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News Archives for May 2007

Review: Ultra ChillTEC CPU Cooler

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 02:34AM
Author: jammin

Techgage - With the summer heat right around the corner, you need to figure out a good way to keep your CPU cool. Has Ultra come to the rescue with their ChillTEC cooler? As the name suggests, it uses a Thermo-electric Chip to help moderate the temperature of your CPU. The big question is though: Is this Totally-Enormous-Cooler worth your $130?

Click HERE to compare this to the OCC Review of the Ultra ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler - jammin *News Editor*


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OCC Poll: Your thoughts on OCC News

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 02:38AM
Author: jammin

OverclockersClub - This week for OCC Poll #10, we're talking news. More specifically, what do you think about the current amount of news that is being posted on OverclockersClub.com? Would you like to see more? Is there to much? We'd like to know what you guys think. Like all OCC Polls, this one will end in one week. (May 6th)


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Review: SteelSound 3H Headset

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 04:15AM
Author: Nemo

Bjorn3D - Whether a frequent LAN goer or the family computer happens to share the bedroom, there are plenty of reasons why a good quality headset might be needed. 105mm Howitzer fire going off at 1am on a Monday morning with your window wide open and your neighbor’s bedroom about ten feet away would be an ideal example! The SteelSound 3H we have for this review is the most economical headset offered by SteelSeries. Nonetheless these are marketed as a “professional gaming headset”, therefore I will test them accordingly.


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Review: Thermalright Inferno FX-14 CPU Cooler Preview

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 06:08AM
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[H]ardocp - Thermalright gives HardOCP an exclusive first look at their new Inferno FX-14 heatsink as we break in our new Core2Duo test bed along with a new cooling editor in the Great Northwest...When I first opened the package containing the IFX-14 I will admit that I was pretty skeptical. I was worried that we were going to have problems with clearance over the memory or heatpipe cooling system on the motherboard. Not only did I have nothing to worry about but the great performance numbers the IFX-14 put up on our overclocked Core2Duo turned me around completely. I was disappointed that we were unable to utilize the HR-10 cooler because I am curious to see what kind of an impact it would have had. I hope Thermalright plans to sell the IFX-14 separately (and maybe for a bit cheaper) from the HR-10 in addition to the paired kit for those of us that cannot use it.


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Review: Thermalright HR-03 Plus VGA Cooler

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 06:18AM
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OCIA - Thermalright gives HardOCP an exclusive first look at their new Inferno FX-14 heatsink as we break in our new Core2Duo test bed along with a new cooling editor in the Great Northwest...When I first opened the package containing the IFX-14 I will admit that I was pretty skeptical. I was worried that we were going to have problems with clearance over the memory or heatpipe cooling system on the motherboard. Not only did I have nothing to worry about but the great performance numbers the IFX-14 put up on our overclocked Core2Duo turned me around completely. I was disappointed that we were unable to utilize the HR-10 cooler because I am curious to see what kind of an impact it would have had. I hope Thermalright plans to sell the IFX-14 separately (and maybe for a bit cheaper) from the HR-10 in addition to the paired kit for those of us that cannot use it.


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Review: eVGA GeForce 7600 GS 512MB Video Card

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 06:26AM
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LegitReviews - Today we take a look at a popular GPU with above average memory size, the EVGA 7600 GS 512MB. It is hard to believe it has been over a year now that we covered the launch of the GeForce 7600 GS, but we know that the 7600 GS is a capable performer and can be found for under $100! What’s more is that the card can run Vista Aero with no problems and makes it a perfect card for those needing an upgrade over their existing integrated graphics. Integrated graphics eat into your system memory, taking away space that could be used for applications and they do a poor job of accelerating the Vista experience. It also makes a pretty darned good gaming card too


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News: GeForce 8600GTS with 256-Bit Memory Bus in June?

