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News Archives for January 2008

Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: January 1, 2008 @ time: 10:53AM
Author: Nemo

It's the start of a brand new year and Madshrimps starts off with a retrospective look at the year just past in their Hardware [M]adness in 2007: Looking Back.  Our roundup includes two memory reviews.  Vitual-Hideout has the Kingston 2x1GB HyperX PC3-13000 DDR3 Memory kit and Madshrimps checks out Three OCZ PC2-6400 DDR2 Kits For The Budget Conscious.  The Sunbeam Tuniq 3 Case is reviewed by RBMods.  The Asus Maximus Extreme is a highe-end enthusiast board based on Intel's X38 chipset and Bjorn3d has it up for review.  Wrapping up today's offerings is a look at the XFX GeForce 8800 GT 256MB Graphics Card from PC Perspective.

XFX GeForce 8800 GT 256MB Graphics Card @ PC Perspective
Sunbeam Tuniq 3 Case @ RBMods
Kingston 2x1GB HyperX PC3-13000 DDR3 Memory @ Virtual-Hideout
Asus Maximus Extreme @ Bjorn3D
Three OCZ PC2-6400 DDR2 Kits For The Budget Conscious @ Madshrimps
Hardware [M]adness in 2007: Looking Back @ Madshrimps

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 2, 2008 @ time: 05:52AM
Author: Nemo

Looking around the web today yielded some treasures for you to read starting with the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB review at Tech ARP.  Bonafide Reviews puts some fun into the mix this morning with a look at Super Mario Galaxy.  There are two entries in the storage arena today.  GideonTech reviews the OCZ ATV 4GB memory stick.  Notebook storage is a segment that is often overlooked and TweakTown offers up the Hitachi 2.5" 200GB Notebook Upgrade Kit.  This kit not only gives your laptop a capacity boost but also turns your old 2.5" drive into a USB powered external unit.  We also have two CPU cooling solutions for you to look at.  Overclocker Cafe reviews the Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro Cooler and RBmods evaluates the Silentmaxx Frostbite CPU Cooler.  Closing out today's roundup is a look at the AMD Phenom 9600: Black Edition from Bjorn3D.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB @ Tech ARP
Super Mario Galaxy @ Bonafide Reviews
OCZ ATV 4GB memory stick @ GideonTech
Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro Cooler @ Overclocker Cafe
Hitachi 2.5" 200GB Notebook Upgrade Kit @ TweakTown
AMD Phenom 9600: Black Edition @ Bjorn3D
Silentmaxx Frostbite CPU Cooler @ RBMods

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 3, 2008 @ time: 04:55AM
Author: Nemo

Looking around the web we have more interesting reviews to bring you today so let's get started.  Zotac is not new to the video card market, but we're just beginning to see their cards in the North American market.  3dGameman reviews the Zotac 8600GTS Video Card and shows us what its got under the hood.  The folks over at FrostyTech bring us two CPU cooling solutions with the Gigabyte Volar GH-PSV21-FB Heatsink and the Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent Heatsink.  The In-Win Allure MicroATX Designer Case probably won't make an appearance on too many enthusiasts' desks but  many readers end up building systems for daughters/wifes/girlfriends and Madshrimps looks at this "lady-friendly" case to see what its got.  3dGameMan makes another appearance in today's roundup with a review of the Razer Piranha Headset.  Today also brings us two offerings from the AMD/ATI camp.  TweakTown has a look at the passively cooled  Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Ultimate Edition video card.  AMD announced its new 790FX chipset and AM2+ socket platform as part of the Phenom launch and today we get a chance to look at the ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard reviewed by TechSpot.

Zotac 8600GTS Video Card @ 3dGameMan
Gigabyte Volar GH-PSV21-FB Heatsink @ FrostyTech
In-Win Allure MicroATX Designer Case @ Madshrimps
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent Heatsink @ FrostyTech
Razer Piranha Headset @ 3dGameMan
Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Ultimate Edition @ TweakTown
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard @ TechSpot

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CoolIT Systems to Debut 2008 Lineup of Liquid Cooling Innovations at CES

Posted: January 3, 2008 @ time: 10:02AM
Author: Nemo

CoolIT Systems -

Following up on its previous range of enthusiast liquid cooling devices, CoolIT Systems will be announcing its 2008 product lineup at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Freezone Elite, PURE, Boreas MTEC Chassis and Dual Drive Bay VGA Coolers will be on display and CoolIT is offering a sneak peak at these new products. The Freezone Elite improves upon the existing Freezone product and harnesses the power of liquid and thermoelectric cooling to bring down CPU temperatures.  New features include a 120mm fan, increased dissipation of up to 250W and a new black faceplate.  The Freezone Elite is the first sealed liquid cooling system fully ESA certified and is available now for $449.99.  CoolIT is entering the GPU cooling market with its new Dual Drive Bay VGA Coolers.  The unit incorporates a radiator, pump and fan in a single unit that fits into any dual external drive bay slot.  The dual fluid heat exchangers install easily onto the graphics cards and maintain a low profile single PCI card height.  The Dual Drive Bay VGA coolers compatible with the ATI HD 2900, ATI HD 3870, HD 3850, NVIDIA 8800GTX, NVIDIA 8800GT,  NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 and NVIDIA Tesla.  The cooling device promises maintenance free operation and provides extreme cooling for optimal graphics performance while also significantly reducing noise.  The Dual Drive Bay VGA Coolers are available now starting at $299.99.  The PURE CPU cooler is a sealed closed-loop maintenance free liquid cooling system,  pre-plumbed and charged for simple bolt-in installation.  The unit includes a radiator/pump Module and a CPU Fluid Heat Exchanger.  The end result is a highly effective CPU water cooler available to consumers at a lower price point.  The PURE is universally compatible with any processor and chassis and is available now for $134.99.  The final entry in the lineup is the Boreas MTECTM Chassis which combines CoolIT's most powerful liquid cooling device, the Boreas, with the award-winning Silverstone TJ-07 full-size aluminum tower case.   The Boreas utilizes 12 Thermoelectric Coolers to dissipate a tremendous amount of heat, enough to chill multiple CPU/GPU configurations.  The Boreas MTEC  Chassis  comes pre-plumbed and factory sealed, provides extreme CPU/GPU performance, reduces system noise, enhances PC reliability, and is universally compatible.  The Boreas MTEC Chassis is available now, by special order, starting from $949.  "PC Enthusiasts and gamers everywhere have a lot to be excited about with CoolIT's aggressive, new lineup" said Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems.  "CoolIT has built off its previous success with the Eliminator and Freezone, listened to what the market is demanding, and developed a new roster of innovative cooling solutions to effectively and efficiently eliminate heat from any computing configuration."

