, we have updated OCC with a new and improved look. We will slowly but surely be updating the rest of the forums with the new design. If you find anything wrong or have any comments / suggestions on the new design, please post them HERE.


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News: Wi-Fi Capable Cars En Route

Posted: January 6, 2007 @ time: 01:28AM
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DailyTech - Rental internet service offered for the traveler in the rental car Autonet Mobile, a wireless-technology based company, is expected to make an announcement regarding a contract with Avis Rent-A-Car System to provide rolling Wi-Fi for Avis Customers.  This new offer by Avis is to be in motion by March.  Avis will charge $10.95 a day for a portable, notebook-sized device that that plugs into the cars power supply and offers the motorist high-speed internet. Mobile Wi-Fi hot spots allow laptops or other portable devices to take advantage of the internet without the use of a hardline.

This would be good for the long family trips or just long trip in general, unless your the driver lol
- Fried_fry *News Editor*


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