Tech News April 2006

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OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 2GB Dual Channel Platinum XTC
Bjorn3D :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders optimize the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow by means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical stability is maintained.

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MSI RD480 Neo2-FI
TechFEAR :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Summary: “If you’re in the market for a budget-minded ATI CrossFire equipped motherboard, the MSI RD480 Neo2-FI may be the board for you. Its performance, stability and reliability are solid, but how does it fair in the all important usability category?”

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DRM and Fair Use
ASE Labs :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

This report will discuss the implications and ramifications of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and how it impedes on consumers right to fair use. Fair use is what gives consumers basic rights to content that they purchase. Copyright owners have been against fair use since the first piece of electronic recording equipment was released. Consumer rights are being violated by DRM.

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Linux Powered LCD TV
CoolTechZone :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“Other goodies in this 19-inch LCD system include AC’97 sound, NIC and over 200GB of hard drive space. While details on pricing are not available, they do offer 15 and 17-inch models for the more budget conscious consumer.”

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G-Cooler Liquid CPU Cooler
Think Computers :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: “Water/Liquid cooling is becoming more and more mainstream; at one time it was only the hardcore enthusiast that was water cooling their computers, now anyone can do it cheaply and easily. Liquid cooling come in many shapes and sizes, you can get pre-made systems that can take an hour or more to assemble with all sorts of various parts, and you can get easy all-in-one cooling systems that basically just pop in and go. Today for review I have one of the all-in-one systems called the G-Cooler, it is basically just a CPU block, rad and pump with some very short hoses, it is fully assembled, all you have to do it mount it in your computer and power it on. Let’s take a look at it and see if it is worth our time…”

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Exclusive EPIA-EN15000 Mini-ITX review
Epiacenter.com :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“Well, compared to the C3 the C7 is a big step forward for VIA. You can immediatly feel the performance increase on your desktop and of course you can easily check it with some benchmarks.”

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“VGA Cooler Roundup April 2006”
Madshrimps :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: “6 different VGA coolers are tested in our latest roundup, products from Arctic Cooling, Sytrin and Zalman stressed using an XFX 7800GT running at default and overclocked speeds, while each heatsink is tested at different fan speeds and GPU temperature and noise readings are recorded. What cooler will suite you best? Read on to find out.”

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Tomb Raider Legend Review
Driver Heaven :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tomb Raider has been developed for everything from the current generation consoles like the Playstation 2, all the way to the next generation consoles like the Xbox360 and since the PC can have millions of hardware configurations, you can have your graphics range from PS2 quality to Xbox360 quality. To have the highest quality visuals, you must enable a ?Next-Generation? setting which turns on everything you can imagine (and then some), ranging from High Dynamic Range, parallax mapping, self shadowing, high resolution textures and dynamic shadows. In summary, you get the whole lot of goodies and usually, this will completely and utterly destroy your system unless you?re lucky enough to have a very powerful Crossfire or SLI system. You must not forget that you need a PixelShader 3.0 compatible card too if you wish to enable this.

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Silverstone Temjin 07 Case Review on Technic3D
Technic3d :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: ” The luxury Case Silverstone Temji 07 place offers for two PSUs and many Drives. Justifies it the high price? See you in the following Review on Technic3D ”

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Remembering Greg Tucker and ZXMODS @ Virtual-Hideout
Virtual-Hideout :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Quote: Greg Tucker, founder of ZXMODS.com, and the creator of the original VH fan grills, has passed away on February 20, 2006. He was tragically killed by a car while walking in New York. I have put up a memorial forum thread so you all can share your thoughts on this senseless lose. This is deeply saddening as I’ve worked with Greg many times. God Bless.

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G.Skill F2-4200PHU1-512SA
techPowerUp! :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A few weeks ago I got me a new notebook from Lenovo, the Thinkpad X60s. Soon I realized that the default memory configuration of 512 MB is not enough. Since the official memory upgrades are rather expensive I thought I’d give G.SKILL notebook memory a try. These modules come for about half the price of the original memory and offer rock stable performance for your memory hungry

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Vantec AVOX Jukebox
Techgage :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: We are taking a look at a very interesting product from Vantec, called the AVOX Jukebox. It looks like many other 2.5″ enclosures on the market, but not only does this one work as an external drive, but also a media player when hooked up to your TV. Good or gimmick? Read the review and see.

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How To Tidy Up iTunes MP3 collection
Digital Grabber :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
If like me you have a big music collection gathered from lots of sources, then you are probably having the same problems with the awful metadata that some tracks have. A lot of my tracks have weird or missing track details, errors and for some tracks I have no ID3 tags at all for the artist and album. I also have a lot of duplicates which have happened from mistakenly importing the same CD twice, or when I’ve added a friends collection to mine and they have the same track but with a slightly different filename, so it slipped through the net.

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Microprocessor History, Part 1
BTX FormFactor :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Quote: The microprocessor, or CPU, as some people call it, is the brains of our personal computer. I’m getting into this history lesson not because I’m a history buff (though computers do have a wonderfully interesting past), but to go through the development step-by-step to explain how they work.

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Patriot PC2-5300 2GB DDR2 Memory
ViperLair :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“We’ve covered the 1GB to 2GB debate before and needless to say there is no application demanding reason at this time to dump your current kit for a 2GB one if you’re satisfied with the performance. However, we here at VL are not the types to settle for a software manufacturer’s recommended ram requirements. Our general rule is whatever they say you should have, double it.”


