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News Archives for December 2007

Hardware Roundup: Saturday Edition

Posted: December 1, 2007 @ time: 01:22PM
Author: Nemo

The 'net never sleeps and so neither do we.  For our Saturday edition we have an opportunity to look at several cooling solutions.  First up is a review of Silverstone's first liquid cooling kit, the Tundra TD01, brought to us by Madshrimps.  Next up is a heatsink that's found a loyal following among some of OCC's members.  Take a look at FrostyTech's review of the Tuniq Tower 120.  Finally, we end the cooling offerings with 3dGameMan's review with the Danger Den DD-29XT VGA water block.  Laptop manufacturers are notorious for charging high prices for memory upgrades and often that extra memory is a critical piece to getting the performance you need – Virtual-Hideout takes a look at Kingston 2GB notebook memory kit.  While we're talking notebooks, Tech ARP has a review of the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Mobile GPU.  Enjoy the reviews and the rest of the weekend!

Silverstone Tundra TD01 External WC Kit @ Madshrimps
Tuniq Tower 120 LFB Heatsink @ FrostyTech
Danger Den DD-29XT VGA Water Block @ 3dGameMan
Kingston 2x1GB DDR2-533 Notebook Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Mobile GPU  @ Tech ARP


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Xbox 360 Fall Update Official Details Revealed, Adds DivX Support

Posted: December 2, 2007 @ time: 05:22AM
Author: kingdingeling

Dailytech - With the start of December, Microsoft announced an updated version of the Xbox360 Dashboard. This update will include the DivX codex, that will play your downloaded videos. Files ending in .AVI will now be visible in their full glory on the Xbox360. Also, this update will include a news feed for xbox.com, that will tell gamers about game releases, events and Live marketplace offers. Microsoft also included a new function, that will allow users to see their friends friendlist, to enlarge the social capabilities of the Xbox360 Live network. This feature will most likely be limited by age. As already announced, the Xbox360 Family Timer will be a feature for parents to limit the amount of time their children can play on the console on a daily or weekly basis. Another neat feature about this update will be the Classics Catalogue, including Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Halo, Fable, Fuzion Frenzy and Psychonauts for 1,200 Microsoft Points each.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: December 3, 2007 @ time: 06:24AM
Author: Nemo

A new month and a new week means a new set of reviews from around the net.  Overclocker Cafe opens up with two power supplies from Ultra in 1000W and 800W versions.  Next up are two case reviews.  The first is from ThinkComputers - the GMC Multimedia case.  Virtual-Hideout looks at the Ultra m998 Mid-Tower ATX case. Tweaknews has a review of the Zalman Reserator XT external liquid cooling system.  Bjorn3D reviews two RAID cards from HighPoint - the RocketRAID 2224 for PCI-X and the RocketRAID 2314MS for PCI-e.  Rounding out the day's lineup is a comparison of overclocking results of the 8800GT vs 8800GTS from TweakTown.

Ultra X3 800w and 1000w PSU @ OC Cafe
GMC Noblesse K-1 Muse Multimedia Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Ultra m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case @ Virtual-Hideout
Zalman Reserator XT External Hybrid Liquid Cooling System @ Tweaknews.net
HighPoint External RAID @ Bjorn3D
NVIDIA G92 Overclocked - GT vs. GTS 512 @ TweakTown


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WD Passport Portable Drive 320GB Drive

Posted: December 3, 2007 @ time: 11:45AM
Author: Nemo

Western Digital -

Western Digital announced today the latest addition to its Passport Portable line of external hard drives.  The new 320GB capacity drives join the existing lineup that include drives in 60- to 250GB capacities.  All Passport drives are available in five different colors and come with WD Sync backup and encryption software.  With Buffalo announcing its 320GB MiniStation a little over one week ago, WD becomes the second drive maker to hit the market at this capacity point.  Pricing is expected to be $229.99 USD and is available now at WD's online store and other retailers.


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Google Joins NORAD To Track Santa Claus

Posted: December 3, 2007 @ time: 05:41PM
Author: Nemo

CRN -

You just can't make stuff like this up.  The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been 'tracking' Santa Claus each Christmas Eve for over 50 years.  Now Google is getting in on the act. Google is offering an iGoogle gadget for Google Earth that will help you to track Santa's movements in conjuction with NORAD.  The tool is billed as  "an enhanced 3D Santa-tracking experience"  and will be available at 4 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve at noradsanta.org.


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Activision Blizzard Merger

Posted: December 3, 2007 @ time: 05:53PM
Author: oldfett

BBC News - Are you a fan of World of Warcraft or Call of Duty? If so you may be interested to know the two game giants Blizzard and Activision merged in what they say will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8 billion. As part of the agreement Blizzard will be investing $2 billion and Activision will be investing $1 billion in the new company Activision Blizzard. Both companies are hoping that creating this new company will also merge their different strengths, spread through the different genres and markets each control.


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Tivo Rolls out Picasa and Photobucket Integration

Posted: December 3, 2007 @ time: 06:00PM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - Tivo has teamed up with Picasa and Photobucket so you can view your photos on TV. The company announced today if you have an account with either you will now be able to access your photos from any Tivo device. Photos can be viewed at the highest resolution your Tivo supports, so Series3 and Tivo HD owners will get HD resolution images displayed, and what's more, users can also access friends photo albums. This new feature should be rolling out today, so if you do not have an account with Picasa or Photobucket, you may want to head on over and sign up.