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 06:39AM
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Madshrimps - Chilehardware picked up some info about the possible launch of a faster 8600 GTS with 256-bit memory bus in June (date mentioned coincides with Computex); the doubled bandwidth bus would give the 8600 GTS the boost needed to make it the promised budget king. Let's hope it's true: "In June I get information to us on a future revision from GeForce 8600GTS to be sent during the first week of June. This new revision would have a controller of memory able to handle these with a bandwidth of 256-bit. This in comparison to the present model of 128-bit would duplicate effective bandwidth between graphical processor and the memory attack to same operating frequency. The new model of GeForce 8600GTS civil employee to the same frequency of nucleus and memories, nevertheless the reference model ademas would have 512MB of memory, thus duplicating nonsingle bandwidth to memories but also the capacity of storage. It is to hope that one is a launching with noise during Computex - the fair of computer science of Taipei - since the dates ironically agree."


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News: Apple invites all partners to offer DRM-free music

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 10:06AM
Author: jammin

Techspot - While it's unlikely that all vendors will instantly jump on the opportunity, Apple is opening their doors to a world of DRM-free music. Yesterday, Apple announced that they will let any of their partners offer DRM-free content, both music and videos. Having already made a similar deal with EMI, it seems Apple wants to encourage other labels to introduce DRM-free formats to the market. Will anybody bite? I certainly hope so, as any additional vendor joining EMI would be a huge success for consumer freedom.


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News: Dell to use Ubuntu on Linux PCs

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 10:06AM
Author: jammin

BBC - Computer maker Dell has chosen Ubuntu as the operating system for its range of Linux computers for consumers. Fans of Linux hope that the move will persuade more mainstream PC users to abandon Microsoft Windows and opt for the open-source operating system. London-based firm Canonical, the lead sponsor of the Ubuntu project, will ensure the software works on Dell PCs. Ubuntu includes software like office programs, e-mail, a browser, instant messaging software and a media player.


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News: MSI 8600GT Competition

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 10:55AM
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xsreviews - Recently Nvidia's G86 and G84 based cards have been doing the rounds on review sites and XSR was no different. However, we thought what better way to compliment our review of the 8600GT than to give one away in a competition? So that's just what we've done...To win this card it couldn't be simpler. All you have to do is be a member of our forums and post 10 times. Those with membership already simply need to make the posts. The deadline for the competition is the 1st of June. The winner will be chosen at random from all entrants on that day.


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Review: Squeezing More Out of the 650i SLI Chipset: Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 11:02AM
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SysOpt - Asus tackles the same low-cost SLI performance market as its rival ECS, but with a slightly different approach that gives the P5N-E SLI somewhat more gamer and overclocker appeal. Handy added features such as an eSATA controller and FireWire push the P5N-E SLI a bit upscale from its ECS rival...The best reason we can find to choose Asus is its stellar overclocking stability, far and away the best results we've seen from our old pre-retail processor core. This might be just the perfect board for overclockers who don't care about onboard audio, so long as adding a sound card to one of the two available PCI slots isn't a problem.


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Guide: Compression Comparison Guide Rev. 2.0 Complete

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 11:07AM
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TechARP - This update completes the Compression Comparison Guide. Finally, 5 years after we posted the first version, we have a new revision of the guide. This new Compression Comparison Guide takes a look at 11 common data compressors and their performance in 8 different filesets at 3 different compression settings. The result is a detailed but easily accessible look at these data compressors and how they perform with a wide variety of filetypes. The results of this guide will surprise you. Data compressors that we may have given up as old-fashioned or outdated are actually still highly competitive. Even filesets that you thought was difficult to compress can be relatively easy to tackle. Read on and find out. We hope this guide will help you choose the best data compressor and settings for your compression tasks


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News: The big ones out of DDR3

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 11:38AM
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Fudzilla - Even the big guys like Kingston, Corsair and OCZ haven't got any samples of DDR3 memory yet. It is still in the labs and it is not available in quantity. They are still testing motherboard compatibility. It will take at least two more weeks until these guys push any samples for reviews. The official launch date for the P35 chipset is around Computex, but you might see some motherboard reviews even before then, as we reported here. DDR3 is an expensive beast, but it works with 1.5 to 1.6 V even when it's overclocked to 1333 MHz. we hope to get our hands on some of this memory soon.