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Hitachi Rolls out Half-Terabyte Hard Drive for Notebooks

Posted: January 3, 2008 @ time: 10:10AM
Author: Nemo

Hitachi -

On the eve of CES 2008 we're starting to see some interesting new product announcements. Hitachi today announced the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch mobile hard drive.  The Travelstar 5K500 is available in either a 400GB or 500GB model, and spins at 5,400 rpm. The drives were developed perpendicular magnetic recording technology and come with a 3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface.   Other features include Hitachi-patented Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) technology, 400Gs of shock protection and optional Bulk Data Encryption (BDE) for hard drive level data security. “The Travelstar 5K500 was designed to address some important trends taking place in today’s notebook computing market,” said Larry Swezey, director, Consumer and Commercial HDD, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Consumers tend to think of their notebooks as less of a pure technology tool and more of a mobile entertainment device for taking large libraries of movies, music, games and pictures on the go. As a result, notebooks are now starting to ship with wide, high definition screens and large, high quality speakers for playing digital audio and video. Hitachi’s new Travelstar 5K500 responds to these dynamics with the features, design innovations and technologies that enhance the overall entertainment experience."  The Travelstar 5K500 will be available worldwide in February, pricing was not announced.

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Dell 15.4-Inch Inspiron Notebooks Get New Years Makeover

Posted: January 3, 2008 @ time: 06:45PM
Author: kingdingeling

Dell -

Dell announced a makeover for its 15.4-Inch Inspiron series notebooks, now called the 1525. With the new year, the Inspiron 1525 will be available in four new colours, called Blossom, Chill, Commotion and Street. The accessories that can be purchased with the laptop are also colour coordinated. The Inspiton 1525 will be slimmer and up to 25% smaller than previous models, include things like a WiFi Catcher, built-in Mobile Broadband, Bluetooth (optional), and feature the PC-to-PC transfer service, that migrates personal settings from your old computer to the new one. The WiFi catcher allows for easy connectivity with wireless networks in reach, but if there is no network in reach, the built-in Mobile Broadband can connect to the Internet via Cellular Networks (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless). There is also a built-in wireless USB feature to clean up the desk. The signal connects to a USB hub, which acts as a docking station.

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China Bans Non-Government Online-Video Sites

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 04:13AM
Author: kingdingeling

Fox News - As of the 31st of January 2008, China will ban online video sharing sites, such as YouTube. Only government owned or government controlled video sharing sites will be available to the Chinese public, as these sites now need a special permit. "Those who provide Internet video services should insist on serving the people, serve socialism ... and abide by the moral code of socialism" is the official reason as to why these sites need to be banned. China, being the second largest internet audience (164 million people with internet access), is a rapidly growing internet market. Adhering to these rules would be an extremely hard task for YouTube, as 10 hours of video material, covering various topics, are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 04:21AM
Author: Nemo

Movie buffs out there will recognize the line "Round up the usual suspects" and that's just what we did today.  We begin with the Sunon Waturbo Liquid Circulation Heatsink at FrostyTech.  This heatsink is a bit unusual as it incorporates a liquid core with a magnetic impeller to help transfer heat away from the copper base. We found two reviews of the ASUS TOP Geforce 8800GT 512MB videocard, first at PCSTATS and then again at RBMods.  Power supplies seem to be growing in capacity, and size.  Do you really need a 1KW PSU or larger?  Find out by watching the video review of the Silverstone OP1200 1200W at 3dGameMan and then check out the Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W Modular Power Supply at ThinkComputers.  Tech ARP has updated their Desktop CPU Comparison Guide.  TweakTown has a look at the GlacialTech IGLOO 5610 Series CPU Cooler. Before you install that new cooler check out the review of Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound from LAN Addict.  We've been hearing about the problems AMD encountered with the new Phenom line of processors.  To find out more about what's involved, read  AMD's Phenom Processor - Beyond Erratum 298 from LostCircuits.  PC Perspective takes the HP Blackbird 002 LC Gaming System out for a spin to see how HP's purchase of Voodoo PC worked out.  Bjorn3D brings us a look at the VisionTek TV Wonder 650PCIe TV tuner card.

Sunon Waturbo Liquid Circulation Heatsink @ FrostyTech
Asus EN8800GT TOP Geforce 8800GT 512MB Videocard @ PCSTATS
Silverstone OP1200 1200W Power Supply @ 3dGameMan
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
Why the Wii Zapper Sucks @ OCModShop
GlacialTech IGLOO 5610 Series CPU Cooler @ TweakTown
Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W Modular Power Supply @ ThinkComputers
Asus 8800GT Top Videocard @ RBMods
Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound @ LAN Addict
AMD's Phenom Processor - Beyond Erratum 298 @ LostCircuits
HP Blackbird 002 LC Gaming System @ PC Perspective
VisionTek TV Wonder 650PCIe @ Bjorn3D

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NVIDIA Details GeForce 9600 GT

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 04:44AM
Author: kingdingeling

DailyTech -

NVIDIA's new mid-range chip, codenamed "D9M", will debut as the 9600GT. Stock speeds will be 650MHz GPU core clock, 1625MHz unified shader clock and 900MHz memory clock, coupled with a 256-bit wide memory bus interface. All this calculates to 57.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth according to NVIDIA. The texture fill rate is estimated at 20.8 billion pixels per second and the manufacturing process will be 65nm, but NVIDIA did not indicate yet how many stream processors the 9600GT will feature. The D9M GPU will require a power supply with at least 400W and 26A on the 12V rail, but will also require a 6-pin PCI-Express connector, which is new compared to previous mid-range cards such as the 8600GT. NVIDIA representatives did not state a price point yet, however they said that the performance of the 9600GT would be "almost double" that of the 8600GT.

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Corsair Introduces 32GB High-Density USB Drives at CES 2008

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 04:55AM
Author: kingdingeling

Corsair - Corsair announced today that it will be releasing 32GB versions of the Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB thumbs drive series at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2008 in Las Vegas. These drives can hold more than 16 full-length high definition movies or an entire season of TV series, as Corsair puts it. The drives are bootable, which leaves the option to run entire operating systems off of these thumb drives, which becomes especially interesting with the large size. Each of the modules features a 10-year warranty. Manufacturer MSRP will be $229.99 for the Flash Voyager, and $249.99 for the Flash Survivor.

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Sapphire Supports AGP with HD 3850

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 11:03AM
Author: Nemo

Sapphire Technology -

Sapphire Technology today announced support for legacy PC systems using the AGP graphics bus with a new product in its HD 3000 series. The HD 3850 AGP is available with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, running at 846MHz (1.7GHz effective) and has a core clock speed of 700MHz. It is a standard ATX format card using a single-slot design with an active fan cooler.  The HD 3850 AGP shares many of the same features as its PCI-Express brethren such as 320 stream processors and 512-bit internal ring bus memory controller, unified shader architecture with support for Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10.1 support.  The GPU is based on the 55nm manufacturing process and features ATI PowerPlay that actively reduces power consumption depending on loading. Additional power is supplied through an on-board 8-pin PCI-Express connector and the card comes packaged with an adapter cable allowing users to utilize a standard power connector.  The Sapphire HD 3850 AGP incorporates the latest ATI Avivo™ HD Technology for enhanced Video display and features a built in UVD (Unified Video decoder) for the hardware accelerated decoding of Blu-ray™ and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, considerably reducing CPU loading. Two independent display output controllers provide support for two dual link DVI displays as well as TV-out and HD TV options. HDCP is supported.  Pricing and availability were not announced.

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What kind of hardware do you plan to buy in 2008?

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 11:26AM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub -

With all the new hardware that's going to be released this year, there's going to be a lot of new purchases being made. We at OCC are curious as to what kinda stuff everyone is going to be buying, so it's a pretty simple question: What kind of hardware do you plan to buy in 2008?