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Yet Another Facebook Problem

Posted: December 3, 2007 @ time: 06:05PM
Author: oldfett

DailyTech -

Facebook has been under fire recently after the launch of new tracking software early last month. The software seemed innocent enough aside from the fact that it installed adware called Beacon. The program tracks customer purchases outside of the site on participating online retail sites even when the user was logged off of their Facebook account. The software was intended to direct ads to the user based on the purchases when they were logged onto Facebook, but of course something had to have gone wrong for me to post this. The Beacon software went a little AWOL and started posting stories about these purchases in the users news feeds. Facing fire from its customers over exposing their private life, Facebook opted to make you have to click an "OK" button before the purchases would be posted in the public feeds. Lets hope all that porn you purchased won't show up!


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 05:44AM
Author: Nemo

Our week continues and gets a little busier today.  Leading off is an article from Madshrimps looking at the challenges of resetting the CMOS on a laptop - some disassembly required!  Next it's time for some computer case reviews starting with a SFF offering from Shuttle at PCSTATS.  PC Apex has the Nexus Catepillar and Tweak News takes a look at the Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type case.  Then we make another visit to Madshrimps for their review of the Gigabyte 3D Mercury water-cooled case.  Today we also get a chance to look at a couple of phones over at TweakTown - the Topcom Webt@lker 6000 cordless Skype phone and the HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone.  Last week, ThinkComputers reviewed a Lowepro laptop bag and today they look at the Lowepro Factor Tote bag.  FrostyTech has the Glacialtech Igloo 5610 PWM heatsink up for review.  Finishing the roundup are two flash drives from ATP brought to us courtesy of Virtual-Hideout.

Gateway MT3705 Laptop CMOS reset, OS & CPU “Upgrade” @ Madshrimps
Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC @ PCSTATS
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 PWM Heatsink @ Frostytech
Lowero Factor Tote Laptop Bag Review @ ThinkComputers.org
ATP Petito & Tough Drive USB Flash Drives Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Nexus Caterpillar Case @ PC Apex
Topcom Webt@lker 6000 DECT Skype Phone @ TweakTown
Gigabyte 3D Mercury Water-Cooled Case @ Madshrimps
HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone @ TweakTown
Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type Black Computer Case @ Tweaknews.net


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Anti-Piracy Tool To Be Removed From Windows Vista

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 12:21PM
Author: oldfett

BBC News -

Many Windows XP users or former users have probably seen the Windows Genuine Advantage notifications pop up by now. This software was supposed to inform users that their copy of Windows may not be valid and gave them steps to take to validate it, in the hopes of cutting down software piracy. Windows Vista took this a step further with an anti-piracy tool dubbed "kill switch" by the public. This tool acts much like its predecessor WGA, however if you do not fix the problem Vista will be pushed into reduced functionality mode. Microsoft claims that this new and improved tool has cut the piracy of Vista in half compared to XP, but of course there have been problems. Many customers are finding that new legally obtained computers are failing validation and are being pushed into reduced functionality mode or else locked out of Vista all together. The tool is slated to be removed during the introduction of Vista Service Pack 1 and replaced with something much closer to the original WGA.


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Super Talent Launches 256GB SATA SSD

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 05:55PM
Author: Nemo

Super Talent -

Super Talent Technology today announced two 256GB SATA solid state disk drives.  Designed to be fully interchangeable with standard 3.5” SATA drives, the FSD56GC35M  provides better resistance to shock and vibration, a 0C – 70C operating range and faster access times along with lower power consumption.  Super Talent also offers an industrial temperature version of this drive with an operating temperature of -40C – 85C.  Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James commented, "We're using our expertise in flash technology and our own controller to develop maximum density solid state storage solutions. This may well be the world's highest capacity SSD available today. It's a big addition to our already broad line of SSD products that firmly positions Super Talent as the market leader".  Both drives are available for sampling to OEMs now with pricing available on request.


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MPAA Caught Violating GPL

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 08:01PM
Author: road-runner

TechSpot -

The MPAA is either trying so hard, or they are willing to go to any length to catch copyright infringers, that they themselves have violated some GPL copyrights. In case you did not know, the MPAA have been installing "University Toolkits" to catch copyright infringers at various universities around the United States. A developer for the Ubuntu distro, Matthew Garrett, caught the MPAA and reported it, however he was largely ignored. He contacted the ISP hosting the content, and they concurred with the violations and removed the software. The MPAA has not yet responded on why they felt justified in violating copyrights, when they themselves are trying to end just such practices.


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Microsoft to Target Pirates With Vista SP1 Update

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 09:23PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Microsoft announced today that not only will SP1 for Vista include a number of security update and bug fixes, it will also include new measures to further reduce piracy. The current method of extending the "grace period" to activate Vista will be changed and no features will be disabled. Instead it will be a notification-based experience similar in some ways to what we have done with XP. "The new features will give you two options: Activate Windows now, which will bring up all the options to do this, and activate Windows later, which takes them directly to their desktop, which will be exactly the same as it had been the last time they used it, except that there will be a plain black background and a message in the lower right hand corner over the system tray telling them that their copy of Windows is not genuine," said Microsoft group product manager Alex Kochis.