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Review: DDR2 Roundup: Crucial, OCZ and Patriot

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 11:44AM
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DriverHeaven - In the current marketplace buying memory for a high performance PC can be one of the most difficult tasks. It wasn’t long ago that everyone (except the hardcore overclockers) could safely purchase PC3200 sticks with tight timings and be assured of great performance. With motherboards on the Intel platform allowing speeds in excess of any memory currently available manufacturers are releasing sticks which vary in their methods of being the “fastest”. Some go with relatively low speeds of 800Mhz and use tight timings. Others go with higher bandwidth 1066 MHz modules and looser timings. Today we are going to take a look at 3 different brands of memory which are all aimed at the enthusiast market, however each has its own unique selling points, which one should you go for?


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Review: USB Flash Drive Round-Up: Corsair, OCZ and Kingston

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 11:51AM
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HotHardware - The performance seen in this flash drive round-up can be summed up fairly easily. The best performance hands down was offered by the 8GB Corsair Voyager GT. Corsair claims to have built the Voyager GT with performance in mind, and the results substantiate that claim. The 1GB Kingston DataTraveler ReadyFlash and OCZ Rally2 also perform well, with the ReadyFlash outpacing the Rally2 more often than not. We were a little surprised that the Rally2 didn't perform a little better. On the other hand, we didn't know what to expect of the OCZ Mega-Kart, but we were left wishing it could transfer data faster than it did. If you want one of the best all-around drives on the market, look towards the Corsair Voyager GT. Simply put, the 8GB Corsair Voyager GT is one of the best flash drives we've ever had the pleasure of using. It's blazingly fast, rugged, feature-rich, and offers a whopping 8GB of storage space. Often times, the larger flash drives are slower, but that is definitely not the case with the Voyager GT.


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News: Velocity Micro Acquires Overdrive PC

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 11:59AM
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[H]ardocp - One thing we all learned while producing H Consumer evaluations was that Velocity Micro and Overdrive PC stood out as two of the shining stars in the boutique computer industry. As of today, these two powerhouse builders are joining forces. I think the two will both greatly benefit from each others business cultures and models. I would not hesitate to recommend either builder to anyone looking to purchase a fully built performance system. "Acquiring Overdrive PC gives Velocity Micro a further competitive advantage in the PC industry by bringing even higher computer performance to its larger and more mainstream customer base. Overdrive PC’s core technology includes Hyperclocking™, the most extreme mode of overclocking, which is the practice of tweaking PC components to reliably run at significantly higher speeds, thereby releasing more of the component's maximum potential."


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News: E3 stifles criticism, falls on sword

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 12:06PM
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Inquirer - Welcome to the new E3 Media & Business Summit. This one really cuts down on who shows up, it is invite only, and that is their downfall. You need to be invited by one of the attendees to get in. In fact, if you don't already have an invite, you are SOL. This is the biggest end-run around any criticism and a complete stifling of the press that I have seen in years. What is the problem? If a company likes you, you are in. If they don't like you, you are shut out. This would not be a big deal if you could get a ticket some other way, but there is no other way. So, who do companies invite? The tame, the paid off, and the ones they know will give them good coverage.


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News: Ozzie's quiet revolution at Microsoft

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 01:31PM
Author: LoArmistead

c|net - Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, is not one to take extreme views or make outlandish claims. But he is adamantly sure of one thing: a combination of software and online services is the future. And so far, Ozzie's contention that the industry is going through a disruptive shift from software to services is bearing out.


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Review: Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 01:33PM
Author: LoArmistead

I4U - Right out of the box the main feature of the Saitek Obsidian became apparent, the lack of a scroll wheel. This missing scroll wheel doesn’t mean that the Obsidian has a touch sensitive scroll area that allows you to scroll up and down and well as a command to lack the scroll function allowing the movement of the mouse up and down to scroll the page.


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Review: Thermaltake Bigwater 760i

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 01:35PM
Author: LoArmistead

Hardware Secrets - Thermaltake showed us a working prototype of what can be their next water-cooling system, Bigwater 760i. They are, however, still studying whether they are going to release this product in the US market or not. Bigwater 760i is an all-in-one water-cooling solution that can be easily installed on two available 5 ¼” bays of your PC case. Check it out.


