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News Archives for September 2007

OCC Affiliate Reviews: Saturday Edition

Posted: September 1, 2007 @ time: 07:30AM
Author: Nemo

BlastFlow Siberian Modular VGA Waterblock @ bit-tech
Visiontek ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro Videocard @ RBMods
Comex 2007 Singapore Day 2 Coverage @ TweakTown
BioShock Gameplay Performance @ NVNews
NZXT Lexa Blackline PC Case @ ThinkComputers.org
GIGABYTE 8500GT Turbo Force Ultra @ TweakTown


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Edition

Posted: September 3, 2007 @ time: 06:50PM
Author: Nemo

ED#53 : Intel's Future Plans @ Tech ARP
HIS HD 2900 XT 1GB GDDR4 in Crossfire @ TweakTown
Kingston 2x1GB PC3-8500 DDR3 ValueRam @ Virtual-Hideout
Biostar T-Force TP35D3-A7 Dlx @ Overclockers Online
Lenovo ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch Laptop @ ThinkComputers.org
ASUS Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity Sound Card @ TweakTown
Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 1333MHZ FSB Processor @ Tweaknews.net


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Morning Edition

Posted: September 4, 2007 @ time: 05:24AM
Author: Nemo

Thermaltake Tai-Chi M+ @ Bjorn3D
TTIC Micro Flow Intel S775 Water Block Performance @ Madshrimps
Kingwin Gladiator Hybrid Liquid CPU Cooler @ Virtual-Hideout
Mario Strikers Charged @ Bonafide Reviews
ASUS Xonar D2 Sound Card @ Techgage
Ultra X3 600Watt Modular Power Supply @ Tweaknews.net


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News: China denies hacking the Pentagon

Posted: September 4, 2007 @ time: 08:06AM
Author: oldfett

BBC News - China has denied reports that its military hacked into the computer network of the US Department of Defense in Washington. The Financial Times quoted US officials as saying the Chinese army made the attack, which crashed part of a system for the defense secretary's office. The reports come as US President George W Bush prepared to meet his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, at the Apec summit in Sydney, Australia.


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News: Men want hot women!

Posted: September 4, 2007 @ time: 08:19AM
Author: oldfett

CNN - Science is confirming what most women know: When given the choice for a mate, men go for good looks. And guys won't be surprised to learn that women are much choosier about partners than they are. Researchers led by Todd report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that their study found humans were similar to most other mammals, "following Darwin's principle of choosy females and competitive males, even if humans say something different." Their study involved 26 men and 20 women in Munich, Germany.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Afternoon Edition

Posted: September 4, 2007 @ time: 10:59AM
Author: Nemo

Zalman USB Surround Sound Headphones @ bit-tech.net
SilverStone FM123 120mm Fan with Fan Controller @ DVHardware.net
EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl Water Cooled Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam @ XYZ Computing
Asus Xonar D2 @ bit-tech.net


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 05:21AM
Author: Nemo

Western Digital RaptorX WD1500AHFD 150GB Clear Top SATA Hard Drive @ PCSTATS
Creating A WinPE 2.0 Bootable USB Key Rev. 1.1 @ Tech ARP
Tagan ICYBOX Enclosure @ GideonTech
Silverstone Olympia OP1000 1000W Power Supply @ ExtremeMHz
Saitek 1600DPI & 3200DPI Gaming Mice @ Techgage
SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers.org
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption @ Bonafide Reviews
Seagate Freeagent Pro eSATA/USB Storage@ TweakTown


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News: Yahoo Buys Ad Firm BlueLithium For $300 million

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 06:51AM
Author: jammin

BBC News - It's no secret that Yahoo has been struggling a bit in recent times, with profits falling for each of the last six quarters. Google still dominates the web advertising sector, but Yahoo is attempting to regain some ground with the purchase of BlueLithium for $300 million. One would assume this is all part of new boss Jerry Yang's "strategic plan" to boost Yahoo's performance. BlueLithium provide technology which enables websites to match adverts more closely to users' interests, and boasts General Motors among its clients. Yahoo also recently purchased online advertising exchange Right Media for $700m. Whether recent moves will have the desired affect is yet to be seen and it is worth noting that the major players in the sector have all been strengthening their advertising power over the past few months.


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News: NVIDIA Cheats In HD HQV Benchmark?

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 07:05AM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - AMD (ATI) and NVDIA have never been afraid to accuse each other of shady tactics to gain an upper hand. This continues in the latest allegation by AMD, that NVIDIA cheated Silicon Optix’s HD HQV benchmark, or more specifically in the noise reduction section of the benchmark (which also happens to account for 25% of the overall score). AMD is saying that NVIDIA has been using an aggressive noise reduction algorithm, which causes visible ghosting. Of course NVIDIA have denied the claims and say that the tests were performed with older ForceWare 163.11 beta drivers that default to an aggressive setting. Apparently the newest ForceWare 163.44 beta drivers have a less aggressive noise reduction setting as default. NVIDIA also note that noise reduction settings can be manually adjusted by the user and even turned off completely. You might think that large companies like these would be above banding accusations around and let products speak for themselves, but as long as money depends on it I'm sure it will continue.