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$222,000 Award in RIAA Copyright Case Not Excessive, says DOJ

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 09:30PM
Author: Nemo

ComputerWorld -

Jamie Thomas, ordered to pay the RIAA for allegedly sharing 24 songs over a peer-to-peer network, lost an appeal in U.S District Court in Minnesota.  Thomas was challenging the constitutionality of the award, claiming the award was far in excess of any actual damages suffered by the music labels.  The DOJ dimissed Thomas' claims and said the statutory damages provision in the Copyright Act were crafted to ensure both a "compensatory and a deterrent purpose."


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Samsung to sample nearly four times faster graphics memory

Posted: December 4, 2007 @ time: 09:58PM
Author: Nemo

BetaNews -

Samsung is preparing to present a dissertation on a faster class of graphics memory next February at a conference in San Francisco.  With nearly 375% the speed of today's GDDR3 memory chips, the new memory, dubbed GDDR5, is expected to have a maximum bandwidth of 6 gigabits per second and will operate at 1.5 volts versus 1.8 volts needed by GDDR3.  This all translates in faster games and could lead to newer and better ways of rendering scenes.


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OCZ Technology Announces "Freeze" Extreme Thermal Compound

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 03:04AM
Author: Nemo

OCZ Technology -

OCZ Technology recently released a new thermal compound, Freeze, based on a proprietary formula of thermally conductive ingredients.  Marketed toward enthusiasts and overclockers, the new formulation is designed to have have higher thermal conductivity and lower heat resistance.  Freeze can achieve as much as a ten percent reduction in CPU temperatures over conventional silver-based compounds.    "Transfer rates are highly dependent on the thermal conductance of any interface material along with its spreadability—the higher the spreadability, the thinner the interface layer will be, resulting in better heat transfer between the IC and the cooler. The new Freeze Extreme Conductivity Thermal Compound, based on a novel formula of environmentally-safe, non-silver based components, combines low viscosity with high thermal conductivity for superior performance compared to even our own leading products." according to Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology.


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Patriot Memory reveals the new ECS bundles

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 03:23AM
Author: Nemo

Patriot Memory -

Patriot Memory has just revealed an agreement between Patriot and Elite Computer Systems (ECS).  Patriot Memory will now offer DDR2 and ECS motherboards in bundle packages. There will be six ECS motherboards used in the packages. They are GeForce 6100-SM-M, NForce 6M-A Version 2.0, 945GCT-M-1333 Version 3.0, G3IT-M Version 1.0, 945GCT-M Version 2.0, and G33T-M2 Version 1.0.  The bundles will include 1GB and 2GB memory kits and are currently available at Fry's with more retailers to be added soon.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 03:57AM
Author: Nemo

Today we have a nice collection of reviews from around the web beginning with a head-to-head comparison of two Corsair power supplies from [H]ardocp.  While there, be sure to read their review of three factory overclocked 8800GT video cards from from Asus, EVGA, and MSI.   In the motherboard  department, PCSTATS reviews the Foxconn Mars Intel P35 Express and TweakTown examines the ASUS ROG Series X38 DDR3 Maximus Extreme.  We don't often get a chance to look at peripherals such as printers, but today Bona Fide Reviews brings us the Samsung CLX-2160N color laser multifunction printer.  If you're looking for extra storage then Virtual-Hideout's review of the Vantec NexStar MX dual HDD enclosure is for you.  TweakTown also has the Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU cooler on tap today.  Finally, PC Apex has an article on recommended case modding tools for all you aspiring modders out there.

Corsair VX550W vs. Corsair HX520W @ [H]ardocp
GeForce 8800 GT Overclocked Roundup @ [H]ardocp
Foxconn Mars Intel P35 Express Motherboard @ PCSTATS
Samsung CLX-2160N Color Laser Multifunction Printer @ BonafideReviews
ASUS ROG Series X38 DDR3 Maximus Extreme @ TweakTown
Vantec NexStar MX Dual HDD Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
mnpctech Recommended Tools for Case Modding @ PC Apex
Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler @ TweakTown


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Dell Unveils XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 01:55PM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Dell, the second lergest computer manufacturer in the United States, has unveiled one of its acclaimed XPS notebooks with the WOW gamer in mind. Announced a few months back, this behemoth will come equipped with Intel 2 Core Duo or Core 2 Extreme CPUs, SLI 8700M GTs and a AGEIA Physx processor. Prices for these laptops start at about $2700 and easily work their way up to about $4400 fully loaded. With the upcoming World of Warcraft Edition XPS, you can choose between either a Horde or Alliance LCD lid, special edition WOW backgrounds and screensavers, a WOW backpack, and even the game itself. Bundled with the special edition laptop will be several other WOW goodies, as well. It is reported that the package will not, however, contain a phone number to "World of Warcraft Addicts Anonymous," or WOWAA as it is more commonly known.


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The transistor turns 60

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 02:06PM
Author: LoArmistead

c|net - I've come across an article outlining the 60th birthday of the transistor. On December 16, the transistor will hit the big 6-0. Before this day, computers could weigh up to 28 tons and consume up to 270,000 watts of electricity, and could process 5000 operations per second. To compare, just a single rack of IBM's current Blue Gene/P can churn out 13.9 Trillion operations per second, and it can be expanded to over 200 racks. With the 60th birthday of the transistor quickly approaching, we at the staff of OCC, as well as every piece of electronic equipment in our houses, would like to congratulate you.