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Review: Rantopad Mouse Pads

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 02:00PM
Author: jammin

XSReviews.co.uk - "Rantopads aren’t particularly well-known, in fact this is my first insight into their products. Offering several types for different gamer’s tastes, there is sure to be one that suits your playing style."
XSReviews.co.uk has reviewed three different pads from Rantopad:
- Rantopad P4
- Rantopad Super C4
- Rantopad Mammoth


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Guide: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 02:04PM
Author: jammin

PCStats - PCSTATS is pleased to present this latest installment of our Windows XP Tips collection. This guide brings you 104 ways to make using Windows XP faster, safer and more enjoyable. Combined with our first two tips articles,101 Tech Tips and 99 Performance Tweaks, PCSTATS now has over 300 of the best tips for Microsoft Windows XP assembled in one place!


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News: Microsoft doc names Longhorn as 'Windows Server 2007'

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

ComputerWorld - Microsoft will tag its next server software, now codenamed Longhorn, with the prosaic "Windows Server 2007," according to a document on the company's site. Dutch MVP (Microsoft Most Valued Professional) Steven Bink noticed the document on MSDN, the Microsoft Developers Network, today, and posted a link to it on his Web site. Titled "Hosting and Consuming WCF Services" and written by Dennis Mulder and Chris Peiris, both employees of IT consultancy Avanade, the piece uses "Windows Server 2007" numerous times as the nameplate for the next-generation server. The software, still stuck with the Longhorn Server name, is due out before the end of the year, Microsoft has said. The newest version, Beta 3, was unveiled just last week.


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News: Vonage requests retrial in Verizon patent dispute

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

c|net - A pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ruling designed to make it easier to challenge obvious patents prompted Vonage on Tuesday to ask for a new trial in an ongoing dispute with Verizon. One day after the high court released a unanimous opinion widely viewed as one of the most sweeping changes to patent law in years, the struggling Internet phone company asked the U.S. Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit to put its pending appeals process on hold and send the case back to the lower court for a new trial. Vonage interim CEO Jeffrey Citron voiced confidence that the decision would have "positive implications" for his company's patent battle with the nation's second-largest phone company.


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News: Apple plugs QuickTime zero-day flaw

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

c|net - Apple on Tuesday released a QuickTime update to fix a security flaw that was used to breach a MacBook Pro at a recent security conference. The media player vulnerability lies in QuickTime for Java, Apple said in a security alert. The hole could be exploited through a rigged Web site and let an attacker commandeer computers running both Mac OS X and Windows, the Mac maker said. "By enticing a user to visit a Web page containing a maliciously crafted Java applet, an attacker can trigger the issue, which may lead to arbitrary code execution," Apple said. Only computers running an unfixed version of QuickTime would be at risk.


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News: Music mystery of Da Vinci Code chapel cracked

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

Telegraph.co.uk - A Scottish church featured in The Da Vinci Code is embroiled in a fresh mystery of secret codes and heretical knowledge - but this one could be more than mere fiction. An ex-RAF codebreaker and his composer son say they have deciphered a musical score hidden for nearly 600 years in the elaborate carvings on the walls of Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel, theories connect it with the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and the head of Christ The pair believe the tune was encrypted because knowledge of music could have been considered heretical. Thomas Mitchell, 75, a music teacher, and his son Stuart, 41, a pianist and composer, say they became intrigued by the markings on the chapel's arches more than 20 years ago.


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News: Mouse brain simulated on computer

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

BBC - US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer. The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. In other smaller simulations the researchers say they have seen characteristics of thought patterns observed in real mouse brains. Now the team is tuning the simulation to make it run faster and to make it more like a real mouse brain.


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News: Gateway Selling Quad Core Desktop at Retail

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

DigitalTrends - Gateway announced today plans to sell a quad-core desktop based on its FX series via major retailers. These retail additions to the Gateway FX series, with a starting price around $2,100, will be joined at retail by a portable media drive kit priced at around $150.