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Warner Bros. to Support Blu-Ray Exclusively

Posted: January 4, 2008 @ time: 09:07PM
Author: Nemo

PC Magazine -

Warner Bros. said Friday is will support the Blu-Ray format exclusively. Previously, Warner Bros. had been seen as a neutral party, releasing movies in both the Blu-Ray and HD DVD formats. According to Warner Bros., the shift is due to "consumer demand". Warner Bros. will continue to release movies in both formats until the end of May.  Some pundits are predicting this signals the end of the format war and say HD DVD days are numbered and its lifetime can be measured in a matter days, weeks at the outside. "Warner Bros.' move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want," said Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive of Warner, in a statement.

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Hardware Roundup: Saturday Edition

Posted: January 5, 2008 @ time: 09:07AM
Author: Nemo

A quick tour around the web this morning turned up a few items for your perusal.  Tech ARP has been looking at the new XP service pack release candidate and finds Microsoft Windows XP SP3 RC Does NOT Support HDA.  High performance memory is a must for enthusiasts.  For those of you looking to make an upgrade or possibly trying to decide between DDR2 and DDR3 try taking a look at the Patriot Memory DDR3 PC-10666 7-7-7-20 review at Overclockers Online.  Your next stop should be to read the OCZ PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth 4GB Memory review at PCSTATS.  FrostyTech reviews the Zalman CNPS9700NT Heatsink and sees how it stacks up to other high-end air coolers.  Lian Li aficionados will want to check out the Lancool Metal Boned K7 Case at 3dGameMan.  Wrapping up, TweakTown has the ATI Catalyst 7.12 Analysis - XP & Vista review.

Microsoft Windows XP SP3 RC Does NOT Support HDA @ Tech ARP
Patriot Memory DDR3 PC-10666 7-7-7-20 @ Overclockers Online
OCZ PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth 4GB Memory @ PCSTATS
Zalman CNPS9700NT Heatsink @ FrostyTech
Lancool Metal Boned K7 Case @ 3dGameMan
ATI Catalyst 7.12 Analysis - XP & Vista @ TweakTown

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OCC CES 2008 Coverage Begins

Posted: January 6, 2008 @ time: 01:43PM
Author: Nemo

OCC begins coverage of CES 2008 as Bosco and Raven invade Logitech to get a sneek peek of whats new.



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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 06:57AM
Author: Nemo

Our Monday roundup marks the official opening of CES 2008 and OCC has already begun its coverage along with with some of our affiliates.  But first we need to see what else is up for review today.  We have a daily double from Tech ARP with their Crysis Benchmarking Guide and their updated Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.  Virtual-Hideout takes on the Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse.  Motherboards.org has a look at the V7 D24W33 24 Inch (HDMI) LCD Monitor from Video 7.  [email protected] memory is still alive and kicking and TweakTown reviews the PNY DDR2 XLR8 PC2-9384 2GB Memory Kit.  For those of you looking for an easy way to get into water cooling, Tweaknews has the Thermaltake Bigwater 760i Liquid Cooling System up for review today.  In the budget motherboard department, Bjorn3D has a look at the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L based on the Intel P31 chipset.  If you didn't get a new music player under the tree this year, head on over to RBMods for a review of the Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation.  Now, on to CES coverage.  In addition to OCC's own coverage, today we have CES Unveiled 2008 at ThinkComputers.org, CES Unveiled & Logitech Announcements at Techgage and Warner Home Video Fallout Hits CES 2008 from Madshrimps.

Crysis Benchmarking Guide @ Tech ARP
Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse @ Virtual-Hideout
V7 D24W33 24 Inch (HDMI) LCD Monitor @ Motherboards.org
Nyko Intercooler for Playstation 3 @ OCModShop
CES Unveiled 2008 @ ThinkComputers.org
CES Unveiled & Logitech Announcements @ Techgage
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
Warner Home Video Fallout Hits CES 2008 @ Madshrimps
PNY DDR2 XLR8 PC2-9384 2GB Memory Kit @ TweakTown
Thermaltake Bigwater 760i Liquid Cooling System @ Tweaknews
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L @ Bjorn3D
Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation @ RBMods

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OCC @ CES 2008!

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 08:47AM
Author: sdy284

OCC @ CES 2008 -

Once again, the OCC staff have invaded Las Vegas and CES! This year, we'll be featuring more coverage, more manufacturers and of course, more booth babes! Today (1/7) marks the official start of CES and we already have a lot of great content from yesterday, and you can look forward to much more content and live updates being delivered today. Be sure to check back often as updates can be added at any time.

You can discuss all of our CES content in the OCC Forums.

Updated: 11:00pm CST 1/17/08

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Buffalo Expands Its Line of Storage Devices

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 11:13AM
Author: Nemo

Buffalo Technology -

Buffalo Technology today announced two additions to its line of NAS devices: the 500GB LinkStation EZ and 1TB LinkStation Pro Duo. Buffalo also announced the US debut of its ultra-high capacity portable storage device, the 320GB MiniStation TurboUSB. The LinkStation EZ includes a single 500GB SATA drive spinning at 7,200 rpm. The LinkStation Pro Duo comes equipped with two 5,400 rpm 500GB SATA drives that can be configured in RAID 0 for performance or RAID 1 for data redundancy. It also includes Buffalo’s Web Access feature, which allows users to access and share files at any time from anywhere in the world by just using a web browser interface. It supports Microsoft Active Directory. Both devices include a single 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connection with JumboFrame support. The MiniStation TurboUSB secures and stores large amounts of data while on-the-go. Protected by Buffalo’s unique Shock Resistant technology, this floating design absorbs any bumps, drops or shocks. All three products include Memeo’s AutoBackup to ensure that all of your data is fully protected. The 500GB LinkStationEZ(LS-500GL) is currently available at an estimated street price of $199. The 1TB LinkStation Pro Duo (LS-W1.0TGL/R1) will be available this month at an estimated street price of $449. The 320GB MiniStation TurboUSB is now available at an estimated street price of $229.

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Foxconn Launches New Motherboard Developed for Low-power Intel Processors

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 11:31AM
Author: Nemo

Foxconn -

Foxconn today launched a new mATX motherboard optimized for low-power Intel processors based on the Intel® 945GC chipset. The 45CMV has been tuned for sub-65W Intel processors, which includes most Intel Core 2 Duo models and all Pentium Dual Core and Celeron models. Although the 45CMV has been designed for energy efficiency, it still offers FSB 1333MHz support, dual DDR2 800MHz memory support and an integrated DirectX 9 graphics engine via the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor. The 45CMV also ships with 5.1 channel HD audio, integrated networking, two SATAII and six USB2.0 connectors. Expansion slots include 1 PCIe x16 slot, 1 PCIe x1 slot and 1 PCI slot. The 45CMV will be available in worldwide sales channels in early February with a suggested price of US$50.