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abit Launches I45D Motherboard - 45nm Support on a Budget

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 07:11PM
Author: Nemo

abit -

abit launches their latest entry-level motherboard, the I45D. Based on the Intel 945GC chipset coupled with a ICH7 southbridge, the new budget board boasts support for Intel's current 65nm processors and also supports the next generation of 45nm processors with front side bus speeds up to 1333MHz.  The 145D supports dual-channel DDR2 667 modules via its two DIMM slots.  The I45D has 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x1 and 3 PCI expansion slots.  The board also has 4 SATA 3Gb/s connections, 5.1 channel on-board audio and integrated 10/100 LAN.  Pricing and availability were not announced. 


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abit Announces the A-N68SV Motherboard

Posted: December 5, 2007 @ time: 07:32PM
Author: Nemo

abit -

abit is ready to launch their A-N68SV motherboard for price-conscious users.  Based on the NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce630a chipset, the A-N68SV supports AM2/AM2+ processors with 2000MT/s system bus.  Offering integrated graphics, it features a DVI output connect and on-board 5.1 audio.  Its two DIMM sockets support Dual channel DDR2 800 modules.  The board also offers 1 x PCI-E x16, 1 x PCI-E x1, 2 x PCI expansion slots, 4 SATA 3Gb/s connectors and 10/100 LAN.  abit is billing this board as "the ideal multimedia entry level platform."


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: December 6, 2007 @ time: 06:17AM
Author: Nemo

This morning brings us a lot of goodies from around the web so let's get started.  There are several mouse/keyboard offerings up today beginning with the Razer Lachesis Mouse & Lycosa keyboard from 3dGameMan.  Virtual-Hideout reviews the Logitech G9 gaming mouse and TweakTown looks at a mouse with a little something different to offer - the Sandio 3D Game O2.  In the power supply arena we have the Antec NeoPower 650 Blue from Bjorn3D and if that's not enough juice for your system, take a look at ThinkComputers' review of the Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W modular power supply.  If a new video card is on your Christmas wish list then the Sparkle GeForce 8600 GTS at Tech ARP is worth a look.  [H] puts the ASUS Maximus Formula motherboard through its paces and we see how the latest entry in their Republic of Gamers lineup stacks up.  Over at Overclockers Online we're treated to a member review of the DFI LANParty DK P35 T2RS board.  Neoseeker reviews the AMD Athlon 64 5000+ X2 Black Edition and concludes it is a worthy upgrade for existing AM2 systems.  To keep it all cool, FrostyTech has the Coolermaster Hyper 212 heatsink and finds it ranks right up there with some of the best.  Then we get to head back on over to TweakTown for the Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler.  The folks at Madshrimps have the Thermaltake Mozart case on the stand today (you can also see OCC's own look at building an entertainment system using the Thermal Mozart as well).  We wrap things up today with something a little different – the Caffeine Showdown from GideonTech.

Sparkle GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card @ Tech ARP
Antec NeoPower 650 Blue @ Bjorn3D
ASUS Maximus Formula @ [H]ardocp
Caffeine Showdown @ GideonTech
Thermaltake Mozart Tx Dual-ATX Tower Case @ Madshrimps
Razer Lachesis Mouse & Lycosa Keyboard  @ 3dGameMan
DFI LANParty DK P35 T2R/S @ Overclockers Online
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
AMD Athlon 64 5000+ X2 Black Edition @ Neoseeker
Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Modular Power Supply @ ThinkComputers.org
Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Virtual-Hideout
Sandio's 3D Mouse - Game 02 @ TweakTown
Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler @ TweakTown


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Microsoft In The Charitable Mood?

Posted: December 6, 2007 @ time: 05:41PM
Author: oldfett

BBC News - Microsoft is to start field testing a special light-weight version of Windows XP to be used on the $100 Laptop's, or the XO's. In case you have been in a hole for awhile, the XO is the outcome of the One Laptop Per Child project, their aim is to spread technology to children in the form of these budget laptops in the developing world for educational purposes. Organizers of the project believe that putting Windows on the laptop will make it more appealing for governments to purchase, however if they want Windows on the laptop they will of course have to buy a license.


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Arctic Cooling Confirms Accelero S1 Compatibility

Posted: December 6, 2007 @ time: 06:22PM
Author: oldfett

Arctic Cooling -

Do you have an Arctic Cooling Accelero S1, possibly purchased after our review of it in September? Maybe you want to upgrade to the new 8800GT or HD 3870, but are worried about compatibility? Then rejoice! Arctic Cooling has confirmed that this after-market cooler will indeed fit and added these two cards to its list of supported graphics cards for this cooler. If you want to run SLI with these coolers Arctic Cooling also has you covered with a longer flexible SLI bridge sold in its online shop.


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Dell to Sell Computers Through Best Buy

Posted: December 6, 2007 @ time: 07:40PM
Author: Nemo

Dell -

First Wal-Mart and now Best Buy.  Dell announced today that it will begin selling its Inspiron  and XPS line of notebook and desktop computers through more than 900 Best Buy stores in the United States.  Dell, best known for its direct sales model of doing business, has been looking for ways to expand the availability of its computer beyond direct sales and with this move, Dell computers will be available in nearly 10,000 stores world wide.  Over the next few weeks, Best Buy will begin stocking the XPS M1330 and Inspiron 1421 and 1521 notebooks and the XPS One, and the Inspirion 530 and 531 desktops.  Dell recently announced relationships with Carrefour in Europe, Staples in the U.S., Courts in Singapore, Gome in China, Bic Camera Inc. in Japan, Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. and Wal-Mart in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Mexico.