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News: Hynix receives DDR3 validation from Intel

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 05:38PM
Author: Nemo

DigiTimes - Hynix Semiconductor today announced it has received validation on its DDR3 memory components and modules from Intel. The newly-validated DDR3 products are 1Gb DDR3 SDRAM component manufactured on 80nm process technology, 1GB 2GB DDR3 Unbuffered-DIMMs. These devices have operating speeds of 800MHz and 1066MHz and a 1.5V power supply. These speeds are offered in latency combinations of 5-5-5 and 6-6-6 for 800MHz, and 7-7-7 for 1066MHz, to suit the needs of a wide range of PCs, workstations and other applications.


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Review: Samsung 275T

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 07:17PM
Author: Nemo

Overclockers Online - Some people say big may not be necessarily better. I guess they haven't had the luxury of working with a 27" LCD monitor. In this case, big has definitely been a huge plus in my book. Samsung once again brings a smile to my face and makes friends envious of the toys I get to play with.


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Review: ASUS Lamborghini VX2

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 07:17PM
Author: Nemo

Techgage - When we took the VX1 for a test drive in November, we were impressed. ASUS has returned though with an update, appropriately called the VX2. It includes revamped styling, a much more appropriate video card, a fingerprint reader and high-end webcam. If you've been holding out for a revision, you will be glad you did.


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Review: Major League Baseball 2K7

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 07:17PM
Author: Nemo

GameApex - Many of us in the USA have had a long cold winter, but I have good news for you!Baseball is here and you all know that usually means: Spring Time!And if it is still cold in your area, go grab a copy of Major League Baseball 2K7 and warm yourself up!Once you pop it in you will see that this is the next-generation baseball game and why 2K Sports is such a power house in the sports games.While 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K6 left a lot to be desired when it made its first appearance on the X-Box 360 last April, there are many improvements in all areas of the game. The game play is awesome and the detailed graphics are just amazing. Its game features are bound to keep you busy for hours on end!


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News: Kutaragi Has Plans for PlayStation 4, 5 and 6

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 07:27PM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Although Ken Kutaragi is set to retire on June 19, the father of the now three generations of PlayStation may only be half through his plans for the console. According to an interview with EE Times, Kutaragi said, “As a matter of course, I have the vision of PlayStation 4, 5 and 6, which will merge into the network.”


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Review: APEVIA X-QPACK2 Aluminum Case w/ 3 Windows

Posted: May 1, 2007 @ time: 07:30PM
Author: LoArmistead

ProClockers - It seems that small form factor (SFF) cases have made a big push in the computer community in recent years. For a lot of individuals the only reason they refuse to go the SFF route even though they want to is usually due to size restrictions. Its kind of a disappointment to have to sacrifice some valuable components because you don't have a case big enough to support them. Then came the Apevia X-QPack small form factor case that was a godsend to most. It boasted room for a full size power supply and better cooling then any other unit on the market. So how do you improve on this?


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Review: Zalman CNPS9700 LED CPU Cooler

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 12:32AM
Author: jammin

ThinkComputers.org - A little while back we took a look at the Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 CPU cooler. It really performed well and we gave it our 10 out of 10 rating. So when I got the CNPS9700 LED in to review I was excited to see what it could do. The CNPS9700 LED is basically a larger version of the CNPS9500. Because it is larger it has a 110mm fan compared to the 92mm fan on the 9500. So this cooler should perform just as good if not better than the 9500. Read on to see if it does...


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Review: Icy Dock MB448UR 2.5" IDE Removable Hard Drive Rack

