OCMS News April 2005

Arctic Silver ArctiClean Review
Sunday, April 24, 2005
More specifically, ArctiClean is a two step process designed for removing previous applications of thermal grease as well as thermal pads (the pink or grey material with a gum-like consistency that is often found on factory installed heatsinks). ArctiClean 1 is a biodegradable, non-toxic liquid made up of citrus and soy based solvents which emulsify thermal greases or thermal pads. ArctiClean 2 contains cationic surfactants and flash corrosion inhibitors which remove any residue left by ArctiClean 1 and minimize the corrosion layer on copper and aluminum.

When Worlds Collide: AGP vs PCI-E
OCModshop :: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
The format revolution has happened, and the new standards introduced by the industry have all made a solid appearance in just about every motherboard format out there.

The most exciting change for computer enthusiasts was easily the introduction of the PCI-E bus system, which promised to deliver the ever increasingly powerful GPUs in graphics cards from the shackles of AGP… but does it?

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HTPCnews.com: Bug Hunt on the 6xxx Series Nvidia Cards… Nasty Bug for some discovered / Review on
OCModshop :: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Well, as the topic says… We went out to review the 6xxx series cards from Nvidia but were greeted with a couple nasty bugs that could affect a great deal of users who ever decide to move into the HTPC arena and connect their HTPC to a HDTV. Really a much needed read for anyone thinking of using some of these newer cards to possibly connect their HTPC to their HDTV.

“For those who intended to use a 6800 series card in their HTPC may have found a ugliness that can not be denied. The bug occurs when trying to use a interlaced resolution out to your display via VGA or VGA to component (using a transcoder) and loading a Direct3D game or 3D accelerated GUI (such as Media Center Edition 2005). ”

The problems don’t end there however, another nasty interlace resolution issue comes up while gaming… resulting in a good sized performance hit. Read the story to find out if you are one of the possible people who will be affected.

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Creating your own custom decals at CaseModGod.com
OCModshop :: Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Not one of our normal news sources, but still a good article.

Summary: Want a Decal on that case window that no one else has, but don’t know how to create it? In this tutorial I will explain to you how to create artwork and have it custom cut at your local Vinyl Shop. I also explain the different File Types and what the vinyl shop will need from you in order to save you time and money.

Dual 6600GT vs Dual 6800: the SLIdown @ tcmagazine
OCModshop :: Friday, April 01, 2005
Not one of our regular news sources, but this is still a good article:

With excellent price-performance ratios and groundbreaking hardware, these sweet cards do their users proud, delivering precedently unparalleled power with their impressive feature sets, and more than doubling the results achieved by the previous generation’s best performers.

That’s not the end of it, though. After the series’ launch, in a move that endeared it to many enthusiasts and hardware nuts, nVidia then proceeded to reveal that the cards could be linked together to form a small parallel GPU processing unit, to boost power beyond the limits of any single card. Yes, gentlemen, you can let go of your Voodoo 2 cards, now. SLI is back, nVidia style.

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