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LaCie Unveils The Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton

Posted: December 6, 2007 @ time: 08:04PM
Author: Nemo

LaCie -

LaCie announced a new external hard drive, the Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton.  Yes that's the full name of the product. The 3.5" drive connects via USB 2.0 interface and comes in 320GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities.  Designed for fanless operation, the enclosure features a glossy black finish and what LaCie describes as a "surprising blue LED effect for an ambient underside glow."  Other than that, it appears to be a regular external drive that supports both Windows and Mac machines.  All models have 7200RPM drives and 8MB cache on the 320GB and 500GB models and 16MB cache on the larger drives.  Backed by a two-year warranty, pricing starts at $199.99 USD for the 320GB model increasing in price to $399.99 USD for the 1TB drive.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 05:22AM
Author: Nemo

We have another round of items from our affiliates today starting with two guides dealing with both software and hardware.  First up is a look at a problem that's been with us since the beginning of Windows – how to determine folder size.  Tech ARP looks at two solutions to this problem.  Next up from PCSTATS is a guide to diagnosing bad hard drives which includes some useful tips for monitoring your drives even before they start to fail.  Overclockers Online looks at the CLP-300, a low-cost color laser printer from Samsung.  Those of you looking to quiet down your PC while still keeping it cool should look at the Noctua NH-U12P low noise heatsink reviewed by FrostyTech.  TweakTown has a look at two 8800GTS G92 based video cards from ASUS.  Virtual-Hideout brings us a look at another ASUS product with a review of their P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard.  Wrapping things up today is the Ultra X3 800-watt Modular PSU from Bjorn3D.

How To Find Out Folder Size In Windows @ Tech ARP
Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drive @ PCSTATS
Samsung CLP-300 @ Overclockers Online
Noctua NH-U12P Low Noise Heatsink @ FrostyTech
ASUS G92 EN8800GTS and EN8800GTS TOP @ TweakTown
ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard @ Virtual-Hideout
Ultra X3 800-watt Modular PSU @ Bjorn3D


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Sophisticated cyberattack on national labs under way

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 11:58AM
Author: Nemo

NetworkWorld -

Oak Ridge National Laboratory disclosed yesterday that its computer systems had been compromised as a result of what they described as “sophisticated cyber attack that appears to be part of a coordinated attempt to gain access to computer networks at numerous laboratories and other institutions across the country.”  Apparently the hacker was able to gain access to an unclassified database containing personal information on visitors to the lab and was achieved through the use of phishing techniques where employees received legitimate looking emails.  Other reports suggest that Los Alamos was also hit but there is no confirmation as to whether those attacks were successful.


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Fastest Passive Graphics Card – Ever!

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 03:05PM
Author: kingdingeling

Sapphire - Sapphire announced the launch of the HD3850 Ultimate Edition, which will feature passive cooling and 512MB of GDDR3 memory, running at 828MHz (1.66GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 668MHz. The core will therefore only be marginally slower, or have the same clock speed, as stock cooled HD3850's. The passive HD3850 boasts all the features the normal HD3850 graphics card includes, such as Avivo HD technology, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD decoding, CrossFireX, Shader Model 4.0 and DX10.1.


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Patriot's PDC32G1866LLK Sets Overclocking Record

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 03:16PM
Author: Nemo

Patriot Memory -

The Patriot Memory DDR3 PDC32G1866LLK, part of their Extreme Performance Low Latency line of memory products, is rated PC3-15000 (1866MHZ) at 1.9V. Recently this memory set new records in overclocking results at X-bit Labs, coming very close to reaching the 2GHz mark. "With the voltage remaining at default 1.9V the modules remained stable at up to 1936MHz frequency and when the increased the voltage to 2.0V, the system remained absolutely stable at record-breaking frequency of 1972MHz. It is an absolute record of our lab so far."  (Source: Xbit Labs) Each module comes equipped with aluminum bladed heat shield technology to improve module stability and is certified to be compatible with the Intel P35 and X38 chipsets.


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ASUS Introduces World's First 8800GT Model with Qimonda 1GB Graphics Memory

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 03:22PM
Author: kingdingeling

Asus -

Asus just released the new EN8800GT/HTDP/1G, the first 8800GT featuring 1GB of Qimonda GDDR3 memory. This card was released to provide the necessary graphics and memory power that gamers and other users alike will need when using high resolutions. The extra memory will also enhance the DirectX 10 performance of the 8800GT GPU according to Asus. A program called SmartDoctor will enable users to overclock their shader clocks by up to 10%. The 1G card also features a new heatsink, called the Glaciator Fansink, which is supposed to keep the GPU over 7°C cooler than the reference cooler, even when the card is 10% overclocked. "We are glad that Qimonda could offer ASUS this ultimate memory solution, which enables us to offer this leading product for the graphic card market", said Robert Feurle, Vice President of Business Unit Graphics at Qimonda. Exclusive to the 1GB card, Asus will be releasing the ASUS GamerOSD, a real-time overclocking utility, that will enable gamers to overclock their card in the middle of a game, to deliver the performance needed immediately. Additionally, it also provides users with the option to record live gaming action.


