Tech News August 2006

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Tyan Tempest i5000VF & i5000VS
Phoronix :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“After the success of the Tyan i5000XL S2692, we did not let this tempest adventure stop us so soon. Up on the bench today we have the Tyan Tempest i5000VF and i5000VS. We pair these motherboards up with Intel’s Woodcrest processors and give them a run for their money. For those interested in the Intel Bensley Platform, this is certainly not an article to miss.”

Straightpower BQT E5-550W PSU Review
Technic 3d :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“Quietly and strongly: The new be quiet! Straightpower BQT E5-550W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review whether the price is hot.”

AMD AM2 4600+ EE
Techgage :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
It’s a great time to be building a dual core system, due to great competition between AMD and Intel. We are taking a look at the AM2 4600+ which proves to be a decent value due to recent price drops. Does it warrant a purchase, or should you be looking elsewhere?

Ultra Products Uninterruptable Power Supply Review at XYZ Computing
XYZ Computing :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
In this article we will be looking at an item which every computer should have, an uninterruptable power supply (UPS). This product is designed to work between the power source (usually from a wall outlet) and the items being protected. It can be thought of as a surge protector which has its own battery, so that when the power source fails the devices whose load is being supported will still have power. The amount of time these devices can stay on before they lose power depends on the capacity of the UPS and the draw generated by the protected items. While Ultra Products is not have the reputation of a company like APC, they have put out a line of UPS products. The model I received for testing is the 1500 VA 900 watts Backup UPS with AVR. Despite Ultra not being the best known company is power protection the product has a nice feature set and, if Ultra’s power supply units are any indication, it should have the reliability consumers that consumers demand.

Putting The Boomers Out To Pasture
The Tech Zone :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
The transition from the “Greatest Generation” to the Baby Boomers in IT was relatively smooth, with the veterans mentoring the Boomers and guiding them on their path towards succession. However, the transition from the Boomers to Generation X (those born between 1965-1976), Generation Y (1977-1994), and Generation Z (those thereafter) has been much more turbulent. I attribute this to three reasons.

Sci-Fi: A New Kind of OS
OS Weekly :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“Imagine if you will, a world where your ideas and perhaps, even your own creative works became part of the OS of tomorrow. Consider the obvious advantages to an operating system that actually morphed and adapted to the needs of the users instead of the other way around. Not only is there no such OS like this, the very idea goes against much of what we are currently seeing in the current OS options in the market.”

Desktop 2.0: Is it the Future?
OS Weekly :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“If you work in the tech industry, then you know that it’s important to keep a close eye on the trends. At any given moment, there are a large number of things that are happening, and some of these minor happenings may be quietly developing into influential items that could be affecting us for years to come. If you’re discerning, then alarm bells will go off in your head before something hits the big time, and you’ll be able to catch it in its infancy and ride the wave from there.”

Why Open Source Matters to Apple
Cool Tech Zone :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“The open source revolution has shaken the slowly crumbling foundations of closed source software, and while it hasn’t taken over completely just yet, the tide is beginning to turn in its favor. Your normal everyday user may not really understand or appreciate what open source means, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not experiencing the effects of it. One person’s vision can literally be transformed into a worldwide project with an international development team working all hours of the day to make improvements on the software that they love. ”

XClio GREATPOWER X12S4P4-650W Power Supply
Pro Clockers :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
As you know, a solid power supply is a absolute must have when building any computer, without a quality power supply, your system can be unreliable, unstable or even be damaged by a faulty unit. You don’t have to buy the biggest, most expensive name brand on the market, but you do need one that will deliver good clean stable power. So let’s get on to taking a look at this mid-range unit to see if it’s worth you spending your hard earned money on.

ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard Review
Virtual Hideout :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
Well, what else can I say? I’m impressed with the rock solid performance at both stock and extreme speeds. Not once did the P5B Deluxe give me any trouble what so ever. Its high quality build, copper heatpipe passive chipset cooling, excellent overclocking, and 8-phase power design is just as good as it gets right now.

iStarUSA S-8 Storm Series PC Chassis Review
Future Looks :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
Now who the heck is iStarUSA? Well they are a case company pushing hard to win your hearts in the North American markets. They also do cool things like mini dual-redundant power supplies for desktops. Let’s see how our first iStar case does in this review!

Acronis True Image Workstation Version 9.1
Bjorn 3d :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
About six months ago I began planning to do a recurring series of articles that looked at a complete overview of RAID technology and products for our readers’ workstations and/or small business servers. Given the sheer scope and magnitude of this task I began to question whether the home version of Acronis True Image would facilitate the imaging tasks I was planning using a number of different RAID formats on several different computers. A short visit to the Acronis website revealed a product in their ‘Corporate/Enterprise Product’ line that appeared to be perfect for the tasks at hand, Acronis True Image Workstation, version 9.1. Please join me today as I test the capabilities of this product to see if it will truly measure up and keep my previous ‘lily white impression’ of Acronis products in tact.

ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard review
Tech Spot :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
This latest version is also very different from previous 975x motherboards as it seems to be designed to accommodate everyone’s needs. And when I say everyone, I actually mean everyone that is willing to splurge $250 on a motherboard. So for those that can manage the price tag, they will certainly enjoy all that this motherboard has to offer. Designed for the new Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, the P5W DH Deluxe has a number of features that make it suitable as a workstation, a gaming platform, a small office/home office computer or the hub of a home theater system.