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Logitech Unveils Mini-Keyboard for Total Control of PC Entertainment from the Sofa

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 11:51AM
Author: Nemo

Logitech -

Logitech unveiled the diNovo Mini keyboard with media remote at CES over the weekend.  The palm-sized device is designed to interface with home theater PC systems and makes it easy to control your HTPC from the sofa via a Bluetooth 2.0 wireless connection. For easy navigation, the diNovo Mini keyboard features backlighting and an innovative ClickPad, which can be used as a touch pad to point, scroll and click – or as a directional pad to navigate menus and make selections.  The keyboard features a keypad, dedicated hotkeys for media players and Web browsers, as well as prominent Page Up and Page Down buttons, which allow people to scroll when surfing the Web as well as zoom in and out of documents and images. The keyboard even offers a dedicated button that launches Windows Media Center, as well as a row of media controls that allow people to adjust volume and easily play, pause, stop, fast forward and rewind. "The Logitech diNovo Mini keyboard extends Logitech’s tradition of developing innovative products to meet the changing times," said Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. "Today, more and more people are hooking up their PCs to their TVs. The sleek, minimalist design and thoughtful function make the diNovo Mini keyboard the perfect complement to the living-room or home-theater PC." The diNovo Mini comes with rechargeable Li-ion batteries that last up to one month between charges. The keyboard is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in late February for a suggested retail price of $149.99US.

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Boeing Dreamliner could be vulnerable to hackers, FAA warns

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 01:07PM
Author: Nemo

ComputerWorld -

The FAA issued a statement warning that the electronics of The Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner jet could be vulnerable to hackers because of the way critical flight systems are linked with services available to passengers.  According the the FAA statemnt the design of the 787 "... allows new kinds of passenger connectivity to previously isolated data networks connected to systems that perform functions required for the safe operation of the airplane. Because of this new passenger connectivity, the proposed data network design and integration may result in security vulnerabilities from intentional or unintentional corruption of data and systems critical to the safety and maintenance of the airplane."  A Boeing company spokeswoman told Wired magazine that Boeing was aware of the problem and had been working on it for several years with the FAA.

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Systemax Acquires CompUSA Brand and Stores

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 01:19PM
Author: Nemo

eWeek -

Systemax has reached an agreement with CompUSA to acquire the brand, trademarks and e-commerce business.  The deal, expected to be worth around $30 million, includes as many as 16 retail store locations.  Systemax is a fortune 1000 company best know for its Systemax line of PCs and is the parent company of TigerDirect.com. "We believe the value of the CompUSA brand remains very high," Systemax Chief Executive Richard Leeds said in a statement. "We view this acquisition as a strong complementary business to our TigerDirect operation."

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World Record with a QX6800 CPU on the Abit IP35 Pro motherboard

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 01:55PM
Author: kingdingeling

Abit -

With the support of Abit, Intel and Seasonic, the "China Ultimate OC Competition" was conducted from the 25th of September for 42 days. Out of all the entries, 10 people were chosen to fight out the overclocking battle in Beijing, which was won by Bing Cheng Deng from Canton. He pushed the FSB of an Intel E6550 to 660MHz using an Abit IP35-Pro board, a increasingly popular choice amongst overclockers. Later he also put an Intel QX6800 chip into that IP35-Pro board, eventually breaking the world record with 5472MHz. Attached you will find two screenshots showing these clocks.

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Redline Performance with e-GeForce 8800GTS 512MB KO and SSC Graphics Cards

Posted: January 7, 2008 @ time: 02:09PM
Author: kingdingeling

EVGA - Just in time for CES, EVGA rolls out the new e-GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB KO and SSC graphics cards, featuring factory overclocked GPU, shader and memory clocks. The reference 8800GTS 512MB features a 650MHz GPU core clock, 1625MHz shader clock speed and 1940MHz (DDR) memory clock speed. EVGA's 8800GTS 512MB KO model features 700MHz GPU core speed, 1730MHz shader clock speed and 1980MHz memory clock speed. If that's not enough for you, EVGA still has the SSC model, which has a 740MHz GPU core clock, 1835MHz shader clock speed and also 1980MHz memory clock speed. These models will obviously support all the other features of a G92 8800GTS 512MB card, such as full DX10.1 support, PCI-Express 2.0 and 128-bit HDR with FSAA.

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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: January 8, 2008 @ time: 05:54AM
Author: Nemo

CES 2008 starts its second day today so be sure to check back during the day as our team provides continuing coverage of this huge event.  Our roundup takes us first to The Witcher Gameplay and Performance at [H]ardocp where they analyze the game and evaluate its performance using four different video cards.  Water cooling enthusiasts will want to check out the Danger Den Water Box Plus and Kit at 3dGameMan.  If water cooling isn't your thing, FrostyTech  looks at the Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Heatsink.  nVidia's 8800 series cards have generated a lot of interest and NVNews reviews the XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition.  We also have a pair of DDR3 memory kit reviews with the OCZ 2x1GB DDR3-1333 Gold Edition Memory Kit at Virtual-Hideout and the Corsair Dominator DDR3 1800MHz Intel XMP Memory at PC Perspective.  TweakNews has a look at the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Gaming Headset and comes away pleased with what they heard.  Refresh products often fail to impress, but Bjorn3D finds the Thermaltake Armor+ a worthy upgrade to the original product.  Check out MetkuMods to see if the same holds true for the Logitech G15 Rev2.  The Tech Report has a look at Asus' Eee PC 4G sub-notebook.  Other CES coverage comes from [H]ardocp as they fill us in on announcements from Intel and nVidia.

The Witcher Gameplay and Performance @ [H]
Intel Unveils 16 New Processors @ [H]
Danger Den Water Box Plus and Kit @ 3dGameMan
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Technology @ [H]
XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition @ NVNews
OCZ 2x1GB DDR3-1333 Gold Edition Memory Kit @ Virtual-Hideout
SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Gaming Headset @ Tweaknews
Thermaltake Armor+ @ Bjorn3D
Logitech G15 Rev2 @ MetkuMods
Corsair Dominator DDR3 1800MHz Intel XMP Memory @ PC Perspective
Asus' Eee PC 4G sub-notebook @ The Tech Report

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Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology

Posted: January 8, 2008 @ time: 09:55AM
Author: kingdingeling

Intel - On the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel unveils 16 new processors, including the first 45nm chips for laptops. The die shrink from 65nm to 45nm reduced the electricity consumption, which is especially beneficial for laptop users, as the battery will last longer. For the Intel Centrino line of CPUs, the new models will be the T8100, T8300, T9300, T9500 and X9000, which will all feature a 800MT/s bus speed and 6MB L2 Cache (3MB for the T8100 and T8300). For the desktop consumer mainstream market, there are also new CPUs coming out, also with the 45nm technology, with the codename "Penryn". The new CPUs are the dual cores E8190, E8200, E8400 and E8500 and the quad cores Q9300, Q9450 and Q9550. Except the Q9450 and Q9550 (12MB L2 Cache), all the processors feature 6MB L2 Cache, but all feature a 1333MT/s bus speed. Earlier than the release of these CPUs, the QX9770 will be hitting the market, being the first processor to feature a 1600MT/s bus speed, but also the Intel "Skulltrail" dual-processor platform, aimed at the extreme high-end enthusiast or media creator.

