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News Archives for October 2007

OCC Affiliate Reviews: Monday Evening Edition

Posted: October 1, 2007 @ time: 02:07PM
Author: road-runner

Looking around the net this evening, we have a wide selection of reviews and articles. Lets start with DigitalLife 2007 on the Showfloor parts 1 & 2 over at TechGage. TechArp has some interesting articles, two of which are on Intel's 45nm prelaunch update, and processor rebranding in 2008, another one on Samsung's SGH-F500 Ultra Video Phone, and a encoding benchmark utility called X264. 3DGameMan has a video review on the SilverStone KL02 case along with a Scythe CPU cooler roundup. Gideontech puts the Tigan ITZ 1300 watt power supply through the paces, while Virtual Hideout reviews the Zalman Reserator XT Hybird Liquid Cooling System. For the gamers you may want to stop by Bjorn3D and see if World of Conflict is going to bring your computer to it's knees, if so we have a video card review... MSI RX2600XT Diamond at [H]. If your looking for that new monitor ThinkComputers has a review on the ViewSonic VX2255wmb 22" Wide Screen LCD. TweakTown has a full house this evening, with an interview with Cooler Master's marketing department, an Asus Extreme Maximus Preview, a review on the Twintech OC 'ed Geforce 8600 GT with HDMI, and lastly a review of the Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse. Click the links below to check out the full reviews.

- DigitalLife Showfloor Part 1 @ TechGage
- DigitalLife ShowFloor Part 2 @ TechGage
- Intel 45nm Prelaunch @ TechArp
- Intel CPU Rebranding in 2008 @ TechArp
- Samsung SGH-F500 Video Phone @ TechArp
- X264 Benchmark Utility @ TechArp
- SilverStone KL02 Case Video Review @ 3DGameMan
- Scythe CPU Cooler Roundup @ 3DGameMan
- Tigan ITZ 1300w Power Supply @ GideonTech
- Zalman Reserator XT Hybrid Cooler @ Virtual-Hideout
- MSI RX2600XT Diamond @ [H]ardOCP
- World of Conflict Review @ Bjorn3D
- ViewSonic VX2255wmb @ ThinkComputers
- Cooler Master Interview @ TweakTown
- Asus Extreme Maximus Preview @ TweakTown
- Twintech OC 'ed Geforce 8600 GT @ TweakTown
- Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown

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News: Nasty bugs in online video

Posted: October 2, 2007 @ time: 01:02PM
Author: oldfett

BetaNews - A new study from Georgia Tech indicates that online videos may be the newest way for attackers to load viruses onto the computers of unsuspecting victims. The report was released Tuesday ahead of the annual security conference the school holds each year. Some 300 experts and professors are expected to attend, and will discuss new security threats and prevention measures. What may make online videos an attractive new way to deliver malware is their ever-increasing popularity. Video sites such as YouTube are some of the fastest growing on the Web, and could deliver their payloads to thousands within hours if it is done right. In fact, some attackers have attempted to lure consumers through fake video links posted to YouTube. However, the number of successful hacks via online video still remains quite small.

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News: Apple sued over iPhone price cut

Posted: October 2, 2007 @ time: 01:06PM
Author: oldfett

Wired News - A New York woman is so angry at Apple Inc. for lopping $200 off the price of the iPhone that she's filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages. Dongmei Li of Queens, N.Y., claimed the company violated price discrimination laws when it slashed the price of the 8-gigabyte iPhone by a third, from $599 to $399, within two months of the gadget's June debut. According to Li's lawsuit, filed on Sept. 24 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, the price reduction injured early purchasers like herself because they cannot resell the product for the same profit as those who bought the cell phone following the price cut. Li purchased a 4GB iPhone for $499 and alleged that owners of the 4GB model were given less favorable terms than those who bought the 8GB model at the premium price, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also named AT&T Inc., the exclusive carrier in the U.S. for the iPhone, and alleged the two companies' required two-year service contract for the iPhone constituted unfair business practices.

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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Tuesday Evening Edition

Posted: October 2, 2007 @ time: 07:00PM
Author: road-runner

Some more reviews for the Tuesday evening affiliate roundup around the net. For the gaming gurus we have two interesting reviews, and one Halo 3 walk through. For the Nintendo fans, Bona Fide Reviews takes a look at Resident Evil 4 so you can decide if the additions to the Wii Edition make it worth buying again. Warhawk a cheap game costing just $39.99, is being reviewed at Bjorn3D on the Playstation 3, and a Halo 3 walk through over at the OCModShop. For the overclocking enthusiast trying to keep your cpu cool we have yet another review on the CoolIT Systems, Freezone and Eliminator by MadShrimps. TweakTown reviews another video card, this time it's the Biostar GeForce 8600GTS V-Ranger. If your the type that has to have the newest, most up to date memory, drop by Neoseeker and look at the OCZ DDR3 PC3-14400 review. In the market for a new case? Virtual-Hideout has a review of the NZXT Lexa Blackline case. Use the links below to check out the full reviews.

- Resident Evil 4 @ BonaFideReviews
- WarHawk @ Bjorn3D
- Halo 3 Walk Through @ OCModShop
- CoolIt Systems @ MadShrimps
- Biostar GeForce 8600GTS V-Ranger @ TweakTown
- OCZ DDR3 PC3-14400 @ Neoseeker
- NZXT Lexa Blackline @ Virtual-Hideout

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OCC News: PowerColor Donates Sales Proceeds to Fight Cancer

Posted: October 2, 2007 @ time: 09:26PM
Author: road-runner

PowerColor -

When it comes to diseases like cancer and such, many of us don't think much about it until a loved one or ourselves are diagnosed. Many people try to help out by donating to different charities and foundations in the time of need, and it just seems we can never do enough. Some of us help out with distributed computing programs such as Folding @ Home by donating our PCs spare CPU cycles. Cancer affects all of us regardless of age, gender or social status. Thanks to PowerColor, we now have another way to help out with this deadly disease. PowerColor, the leading brand of graphics cards worldwide, today announced that it will donate a portion of all sales proceeds from North America throughout the month of October to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Additionally, as part of this month's effort to support the foundation, PowerColor will be including LIVESTRONG Wristbands with select products for a limited time at participating online retailers. "Founded in 1997, The Lance Armstrong Foundation was formed by professional cyclist Lance Armstrong soon after his successful personal bout with testicular cancer. The foundation has been successful in raising cancer awareness as well as money towards cancer research and care".