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News: Prostitution targeted on Craigslist

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 07:13AM
Author: oldfett

c|net - The eight women visited Long Island this summer along with vacationing families and other business travelers, staying in hotels and motels in commercial strips in middle-class suburbs like East Garden City, Hicksville and Woodbury. Their ages ranged from 20 to 32. All eight were arrested on prostitution charges here, snared in a new sting operation by the Nassau County police that focuses on Craigslist.org, the ubiquitous Web site best known for its employment and for-sale advertisements but which law enforcement officials say is increasingly also used to trade sex for money.


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News: Update to the iPod line?

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 07:23AM
Author: oldfett

PC World - Apple is famously tight-lipped when it comes to future product announcements. But the company may have tipped its hand about its plans this week when issuing invitations to a Wednesday, September 5 press event at the Moscone West expo hall in San Francisco. The invitations for Wednesday's event feature the same iPod-wielding silhouette that makes up Apple's ad campaign for its portable music player. And that, plus the large-scale venue selected for the event, has amped up speculation that the company plans to overhaul its iPod line in a significant way. Specifically, chatter on iPod-focused Web sites and other places Apple fans are likely to hang out suggest that a new "sixth-generation" video iPod may be on the way. The more popular rumors suggest the possibilities of Wi-Fi connectivity or a variation on the "multi-touch" interface used by Apple's much-hyped iPhone.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 11:08AM
Author: Nemo

Lian-Li PC-B25 @ bit-tech.net
Intel QX6850 Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core 1333MHZ FSB Processor @ Tweaknews.net
Dragon Naturally Speaking @ Bjorn3D
BandRich C100 HSDPA 3.5G Modem @ TweakTown
BioShock DX10 Performance and Image Quality @ [H]ardOCP
Gigabyte iSolo 210 Case @ 3dGameMan


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News: iPod Lineup Renewed - Now iPod Touch, Classic, Nano And Shuffle

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 02:36PM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - Well, as was speculated Apple revealed a major update to its iPod lineup today, with significant and not so significant changes to all models. The new addition to the iPod family is the iPod touch, which as the name would suggest is basically the same as an iPhone without the 'phone' features. It also doubles the capacity of the iPhone, coming in 8GB and 16GB flavours. The iPod touch does retain the Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPhone so you can use it for web browsing in the appropriate hotspots.

What was the iPod Video is now called the iPod classic. It features the familiar look of previous iPod generations, but is now of completely metal construction and thinner than the older model. The HDD capacity doubles up here as well, jumping from 80GB to 160GB. Plenty for all but the most demanding of music collections I would imagine. Battery life is also claimed to improve, with up to 40 hours of music or 7 hours of video playback.

The iPod Nano is still called the Nano, but looks considerably different from earlier Nano models as it moves to a video capable format (with a 2" QVGA display). The new Nano comes in five different colours and in capacities of 4GB and 8GB. Both the iPod Classic and iPod Nano will feature a new interface which includes the now familiar cover flow. The iPod shuffle does get a refresh as well, but simply in the form of a new range of colours (for a sense of completeness on Apples part I suspect).

The new models should be available sometime this week at the following prices: iPod Touch 8GB for $299 and 16GB for $399 - iPod Classic 80GB for $249 and 160GB for $349 - iPod Nano 4GB for $149 and 8GB for $199 - iPod shuffle 1GB for $79. That gives apple a complete top to bottom price scale, which should mean all models find some form of popularity.


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News: Intel Rolls Out 'Tigerton' Xeons

Posted: September 5, 2007 @ time: 03:11PM
Author: jammin

engadget - Intel released its quad-core Tigerton Xeons today, destined for heavy duty server use (think Muli-Processor systems). The new chips come in at prices ranging from $856 to $2,301 per chip, in 1,000-unit quantities. The top-end of this lineup is the X7350, which features a clockspeed of 2.93GHz and 8MB of shared cache, plus a TDP of 130W. As we look down the lineup we also see the E7340, E7320 and E7310 clocked at 2.4GHz, 2.13GHz and 1.6GHz respectively. Each of these feature a TDP of 80W. There are also a couple of dual-core Tigerton chips, with the E7220 clocked at 2.93GHz and the E7210 at 2.4GHz, which have the same 80W TDP and 8MB shared cache of the quad-core variants.

You may be wondering what makes Tigerton different to other Xeon processors based on the Clovertown core. Well, while Clovertown Xeons are limited to dual-processor configurations, Tigerton 7300 series chips allow scaling up to 32 processors (which would be total of 128 CPU cores).