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 9, 2008 @ time: 06:25AM
Author: Nemo

Wednesday marks day 3 of CES 2008 so be sure to check out OCC's continuing coverage.   We kick off today's roundup with a three power supply reviews.  StarTech.com is not a well known manufacturer even though they've been around for over 10 years and [H]ardocp looks at the StarTech.com WattSmart EPSPOW850PRO 850w PSU to see how it stacks up.  On the other end of the spectrum DarkVision Hardware gives us an opportunity to check out the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 PSU.  If you already have a capable power supply but are looking to give your system a bit of a boost, check out the Ultra Power Partner PSU at RBMods.  FrostyTech looks at the Auras LPT-709 Wave Heatsink.  Looking to expand your storage capacity?  Neoseeker has the QNAP TS-109 Turbo Station NAS which is a single drive device.  Just remember to bring your own hard drive.  TweakTown gives us a first look at an Intel X48 chipset motherboard in their GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 Mobo - DES Arrives!.  If you're looking for a full tower, bigger is better type of chassis, Tweaknews has the Thermaltake SwordM Full Tower Case.  Bjorn3D takes a look at the iPod Touch 16 GB.  Wrapping up is more coverage from CES 2008: Nyko's Product Lineup at CES 2008 at OCModShop, CES 2008: Digital Experience at ThinkComputers.org and NVIDIA at CES 2008 from PC Perspective.

Nyko's Product Lineup at CES 2008 @ OCModShop
StarTech.com WattSmart EPSPOW850PRO 850w PSU @ [H]
Auras LPT-709 Wave Heatsink @ FrostyTech
QNAP TS-109 Turbo Station NAS @ Neoseeker
GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 Mobo - DES Arrives! @ TweakTown
CES 2008: Digital Experience @ ThinkComputers
Thermaltake SwordM Full Tower Case @ Tweaknews
iPod Touch 16 GB @ Bjorn3D
Ultra Power Partner PSU @ RBMods
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 PSU @ DarkVision Hardware
NVIDIA at CES 2008 @ PC Perspective

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PNY Announces XLR8 Chilled Edition High-end Graphics Cards

Posted: January 9, 2008 @ time: 09:09AM
Author: Nemo

PNY Technologies -

PNY Technologies, Inc. announced at CES 2008 its XLR8 Chilled Edition high-end graphics cards, equipped with a fully assembled liquid cooling system. Designed to easily install in the majority of standard computer cases, gamers benefit from a complete out-of-the-box system and save money without having to purchase additional components that require complicated assembly. Co-developed by CoolIT and PNY, the XLR8 Chilled Edition graphics card system features CoolIt's Dual Drive Bay VGA Cooler mated with PNY's new XLR8 graphics cards. "The new XLR8 Chilled Edition is an aggressively overclocked, liquid cooled graphics card system that delivers the highest frame rates at the most detailed settings and highest resolutions," said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager for PNY Technologies, PC Components. "In fact, it is so powerful that it can reduce the GPU temperatures of three overclocked 8800 Ultra's running in SLI by up to 40 percent." PNY's XLR8 Chilled Edition graphics card systems will be available by end of Q1 2008 for an MSRP starting at $599 and up depending on the GPU model and single, 2-way, or 3-way configuration.

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CoolIT Systems Announces New Reference Series Liquid Cooling for ATI RadeoN HD 3870

Posted: January 9, 2008 @ time: 09:28AM
Author: Nemo

CoolIT Systems -

CoolIT Systems announceD the next installment in the Reference Series line of liquid cooling systems designed specifically to effectively cool a AMD HD 3870 Crossfire configuration.  Previously, CoolIT developed a Reference Series system designed to provide liquid cooling for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems comments "By working closely with AMD, we've been able to further advance the Reference Series Dual Drive Bay Crossfire Cooler to effectively and quietly dissipate heat from the ATI Radeon™ HD 3870."  He added, "We recently benchmarked these cards and were able to hit over 23,000 in 3D Mark 06, which is extraordinary performance."  The universally compatible compact form factor fits in a dual 5¼" drive bay and installs in any chassis quickly and easily.  Additionally, the liquid cooling card assembly reduces the Radeon HD 3870 graphics cards to a single PCI Slot size enabling the use of up to 4 cards if the mother board supports it.  Pricing and availability were not announced.

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Razer THX Mako Advanced 2.1 Desktop Audio

Posted: January 9, 2008 @ time: 09:42AM
Author: Nemo

Razer - Razer announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the Razer Mako, a 2.1 advanced desktop audio system. Co-developed with THX,  the Mako offers:

  • Patented THX Ground Plane and THX Slot Speaker Technology
  • THX Certified for optimum quality and performance
  • Bi-amplified satellites (2x50 watts each) with DSP Control
  • Powered subwoofer
  • Frequency range 25 – 20,000Hz (+/- 2.5dB 40 – 18,000Hz)
  • Total system power 300 watts
  • ClassHD™ Digital Amplifier technology with full DSP control
  • Amplified headphone jack

The Mako is currently shipping worldwide with a suggested retail price of  US: $399.99; Europe: €399.99.

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Razer Unveils Professional Gaming Surface

Posted: January 9, 2008 @ time: 10:04AM
Author: Nemo

Razer -

Razer also showcased the Razer Destructor at CES. The Destructor is a gaming-grade surface co-developed with pro-gaming teams. Engineered for optical and laser mice, the Razer Destructor is coated in a highly reactive gunmetal finish. Gaming-grade optical mice can track up to 25% better on the Razer Destructor, and gaming-grade laser mice can track up to 37% better on the Razer Destructor when compared to other gaming-mousing surfaces which are designed specifically for extremely precise movements.  The ultra-wide size (350mm x 280mm) is ideal for continuous, rapid swipes and features a non-slip rubber base for firm grip on smooth surfaces.  The pad also comes with a premium lightweight protective case. The pad is expected to be available January 2008 for US: $39.99; Europe: €39.99.

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Apple introduces the new Mac Pro

Posted: January 9, 2008 @ time: 12:47PM
Author: kingdingeling

Apple - Apple introduces the new Mac Pro desktop computer, which is probably one of the fastest pre-built computers you can buy at this point in time. The standard version features 8 processor cores clocked at 2.8GHz per core (dual Xeon's), 2GB of DDR2-800 ECC FB-Dimms, an ATI Radeon HD2600XT 256MB and a 320GB SATA2 drive. The customizing capabilities allow for some serious upgrades, starting with the processor. You can get two 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and then you're faced with the choice of the video card. You might have wondered what the 2600XT was doing in there anyways, given the option of a NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB or a Quadro FX5600 1.5GB, but those two cards lack the Quad-Fire (4 cards in CrossFire) support. That's right, Apple is offering up to four (4) Radeon HD2600XT's in the Mac Pro. Equally amazing are the hard drive configuration options. There are a total of four 3.5" bays, which can be filled up with any combination of 500GB, 750GB, 1TB (1000GB) SATA2 drives, or you can also get up to four 300GB SCSI drives, operating at 15,000rpm. You also get the option between a 20", 23" or 30" Apple Cinema HD Display.