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Intel to Release Dual-Core Celerons on January 20th?

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 06:46PM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - Looks like January will be a busy month for Intel with the launch of Penryn on the sixth, Yorkfield and Wolfdale on the 20th. According to sources at motherboard manufacturers Intel will also be releasing the first dual core Celeron processor on January 20th. The new cpus will be of the E1000 series, with the E1200 out the gate first. The new dual core Celeron will feature a core frequency of 1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB and 512 KB L2 cache. Prices are $53 in one thousand unit quantities.


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CompUSA to Close All Stores

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 07:06PM
Author: Nemo

Wall Street Journal -

CompUSA has been sold to Gordon Brothers Group and will shut down all remaining 103 stores in the United States.  The stores will remain open through year-end under the auspices of Gordon Brothers who will begin the wind down process including the sale of real estate and other assets. "An orderly and expedited wind-down and asset sale process is the best option for CompUSA and its creditors," Bill Weinstein, a principal at Gordon Brothers, said in a statement.


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Toyota tunes up robo-violinist

Posted: December 7, 2007 @ time: 08:16PM
Author: Nemo

Personal Computer World -

Toyota unveiled several robot creations including a human-sized robot capable of playing the violin.  Equipped with 17 joints in each hand and arm, the company demonstrated the robot palying a full version of Pomp and Circumstance.  Toyota expects robotics to become a core business by 2020. Toyota hasn't been in the robot business as long as other manufactuers as Honda, but is looking to deliver medical robots sometime next year and other, more advanced robots by 2010.


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Hardware Roundup: Saturday Edition

Posted: December 8, 2007 @ time: 12:46PM
Author: Nemo

For our Saturday reviews we have a few items to keep you busy between football games on TV.  For those of you that have chosen to to stick with IE7 instead of moving up to another browser such as Firefox or Opera, Tech ARP has a look at an add-on that allows you to save tab sessions in IE7.  FrostyTech looks at two heatsinks today - the Coolermaster Hyper TX2 and the Apack Zerotherm BTF-92.  TweakTown has the DFI Infinity Blood Iron P35-T2RL motherboard up for review.  OC Cafe looks at the OCZ's new Freeze thermal compound and sees where it land amongst the competition.  NVNews has a review of the EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GT KO video card and 3dGameMan evaluates the WD Scorpio 320GB 2.5" & RE2-GP 1TB 3.5" HDDs.

How To Always Save Tab Session In Internet Explorer 7 @ Tech ARP
Coolermaster Hyper TX2 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
WD Scorpio 320GB 2.5" & RE2-GP 1TB 3.5" HDDs @ 3dGameMan
EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GT KO Review @ NVNews.net
Apack Zerotherm BTF-92 OC Edition Heatsink @ FrostyTech
DFI Infinity Blood Iron P35-T2RL @ TweakTown
OCZ Freeze Thermal Paste @ Overclocker Cafe


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Patriot Memory Introduces The VIPER Series

Posted: December 8, 2007 @ time: 01:02PM
Author: Nemo

Patriot Memory -

Patriot Memory released the "Viper" an improved heat spreader design for its Extreme Performance Line of gaming memory.  The Viper Series heat spreaders are made from an aluminum-copper composite and are designed to effectively transfer heat from the modules.  The heat spreaders are in direct contact with the memory chips and feature a series of fins atop the heat spreaders.  Specially designed "heat corners" result in 90% faster heat dissipation.  Tests show the new design results in a 20% lower temperature for the memory chips.  "We are proud of our new heat spreader design," says Saeed Arash Far, Engineering Manager of Patriot Memory. "Not only are the new heat spreaders visually appealing, but they are undoubtedly one of the best at passively removing heat from the memory."


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Online Shopping Sets Record

Posted: December 9, 2007 @ time: 06:25PM
Author: road-runner

PC World - From Nov. 1 to Dec. 2 online shoppers spent more than $14 billion, up 17 percent from last year according to comScore Inc. Nov. 26, Cyber Monday came in with the most spent in one day of $733 million, followed by three consecutive days where spending topped $700 million each day, said Chairman of comScore Gian Fulgoni. "However, strong sales subsided toward the end of [that] week, eventually resulting in a 17 percent gain versus the corresponding time period last year -- in line with the growth rates we've experienced for the season to date," he said in the statement.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: December 10, 2007 @ time: 06:22AM
Author: Nemo

We get things rolling this week with a series of video card reviews.  Leading off is TweakTown's look at the HD 3850 Crossfire vs. 8800GTS 512MB G92. Tech ARP has the Galaxy GeForce 8600 GTS and TechSpot looks at the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512 reference card.  TweakTown also reviews the Inno3D GeForce 8800GT OC 512MB along with a review of the GIGABYTE GP-S7500 2.1 speaker system. You'll definitely need a decent monitor to put a new video card to the test so why not check out the ASUS PG221 22-inch Wide-Screen over at Techgage.  [H]ardocp takes us on a tour of UT3 Gameplay and IQ.  Virtual-Hideout looks at the Thermaltake iXoft Notebook Cooling Pad.  Bjorn3D examines Uniblue RegistryBooster 2 (which was also reviewed by OCC).  Finally it's time to relax and check out the Holiday 2007 Wish List from ThinkComputers.