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Morning Edition

Posted: September 6, 2007 @ time: 03:14AM
Author: jammin

Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 @ Techgage
Antec 850w Quattro Power Supply @ Virtual-Hideout
FluidXP Ultra @ PCApex
Shuttle SG33G5 Pro SFF XPC @ TweakTown
iPhone easy hack with Super SIM module @ TweakTown
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3C Heatsink @ FrostyTech


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Afternoon Edition

Posted: September 6, 2007 @ time: 06:28PM
Author: Nemo

Ideazon Merc Stealth Keyboard @ RBMods
Linux CLI 101 @ bit-tech.net
Sony A810 and S610 Walkman Video MP3 Players @ Tech ARP (A810)  (S610)
Coolermaster CM 690 ATX Case @ Madshrimps
Zalman Reserator XT Water Cooling System @ 3dGameMan


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Morning Edition

Posted: September 7, 2007 @ time: 08:14AM
Author: jammin

Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H @ Motherboards.org
PowerColor HD 2600 XT @ Bjorn3D
Galaxy 8600 Ge Video Card Overclocking @ Madshrimps.be
Austin GDC 07: Interview with CCP Games @ Techgage
Austin GDC 07: Building Bridges - Next-Generation Community Management @ Techgage


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News: US Justice Department For Two-Tier Internet

Posted: September 7, 2007 @ time: 08:25AM
Author: jammin

BBC News - The US Justice Department has come out against the idea of "net neutrality", which aims to make sure that all data on the internet is treated equally. The agency's stance on the matter puts them at odds with giant companies Microsoft and Google who both want legislation to guarantee equal access to the internet. The Justice Department has said that implementing net neutrality legislation could stifle the internet's development and prevent ISPs from upgrading networks. US ISPs such as Verison and AT&T have said previously that they would like to charge users more money for certain content. There is still a large contingent of people who support the idea of net neutrality and an 'open' internet, notably including inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The debate will likely continue for a while before any solid decisions are made, but once they are it could change the face of the web as we know it.


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News: iPhone price cuts and an apology

Posted: September 7, 2007 @ time: 12:13PM
Author: oldfett

c|net -

Apple dominated the technology headlines this week, as it typically does following highly anticipated product unveiling's like the one held Wednesday. But this week's news wasn't just about the shiny new iPods and related features CEO Steve Jobs introduced in his polished presentation at San Francisco's Moscone Center. It was about the huge price cut Jobs announced for the 8GB iPhone--from $599 to $399, and the resulting anger expressed by those loyal fans who were first to buy the product at the higher price point. Following the uproar from customers--and in a rare admission of a mistake--Jobs on Thursday posted an open letter on Apple's Web site acknowledging the company shouldn't have treated its early adopters in such a fashion and offering them a $100 store credit.

"I feel wronged and misled by Apple. Such a quick price reduction indicates that Apple premeditated this reduction before the initial release," Kushner wrote, addressing Jobs. "I read your public response on Apple.com to this issue, but I still feel that the solution you are offering is not adequate."


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News: Part of the Patriot Act deemed unconstitutional

Posted: September 7, 2007 @ time: 12:32PM
Author: oldfett

ZDNet -

A key portion of the Patriot Act is unconstitutional and violates Americans' free speech rights, a federal judge said Thursday in a case that could represent a bitter setback for the Bush administration's attempts to expand its surveillance powers. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the section of the Patriot Act that permits the FBI to send Internet service providers secret demands, called national security letters, for customer information violates the First Amendment and unreasonably curbs the authority of the judiciary.

FBI agents can use NSLs to surreptitiously obtain logs of American citizens' e-mail correspondence, a list of Web sites visited and queries submitted to search engines, without obtaining a judge's approval in advance. NSLs can also be used to obtain bank and telephone records. They are supposed to be used only when an investigation is allegedly relevant to a terrorist investigation.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Saturday Edition

Posted: September 8, 2007 @ time: 05:19AM
Author: Nemo

Zalman Dual Stereo Headphones @ bit-tech.net
Spire JetBlack - SP-7060B Case Review @ RBMods
SteelSeries S&S Mousepad @ DVHardware.net
Attack on Pearl Harbor (PC) @ ThinkGaming.org
Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW 22inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
Copy? Right... Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Sunday Edition

Posted: September 9, 2007 @ time: 11:34AM
Author: Nemo

PowerColor HD2600 Pro 512MB @ Overclockers Online
CoolIT Systems PCI Cooling Booster @ OCModShop
The AMD NDA Scandal @ Tech ARP
x264 Benchmark @ Tech ARP
A4Tech X7 G100 Gaming Keyboard Pro @ ThinkComputers.org
Fujifilm FinePix S6500FD Digital Camera @ Madshrimps


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Morning Edition

Posted: September 10, 2007 @ time: 03:43AM
Author: Nemo

Super Talent Exelerator 2GB Ready Boost @ Virtual-Hideout
Tagan ITZ 1300w Power Supply @ 3dGameMan
Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 Tower Case @ TweakTown
Cooler Master CM Media 282 Hybrid Desktop/HTPC Computer Case @ Tweaknews.net
Revoltec Rhodium Tower @ Bjorn3D