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OCC Affiliate Reviews: Wednesday Evening Edition

Posted: October 3, 2007 @ time: 01:06PM
Author: kingdingeling

It's time for the affiliate reviews around the net again. Today we have some interesting things for those people looking to build a small form factor computer, as both TweakTown and Techgage have micro-ATX mainboards in the review systems today. At TweakTown, it's the ASRock GeForce 7050 ALiveNF7G-HD720p, with HDMI and an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 7 series GPU, and at Techgage it's the Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H, which is a direct competitor to the ASRock, but has an ATI based IGP and chipset. A good PSU and affordable PSU to be running in your HTPC could be the Corsair VX450W being reviewed over at Bjorn3D. If you like to compare against more PSUs, [H]ardOCP is your saviour, as they have a $50 PSU Round-up, including 6 power supplies. If you need a secure way to transport your data, TweakNews has the Corsair Padlock USB Flash Drive up for reviewing, which is a combination of a padlock and a USB stick. There is also some DDR3 being reviewed today, being the Patriot 2x1GB PC3-15000 1866MHz DDR3 Memory over at the Virtual-Hideout.

- Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H Review @ Techgage
- ASRock GeForce 7050 ALiveNF7G-HD720p Review @ TweakTown
- Corsair VX450w Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
- $50 Power Supply Roundup @ [H]ardOCP
- Corsair Padlock USB Flash Drive Review @ TweakNews
- Patriot 2x1GB PC3-15000 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout

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News: New Zunes to take on Apple's iPod

Posted: October 3, 2007 @ time: 02:01PM
Author: road-runner

BBC - Microsoft has launched three new models of its Zune digital media player in 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models which also have wi-fi so users can automatically download photos, music, and video from their computer. Microsoft is also launching a social networking site dubbed Zune Social to allow users to display and share music. The new players go on sale in mid November in the U.S. They will be priced at $149, for the 4GB player, $199 for the 8GB player and $249 for the 80GB player.

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News: Apple fixes Windows Quicktime flaw

Posted: October 3, 2007 @ time: 03:51PM
Author: road-runner

CNET - Apple today released security updates for the Windows version of Quicktime. The update is available from the Apple Downloads site. The patch affects users of QuickTime 7.2 on Windows Vista, XP SP2, and addresses the vulnerability in CVE-2007-4673. Currently, viewing maliciously crafted Quicktime files may lead to arbitrary code execution. "A command injection issue exists in QuickTime's handling of URLs in the qtnext field in files with QTL content. By enticing a user to open a specially crafted file, an attacker may cause an application to be launched with controlled command line arguments, which may lead to arbitrary code execution," Apple describes.

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News: Microsoft Updates Vista's Speed, Stability, Again

Posted: October 3, 2007 @ time: 04:13PM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Microsoft Corp. has rolled out fixes to improve Windows Vista's speed and reliability for the second time in two months. There are four separate updates, available now at Microsoft Web site. The updates address several operating system performance and stability problems, deal with a dozen Universal Serial Bus issues, improve Windows Media Player and patch Media Center. The updates will be distributed via Windows Update in October, the exact date not being known. Microsoft's next scheduled Windows Update releases are due out next Tuesday.

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News: Futuremark ready to engage with Vista

Posted: October 3, 2007 @ time: 05:58PM
Author: road-runner

the Inquirer - Futuremark announced today that it is working on a new version of it's PC benchmarking software, PCMark. The new version will be named "Vantage", the new release will work only with Vista, but will offer both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The minimum specs required to run the new benchmark, 1GB of RAM and a minimum of a 3GHz Intel P4 processor. A gaming test will be included which recommends at least 256MB of graphics RAM. No official release date was mentioned.

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News: Spam-scam crackdown nets $2 billion in fake checks

Posted: October 3, 2007 @ time: 08:35PM
Author: road-runner

ZDNet - An international crackdown on Internet financial scams this year has yielded more than $2.1 billion in seized fake checks and 77 arrests in the Netherlands, Nigeria and Canada, U.S. and other country's authorities said on Wednesday. The scammers, use ploys such as "spam" e-mail offering to pay recipients "processing fees" for depositing checks, which later turn out to be phony, and sending the proceeds to the scammer. The crackdown netted 16 arrests in Nigeria, 60 in the Netherlands and one in Canada, said Greg Campbell, U.S. Postal Inspection Service inspector in charge of global security. Nigeria has brought to court 290 cases of suspected fraud, and the prosecutions have been successful in 115 of the cases so far, said Ibrahim Lamorde, head of that country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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News: Yahoo, PayPal, eBay Roll Out Authentication Technology

Posted: October 4, 2007 @ time: 09:19AM
Author: road-runner

PC World - In attempt to stop fraudulent e-mails and phishing attacks, Yahoo Inc., eBay Inc. and PayPal have joined forces to protect it's customers. With the adoption of digital e-mail signing technology, and the power of DomainKeys, it provides a unique way to verify the authenticity of e-mail messages, allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to determine if messages should be delivered to a customer's inbox. The collaborative effort between Yahoo7, eBay and PayPal will block unauthenticated e-mail, reducing the volume of counterfeit e-mail and lowering the risk of unauthorized account activity and identity theft due to phishing attacks. The technology upgrade will be rolled out globally over the next few weeks to users of the service.