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VIZO Opera Portable 2.5″ HDD Enclosure & Multimedia Player Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“The Opera is not much larger then a standard 2.5″ HDD enclosure, but this enclosure has a kick to it. Meaning you can watch movies or do a slideshow presentation for work by simply connecting the Opera to your computer and downloading the content to the HDD (HDD not included) in the Opera.”

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How Does A Web Page Appear In a Browser?
PC Mechanic :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Let us start with a familiar analogy – the telephone. Calling is the easiest way to talk to a friend. To place a call, you must have a telephone connection and a phone number. How do you get a telephone connection and a number? You call your local authority, the telephone company, and ask to be connected to the telephone network.

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InuYasha: The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler Anime DVD Review
Think Computers :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: “Are Today for review I have another entry in the Anime movie category, it is from our friends at Viz Media. The movie is InuYasha: The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler. If you’ve read my other reviews you know I love Anime in all forms, but the kind that features swords and demons has to be one of my all time favorites, and InuYasha has it all and then some.”

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Asus P5WD2-E Review
Neoseeker :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
“This is some seriously nice stuff! Our 50% increase in FSB and 31% increase in CPU clock speed netted us increases of ~25% in Doom 3, ~44% in SiSoft Sandra Memory Bandwidth, and ~21% in WinRAR. Had there been finer adjustments for the DDR2 clock, we would have probably managed to overclock the RAM a good amount, allowing the memory-hungry Pentium 4 to feed off some extra bandwidth.”

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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Review
GruntvillE :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“I was impressed with the sheer amount of stuff in the box. However, most of them are fairly standard with enthusiast motherboards today with two exceptions; Top Hat BIOS and the 3.5” Bracket. Many boards come with the D-Bracket and extra USB/1394 ports for the rear of the system, but the KN1 SLI Extreme is the first that I have ever heard of that comes with a faceplate for a 3.5” drive that you can mount the ports after removing the bracket. This is a nice touch.”

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G.Skill F1-3200PHU1-512NS DDR 400 Memory Review on Technic3D
Technic3d :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Quote: “G.Skill offers a memory for a good Price and a red heatspreader, the 512ns DDR 400. Technic3D will see as good they are”

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XG Duro 900 Power Supply
Techgage :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: If the motherboard is the brain of any PC then the power supply is the heart. Today we’re taking a look at a power supply that has all the heart you should need for any modern enthusiast system and the cost won’t put your wallet on life support.

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Dell 2005FPW 20.1″ Widescreen LCD
The Tech Lounge :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“Dell has been a long-standing fixture in the LCD market. Ever since LCD displays have come down in price enough to be affordable for the regular consumer, Dell has been big on getting LCDs into the hands of consumers. The Dell 2005FPW LCD Monitor is a 20.1” (diagonal) display, and comes with a stand that is not only height-adjustable, but it also has swivel and pivot functionality.”

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Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Gimicks and flashy chrome plated parts are absent on the Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 save for a UV reactive “Spider-Fan” frame. The 80mm fan is not self-illuminated by LED’s or any other means, but according to the manufacturer it will glow blue under UV case lighting should you have such accoutrements in your PC case. A small tube of Stars-420 white silicon thermal compound is included, along with screw-based AMD K8 and Intel LGA775 mounting brackets and rar PCB supports. There are no fan speed control options.”

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4GB Apple iPod nano Review
Bjorn3D :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

iPod, schmiPod…at least that’s what I thought until several weeks ago when I finally got my hands on one. Thanks to Geeks.com, I have a 4GB Apple iPod nano for review. Yeah, yeah, it’s been out for a while, but it’s far from the end of its lifecycle, so why not read another opinion about this top-selling digital audio player (DAP)?

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=906

Aspire Q-Pack Micro-ATX Chassis Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: “.. if there was one m-ATX chassis on the market for the constant hardware swapper, this would probably be the case. Aspire really put some thought into the design and the slide-out motherboard tray, easy HDD cage, and one piece cover to allow full access to the inside by removing just 3 screws.”

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The BoxHeads LAN – April 2006
Phoronix :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“The BoxHeads, one of the largest LAN organizations in Michigan, which attracts visitors from all over the Midwest and Canada, had held its first LAN event for the year. While their venue was the limiting factor, yesterday’s event was for 144 gamers and a complete day full of various gaming and hardware activities. A great deal of prizes were given away, and Phoronix had also sponsored a unique computer modding competition. Team ATI was also out in force at the event. While the event was largely a success, there were some damaging power issues.

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Logisys Clear Acrylic Case
Techgage :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: Are you sick of having a computer case that doesn’t make much of a statement? Do you want your room to look like something straight out of a gamer’s den? Logisys realizes that some of you do, so they make clear acrylic cases to fit your needs.

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Being A Game Developer
Laptop Gamers :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The games industry is now a massive multi billion dollar business and development teams can number 50 or more. My first game had me as programmer, artist, and beep designer – (well it wasn’t proper sound!). I did everything. Back then games were written in assembler and you had to learn 6502 and Z80. Nowadays with a few exceptions games are written in C and C++. The days of back room programmers aren’t entirely gone- there is also ‘retro remake’ and ‘indie’ scene, e.g. Retrospec but unless you have an exceptionally brilliant idea, you are not likely to get into the mainstream game business as a one man outfit writing Blockbuster PC games.

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Cooler Master CM Media 260 HTPC Review
Technic3d :: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Quote: “iMON Software for Home Cinema and a small CM 260 from Cooler Master. Technic3D used that Multimedia PC.”

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