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News: AMD Barcelona Here At Last

Posted: September 10, 2007 @ time: 06:52AM
Author: jammin

PCWorld - The talk about Barcelona has been going on for so long now, that it seems like an age has passed in the time it has taken for the chips to actually hit the market. AMD has a line-up of nine quad-core 'Barcelona' Opterons at launch, with clock speeds ranging from 1.7GHz to 2GHz. The top end of the new Opteron chip offerings are filled with the 8300 series, which are designed for use in systems with four or more processors. The 2GHz 8350 comes in at a price of $1039 in 1,000 unit quantities and with a TDP (thermal design power) of 95W. Other chips in the 8300 series include the 8347 (1.9GHz, $786, 95W TDP) and two 'HE' models, the 8347 HE and 8346 HE. The HE models come with a lower TDP of 68W and run at 1.9GHZ and 1.8GHz respectively, being priced at $873 and $698.

Quad-Core Opterons for systems with one or two processors come in five different versions at launch. The 2300 series come in the same clock speeds and TDP ratings as the 8300 series, but add a further HE model to the line up. The 1.7GHz Opteron 2344 HE knocks the price down to $209 in 1,000 unit quantities, while the 2GHZ 2350 comes in at $389. AMD are saying the new chips are faster than previous Opterons and as they use the same socket upgrading should be straight forward in most cases. With review sites already testing the new chips, it will be interesting to see if they outperform Intel's current server offerings. Even if they can, Intel still has the 45nm Penryn refresh up its sleeve and AMD may need to ramp up clock speeds quickly to compete.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Afternoon Edition

Posted: September 10, 2007 @ time: 11:48AM
Author: jammin

EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB Superclocked @ [H]
Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition @ OCModShop
AMD Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona) Technology Report Part 2 @ TechARP
CONTEST: Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa® Beta Keys @ TechGage
SteelSeries S&S Mousepad @ DVHardware.net


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News: Solar plane sets new records

Posted: September 10, 2007 @ time: 12:25PM
Author: oldfett

BBC News -

A lightweight solar-powered plane has smashed the official world record for the longest-duration unmanned flight. UK defence firm Qinetiq, which built the Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle, said it flew for 54 hours during tests. The Zephyr's 54-hour endurance flight will not enter the record books because representatives from the world air sports federation - the FAI - were not notified about the secretive test. However, they were informed about a second, 33-hour flight which could still become an official record.

"This aeroplane is going to go a lot higher and a lot further," Chris Kelleher, Zephyr's technical director and "pilot", told the BBC News website. "You ain't seen nothing yet."


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News: Dell selling solid state drives

Posted: September 10, 2007 @ time: 12:35PM
Author: oldfett

c|net -

Consumers can now buy a notebook from Dell or its Alienware division that contains a 64GB hard drive made from flash memory. And the upgrade will only cost you $920.

Dell is expanding its options for notebooks with drives built around flash memory. Earlier this year, the company began to sell a 32GB flash drive from Samsung as an upgrade option on some notebooks. This week, it has officially begun to sell Samsung's 64GB drive. You can swap out a regular hard drive for a 32GB or 64GB flash drive on the Dell XPS 1330 consumer notebook or get a 32GB or 64GB solid state drive on the Alienware Area 51 m9750 notebook. Alienware will also sell you a notebook with two 64GB drives in it to bring the total to 128GB.


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News: 1 million iPhones sold

Posted: September 10, 2007 @ time: 12:47PM
Author: oldfett

MacNN - Apple on Monday announced that it has sold its one millionth iPhone over the weekend. The milestone, recorded 74 days after its introduction on June 29, surpasses Apple's own "end-of-quarter" estimates and comes on the heels of a significant price reduction last week. "One million iPhones in 74 days-it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. In January, Apple CEO said he hopes to sell 10 million iPhones in 2008, which represents a one percent piece of overall mobile phone market.


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Morning Edition

Posted: September 11, 2007 @ time: 03:47AM
Author: jammin

In this morning's review roundup there are a couple of cases, with Virtual-Hideout taking a look at the diminutive Thermaltake Lanbox Lite and 3DGameMan going over the rather more regular (in size at least) NZXT Lexa. TweakTown review Hitachi's largest current HDD offereing, the 1TB Deskstar, which comes out fairing rather well. There are also a couple of power supply reviews, with the monster 1000W Silverstone leaving a rather good impression on the guys at Thinkcomputers.org and the Kingwin 800W achieving similar success over at TweakNews.net. Click the links to read the full reviews.