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Hardware Roundup Thursday Afternoon Edition

Posted: October 4, 2007 @ time: 01:26PM
Author: road-runner

Browsing the web this afternoon, we have several articles and reviews to look at. Patrick Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group sat down for an interview with TechArp. In the past twenty years the computer industry has grown immensely, of course there always bad products, and OCModShop takes a look at the worst 11 Computer Technologies of all time. Motherboards.org are gearing up for the Newegg LANfest 2007. Apple has been getting a lot of publicity as of late, TweakNews has a review on one of there products, being the iPod Shuffle Second Edition 1GB MP3 Player. Finally! We are beginning to see Creative's chipset offerings being used in other manufacturers sound cards. The first such product is Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude, being put on the bench at TechGage. CPU running a little warm? Check out the Cooler Master Vortex 752 CPU Cooler Review at ThinkComputers. On the Power Supply front we have a Enermax Infinity 720W Power Supply over at PCStats. 3DGameMan has another video review, this one on ATI's new HIS HD 2600Pro Turbo 256MB Video Card. Do you have so much A/V equipment its trapping heat in between components? Surf on over to Virtual-Hideout and look at the Antec Veris A/V Component Cooler Review. Click the links below to check out the full reviews.

- Interview with Intel's Patrick Gelsinger @ TechArp
- 11 Worst Computer Technologies @ OCModShop
- Newegg LANfest 2007 @ Motherboards.org
- iPod Shuffle Second Edition 1GB MP3 Player @ TweakNews
- Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude @ TechGage
- Cooler Master Vortex 752 CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
- Enermax Infinity 720W Power Supply @ PCStats
- HIS HD 2600Pro Turbo 256MB Video Card @ 3DGameMan
- Antec Veris A/V Component Cooler @ Virtual-Hideout

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News: Gateway Reveals High Resolution 30" Display

Posted: October 4, 2007 @ time: 04:33PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Gateway announced today a new 30" LCD PC display, the XHD3000. Gateway unlike Dell and HP promotes the 1600p HD resolution. All 30-inch LCD displays for PC use share the same resolution of 2560 x 1600, so Gateway has nothing new to add here. Gateway has added a wealth of connectivity options over other LCD's, allowing for connection of up to six devices and the ability to upscale 1080p content from HD DVD or Blu-ray players to the 1600p resolution and an IR remote that controls up to six devices without line-of-sight. Connectivity options include HDMI with HDCP, VGA, DVI, two composite inputs, S-Video and six USB ports. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the screen brightness is 400 Cd/m2, and a 5 millisecond response time. The LCD is listed as available for purchase now at Gateway.com for $1,699.99.

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News: RIAA wins first ever file sharing case to go to trial, awarded $222,000

Posted: October 4, 2007 @ time: 05:06PM
Author: road-runner

Engadent - Jammie Thomas, a single mother from Minnesota, accused of making available 24 songs on Kazaa, was found liable for willful copyright infringement and awarded the RIAA plaintiffs $222,000 that's $9,250 for each song. The RIAA plaintiffs weren't required to show that Thomas had a file-sharing program installed on her machine or that she was even the person using the Kazaa account in question. Of course, this is just one case and there's always the possibility of appeal, but anything that emboldens the RIAA's litigation team is never good for the general public.

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Hardware Roundup Friday Morning Edition

Posted: October 5, 2007 @ time: 10:20AM
Author: kingdingeling

Looking around the net today, we have reviews for all kinds of hardware. Bjorn3D has an eSATA External HDD case up for reviewing, the ICY DOCK MB664US-1S. DarkVision Hardware has the SilverStone MFP51 Multimedia LCD Display on the test bench, which sounds like a cool gimmick for an HTPC. Speaking of a HTPC, people usually try to keep them as quiet as possible, possibly through a 'silent' case. Techgage is reviewing the AcoustiProducts AcoustiCase 340, which is might just be that silent case. TechARP has an update about the pre-launch of the Intel 45nm Core 2 Mobile Processors. Further, Bit-tech is reviewing the Zalman Reserator XT, which is an external watercooling system. For the gamers among us, there is a good selection of interesting things, starting with some hardware. The Viperlair is reviewing the MSI NX8600GT OC Edition, which 'may have a minimal package but sure is easy on the wallet'. Further on the hardware side of things, the OCModShop is looking at the insides of the Corsair HX620W, a power supply that has become quite popular amongst enthusiasts. Going over to the software, PC Perspective is having a look at DirectX 10 Gaming Performance of high-end GPUs.

- ICY DOCK MB664US-1S: 3.5" Hard Drive eSATA External Storage Review @ Bjorn3D
- AcoustiProducts AcoustiCase 340 @ Techgage
- Intel 45nm Core 2 Mobile Processor Pre-Launch Update @ TechARP
- A Look Inside Corsair's HX620W Power Supply @ OCModShop
- MSI NX8600GT OC Edition Review @ Viperlair
- SilverStone MFP51 Multimedia LCD Display Review @ DarkVision Hardware
- Zalman Reserator XT Review @ Bit-Tech
- DirectX 10 Gaming Performance Review - High End GPUs @ PC Perspective

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News: Bungie breaks away from Microsoft

Posted: October 5, 2007 @ time: 11:39AM
Author: oldfett

BBC News - In a statement, the two firms said they would "forge a new long-term partnership" based around new games. The move will surprise many in the games industry, despite rumours about a split in recent weeks. Bungie is now a privately held company in which Microsoft holds a minority stake. Bungie now has a long-term publishing agreement with Microsoft Game Studios for future Halo titles. Microsoft continues to own the intellectural property (IP) rights to Halo. Brian Jarrard, Bungie's director of franchise and community affairs, told BBC News that the move had not come about because of any pressure to keep doing Halo titles. "Microsoft has always been flexible and they certainly have not had any gun to our head for more Halo titles."

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News: Microsoft Releases New Build of IE7, Pirates Welcome

Posted: October 5, 2007 @ time: 07:08PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) can now be installed on any machine running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, IE7 is already included in Windows Vista operating systems. Internet Explorer 7 was previously reserved for only genuine copies of Windows operating systems and validated by Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software. "Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we're updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users," remarked IE7 program manager Steve Reynolds on the IE Blog. "With today's 'Installation and Availability Update,' Internet Explorer 7 installation will no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage validation and will be available to all Windows XP users."