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nVidia pioneers hybrid technology for PC

Posted: January 10, 2008 @ time: 05:23AM
Author: sdy284


Nvidia has released some information about their upcoming Hybrid Technology for PC's. In a nutshell, what their Hybrid technology will allow users to do is form a "hybrid" sli between your integrated graphics solution and your add-on graphics card. In addition to this, you can offload tasks like video encoding to your integrated graphics and free up those precious CPU cycles. This will allow you to continue using your PC in a normal matter without noticing any sort of choppiness or slow downs

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Razer unleashes Jook on the world

Posted: January 10, 2008 @ time: 05:32AM
Author: sdy284

Jook Inc, a subsidiary Razer, has released information on a revolutionary technology called Jook. Essentially, Jook is a music standard with built in social networking capabilities. Jook was created to be a social networking tool that enables it's users to connect with each other and communicate about music that they previously have listened to. User profiles with be stored on the actual Jook  device and will have the capability to share it with other listeners as well as broadcasters.

*Link and pictures coming soon*

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Antec Signature Series PSU's

Posted: January 10, 2008 @ time: 05:46AM
Author: sdy284

More news from CES! Antec has launched it's newest series of power supplies. Signature Series power supply's feature multiple unique features that make it a perfect match for the avid PC gamer who enjoys performance, cooling, overall faster response, and in general, a high quality product. By using an active DC to DC voltage regulator instead of the normal passive magnetic amplifier, this allows the Signature Series PSU's to have greater system stability and faster response times. This may not seem like much at first, but consider this: A standard PSU has a standard PSU transient time of ~10 microseconds while the Signature Series features a transient response time of 1000 microseconds (1 millisecond).
(update and picture coming soon)

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 10, 2008 @ time: 06:29AM
Author: Nemo

As CES 2008 enters its final day, OCC has ongoing coverage available of some of the more interesting products on display this year.  Let's begin our tour of the web today by visiting the cooling department and looking at two heatsink reviews.  First up is the Scythe Andy Samurai Master Heatsink at FrostyTech which proved to be an effective, yet quiet, product.  Thermalright are known for their cooling products.  Today Overclockers Online evaluates the Thermalright Ultima-90 to see how it performs.  Many users, especially companies, have been putting off upgrading to Vista until after the first service pack is released. Tech ARP has a look under the hood in their What's New In Windows Vista Service Pack 1?  If size and portability matter when deciding what to use when assembling your rig or LAN party box, then you should have a look at the Antec NSK1380 SFF Case from 3dGameMan.  TweakTown has the GIGABYTE’s Dynamic Energy Saver Detailed if you've been wondering what all the fuss is about.  The Corsair TX750W Power Supply is reviewed by Bjorn3D.  Additional CES coverage is available starting with Pinnacle Shows Off Home Video Solutions at CES 08 at OCModShop and ThinkComputers' look at CES 2008: Buffalo Technology.

Scythe Andy Samurai Master Heatsink @ FrostyTech
What's New In Windows Vista Service Pack 1? @ Tech ARP
Antec NSK1380 SFF Case @ 3dGameMan
Pinnacle Shows Off Home Video Solutions at CES 08 @ OCModShop
Thermalright Ultima-90 @ Overclockers Online
GIGABYTE’s Dynamic Energy Saver Detailed @ TweakTown
Corsair TX750W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
CES 2008: Buffalo Technology @ ThinkComputers

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The Lord of the Rings Online is First MMORPG to Support DirectX 10 and NVIDIA GeForce Cards

Posted: January 10, 2008 @ time: 08:19AM
Author: Nemo

Turbine, Inc. -

Turbine, Inc. recently announced that The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar has become the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to support the Microsoft DirectX 10 API and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors.  The Lord of the Rings Online, named the 2007 PC Game of the Year 2007, now offers gamers with DirectX 10 graphics cards the most immersive online experience available today. Players can now experience Middle-earth like never before with major improvements to The Lord of the Rings Online's graphics, including upgraded shaders for water, particle effects and lighting for distant terrain. Players will also be treated to new levels of immersion with the new DirectX 10 exclusive dynamic shadowing features which render realistic real-time shadows in the vast outdoor environments of The Lord of the Rings Online. "Turbine has a history of pushing the graphics envelope so we can deliver state-of-the art immersive virtual worlds," said Fernando Paiz, Director of Game Technology at Turbine, Inc.  "We began working with NVIDIA very early in the development cycle so that we could fully leverage DirectX 10 technology to achieve our goal of creating the most complete and authentic recreation of Middle-earth.  The results speak for themselves as The Lord of the Rings Online has set the bar for what persistent online worlds can be."


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: January 11, 2008 @ time: 06:31AM
Author: Nemo

Now that CES 2008 is over, things have slowed down a bit.  Our web wanderings today struck it rich in the gaming department as we have three different games to look at.  OCModShop brings us Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Overview followed by Supreme Commander Benchmarking Guide at Tech ARP.  Bjorn3d has a look at Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.  If you're looking for ways to silence your computer, the case may be one item most of us overlook, so check out the Nexus Caterpillar Silent System PC Case at RBMods to see if this case can help you tame the noise monster.  FrostyTech brings us another heatsink with the Glacialtech Igloo 5750 PWM. And what would CES be without the obligatory young ladies to explain the finer technical details of the new products?  ThinkComputers has CES 2008: The Booth Babes to wrap up today's offerings.

Nexus Caterpillar Silent System PC Case @ RBMods
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Overview @ OCModShop
Supreme Commander Benchmarking Guide @ Tech ARP
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 PWM Heatsink @ FrostyTech
CES 2008: The Booth Babes @ ThinkComputers
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars @ Bjorn3D

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Hardware Roundup: Saturday Edition

Posted: January 12, 2008 @ time: 12:23PM
Author: Nemo

Our weekend roundup turned up a little bit of reading to keep you busy between football games.  We'll begin by looking having a look at some CPU cooling system reviews.  FrostyTech has the OCZ Vendetta Exposed Heatpipe-Base Heatsink, a capable product, especially on the higher fan setting.  The ASUS Silent Knight II CPU Cooler is another air cooled product and Virtual-Hideout checks out its performance. Pre-built kits offer a good alternative for those wanting to dip their toes in the water cooling pool but aren't quite ready to build their own setup.  Overclocker Cafe finds the Tt Bigwater 760i Water Cooling Kit to be a good mix or performance, noise and ease of installation, even if it it performs only a bit better than air cooled options.  Tech ARP gives us their guide PC Hardware Myths To Avoid In 2008.  From Motherboards.org comes the Icemat Audio Black Siberia Multi Headset from Steel Series.   Tweak News checks out the Super Talent PC14400 1800Mhz DDR3 2GB Memory Kit to see what it brings to the enthusiast market.  3dGameMan offers us a look at the Ultra X2 750W Modular Power Supply.  And we finish out today's roundup with more CES 2008 coverage as Techgage has CES 2008: DeviceVM's Splashtop.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed Heatpipe-Base Heatsink @ FrostyTech
PC Hardware Myths To Avoid In 2008 @ Tech ARP
Icemat Audio Black Siberia Multi Headset @ Motherboards.org
CES 2008: DeviceVM's Splashtop @ Techgage
Ultra X2 750W Modular Power Supply @ 3dGameMan
Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse @ FPSLabs
ASUS Silent Knight II CPU Cooler @ Virtual-Hideout
Super Talent PC14400 1800Mhz DDR3 2GB Memory Kit @ Tweak News
Tt Bigwater 760i Water Cooling Kit @ Overclocker Cafe

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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 14, 2008 @ time: 05:12AM
Author: Nemo