- Thermaltake LANBOX Lite Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
- NZXT Lexa Blackline Case @ 3DGameMan
- SilverStone ST1000 1000W Modular Power Supply @ ThinkComputers.org
- Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB Hard Drive @ TweakTown
- Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-800MA1S 800 Watt Modular Power Supply @ TweakNews.net


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News: Facebook hindering business

Posted: September 11, 2007 @ time: 12:48PM
Author: oldfett

BBC News -

Workers who spend time on sites such as Facebook could be costing firms over £130m a day, a study has calculated. According to employment law firm Peninsula, 233 million hours are lost every month as a result of employees "wasting time" on social networking. Mike Huss, director of employment law at Peninsula called on all firms to block access to sites such as Facebook. He asked: "Why should employers allow their workers to waste two hours a day on Facebook when they are being paid to do a job?"


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: September 12, 2007 @ time: 05:05AM
Author: Nemo

Today's lineup from around the web features the usual suspects – cases, motherboards, power supplies and processors.  Up first in the case category we have two offerings.  ExtremeMHz takes a look at the Silverstone Kublai tower designed to meet the needs of games and enthusiasts without breaking the bank.  Along the same lines, Techgage takes a look at the Cooler Master CM 690.  Moving down the lineup, Virtual-Hideout brings us a review of the abit IP35 Off Limits motherboard which gives us a perfect segue into looking at the Intel X6800 Core 2 Extreme at Tweaknews – where they ask the question - is it worth the nearly $1,000 price tag?  While Sparkle may not be a well-known name for power supplies in the PC enthusiast community, 3dGameMan gives us a look at the Action 700.  We finish up with two reviews of the Corsair Flash Padlock USB drive.  Check out the links below to read the full reviews.

Silverstone Kublai KL01 Hot-Plug Tower Chassis @ ExtremeMHz
Cooler Master CM 690 @ Techgage
abit IP35 Pro Off Limits Motherboard @ Virtual-Hideout
Intel X6800 Core 2 Extreme Dual Core Processor @ Tweaknews.net
Corsair Flash Padlock USB Drive @ Bjorn3D
CoolIT Freezone CPU Cooler @ OCModShop
Corsair Flash Padlock Pen Drive  @ TweakTown
Sparkle Action 700 Power Supply @ 3dGameMan
Rocking Out Before Guitar Hero @ ThinkGaming.org


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News: Facebook Say Privacy Fears Are Unfounded

Posted: September 12, 2007 @ time: 09:39AM
Author: jammin

BBC News - Many people may have been nervous when Facebook revealed plans early in September to make user profiles available to search engines, and rightly so. However the company's head of privacy, Chris Kelly says that users don't have to be worried about the possibility of exposing personal data. The only data available to people searching for you would be your name and profile picture, and even then that would only be available should you agree that your profile be searchable in the first place.

Facebook has had an explosion of popularity recently, largely due to opening up the platform to 3rd party developers, who have created 3000 applications for the site so far and are working on more. Facebook are aiming to have 60 million active users worldwide by the end of this year, which put into perspective is nearly as much as the entire population of the UK. Protection of personal data is a big issue, especially on the internet where information is often so freely available, and as Facebook continues to grow it is likely to continue to cause concern among members.


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News: Sun To Offer Windows Server On x64 Systems

Posted: September 12, 2007 @ time: 12:01PM
Author: jammin

c|net - Both Sun and Microsoft announced today that Sun will start offering Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 on its entire line-up of x64 systems. Windows Servers will already run on Sun's systems, but this move means Sun can now pre-install the software and offer customer support. The companies have also collaborated with virtualization technology and have confirmed that Sun's Solaris will work well as a "guest" with Microsoft's virtualization, with Windows also working well in a virtualized Solaris environment.

The announcement has followed a closer working relationship between the two companies, with part of the arrangement including bumping the number of staff working as part of an interoperability lab started in 2004. The industry as a whole can be highly competitive at times, so the two working together to improve products and their deployment is nice to see.


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OCC News: Guitar Hero III Coming to PC & Mac

Posted: September 12, 2007 @ time: 06:01PM
Author: Nemo

Aspyr Media -

Want to get in touch with your inner rock star but hate playing on a console, or maybe you're a hardcore PC gamer and don't even own a console?  Your wish will soon be granted as Aspyr Media and Activision, Inc. announced yesterday that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is coming to the PC and Mac this fall for the first time ever.  Developed and published exclusively by Aspyr Media, the PC and Mac versions promise to mirror their console brethren by offering the same features such as a multi-player battle mode, boss battles, unlockable content and visually stunning venues just to name a few.

GH III offers a 70-plus song set list, allowing users to play songs from many of today's most current artists as well as some of the most popular songs from the past.  With an expanded multi-player game mode, the PC/Mac versions will allow players from either platform to go up against each other in head-to-head competition.  Not only that, but players with a laptop will now be able to play on the go.  Maybe its time to take your show on the road!

“Working with such a wildly successful franchise and helping to strengthen an already powerful brand has us feeling like rock stars ourselves, only without the fame, money or musical talent,” said Ted Staloch, Executive Vice President, Publishing for Aspyr. “But even without Slash’s chops, we still have what it takes to bring the best music game on the planet to PC and Mac gamers. Aspyr’s expertise in developing and publishing for these platforms means that we will deliver a game that wails just as hard as it does on consoles but feels natural on this audience’s chosen platform.”