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News: Nvidia Admits Defeat in 3DMark06

Posted: October 7, 2007 @ time: 01:25PM
Author: road-runner

theEnquirer - Some people claim that synthetic benchmarks such as 3DMark aren't everything, whether they are or not is another story. Appears that Nvidia has admitted defeat in the DX9 version of 3DMark06 according to highly ranked sources. Nvidia's high end performer the 8800Ultra costing $599 scores 12,500 points in 3DMark06, while ATI's cheaper $250 video card is scoring a thousand points less. I wonder how that makes the owners of Nvidia's Ultra feel? It should be interesting, to see the results when Futuremark releases the DX10 version of 3DMark, when that will be released was not mentioned. When it comes to ATI's part, you know what to expect in this synthetic benchmark, outscoring Radeon HD 2900XT is a default mode of operation for RV670XT. At least in lower resolutions.

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News: JVC TV responds to claps and waves for channel changes

Posted: October 7, 2007 @ time: 02:36PM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - I am sure most of us have seen those clap on, clap off devices, or seen the commercial on TV. At the CEATEC Japan 2007, JVC showed off a handclap and gesture recognition TV. The TV has a built in microphone to collect the sound of handclaps and distinguishes commands based on the timing and number of handclaps. The TV also has a built in camera that detects hand gestures in the video. The camera monitors the hand which is layered behind the icons and works like a pointer. Just choose an icon by placing your fingertip on it and click it by hooking the finger. For you lazy couch potatoes you will still have to raise your arm up, so this may not be the TV for you.

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News: T-Shirt Helps Find Wi-Fi Hotspots

Posted: October 8, 2007 @ time: 09:33AM
Author: road-runner

PC World - Looking for a new way to detect Wi-Fi Hotspots? Ty Liotta over at ThinkGeek has come up with yet another way to detect Wi-Fi with a T-Shirt. The shirt has glowing bars on the front that light up in waves when there's a 802.11b or 802.11g network in range, it can't tell if the signal in range is open or encrypted, and can't detect the new Wi-Fi technology 802.11n Draft 2.0. The shirt takes three AAA batteries, and is only available in black. It is 100% cotton, and is washable after carefully peeling the animated decal from front of T-Shirt, unplugging the ribbon connector behind decal and remove decal, unplug battery pack and remove it, machine wash gentle cycle on cold, hang to dry. The shirt is available now and cost $29.99.

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Hardware Roundup Monday Afternoon Edition

Posted: October 8, 2007 @ time: 11:43AM
Author: road-runner

Time for the daily affiliate reviews, and articles around the net again. Looking at case reviews today we have the Gigabyte 3D Mercury Water Cooling Case at 3DGameMan, and a small roundup of three cases from In Win at TweakTown, with one being ATX format, and two mATX formats. MadShrimps has review on another monster power supply, the PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 1KW-SR. On the monitor side of things we are looking at two reviews on Acer products. 3DGameMan has a new review on the Acer AL2216W 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor, also ThinkComputers looks at the Acer AL2002W 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor. In the market for P35 motherboard, we have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 motherboard review at Virtual-Hideout. If you need to cool your cpu down, then check out Gigabyte's latest release of the $40 Gigabyte Volar Cooler at Overclocker Cafe. On the sound front, we have some portable speakers by Titan called EZ Sound, being looked at by Overclockers Online, and a Super Talent VIDEGO24T MP4 Series Player review at TweakTown. Last week we brought you the Workstation & Server CPU comparison guide ver. 2 from TechArp, it has now been updated to ver. 2.5, so take a look at that. [H]ardocp test out DX10 on five different video cards with World in Conflict, DX10 Performance and IQ Review. Lastly TechGage has another interview, this time with Intel's Memory Guru, Christopher Cox.

- Gigabyte 3D Mercury Water Cooling Case @ 3DGameMan
- In Win Case Roundup @ TweakTown
- PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 1KW-SR @ MadShrimps
- Acer AL2216W 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor @ 3DGameMan
- Acer AL2002W 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor @ ThinkComputers
- Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Gigabyte Volar Cooler @ OverclockerCafe
- Super Talent VIDEGO24T MP4 Series Player @ TweakTown
- Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 2.5 @ TechArp
- World in Conflict DX10 Performance and IQ Review @ [H]ardOCP
- Interview with Intel's Memory Guru, Christopher Cox @ TechGage

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News: Viruses Hit 1 million Computers In China

Posted: October 8, 2007 @ time: 11:52AM
Author: jammin

BBC News - Last week in China there was a national holiday known as 'Golden Week'. So a lot of people were off work for the whole week, a perfect time to catch up on some web browsing and email you might think? Well it also happened that three different viruses attacked computers in China during the week, affecting nearly 1 million computers and causing them to crash. It isn't the only problem China's web users have experienced recently, with a Pacific earthquake damaging undersea cables earlier in the year, slowing internet connections and forcing many people to resort to using their old fax machines.

Despite these problems, there are still frequent accusations that the Chinese military have attempted to, or even successfully hacked into sensitive government systems in the US and Europe. Naturally China denies such claims.

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News: Microsoft Bundles Games with Xbox 360 for the Holiday Period

Posted: October 8, 2007 @ time: 12:04PM
Author: jammin

DailyTech - Microsoft has confirmed what has been rumoured recently, announcing that its Xbox 360 will soon come bundled with two games at now extra cost. The games in question are Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance, both high profile titles which should give gamers more reason to grab a console in this upcoming 4th Quarter. The games will come bundled with both the Premium and Elite versions of the console, which retail at $350 and $450 respectively.

Other good news for potential Xbox owners is that the new cooler-running 65 nanometer Falcon CPUs have been showing up in Halo 3 special edition consoles, which suggests they will likely hit other models in the near future. Microsoft is certainly pushing the console for the run up to Christmas, and will surely hope that these recent moves, along with the release of Halo 3 will nudge the console towards profitability, something it hasn't achieved thus far.

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News: Ridata Launches New 32GB SATA SSD

Posted: October 8, 2007 @ time: 06:53PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - Ridata announced today it's release of a new 32GB 2.5" SATA SSD, with a MTBF of four million hours. With this 2.5" format, it seems to be aimed at the mobile sector. The drive has a slower read/write speed of 60MB/sec and 48MB/sec compared to Samsung's mainstream 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec. Mtron on the other hand, put both to shame with read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec. Some other advantages over traditional HDD are it's ultra lightweight, uses half as much power, it's smaller, and operates at a lower temperature, has no mechanically moving parts, and offers incredibly fast boot and access times. The 32GB drive will be available in the coming weeks, while a 64GB drive will come to the table in late November. Pricing has not been announced for either drive.