We have a lot of ground to cover in today's roundup so let's jump right in.  First up is the ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB Graphics Card at Tech ARP.  Several cooling products made their way into today's offerings.  OCModSHop has a look at the Danger Den MC-TDX 775 CPU Waterblock and evaluates its compares its performance to the previous TDX block.  Virtual-Hideout looks at the ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler which features a fan-less cooling design that also allows you to choose your own 120mm fan similar to some of Thermalright's products.  The Zerotherm Hurricane HC92 CU 8800 VGA Cooler is designed for cooling the latest generation of video cards and Tweaknews evaluates this beast to see if the bulky design of this cooler is worth it.  Our friends at Bonafide Reviews have a look at the second generation Zune 2 80GB MP3 Player.  The battle for DDR3 memory supremacy continues to heat up (literally) and Overclockers Online reviews the Corsair Dominator PC3-14400 (TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN) kit with its included Corsair Dominator AirFlow fan setup.  For the gamers we have Crysis 1.1 Patch Performance with Multi-GPU Testing from TechSpot.  Tired of all that cable clutter under your desk?  Take a look at the ULTRA Stackable at Bjorn3D (also check out the OCC review here).  Finally, ThinkComputers brings us more CES 2008 coverage with articles on Antec, Microsoft, Viewsonic and Thermaltake.

ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB Graphics Card @ Tech ARP
CES 2008: Antec @ ThinkComputers
Danger Den MC-TDX 775 CPU Waterblock @ OCModShop
CES 2008: Microsoft @ ThinkComputers
CES 2008: ViewSonic @ ThinkComputers
Zune 2 80GB MP3 Player @ Bonafide Reviews
Corsair Dominator PC3-14400 (TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN) @ Overclockers Online
Crysis 1.1 Patch Performance with Multi-GPU Testing @ TechSpot
ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler @ Virtual-Hideout
ULTRA Stackable @ Bjorn3D
CES 2008: Thermaltake @ ThinkComputers
Zerotherm Hurricane HC92 CU 8800 VGA Cooler @ Tweaknews

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AMD clarifies Phenom delays, cites customer input

Posted: January 14, 2008 @ time: 05:38AM
Author: Nemo

TechSpot -

What's up with the AMD Phenom series?  First there was the problem with the 9600 chips and the TLB.  Now AMD is stating that the faster processors, the 9700 and 9900, promised in Q1 2008, will be postponed until next quarter.  Attempting to quell any rumors surrounding this announcement, AMD has says that this decision was based on customer input on how AMD should prioritize its next releases.  "AMD will now introduce the AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 models in Q2 2008. This decision was based on OEM input on how AMD should prioritize its next two waves of AMD Phenom processor models. Based on these customer inputs, AMD will continue to prioritize volume-based Phenom products, including the AMD Phenom triple-core processor introduction for consumer and commercial markets this quarter, and now a new energy–efficient 65W AMD Phenom 9000e series processor in this quarter (instead of Q2). AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 models will immediately follow next quarter."

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Format Wars Continue, Toshiba Lowers Prices

Posted: January 14, 2008 @ time: 06:48PM
Author: Nemo

PC Mag -

When Warner Bros announced they would pull support for HD DVD and only publish titles in the Blu-ray format, many thought that settled the high-definition format question.  In fact, some said the lifetime HD DVD format supported by Toshiba could now be measured in weeks if not days.  Well, it looks as if Toshiba is not going down without a fight and said they are lowering prices on their HD DVD players.  That move leaves an entry level unit at only $150.  The highest end player would set you back about $400.  In addition, Toshiba reaffirmed its commitment to their existing partners and vowed to increase its marketing efforts.  Where does that leave the consumer?  Mainstream consumers might be swayed by the lower prices only to find themselves stuck down the road with a format for which there are no titles (insert inevitable Betamax vs. VHS analogy here).  Instead of a clearcut winner, it looks like the war will linger on for a bit longer.

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Things I Never Asked My Mother

Posted: January 14, 2008 @ time: 11:01PM
Author: Nemo

Stay-At-Home Servers -

Sometimes in the course of scouring the web for newsworthy, and some not so newsworthy items, you come across something that makes you scratch your head and say "What the hey?"  No, I'm not talking about the two-headed calf stories or the alien abduction tabloid items, I'm thinking more along the lines of "Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?, Helping Your Child Understand the Stay-At-Home Server".  Yes, Virginia, Microsoft does have a sense of humor.  If you haven't guessed by now, this little gem comes to us courtesy of the marketing folks on the Windows Home Server team.  With wonderful lines like "The office is a boring place where big people go and do boring things." and "Offices are why big people get grumpy and say bad things" you know this book is destined to hit the New York Times best-seller list.  The site has some funny videos as well.  Maybe I need to get this book for my kids.  It might help them understand a few things about daddy.  One thing I did find odd is the web site uses Adobe Flash Player – hasn't anyone on the Home Server team ever heard of Silverlight?

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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: January 15, 2008 @ time: 06:38AM
Author: Nemo

Our web wanderings turned up a lot of reviews to go through today.  Let's begin by welcoming a new affiliate to the fold, HotHardware, who brings us a review of the Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card.  While we're looking at video cards, [H]ardocp gives us a chance to look at the other side of the ATI/NVIDIA competition with an evaluation of the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB.  Also in the NVIDIA camp is the XFX GeForce 8800 GT XXX 512MB Alpha Dog Edition at NVNews.  Now we move on to memory with two reviews of DDR3 kits.  First up is the Supertalent ProjectX 2GB DDR3-1800 Memory Kit at RBMods followed by Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 from Bjorn3D.  For an amazing original case mod, check out Project: Eutanasia at MetkuMods and watch as the builder takes us from design to completion.  It's always fun to take a look at what the previous year had in store and LostCircuits treats us to their 2007: A Retrospective.  Looking forward, we find the Intel Skulltrail Out In Feb '08! at Tech ARP.  Skulltrail/V8 is Intel's dual quad-core processor board that gives you a chance to have octo-core processing and four PCI-E x16 slots.  Given that kind of setup, you'll have a real need for some serious power like the Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250W PSU at TweakTown.  Keeping your Intel processor cool and quiet is a job for the Auras LPT-700 Heatsink and FrostyTech reports on how well it succeeds at that job.  OCModshop gives us a look at the Razer Piranha Gaming Headset (also reviewed by OCC).  We all have a need for the ability to store our data and multimedia files.  A network storage device is one solution to this problem and Virtual-Hideout reviews the Thecus N5200 Pro NAS today.  For a little video envy you can check out the Samsung SyncMaster 245T 24-Inch LCD Monitor at Tweaknews.  And in the "It's Not Over Until It's Over" department we have more CES 2008 coverage from ThinkComputers (Intel) and Techgage (Cars).