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 04:16AM
Author: Nemo

Bjorn3D - Imagine if your laptop suddenly died due to an overheated processor or a burned out motherboard or a broken AC adapter. What are you going to do with all that precious data on the hard drive? Well, the first thing you'll probably do is panic. Then, maybe you'll kick yourself, and maybe even swear some profanity to the laptop maker. And all because you're not doing a routine backup of your data. Okay, after all that panic and all that anger is released, it’s time to find a solution to retrieve your valuable data. One solution would be to take your laptop to data recovery professionals and have them charge you an insane amount of money just to retrieve your data. Or you can just buy a laptop hard drive converter which allows you to read the hard drive data on your desktop either via the USB or IDE. Well, that’s exactly what the ICY Dock’s MB448UR comes to play. The MB448 is actually a line of the laptop hard drive enclosure which ICY Dock currently carries. The differences among different MB448s lie on the internal host connectors (either via 40 pin IDE or USB) and external connectors (USB).   The enclosure is designed to accommodate 2.5’’ IDE hard drive. The MB448UR that we will be looking at today is their most versatile 2.5’’ enclosure as it functions not only as an internal enclosure, it can be used as external enclosure as well, so it can be used as a portable storage device.


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News: AMD: 45nm, DDR3 and Socket AM3 in 2008

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 06:23AM
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DailyTech - In the second half of 2008, AMD will begin to migrate its K10 architecture to the 45nm node. AMD explicitly to mentions that its 45nm process technology utilizes silicon-on-insulator (SOI). Intel's 45nm process node, slated for introduction later this year, uses conventional CMOS process technology. The halo AMD 45nm chip, Deneb FX, shares the same functionality as its 65nm counterpart, Agena. Both families incorporate native quad-core designs and shared-L3 cache support. Deneb FX goes one step further, adding support for DDR3 on the integrated memory controller.


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News: Lexar Announces 16GB ExpressCard SSD

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 06:51AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Lexar announces USB 2.0-based ExpressCard SSDs in sizes of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. For those looking for a cost-effective way to add solid-state storage to your notebook computer, there are a few options available to you. Transcend announced a USB 2.0-based 16GB ExpressCard SSD in early April that allows you to delve into the SSD world without opening up your notebook case.


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News: Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 07:09AM
Author: LoArmistead

Speakeasy - Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States. This move strengthens Best Buy's technology portfolio in the small business space, delivered through the company's Best Buy For Business unit. Best Buy anticipates a closing date for the transaction in the first quarter of its 2008 fiscal year. Following the close, Speakeasy would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy. The company disclosed the purchase price of approximately $97 million, which represents approximately 1.2 times Speakeasy's calendar year 2006 revenue of $80 million. Best Buy currently expects the transaction to be neutral to fiscal 2008 earnings.


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News: AMD's Upcoming Name Change on Desktop Processors

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 07:14AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Tired of writing a book to describe a CPU? So is AMD. If typing "AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 89W 1MB L2 Brisbane" feels like a chore, don't fret as you'll only have to put up with it a little bit longer. AMD's newest roadmap reveals the company has plans to change the naming schedule of its upcoming processors. The first of these processors to get the new nomenclature are the low-power, dual-core Brisbane CPUs. These processors, clocked in the 1.9 GHz to 2.3 GHz range, will feature a 45W thermal envelope. AMD guidance claims these chips will get a simpler designation than "Athlon 64 X2 4000+ 45W 1MB L2 Brisbane."


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News: Over Half of Notebooks to Use Flash by Q4 2009

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 07:18AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - The use of NAND flash memory in notebooks is expected to increase sharply in the next few years. We've seen the steady rise in availability of flash solid-state drives in the past few months from Adtron, Samsung and SanDisk. Dell has even gone so far as to add SanDisk's 1.8" 32GB UATA 5000 SSD as a $450 option on its Latitude D420 and a $300 option on its Latitude D620 ATG. The company is also currently offering the drive by itself for a whopping $549 on its website.


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Review: Noiseblocker Fans

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 08:13AM
Author: Nemo

XSReviews - Noiseblocker have been around the block a few times when it comes to cooling fans. They are hailed the world over for their near silent operation and cooling ability. Let's see what all the hype is about.


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Review: Arctic Cooling PWM Fans

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 08:23AM
Author: Nemo

XSReviews - Arctic cooling produces some of the worlds better heatsinks and their products can be found in many an enthusiasts humming rig. However heatsinks are not the only product they focus on, they also put a lot of R n 'D into their fans. Today I have two of them, their 120mm and 90mm PWM Arctic Fans; lets see how they perform.