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Hardware Roundup Tuesday Morning Edition

Posted: October 8, 2007 @ time: 11:37PM
Author: kingdingeling

It's the time of day again for our OCC Affiliate Reviews. Looking around the net today, the OCModShop has articles of three new Razer products, the Lachesis 4000 DPI mouse, the Piranha Gaming Headset, and the successor of the Tarantula, the Lycosa Keyboard. The perfect combination for your peripherals when building a new rig. But what do you want to put into that rig? How about an Albatron 8600GTS, reviewed over at LAN Addict? As a case, the Antec Veris - Fusion Black 430 HTPC case might appeal to those with space constraints. Darkvision Hardware has the new heatsink from OCZ up for review, the long-awaited Vendetta.

- Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse Hands-On @ OCModShop
- Razer Piranha Gaming Headset Hands-On @ OCModShop
- Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard Hands-On @ OCModShop
- OCZ Vendetta HSF Review @ Darkvision Hardware
- Albatron 8600GTS Video Card Review @ LAN Addict
- Antec Veris - Fusion Black 430 HTPC Case Review @ MektuMods

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News: RIAA Eyes Next Possible Targets: CD Burners, Radio Listeners

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 07:54AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - With the the recent landmark verdict that awarded the RIAA $222,000 in royalties, the RIAA is now using this precedent to turn its sights to other forms of copyright infringement, including people who burn CD's of music they have already purchased, and people who listen to a loud radio in a public place. Sounds farfetched, doesn't it? Think again. The RIAA and its British counter-part, the PRS, are seeking royalties from certain companies that allow their employees to listen to the radio loud enough for groups of people to hear it. Of course these goings on have the political crowd in a divide as well. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), a long-time proponent of fair use, says that the recent suit has gone way over the line, while the Bush administration says that the ruling is fair and a positive example of our nation's laws at work.

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News: AMD Quietly Launches New 45w CPU's

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 08:51AM
Author: road-runner

Engadget - AMD is getting quite good at silently introducing new products. Since the quietly launched Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition back in September, now comes yet another round of 45 watt processors. Bringing to the table this time around are the Athlon X2 BE-2400 2.3GHz ($104), Athlon LE-1620 2.4GHz ($53), Athlon LE-1600 2.2GHz ($47), Sempron LE-1250 2.2GHz ($53), Sempron LE-1200 2.1GHz ($48) and the Sempron LE-1100 1.9GHz ($37). Prices are per 1,000 cpu's as usual.

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News: Windows Home Server Now Available in U.S.

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 10:59AM
Author: road-runner

PC World - For some the long awaited, Microsoft Windows Home Server is now available in the United States. Windows Home Server, can connect up to ten Windows XP or Vista machines, with features such as automatic backup, disk restore, file and printer sharing and remote Web based access. The OEM server operating system first went on sale two months ago in New Zealand and Australia at prices ranging between $149 and $199. The OEM edition has also been sold in the United Kingdom for several weeks now. Although prices range from $165 to $189 in the U.S. it is available at NewwEgg now for $189.99. Most other retailers are taking orders, and currently not shipping.

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News: Sony Announces Second Gen PC Blu-ray Burner

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 04:34PM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - The market is still in awe of the 50GB of data that a blu-ray disc can hold. Just like CDs and DVDs, one of the downsides to this next generation technology is the fact that current burners supporting this technology are very slow. At present, it takes a 2x BD-R burner 90 minutes to burn a full 50GB disc. Sony is pleased to announce a new Blu-ray burner for PCs that will cut the write time from previous generation burners in half, lowering a 50GB disc write down to 45 minutes. The player will also burn DVDs at 16x, and comes bundled with software that allows the user to capture, author, edit, and burn 1080i content captured from HDV camcorders.

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News: Power outages on MacBook Pros

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 09:53PM
Author: LoArmistead

c|net - When the MacBook Pro's current flex cable power supply was introduced, it was well received as making MacBooks safer. When subjected to extreme stress (e.g. when you trip over the cord), the cord would detach from the computer and stop the MacBook from flying across the room. Of course, now users are discovering the downside to the power supply. On many of them, the cables are fraying after repeated use, causing them to spark and smoke. Many consumers are getting 85-watt MagSafe power supplies with thicker cords to replace their initial power supplies, and it is rumored that Apple is preparing to ship these heftier power supplies out to all MacBook Pro customers in the near future.

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News: Windows XP SP3 to Include Some Vista Features

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 10:06PM
Author: LoArmistead

PC World - Not long after Microsoft decided to extend the retail shelf life of Windows XP, there are now rumors circulating as to what the features of XP's upcoming SP3 are going to be. Many of these features are said to be backported from Windows Vista, as well as 1000 other hotfixes and updates since Service Pack 2's release three years ago. Some of the additions rumored to be in SP3 are NAP from Vista, as well as a new activation model that no longer requires the manual input of a license key. Microsoft did not comment on the rumors, but it is said that the SP3 beta was sent out to beta testers last Sunday.

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News: Catalyst 7.10 Improves DX10 Performance

Posted: October 9, 2007 @ time: 10:19PM
Author: LoArmistead

Extreme Tech - Vista has long been plagued by lower game performance when compared to Windows XP. Many believe this is part of the reason gamer uptake on Vista has been so low. Over the past few months we have been seeing more and more improvements to the new OS in the gaming world with the release of bigger, faster video cards as well as DirectX10 support. Even after the release of DirectX10 compatible video cards, many games were at best sluggish under most circumstances in Vista. Some of that has changed with ATi's Catalyst 7.10 drivers. Some improvements, like that experienced in BF2142 are mild with a 5-23% increase, while others, such as crossfire performance in Company of Heroes, have seen improvements as high as 80%. It should be interesting to see what the future of DX10 gaming has to offer.