HD 3850 Crossfire vs. 8800GTS 512MB G92 @ TweakTown
Galaxy GeForce 8600 GTS Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
ASUS PG221 22-inch Wide-Screen @ Techgage
Holiday 2007 Wish List @ ThinkComputers.org
GIGABYTE GP-S7500 2.1 Speaker System @ TweakTown
UT3 Gameplay and IQ @ [H]ardocp
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512 @ TechSpot
Inno3D GeForce 8800GT OC 512MB @ TweakTown
Thermaltake iXoft Notebook Cooling Pad @ Virtual-Hideout
Uniblue RegistryBooster 2 @ Bjorn3D


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Multimedia sharing off limits on NAS drive

Posted: December 10, 2007 @ time: 09:20AM
Author: Nemo

NetworkWorld -

"Anywhere, Anytime Access". "Share Photos and Files" proclaims Western Digital's web site touting its My Book World Edition NAS device.  The benefit of their product, beyond just being used as an external backup device, is the ability to share and access your data anywhere, anytime, even when your local computer is off.  But there is a Gotcha! associated with this drive that has recently come to light - you can't share audio and video multimedia files on this drive.  Access to multimedia files is restricted to the primary user  registered on WD Anywhere Access, the remote client embedded in the device.


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Ultra X2 750W Extreme Edition Titanium PSU

Posted: December 10, 2007 @ time: 05:06PM
Author: Nemo

Ultra Products -

Ultra Products has announced the latest addition to their power supply lineup.  The X2 750W Titanium Extreme Edition is the second generation of the X-Connect family of modular power supplies.  The unit features Ultra's Flex Force cabling allowing easy cable routing for enhanced appearance and air flow.  The new unit features a glossy titanium finish and dual 12V rails rated at 25A each.  The power supply is rated at 750 maximum combined watts at full load and 72% efficiency.  In addition to the 20/24 pin motherboard connector, the unit comes with a 4-pin +12V and 8-pin EPS motherboard connectors, two 6-pin PCI-E connectors, three SATA connections along with the usual array of 4-pin Molex, floppy and fan connectors.  The unit is available now at a MSRP of $139.99 USD and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.


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IBM and Partners Move Closer to 32-NM Chips

Posted: December 10, 2007 @ time: 05:58PM
Author: Nemo

eWeek -

IBM announced today that it has developed a high-k metal gate manufacturing process that puts it one step closer to producing the first of its 32nm microprocessors.  The new technology is necessary to reduce the the power leakage of transistors as the transistors become smaller. IBM is partnering with AMD, Chartered Semiconductor, Freescale, Inifineon and Samsung in developing the new technology.  IBM expects the new semi-conductors based on the 32nm process to be available in the second half of 2009.  The new technology will allow for chips that are 50 percent smaller than the previous 45nm process while  reducing power consumption by 45 percent.


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Vista...Faster... No Way!?

Posted: December 10, 2007 @ time: 08:36PM
Author: oldfett

Microsoft - Microsoft is indeed trying to make Vista quicker and to prove it to us they released an early log of Service Pack 1 for Vista. Microsoft states that, "Windows Vista is designed to be more reliable and faster than the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Ultimately, these advantages help users be more productive and decrease support costs. This paper describes the most relevant Windows Vista features and their benefits." A few of the changes to come include faster boot and resume times, improved responsiveness, faster copying and extracting of files, fewer crashes and an automatic recovery system. Improving these areas will certainly make Vista that much more appealing to the public!


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Morning Edition

Posted: December 11, 2007 @ time: 05:56AM
Author: Nemo

We have a full plate in front of us today as we sample from the offerings around the net so let's get started.  The upcoming release NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS continues to generate a lot of interest.  Tech ARP posted their NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) Benchmark Results and [H]ardocp looks and the BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB.   TweakTown has two video cards on the table today and treats us to a review of the Leadtek WinFast 8500 & 8600GT with HDMI.  Next up are several items in the cooling department with two reviews from FrostyTech – the Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Silent Heatsink and the Scythe Ninja Mini SCMNJ-1000 Heatsink.  OCModShop evaluates the Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II Water Cooling System.  Rounding out the offerings in the cooling arena is Tweaknews review of the Nanoxia DualContact Hybrid Base CPU Cooler.  Techgage abuses and tortures the OCZ ATV 2GB & ATV Turbo 4GB thumb drives and reports on just how rugged these little drives are.  The Nexus Caterpillar Silent ATX Case is brought to us by the good folks over at Madshrimps.  The Rosewill 8" Digital Photo Frame reviewed by Overclocker Cafe might make a nice present to someone on your holiday list this year.  Wrapping up, we have the Rosewill RX81-CW-US Hard Drive Enclosure at ThinkComputers and TweakTown's review of the Yidsun SPK-796 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) Benchmark Results @ Tech ARP
Nexus Caterpillar Silent ATX Case @ Madshrimps
Scythe Ninja Mini SCMNJ-1000 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Silent Heatsink @ FrostyTech
Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II Water Cooling System @ OCModShop
Rosewill 8" Digital Photo Frame @ OC Cafe
OCZ ATV 2GB & ATV Turbo 4GB @ Techgage
Rosewill RX81-CW-US Hard Drive Enclosure @ ThinkComputers.org
Leadtek WinFast 8500 & 8600GT with HDMI @ TweakTown
Yidsun SPK-796 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker @ TweakTown
BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB @ [H]ardocp
Nanoxia Dualcontact Hybrid Base CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews.net