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Thursday Morning Edition

Posted: September 13, 2007 @ time: 05:00AM
Author: Nemo

Today, Tech ARP gives us an inside look into Windows XP SP3 - what's new and what's previously been released through hot-fixes and security patches.  Madshrimps offers up a review of some unique thermal solutions and those of you with naked processors might want to take a look.  Finally we have a chance to look at a look at Gigabyte's Triton 180 case and the followup to Seasonic's S12 power supply. And don't pass up the opportunity to check out how well Neoseeker was able to overclock Intel's X3210 Xeon quad core processor on air.

ED#55: Details On Windows XP Service Pack 3 Leaked! @ Tech ARP
Microcool T441/T412 Thermal Pads and Chip Protectors @ Madshrimps
Gigabyte Triton 180 PC Case @ ThinkComputers.org
X3210 Xeon Core 2 Quad @ Neoseeker
Seasonic S12 II 500W @ Overclockers Online


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Friday Morning Edition

Posted: September 14, 2007 @ time: 05:00AM
Author: Nemo

Looking around the web today, I see we have three power supply reviews and a couple of cases to look into.  First up we have the mid-level Seasonic S12II 500W over at ThinkComputers aimed at the business and home sectors followed by OCZ's modular Modstream 780W courtesy of BFR.  Topping out the list today, Bjorn3D takes the Tagan IYZ 1300 Watt out for a spin (1300 Watt - no that's not a typo!)  You might need a new case to house one of those power supplies so GideonTech and motherboards.org treat us to two tower cases - Sunbeamtech's Freezing Storm and the rather nice Cosmos 1000 from CoolerMaster.  Rounding out today's reviews are a look at the Wollfking Warrior gamepad from Tweaknews along with a game review from OCModShop, a tour of the MSI facility and another look at what's behind AMD's quad-core Barcelona.  Enjoy!

OCZ ModXStream 780W Modular Power Supply @ BonaFide Reviews
Seasonic S12II 500W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers.org
In the Zone ... Tagan ITZ 1300 Watt Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
Sunbeamtech Freezing Storm Case @ GideonTech.com
CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 Case @ motherboards.org
MSI Media Tour 2007 – Shanghai (Part 1) @ TweakTown
Sam & Max Season 2 Preview @ OCModShop
WolfKing Warrior Gamepad Review @ Tweaknews.net
AMD Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona) Technology Report Part 2 Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Sunday Edition

Posted: September 16, 2007 @ time: 02:56PM
Author: jammin

For the review roundup this weekend, we have a few interesting articles. TweakTown kick things off by comparing high speed DDR3 memory modules from Corsair and Super Talent, with the latter breaking the 2000MHz barrier. TweakTown also take a look at the latest set of ATI Catalyst Drivers, running on both XP and Vista systems. The verdict seems to be that you're better off sticking with the 7.8 drivers for now. There is a case reviewed, with Overclockers Online going over the Apevia X-Telstar, which fares reasonably well and 3DGameman examine Thermaltake's Big Water 760i cooling system. Things are rounded off with the guys over at TechARP asking the question "Do You Really Need Surround Sound?", coming to the conclusion that maybe you don't. Use the links below to check out the full articles.

- Corsair vs. Super Talent 1800MHz+ RAM @ TweakTown
- Apevia X-Telstar Case @ OverclockersOnline
- Thermaltake Bigwater 760i Water Cooling System @ 3DGameMan
- ATI Catalyst 7.9 Analysis - XP and Vista @ TweakTown
- Do You Really Need Surround Sound? @ TechARP


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Morning Edition

Posted: September 17, 2007 @ time: 06:20AM
Author: jammin

It's Monday morning and that means more reviews from around the web. In our first group of the day, ExtremeMhz look at PQI's tiny flash drive, which makes regular drives look monstrous in comparison. There are a couple of cases reviewed, with Virtual-Hideout giving Silverstone's TEMJIN TJ10 the once over and Bjorn3D seeing what the Termaltake SwingRS 100 has to offer. On the video card side of things, [H] are examining MSI's offering of the fastest chipset on the market, nVidia's 8800 Ultra. TweakNews go over a VGA cooling solution from respected manufacturer Thermalright, in the shape of the V2. Use the links to check out the full reviews.

- PQI Intelligent Flash Drive i810 @ ExtremeMhz
- Silverstone TEMJIN TJ10 Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
- Thermalright V2 VGA Cooler @ TweakNews
- Thermaltake SwingRS 100 @ Bjorn3D
- MSI NX8800 Ultra OC Edition Video Card @ [H]


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: September 18, 2007 @ time: 12:22PM
Author: jammin

A slew of product reviews awaits you in the Tuesday Afternoon roundup. ThinkComputers take a look at Thermaltake's MaxOrb CPU Cooler, as previously reviewed here at OCC. The guys at PCApex investigate both a power supply and a mousemat, reviewing Kingwin's 600W Mach 1 and the SteelSeries SteelPad S&S. If you have been considering a motherboard based on Intel's latest and greatest X38 chipset, then Gigabyte's offering of the X38-DQ6 is given the once over at TweakTown. Other reviews to mull over include Netgear's Rangemax NEXT 802.11n, some 1600MHZ DDR3 memory from OCZ and Coolermaster's Cosmos 1000 Case. Use the links to check out the full reviews.

- Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler ThinkComputers
- CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 @ OverclockersOnline
- Kingwin 600W Mach 1 PSU @ PCApex
- SteelSeries SteelPad S&S @ PCApex
- Gigabyte X38-DQ6 Motherboard @ TweakTown
- OCZ 2x1GB PC3-12800 1600MHz Memory Kit @ Virtual-Hideout
- Netgear RangeMax NEXT 802.11n @ 3DGameMan
- Logitech G15 Keyboard @ Motherboards.org


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News: iPhones to be sold in the UK

Posted: September 18, 2007 @ time: 01:06PM
Author: oldfett

BBC News -

Mobile phone operator O2, owned by Spain's Telefonica, has won the exclusive contract to sell Apple's much-hyped iPhone in the UK. The phones will be sold in O2, Carphone Warehouse and Apple stores from 9 November costing £269 including VAT. It has not yet been announced on what terms O2 won the contract. Customers have to sign up for an 18-month contract on a tariff of £35, £45 or £55 a month, all of which will include unlimited mobile data usage. Users will get free use of 7,500 wi-fi hotspots giving faster internet access.


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News: AMD to release triple-core Phenom

Posted: September 18, 2007 @ time: 01:15PM
Author: oldfett

BetaNews -

In a move that was successfully kept secret, for the most part, until late last week when the first rumor whispers were widely repeated, AMD is making an unprecedented, near-term adjustment to its technology roadmap. As soon as the first half of next year, the company now plans to introduce into the desktop CPU market a new line of Phenom triple-core processors, whose architecture was christened with the code-name Toliman just hours ago. The product is so new that no diagrams or test results exist for it yet, but as BetaNews was told, think of the company's "true quad-core architecture" for Phenom, and simply X out one of those cores.

Like the quad-cores, the Triple-Core Phenom will feature support for DDR2 memory, a shared 2 MB of L3 cache (which is important - the shared cache size is not reduced) and 512 KB of L2 cache per core. But unlike the company's last single-core processors which are also due out in December (the last of AMD's CITIES core design), its new triple-cores will support Socket AM2+.


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News: Low power in Intels future

Posted: September 18, 2007 @ time: 01:23PM
Author: oldfett

c|net -

With the next two generations of Intel's chips set in place, the company is looking forward to a low-power future. Intel will launch the server and high-end desktop versions of its Penryn generation of chips on November 12, in line with previous reports to expect those chips before the Thanksgiving holiday. And Intel has also completed the design for Nehalem, a more radical overhaul of the company's chip blueprints.

The more interesting news was Otellini's goals for Intel over the rest of the decade. The company plans to ship a generation of processors on its 45-nanometer manufacturing technology by 2009 that come with graphics integrated right onto the processor, similar to what rival Advanced Micro Devices has planned for its Fusion chips. Intel will be investing in a joint venture with KDDI, a Japanese telecom company, with plans to build a WiMax network in Japan. And as expected, Intel talked up its low-power chips for MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices), with plans to reduce the power consumption of its handheld computer chips by a factor of 10 compared with the Silverthorne processor, expected next year.


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News: $100 laptop under fire...again

Posted: September 18, 2007 @ time: 01:30PM
Author: oldfett

CNN -

The vaunted "$100 laptop" that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept. Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices are now slated to cost $188 when mass production begins this fall. "Where does it end? It started out at $130, then it was $148, then it was $176, now it's $188 -- what's next? $200?" said Wayan Vota, the former director of the Geekcorps international tech-development organization and current editor of the OLPCNews blog. "You have these governments who were looking at this original, fanciful $100-per-child figure, now we're going up towards or maybe past $200."


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OCC Jobs: Now Hiring Reviewer and News Editor Positions (Updated Dec 27th)

Posted: September 18, 2007 @ time: 10:16PM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub -

In preparation for CES 2008, we at OCC are looking at bringing a few more people onto the team in order to cope with the load that CES will bring and the inevitable growth that OCC will experience during the coming months. We're looking for people that are intrested in doing reviews for overclockersclub. Please email your resume to: [email protected]

This topic can be discussed HERE in the OCC Forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: September 19, 2007 @ time: 01:07PM
Author: jammin

Another nice set of reviews for this Wednesday Afternoon edition of our affiliates roundup. There are a couple of motherboards hitting testing platforms, with Neoseeker putting the high end ASUS Blitz Extreme through its paces. Bjorn3D looks at the rather more run of the mill Jetway 966DAG. We all know that Arctic Silver has been the established favourite in the thermal paste market for a long time now, but can Ai Technology's Cool Silver persuade you to change your mind? TweakNews finds out. Also on review benches around the web are the GMC R-2 Toast Case, Super Talent DDR3 memory, Mvix's Hi-Definition wireless media player and a flash drive from Corsair. Use the links below to check out the full reviews.