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Hardware Roundup Wednesday Evening Edition

Posted: October 10, 2007 @ time: 04:05PM
Author: road-runner

Looking at reviews this evening from our affiliates around the web, we have a large variety, and a lot of them. The new Intel X-38 chipset Motherboards are making there way into the hands of retailers online, and we have a couple of reviews on the Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6, with one on the bench at TechGage, and the other at NeoSeeker. If your in the market for a SLI Motherboard, you may want to take a look at Motherboards.org review on the EVGA 680i SLI 775 A1 Motherboard. And if your doing a budget build, the P35 ASUS P5K Motherboard gets a look at by TweakTown. Looking to build a new HTPC and need a case? Tweak News has a review on one with a 7" LCD Touchscreen, namely the Moneual Lab Moncaso 932B Black HTPC Case. On the NAS front we have Synology's DS107e single drive NAS box that's feature packed and looks good at TechGage. Power Supply's are getting bigger and bigger, and yet another Monster, the NZXT Precise Power 1200W Modular Power Supply over at ThinkComputers, with a smaller 550 watt Glacial Power at Motherboards.org. In the Video Card line up, NVNews looks at the MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo, while ModTheBox Benches five different GeForce 8500GT PCI-E Cards. Flash Drives are getting bigger and faster, and the OCZ ATV Turbo Flash Drive is no exception, check it out at 3DGameMan. Not much going on with sound this evening, we have one set of Sennheiser HD-280 Pro Headphones at Bjorn3d. TechArp has some interesting articles on Intel's End-Of-Life For Intel Core 2 Mobile CPUs, New Intel 65nm Processors & Price Cuts, and Samsung Bloggers TT Sessions. For the Gamers, two Half-Life 2: Episode Two Previews, one at [H]ardOCP and another at TechGage. Lastly a Zelda Phantom Hourglass Walk Through over at the OCModShop.

- Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 @ TechGage
- Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 @ NeoSeeker
- EVGA 680i SLI 775 A1 Motherboard @ Motherboards.org
- ASUS P5K Motherboard @ TweakTown
- Moneual Lab Moncaso 932B Black HTPC Case @ Tweak News
- Synology's DS107e @ TechGage
- NZXT Precise Power 1200W Modular Power Supply @ ThinkComputers
- Glacial Power 550 watt Power Supply @ Motherboards.org
- MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo @ NVNews
- Varous GeForce 8500GT PCI-E Benches @ ModTheBox
- OCZ ATV Turbo Flash Drive @ 3DGameMan
- Sennheiser HD-280 Pro Headphones @ Bjorn3d
- Intel's End-Of-Life For Intel Core 2 Mobile @ TechArp
- New Intel 65nm Processors & Price Cuts @ TechArp
- Samsung Bloggers TT Sessions @ TechArp
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two Preview @ [H]ardOCP
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two Preview @ TechGage
- Zelda Phantom Hourglass Walk Through @ OCModShop

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News: MSI Announces First AMD RD790 Board

Posted: October 10, 2007 @ time: 05:19PM
Author: road-runner

Daily Tech - MSI made public today its K9A2 Platinum Motherboard based on AMD's RD790 chipset, officially called the 790FX. The motherboard comes with a host of new features, including support for AMD quad-core processors and Crossfire X. The 790FX like Intel's new X-38 has PCIE 2.0 which is double bandwidth speed of the existing PCIE 1.0, and has four PCIE x16 slots with support for AMD's Triple-Play Technology. In addition, MSI goes a step further by offering Quad Crossfire capability on the motherboard. No official launch date was mentioned, but AMD guidance claims ATI RV670, Phenom and RD790 will launch together next month.

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News: ATI Has Released PCIe2 Video Cards

Posted: October 10, 2007 @ time: 05:50PM
Author: road-runner

theEnquirer - If you have the 610 or 630 chip video card, being the X2400 and X2600, suppposedly you have a PCIe 2.0 ready video card. Now all that is needed is a X-38 or RD780/790 motherboard to take advantage of it. Tests have shown on PCIe 2.0 motherboards to have increased scores on heavy bandwidth tests, notably some of the vertex tests on 3DMark06. Others showed no improvement, but overall, on these two chips, you should get a decent increase, up to 10 percent, and more in Crossfire.

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News: Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: War without end

Posted: October 10, 2007 @ time: 06:54PM
Author: LoArmistead

c|net - What if someone started a format war and nobody came? Everytime you get a group of panelists together to discuss the future outcome of the HD disc war, all you get is a bunch of marketing on why the panelists' preferred HD camp is going to win. Whenever a report is released showing one format ahead of the other, another report is released showing the complete opposite, as was Netflix's recent poll that puts HD DVD preference far beyond Blu-ray Disc shortly after it was shown that Blu-ray Disc sales occupy 66% of the retail HD market. With only a trace amount of the total market having converted to HD titles, it is still unclear as to who the winner will be. Though, 80% of TV sales this past quarter were high definition televisions, so this will give the HD disc market the boost it wants to hopefully sell its product to the consumers.

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News: Democrats kill proposal for permanent Net tax relief

Posted: October 10, 2007 @ time: 07:05PM
Author: LoArmistead

c|net - Grandpa always said that only two things in life are certain: Death and Taxes. This rings true in our technology age more than any other time in recent history. With several e-tax laws expiring in the coming months, the politicians in D.C. are beginning to argue over the legitimacy of the lack of certain e-taxes. Currently there is not a tax on broadband internet use or wireless services. A House panel agreed unanimously to extend the ban on e-tax for four more years, but rejected attempts by Republicans to make the ban permanent, leaving the door open to place taxes on commodities such as DSL, Cable, and aircard use in the future. The taxing of products bought online from brick & mortar companies like Best Buy and Wal-Mart has always been and still is a very real possibility in the coming years, with internet purchases begin to outweigh in-store purchases at many retailers.