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Review: Nexus NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 08:23AM
Author: Nemo

3dGameMan - Nexus has a really great product here. Their build quality is top notch with the performance to back up the beauty. Installation was a bit more involved than we would have liked to see but was easy enough. The smaller foot print of the disk shaped fins was also a nice bonus…


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News: LEGO Johnny Five is (kinda) alive; needs input

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 08:48AM
Author: jammin

Engadget - While we're no strangers to the crazy robots people build out of LEGOs, Daniele Benedettelli's LEGO Johnny Five has got to be the most awe-inspiring brickwork we've seen in a while. The NXT-based 'bot actually contains two NXT units that communicate via Bluetooth to provide Mr. Five a full range of motion from his 6 motors and as much input as he can handle from up to 8 sensors. Benedettelli built the model after careful study of Johnny Five photos to determine his precise measurements, and two previous attempts.


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Review: Fujitsu Lifebook P7230 Notebook

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 01:22PM
Author: Nemo

XYZ Computing - This review will be looking at Fujitsu's P7230 ultraportable. This tiny system is part of a new crop of ultraportable's that use LED backlighting in order to get great display performance while maintaining a long battery life. That is the main technological achievement of the system but it is by no means all it has going for it. The P7230 is built on an ultra mobile platform that includes an Intel Core Solo U1400 processor, an optical drive, and a 10.6" display. This smaller format factor allows for a very light weight and great portability but limits the power of the system as well as aspects that affect usability, like the size of the keyboard.


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Review: The GeForce 8800 Ultra series from nVidia

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 05:30PM
Author: oldfett

There are several reviews of the new 8800 Ultra series cards coming out today.  Here's a list of sites with news and reviews:

Review: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra & SLI @ [H]ardocp
News: EVGA's 8800GTX matches Nvidia's Ultra @ Inquirer
News: GeForce 8800 Ultra arrives, not all cards are the same @ Inquirer
Review: GeForce 8800Ultra Mini Review: G80's Last Stand? @ GotFragHardware
Review: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra Edition @ DailyTech
Review: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra Graphics Card @ Tech ARP


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Review: Nexus 80 Plus Power Supplies

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 05:34PM
Author: oldfett

3dGameMan - The Nexus 80 Plus Power Supplies are excellent for a Home Theatre PC setup or in any environment where a quiet power supply is required. Due to wattage limitations, they are really not intended for a hardcore gaming rig though. All of these power supplies are identical on the outside with a steel housing which is painted black. There’s one quiet 120mm fan and the fan grill is recessed which ensures it will fit in any ATX case. These power supplies also have lots of leads, most of these leads are modular, but a few are hard wired into the power supply and can’t be removed. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.


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News: Firefox users urge Dell to preinstall the browser

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 06:14PM
Author: Nemo

ComputerWorld - Firefox users are drawing on Dell Inc.'s user-driven IdeaStorm site to push the computer maker to preinstall the open-source browser. With Dell's announcement yesterday that it will offer Ubuntu Linux on some systems, the petition to put Firefox on new PCs has climbed to second place on IdeaStorm, behind a call to offer OpenOffice.org, a free application suite. On IdeaStorm, the Firefox preinstall petition has collected more than 70,000 votes since its introduction Feb. 19, a day after the opinion-collecting site went live. Only the pleas for OpenOffice, with more than 96,000, and preinstalled Linux, with 132,000, have collected more votes.


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News: Microsoft says Silverlight not vulnerable to most common exploits

Posted: May 2, 2007 @ time: 06:14PM
Author: Nemo

ComputerWorld - Silverlight, Microsoft Corp.’s upcoming Web media software, may be several months from its official release, but experts have already reached a consensus -- albeit a weak one -- about how secure it will prove to be. That consensus favors Microsoft's argument that the software won't be easily exploitable by hackers. Microsoft says that Silverlight, a browser plug-in that works with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, has key attributes that should prevent Silverlight from such exploits. But they warn that current attack trends could reveal Silverlight's vulnerabilities, if any, sooner rather than later. Hackers are moving away from the operating system layer and towards attacking Web-based applications. In addition, the long-standing tendency for attackers to target Microsoft products will test the software severely.


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