- Asus Blitz Extreme Motherboard @ Neoseeker
- Super Talent W1866UX2G8 DDR3-1866 Memory @ PCStats
- GMC R-2 Toast PC Case @ ThinkComputers
- Mvix Wireless Hi-Definition Media Player @ TweakTown
- Ai Technology Cool Silver Thermal Grease @ TweakNews
- Jetway 966PDAG Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- Corsair Flash Padlock 2GB USB Drive @ OCModShop


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News: iphones to be sold in Germany

Posted: September 20, 2007 @ time: 10:13AM
Author: oldfett

MacNN -

Following its UK launch, Apple on Wednesday is expected to announce an agreement with T-Mobile to offer the iPhone in Germany. Supporting earlier reports, Dow Jones Newswire reports that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will announce the company's iPhone carrier agreement with T-Mobile in Berlin at the German Telekom AG. On Tuesday, the CEO launched the new iPhone in the UK with O2, but said -- at the Q&A session following the launch -- that a faster 3G iPhone was still months away as the company balances battery life with expectations of customers. Update: Apple and T-Mobile officially announced that T-Mobile will be the exclusive German carrier of Apple's iPhone when it makes its debut in Germany on November 9.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with T-Mobile to bring the iPhone to Germany," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Customer response to iPhone in the US has been incredible, and we can't wait to introduce T-Mobile customers to the most revolutionary mobile device on the planet."


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News: Huge markup on the new iPod Nano

Posted: September 20, 2007 @ time: 10:21AM
Author: oldfett

BetaNews -

While the top-of-the-line 8 GB Apple iPod Nano still retails for $199, the completely revised new model costs Apple about $7 less to build than the previous edition, based on a preliminary teardown analysis by iSuppli. With a bill-of-materials at $82.85 per unit, according to iSuppli's estimate, Apple enjoys a nearly 42% markup in retail price. Though iSuppli has yet to reveal the full report, the company's announcement this morning is that its reverse engineers discovered a very, very different system on the inside than the previous generation. Gone are parts from NXP Semiconductors and Cypress Semiconductor, and in their place are parts from, among others, Synaptics (which makes a triumphant return), Dialog, Intersil, and for the first time, Micron Technology.


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News: Super Talent Project X DDR3

Posted: September 20, 2007 @ time: 12:38PM
Author: road-runner

Super Talent -

One of the well known manufacturers of memory and flash drive solutions Super Talent announced last week that it would be producing DDR3 memory with the new (XMP) Extreme Memory Profiles specification. XMP specification utilizes a reserved sector of the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) on memory modules to store factory configured profiles of memory timing settings. XMP was designed to optimize memory performance with motherboards based on the Intel P35 and upcoming X38 chipsets. They are currently offering 1066 Mhz through 1866 Mhz with timings from 7-6-6-18 through 9-9-9-21 available only in a single one gigabyte stick or dual channel kits consisting of two one gigabyte sticks. Although DDR3 is still quit expensive at this day and time compared to DDR2 it is available. How Well it performs I guess we will have to wait and see as this option just became available on some of the latest P35 intel chipset motherboards.


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News: Razer Pro Click Mobile Mouse

Posted: September 20, 2007 @ time: 01:31PM
Author: road-runner

Razer -

Razer the manufacturers of high end precision gaming and electronic peripherals are now shipping the new Bluetooth 2.0 high performance Razer Pro click mobile mouse. The mouse is ambidextrous funky and mobile, yet highly precise, the mouse is available in four engaging colors: naughty, nice, sugar, and spice (black, white, pink and red respectively). The mouse is Windows Vista ready but they do recommend downloading and using the drivers from there website to avoid problems. The mouse will be available mid October at Razer or authorized distributors globally for MSRP of $49.99 U.S. Dollars.


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News: IWear VR920 Video Eyewear

Posted: September 20, 2007 @ time: 03:56PM
Author: road-runner

Vuzix -

Introducing new video eyewear from Vuzix Corporation the long time manufacturers and developers of advanced proprietary display technology for the military such as night vision and medical applications also. Vuzix introduced consumer video eyewear in 2005 with its award-winning model V920 at the Consumer Electronics Show. The eyewear has a six foot slim single cable design with USB and VGA connectors, features automatic 2D/3D control and a built in microphone. Integrated 3 DOF head-tracker lets users look around inside of virtual worlds as if they are actually there. Technical features twin high-resolution 640x480 (920,000 pixels) LCD displays with 60 Hz progressive scan display which is equivalent to a 62" screen viewed at 9 feet, 24-bit true color (16 million colors) with a total weight of 3.2 ounces. Currently available at Vuzix website.


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