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News: Apple, AT&T Sued for iBricking, Monopolistic Behavior

Posted: October 11, 2007 @ time: 07:46AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - As we all know, Apple has been hard at work to lock the iPhone and iPod Touch from being hacked for use with third party software and other service providers. Many consumers who have tried to hack the iPhone and bricked them are being told by Apple to simply "buy a new phone." As you might imagine, this isn't going over well. Apple has found itself blasted by two seperate lawsuits seeking class action status. Both suits, based out of California, accuse Apple of using unfair, monopolistic business practices thereby violating many state laws. The two firms do not know as of yet how many people will join in on the lawsuit, but they are predicting "in the millions." I won't hold my breath.

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News: Xbox 360 "Jasper" With 65nm GPU Not Due Until August 2008

Posted: October 11, 2007 @ time: 07:54AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - With Xbox360 equipped with 65nm processors and revised cooling systems slowly trickling into the market, many are beginning to look towards the next improvement to the popular gaming console; the 65nm GPU rumored to be on some of the new Xbox360 consoles is not to be... yet. While the 65nm processor and cooling system revision, dubbed "Falcon," have helped greatly in reducing the heat output, thus the bricking, of Xbox360 consoles, the rumored 65nm GPU will not be in consumer units until at least August 2008, with the "Jasper" revision of the Xbox.

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Hardware Roundup Thursday Evening Edition

Posted: October 11, 2007 @ time: 05:25PM
Author: LoArmistead

Today in the roundup we have a few hardware items reviewed, including the Microsoft Sidewinder at EverythingUSB, and the Mushkin HP2-6400 RAM at ViperLair for anyone in the market for a memory upgrade to take advantage of Vista. For those of you interested in the latest in the war between ATi and nvidia, stop by Neoseeker to see what ATi has to answer the 8800GTS, the Power Color HD2900 Pro. If you are looking into upgrading your system soon, PCPerspective has reviewed a Gigabyte X38-DQ6, and Tweak News has reviewed some Razer products for you gaming enthusiasts. Big in the news today were games. Shacknews has an article about the release of the highly acclaimed Call of Duty 4 demo, while OCModShop has posted an official review of Zelda: Phanton Hourglass soon after its walkthrough release earlier. Shacknews also has some gossip as to the possibly-leaked details of the upcoming Battlefield 3 game, which should excite any FPS fans out there.

Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse @ EverythingUSB
Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Memory Kit @ ViperLair
PowerColor HD 2900 Pro @ Neoseeker
Razer Mantis Control & Mantis Speed Mouse Pads @ Tweak News
Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Review @ OCModshop
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Demo @ Shacknews 
Battlefield 3 Details Leaked? @ Shacknews  
Gigabyte X38-DQ6 Motherboard @ PCPerspective

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News: Electronic Arts pays $860 million for BioWare, Pandemic Studios

Posted: October 11, 2007 @ time: 05:39PM
Author: LoArmistead

c|net - The silicon valley-based games designers, EA, creator of such games as the Medal of Honor and Battlefield series, has slipped in the gaming ranks over the past couple of years. To get back on top, EA is willing to pay a pretty penny in the tune of $860 million. EA has agreed to acquire VG Holdings, the parent company to BioWare and Pandemic Studios, in an attempt to regain its former status in the gaming industry. This is reported to be one of the largest capital expenditures in EA's 25-year history. EA is hoping to use Pandemic's upcoming Mass Effect game to regain the #1 spot from Activision, who recently overtook EA for the first time in 10 years with its Guitar Hero.

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OCC News: Razer Gaming Guide - "Boot Camp for the n00b"

Posted: October 11, 2007 @ time: 07:05PM
Author: road-runner

Razer - New to Gaming on your PC? Razer the manufacturers of cutting edge gaming peripherals has come up with a Boot Camp guide with the beginner in mind. The guide is designed with basic gaming knowledge, things like setting up your equipment to help cut down on Carpel Tunnel, how to hold the mouse, mouse button functions and tweaking your computer. The guide also covers short cut keys, macro keys, setting up your headphones, using Teamspeak and Ventrilo for communication. Razer is also looking to improve the guide so send in your feedback and questions, and it may be in the next version of the guide. Go to Razer's website, and you can download the guide in PDF format after signing up, and give your feedback.

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News: Dell Latitude XT Tablet Specs, Images Leaked

Posted: October 12, 2007 @ time: 07:23AM
Author: LoArmistead

Daily Tech - Dell announced that it would release a tablet PC earlier this year, and up to this point the only glimpse we had gotten of the new PC in action was a grainy video released by Dell. According to LesDELLians.com, the new XT will come equipped with a 12.1" CCFL or LED backlit display, a fingerprint reader, of course, Windows Vista. On the inside we'll have a ATI RS600ME northbridge and an SB600 southbridge paired with an X1250 GPU. For procesing power it will feature the new ultra-low voltage Core 2 U7600 @ 1.2Ghz, and will support up to 3GB of RAM. For power, we can look forward to 4, 6, and 9 cell batteries. According to the site, the tablet will launch November 5.

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Guide: Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 4.0

Posted: October 12, 2007 @ time: 07:50AM
Author: kingdingeling

TechARP - Currently covering over 600 desktop CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 18 different specifications for each and every CPU! Here are the updates:

- Added the Intel Core 2 Extreme (Yorkfield-XE) QX9650 processor.
- Added the Intel Core 2 Quad (Yorkfield) Q9550, Q9450 and Q9300 processors.
- Added the Intel Core 2 Duo (Wolfdale) E8500, E8400, E8300 and E8200 processors.
- Added the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 & E4500 processors.
- Added the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 & E2180 processors.
- Corrected the Die Size specifications of the quad-core Intel Core 2 (Kentsfield) processors.
- Total CPUs : 607

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OCC News: Abit IX38 QuadGT Speedster

Posted: October 12, 2007 @ time: 12:44PM
Author: road-runner

Abit - Abit announced today its version of the Intel X-38 chipset motherboard, called the IX38 QuadGT Speedster. The motherboard features support for Intel’s latest 65nm and next generation 45nm processors, support for dual X16 PCI Express 2.01 with ATI Crossfire Solutions, support for a total of 8 GB of DDR2 memory up to 1066MHz and Smart-Slave technology. Other features including next generation digital PWMs and 100% solid state capacitors warrant best power characteristics resulting in lower consumption, higher efficiency and extreme stability. Abit did note that future boards will include support for DDR3 memory.