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Super Talent Expands SSD Offering to include ZIF Socket

Posted: December 11, 2007 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: Nemo

Super Talent -

Super Talent Technology today announced a new line of Parallel ATA (PATA) 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that use a zero insertion force (ZIF) connector. This new line of SSDs is offered in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities packaged in an industry standard form factor that is compatible with 1.8-inch ZIF hard drives. These drives support 30MB/second sequential read and write speeds, fast 0.1ms access speeds, have exceptional resistance to shock and vibration, and consume less than 1 watt of power when active. These drives are available in commercial (0C to 70C) and industrial (-40C to 85C) operating temperature ranges. “These new ZIF products make the benefits of Super Talent’s SSD technology available to a whole new set of users. The ZIF connector is ideal for rugged handheld computing devices”, commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James.  The 32GB commercial unit is expected to be priced at $790.


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Microsoft On Global Hunt For Software Pirates

Posted: December 11, 2007 @ time: 01:12PM
Author: road-runner

Information Week - In an attempt to stop illegally copied software, Microsoft has filed 52 lawsuits against businesses and individuals in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Italy, Ireland, and several other countries, for pirated versions of Windows, Office, and other products. An additional 22 cases have been referred to local law enforcement authorities in foreign countries, said Microsoft. Fifteen of the involved cases are said to be traced to the Chinese syndicate, one of the world's largest rings of counterfeiters according to the software giant. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Microsoft in a joint effort busted the gang earlier this year. Microsoft estimates that counterfeiting costs the software industry about $40 billion per year worldwide.


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Toshiba to Launch SCiB Batteries in March

Posted: December 11, 2007 @ time: 01:29PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Toshiba made public today a new type of rechargeable battery called the Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB). The company claims the new battery can recharge to 90% of total capacity in as little as five minutes, and will last up to 10 years. The battery can recharge with as much as 50 amperes of current with only a capacity loss of less than 10% in 3,000 cycles. The battery contains negative electrode material having a high level of thermal stability with a high flash point, and is also said to be structurally resistant to internal short circuiting and thermal runaway.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Afternoon Edition

Posted: December 11, 2007 @ time: 02:58PM
Author: oldfett

Running around the net this afternoon we have a number of facinating reviews and articles to look at! The first of these comes from the guys over at Neoseeker doing a review on the new G92-based Asus EN8800 GTS. You can't expect to overclock very far if you don't have good cooling, taking a look at FrostyTech's Top 5 Heatsinks At A Glance to pick what one fits your style. They also posted a new review of theThermalright SI-128SE Heatsink, if your in the market for this heatsink stop by and take a look. Are you looking at putting together a Core 2 Duo or Quad box this holiday season, but have strict budget to do it on? The Biostar TF7150V-M7 GeForce 7150 Motherboard might just help you stay inside that budget, run on over to PCSTATS to see the review. The new G92 8800 GTS's sure look tempting, if you want one head over to Tech ARP to see the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) Benchmark Results Rev. 2.0. Christmas is coming and you can't forget about numero uno so take a look at the December Shopping List by PCSTATS to help you decide what to put under the tree for yourself.

G92-based Asus EN8800 GTS @ Neoseeker
FrostyTech's Top 5 Heatsinks At A Glance @ Frostytech
Thermalright SI-128SE Heatsink @ Frostytech
Biostar TF7150V-M7 GeForce 7150 Motherboard @ PCSTATS
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) Benchmark Results Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
December Shopping List @ PCSTATS


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Razer Boomslang CE 2007

Posted: December 11, 2007 @ time: 03:16PM
Author: oldfett

Razer -

Looking for that unique gift this Holiday Season? Well you can't get much more unique than limited edition and thats just what Razer is offering with the Boomslang CE 2007. Only 10,000 of these mice will be available for purchase as a tribute to the Boomslang, Razer's first mouse launched in 1999. You don't just get a mouse for the $100 price tag you also get, premium packaging, numbered collectors card, protective black tin for transportation, driver disk, introductory guide and a master guide. So if your looking for a great mouse for gaming that just screams unique take a look at the Razer Boomslang CE 2007.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Morning Edition

Posted: December 12, 2007 @ time: 05:35AM
Author: Nemo

Looking around the net we found two video cards for you this morning.  NVNews starts us off with a review of the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog Edition card.  TweakTown has a card from a relatively new company - the ZOTAC GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92.  If you are looking for a way to keep your new video card cool, ThinkComputers evaluates the performance of the Thermaltake DuOrb VGA Cooler.  Next up are two of the latest and greatest offerings from DangerDen.  Virtual-Hideout puts the M5 & MC-TDX CPU waterblocks under the microscope and comes away feeling very impressed.  Bjorn3d looks at two air cooling options - Noctua NH-U12P heatsink and the NF-P12 Cool & Quiet fan.

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog Edition @ NVNews
Thermaltake DuOrb VGA Cooler @ ThinkComputers
ZOTAC GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 @ TweakTown
DangerDen M5 & MC-TDX CPU Waterblocks @ Virtual-Hideout
Noctua NH-U12P and NF-P12 Cool & Quiet @ Bjorn3D

 


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