Tech News August 2005

News Flash – Samsung Spinpoint SP2004C SATA II 200 Gigabyte NCQ Hard Drive Review
Futurelooks :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
Who knew that Samsung made hard drives? Raise your hands! Samsung has been quietly pushing their way into the hard drive market with high value, and low noise offerings. We check out their latest SATA offering to see if it is up to task.

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A Parent’s Guide to Online Gaming – Part 2 @ The TechZone
The Tech Zone :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
This part 2 guide provides the information you need to understand your children’s hobbies better, both to make informed judgments about what they should and should not be doing, and maybe get you addicted to online gaming as well.

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HEXUS.guide: Gigabytes and Gibibytes – What you need to know
Hexus :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
When talking about a binary number like computer memory or processor cache, where the memory is made up of a series of memory cells that hold single bits of information, the number of memory cells is always power of 2. For instance, 1024 bits of memory, what you’d likely usually call a kilobit, is 2^10 bits. However, kilo is a prefix for base-10 or decimal numbers, so it doesn’t actually apply to that figure when it’s a representation of a binary number. The correct prefix is instead kibi, so 1024 bits is really a kibibit.

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HEXUS.review: ABIT Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB
Hexus :: Saturday, August 06, 2005

Whilst ABIT has sugar-coated the X800 XL 512MB VPU with its range of sweet new features, we find it hard to recommend it unreservedly. It’s ostensibly slower than similarly-priced cards, and speed is, after all, why most users shell out £275 on a graphics card. However, it’s been refreshing to see a company willing to design better and cleverer cards than the majority of other board partners, and we hope to see more innovation from the folks at ABIT on, dare we say it, faster GPUs.

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News: Silverstone Nitrogon NT02 reviewed @ MetkuMods
MetkuMods :: Saturday, August 06, 2005

“To boost the thermal conductivity even further, NT02 has three heatpipes, which spread the heat from base towards the top part of the cooler. This way the surface area, provided by the thin copper thermal elements, is being used in most effective manner.”

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Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review
PCStats :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
“The Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra offers users a very flexible nForce 4/PCI Express platform, and has some useful integrated peripherals like a 8-channel audio, 10 USB2.0 ports, IEEE 1394a, and Gigabit LAN. It’s not the most well equipped motherboard we’ve ever dealt with, but for mainstream users I think you could say it fills out all the necessary points well.”

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I Love Microsoft @ CoolTechZone
CoolTechZone :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
“Microsoft is perhaps the most hated company in the history of business. Anointed with names such as the Redmond Giant, Microshaft, Microsloth, so on and so forth, the nicknames and jokes are perhaps exceeded only by the vengeance with which people hate it.”

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Guide: CVS Digital Camcorder Modding
GideonTech :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
“You’ve probably seen it in your local CVS drugstore. Their brand new disposable digital camcorders they sell for about $30, that lets you film your own 20 minute movie. You drop it off at CVS and they burn the recorded video onto a DVD. Rather ingenious considering how successful their previous disposable digital camera was.


However, wasting that kind of money over and over again sure isn’t too efficient. How does making one of these digital camcorders re-usable and getting the videos out of these recorders yourself sound? Yup, sounds pretty good to us and we’ve got the pictures and steps showing you how.”

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Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote @ CoolTechZone
CoolTechZone :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
“Now that you’ve set up your new entertainment system, you know what’s missing? A remote control, of course! The sleek looking Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote will let you configure and control your television settings, such as aspect ratios depending on the program source. The advanced remote will also let you pick different ratios for different programming. For instance, you can scale to a 16:9 ratio for movies and HDTV or a standard 4:3 for regular programming.”

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Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 9.1 Posted!
Tech ARP :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
Quote – “Covering over 230 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 15 different specifications for each and every card! If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide!

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SilverStone SG01 SFF Case Video Review #586
3dgameman :: Saturday, August 06, 2005

“Small Form Factor Cases are becoming more & more popular because they are light & compact. This makes them a perfect candidate for building a KICKASS system for LAN parties. The SG01 is aluminum with fantastic styling, construction & looks. There are 2 external 5.25″ & 2 internal 3.5″ drive bays. At the front, conveniently located, is 1 Firewire, 4 USB2 ports, mic & headphone jack. It also has good air circulation. Watch the Video to find out more…” ~3dGameMan.com

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HDTV: An Overview @ CoolTechZone
CoolTechZone :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
“To understand HDTV, we must first understand how you normally receive TV signal at home. When you watch a DVD on a regular TV, what happens is that the digital signals of your disc get converted to analog (read loss of quality), so that your TV can convert them and display them correctly. Since the original signal was digital, the picture looks amazing next to say the old cable TV or indeed a tape but it would look better still if your TV could comprehend digital signals directly as conversion to analog always leads to loss of picture information and hence quality.”

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Albatron GeForce 7800GTX Videocard Review
PCStats :: Saturday, August 06, 2005
“The Albatron GeForce 7800GTX videocard is pretty darn impressive. In addion to its nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX GPU with 302 million transistors, the PCI Express x16 videocard packs 256MB of GDDR3 memory, SLi compatibility, a low-profile & low-noise heatsink, twin DVI video connections and support for a host of video input and output formats. Albatron ship along a basic set of software and cabletry with the Albatron 7800GTX videocard so that every feature can be used (SLI bracket excluded), but there’s nothing else in the box aside from the 7800GTX card to really get excited about.”

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