IX38 QuadGT Speedster Series

- X38 Chipset Benefits
- Digital PWM
- Thermal Solution
- 100% Solid State Caps
- Support HDMI VGA Card
- CCMOS Switch & Power/Reset Button
- Dual Graphics Performance
- uGuru Utility

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Hardware Roundup Friday Evening Edition

Posted: October 12, 2007 @ time: 04:10PM
Author: kingdingeling

Looking around the net today, we find a variety of reviews and articles. For the laptop user that sometimes wants to play a game on his/her machine, the Titan TTC-G5T Notebook Cooling Pad & Speakers reviewed by the Virtual-Hideout might be interesting. Gamers usually run a desktop computer, for which the XFX 8800GTS 320MB Fatal1ty over at Bjorn3D might be an interesting add-on. If you are looking for an entry level video card though, Madshrimps has an entry level GPU round-up consisting of 7 GeForce 8400GS cards. PCStats has some DDR3 on the review bench today, the Super Talent W1866UX2G8 DDR3-1866. Running a high-end system, efficient cooling is key, so for the CPU you might want to look at the Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler Review at ThinkComputers, or the OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler Review at Techgage. Speaking of CPUs, TechARP has released a new version of their Intel 45nm Core 2 Desktop Processor Pre-Launch Update, this time being the Rev. 2.1. To house that computer you are running, the Silverstone TJ10 Case might be an option, which is reviewed by the 3dGameMan. The Virtual-Hideout also has the CFI TeraBox II+ USB Multiple HDD Enclosure on the test bench.

- CFI TeraBox II+ USB Multiple HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Titan TTC-G5T Notebook Cooling Pad & Speakers Review @ Virtual-Hideout
- Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
- XFX 8800 GTS 320 MB Review: Another Fatal1ty @ Bjorn3D
- Entry level VGA round-up, 7 Geforce 8400GS compared @ Madshrimps
- Intel 45nm Core 2 Desktop Processor Pre-Launch Update Rev. 2.1 @ TechARP
- Super Talent W1866UX2G8 DDR3-1866 Memory Review @ PCStats
- SilverStone TJ10 Case Review @ 3dGameMan

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News: Google vows to increase Gmail storage limit

Posted: October 13, 2007 @ time: 08:42PM
Author: LoArmistead

Computer World - Gmail users have been sucking up space faster that Google can add it. Google announced that due to increased demand, it will be increasing the speed at which it upgrades storage space on its web-based e-mail system. Right now most Gmail boxes ar about 2.9GB, but that will soon change. Google is having to strive to keep up with Yahoo and Microsoft, who are offering unlimited storage and 5GB of storage respectively for their web-based e-mail clients. Gmail has been immensely popular since its release in 2004, but it has since met stiff competition from other companies, and is needing to adapt to regain its former place.

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Hardware Roundup Sunday Evening Edition

Posted: October 14, 2007 @ time: 05:51PM
Author: LoArmistead

We have lots of reviews and articles on the slate this weekend. For those of you planning on investing in a new gaming laptop, TechGage has reviewed an ASUS G15 Gaming Notebook for you. Bonafide Reviews has an article keeping us up to date on the latest developments in the Government V. Console Modders. Overclocker Cafe has posted a review on some OCZ Reaper Heatpipe Cooled Memory, while TechARP has contributed some Intel  techno-gossip as well as an x264 benchmark. If you are looking to upgrade to a PSU that helps with cable management, 3DGameMan has reviewed a Kingwin Mach 1 800W Modular PSU. Do you need more flash on the go? TekBunker has reviewed a Super Talent 2GB USB flash drive for you. For those of us tired of having to walk all the way to the kitchen to get our next caffeinated beverage, Think Computers has reviewed a lovely Bebe Sounds MiniFRIDGE for us. Virtual Hideout has reviewed a very diverse network storage (and more!) station.  To top it off, TweakTown posted an article on Thermal Chamber Heatisnk Testing Methods.

ASUS G1S 15.4" Gaming Notebook @ TechGage
Homeland Security Raids on Console Modding @ Bonafide Reviews
OCZ Reaper Heatpipe Cooled Memory @ Overclocker Cafe
x264 Benchmark @ TechARP
Intel 45nm Core 2 Desktop Processor Pre-Launch Update Rev. 2.2 @ TechARP
Kingwin Mach 1 800W Modular PSU @ 3DGameMan
Super Talent Supersonic 2Gb usb flash drive 200x @ TekBunker
Bebe Sounds miniFRIDGE MF104 Compact Refrigerator @ Think Computers
Intel BoneTrail Release Imminent! @ TechARP
Synology Disk Station DS107+ NAS @ Virtual Hideout
Thermal Chamber Heatsink Testing Methods @ TweakTown

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Hardware Roundup Monday Morning Edition

Posted: October 15, 2007 @ time: 08:35AM
Author: kingdingeling

This morning we have a couple of reviews around the net. [H]ardOCP kicks it off with an article about Half Life 2: Episode 2 about the performance and the full story. The Virtual-Hideout has the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Motherboard in the testing system, which provides a cheap entry into the Intel P35 Chipset world. Speaking of motherboards, TweakNews has the Antazone AS-N1000 & AS-N2000 Copper Heatpipe Northbridge Coolers up for reviewing, which uses copper heatpipe solutions to cool your northbridge. Bjorn3D has the Antec Fusion Black 430 HTPC case on the test bench, which seems like a nice combination of power supply and case for a HTPC. Also reviewing an Antec case, ThinkComputers has the Antec P190 PC Case in testing, which is the "big boy" in the Antec P1XX series, combining one 650W and one 550W power supply to a total of 1200W through the Antec Neo-Link technology.

Antec P190 PC Case Review @ ThinkComputers
GIGABYTE GA-P31-DS3L Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Antazone AS-N1000 & AS-N2000 Copper Heatpipe Northbridge Coolers Review @ TweakNews
Antec Fusion Black 430 Review @ Bjorn3D
Half Life 2: Episode 2 Performance and IQ - Full Story @ [H]ardOCP

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