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: January 16, 2008 @ time: 06:00AM
Author: Nemo

Looking around the web today we turned up an interesting article titled Limited Release Of NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS? at Tech ARP speculating on NVIDIA's move to position new products to stop some of AMD/ATI's success they're seeing with its HD 3850/3870 cards.  You can read about more fallout in the HD format wars in the Next-Generation Content War Continues to Ravage HD DVD from Madshrimps.  Many CPU cooling solutions make use of heatpipes these days.  One innovative twist on this approach can be seen in the Xigmatek HDT-S983 Exposed Heatpipe-Base Heatsink reviewed by FrostyTech where the design puts the heatpipes directly in contact with the CPU.  Keeping your investment future-proof is tough in the ever-changing world of computers.  The Foxconn DigitaLife X38A Intel X38 Express Motherboard at PCSTATS tries to address this by offering support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory formats.  As sometimes happens, we ended up with a two-fer on this product as TweakTown also has a look at this motherboard today. 3dGameMan has a review of the all aluminum Thermaltake Xaser VI Case.  As home theater systems gain in popularity, people are finding out how difficult to operate them from the comfort of the couch.  One solution is a wireless keyboard and motherboards.org looks at the XGene Trackball Keyboard.  Corsair may be best known for its memory products, but they also offer some solid performing power supplies as RBMods reveals in their Corsair TX750W Power Supply review.  DarkVision Hardware brings us a look at the Vizo Ninja II Notebook Cooler.  PC Perspective gives us a chance to see what the ASUS Xonar D2 Sound Card and U1 USB Audio Station have to offer as an alternative to Creative's X-Fi products.  We end the roundup with continuing CES 2008 coverage from Thinkcomputers as the look at Targus, Dell and ASUS.

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: January 17, 2008 @ time: 05:47AM
Author: Nemo

Our roundup starts off with a welcome to another new affiliate - Legit Reviews. Today they bring us a look at several NVIDIA cards in their GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Roundup - Albatron, eVGA and XFX review.  While we're on the subject of video cards you can check out the XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition 256MB from Neoseeker.  Next up is the Kingwin Z1 Series External Enclosure from 3dGameman.  These enclosures fit a 3.5" hard drive and sport both USB and eSata connectivity.  Many home theater PC cases resemble audio components such as receivers and amplifiers.  The GMC Noblesse AVC-S7 Slimline HTPC Case at OCModShop takes a different approach with a minimalist appearance that looks more like a DVD player.  Tech ARP has a double feature for us today starting with Performance Improvements In Crysis 1.1 followed by their updated Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.  TweakTown has a Closer Look at GIGABYTE's DES System and clues us in on how well it works and what it has to offer.   What would our roundup be without more coverage from CES 2008?  Today, HotHardware gives us their CES 2008 Photo Report and Recap and ThinkComputers returns with coverage of Sony and InWin.

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The New Black?

Posted: January 17, 2008 @ time: 10:09AM
Author: Nemo

PC Magazine -

I must be an old fart because I had to Google the term 'None more black'.  That's one of the terms being used to describe a new material developed by researchers at Rice University.  How black is it you ask?  It is so black it absorbs more than 99.9% of light.  Composed of a carpet-like layer of carbon nanotubes, the new material is more than three as dark than the current record holder.  The team, led by Pulickel M. Ajayan, developed the material using hollow tubes of carbon atoms 400 thinner than a strand of human hair.  The tubes have a rough surface that cuts down on reflectivity and the use of tubes helps trap light in the spaces between the strands.  The current research has been restricted to visible wavelengths of light but could also have applications for other forms of radiation including stealth technologies.

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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: January 18, 2008 @ time: 06:06AM
Author: Nemo

Our roundup kicks off with a look at the Noctua NF-P12 120mm Fan at Overclockers Online.  Noctua is known for its low-noise fans and the NF-P12 is designed for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers.  Foxconn has been introducing more boards aimed at the enthusiasts market over the past year and today Legit Reviews has a look at the Foxconn X38A Motherboard.  With support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory and tweaker friendly options such as onboard CMOS clear, power and reset switches can it make the grade for overclockers?  Next up are a pair of external hard drives and who doesn't need more storage these days?  The Tagan ICY BOX IB-3220 at GideonTech supports two 3.5" drives via a USB cable.  Just as Tagan is best known for its power supplies, the name Plextor probably makes you think of CD and DVD burners.  However, the Plextor PX-PH160US is an external 2.5" drive and Bjorn3D gives us the low down.  3dGameMan has a video review of the factory-overclocked HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB GDDR4 Video Card.  If you're looking for a Vista performance tweak then Just Say No to SuperFetch and OCModShop shows us how.  Techgage has a double offering today looking at two cases on opposite ends of the size spectrum with the SilverStone TJ10 Full Tower and the NZXT Rogue SFF Gaming Chassis.  Finally, try saying Wii Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 three times real fast then head on over to RBmods to read the review. While we're in the gaming mode Tech ARP has updated their Crysis Benchmarking Guide.

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OCZ Intros New 4GB Platinum Edition DDR2 Kit

Posted: January 18, 2008 @ time: 07:27AM
Author: jammin


When you are considering memory in the current climate, you have to ask yourself if 2GB is really enough. With 64bit OS support, and the fact that the latest programs and more specifically games eating up considerable amounts of RAM more and more people are going for the 4GB option. We all know that you can never have too much memory, and with DDR2 memory prices still very attractive for the consumer, this seems like a sensible decision for the enthusiast user.

This is exactly the type of people OCZ are thinking of with the announcement of its new PC2-8000 (that's 1000MHz) Platinum Edition 4GB dual channel kit, which aims to offer high performance while retaining good value. The modules are adorned with OCZ's now familiar XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heat spreaders and come in with a MSRP of $159.99. For that you get 5-5-5 timings at 1GHz while pushing 2.1v, with up to 2.15v still covered under OCZ's lifetime warranty (which OCZ call 'Extended Voltage Protection'). This should give enthusiasts the option of increased memory capacity without sacrificing speed (which we are all very fond of around here of course).

You can check out the PC2-8000 Platinum Edition 4GB kit by clicking the link for the product page and can expect to see it at retailers soon.


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: January 21, 2008 @ time: 06:27AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup kicks off with the BlueAnt X5 Stereo Bluetooth Headset at Legit Reviews.  We have several items for you gamers today.  Performance and control are two features gamers look for in a mousing surface and the SteelSeries SP Pro Gaming Mousepad aims to offer a combination of both.  OCModShop lets us know if it delivers on those promises.  The X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Controller with Trackball from HotHardware might have you reminiscing about the all the quarters you spent at the arcade (see the OCC review here).  Not every game can be played with a mouse and keyboard and if you're a flight sim fan you need to check out the Saitek X52 Joystick at motherboards.org  (you can also read the OCC review here).  If you're still trying to decide which Intel processor to include in your next upgrade head over to Tech ARP for a look at their Intel Core 2 Performance Comparison Guide.  Much has been written about the current state of AMD's processor lineup and the Phenom vs. Core2 Quad debate so why would AMD offer another entry in the AM2 family?  See what Virtual-Hideout has to say about the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition CPU  (don't forget to read the OCC review as well).  TweakTown has the ATI Catalyst 8.1 Analysis - XP & Vista.  Bjorn3D reviews the ASUS Maximus Formula (Non-SE) based on Intel's X38 chipset.  Few enthusiasts ever choose to use a stock CPU cooling solution.  However, choosing the best alternative is always a trade off in price, performance and noise levels.  RBmods looks at the GlacialTech Igloo 5750 Silent CPU Cooler and sees if this dual-fan model is worhty of your consideration.  CES 2008 converage continues with Best of CES 2008 at Techgage.  ThinkComputers also brings us more CES 2008 goodies with [email protected]’s, Cooler Master and Sands Expo.

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