Alienware Area-51 7500 PC
Hexus :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
Alienware is launching a new chassis and taking Intel’s well-received Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU as a performance base. If you’ve got around £3,000 and are after a PC with all the trimmings, Alienware’s Area-51 7500 may just be for you.

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review
Hardware Secrets :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
Our review of Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5, a very high-end socket AM2 motherboard based on nForce MCP 590 featuring a copper passive heatsink solution with heat-pipes, competing directly with ASUS M2N32-SLI De Luxe. Check it out!

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H
techFEAR :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“The 975X motherboard from Foxconn is a solid performer, but is that enough to put this board on the pre-Conroe “must have” list? We’ll determine that and more in this evaluation.”

CrossFire Xpress 3200 Socket AM2 boards from ECS and MSI
The Tech Report :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
A few months have passed since the CrossFire Xpress 3200 launch, and the chipset is finally starting to appear in retail motherboards from ATI’s partners. A couple of board samples have also appeared in our labs in the form of ECS’s KA3 MVP and MSI’s K9A Platinum. Keep reading to see how well each has implemented the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset on Socket AM2.

Intel Viiv vs. AMD Live! – Comparing the HTPC Standards
Tweak Town :: Thursday, August 31, 2006
“Today we at TweakTown hope to put the myths to rest and describe exactly what should be conjured up whenever someone speaks about Digital Home. We looked at Intel’s Viiv standard recently but today we’re taking a deeper look and comparing Viiv against the AMD Live! standard.”

Gigabyte Announces GA-965G-DS3 Motherboard with integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000
Gigabyte :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Equipped with the high performance Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 integrated graphics core, the GA-965G-DS3 provides mainstream users with advanced multimedia performance, greater gaming capabilities as well as a complete set of tuning facilities to ensure the highest level of graphics performance. The GA-965G-DS3 also features Intel® Clear Video Technology, delivering remarkable 3D graphics performance, enhanced video playback and support for 1080p High-Definition Video for a vibrant, High-Definition home theater experience.

Titan Amanda cooler review
Driver Heaven :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
“Do you like your coolers big and quiet? Look no further than the MASSIVE Amanda cooler from TITAN – don’t let the name put you off. This beast comes with its own PCI control card, weight balancing cables to attach to the chassis for support, is the size of a small continent and weighs over 1 kilogram.

We answer the all important question, is this all for show or does it really deliver the goods?”

Biostar TForce 570 U Deluxe
Overclockers Online :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
With solid performance, a nice package of accessories, and the potential for an overclocking monster in there, I have to be pretty pleased with the Biostar TForce 570 U Deluxe on the whole and think it will fit a nice gap in the AM2 market for those that don’t need SLI but still want a motherboard that can compete with only a single video card slot. I look forward to more Biostar motherboards as the TForce 570 U certainly shows signs of brilliance.

Asus EN7600GT Silent Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review
PC Stats :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
“Asus has embraced the nVIDIA GeForce 7600GT GPU and released a videocard which is not only ideally suited towards the occasional gamer and even hardcore gamer on a budget, but also doubles up the value by offering 100% silent operation which makes it ideal for home theatre PC’s or just anyone who wants a quiet computer. Looking at this PCI Express videocard, we see that the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A features two dual link DVI output connectors, a socket for Component output (y, Pb, Pr), the SLI bridge connector, and the all important SilentCool thermal solution.”

Kingwin Absolute Power ABT-600CW Power Supply
PC Apex :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
“The modular cables included are each sleeved very well with the heatshrink tubing butt up right to the edge of the connectors. The only exception being the main motherboard cable which has about a 2″ gap between the heatshrink and the 20+4 pin connector. This must be to allow for greater flexibility since this bundle is often rather stiff without extra wrappings.”

Enermax Marathon Enlobal 120mm Fan
Think Computers :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
“Almost every case fan out there is the same. Since LED fans we have not really seen a big advance in fan technology. Well today we are taking a look at a new fan from Enermax that uses a magnetic barometric bearing instead of a normal ball bearing. This makes the fan to run much quieter and allows you to remove the fan blades so you can clean them. So let’s check out the Enermax Marathon Enlobal 120mm case fan.”

Overclocking Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800
Nordic Hardware :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This is our third detailed overclocking article here at NordicHardware and we will thoroughly dissect Intel’s top model, Core 2 Extreme X6800, in the same manner as we’ve done with AMD’s FX-57 and Intel’s Pentium 4 660. As usual we will use a number of different cooling solutions ranging from regular air cooling to more extreme compressor setups.

OCZ PC2-6400 SOE Urban Elite Memory Review
Hard Core Ware :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This review marks our first DDR2 review on AMD’s AM2 platform. Knowing that AMD chips work best with as low latencies as possible, this Limited Edition memory kit comes with timings at 4-4-3-15. Officially clocked at standard DDR2 800 speed, the Special Ops Edition Urban Elite should be a good kit to start with on our Nforce 590-SLI platform.

OCZ Tempest AMD/INTEL CPU Cooler Review
Future Looks :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Titanium, Copper, and Aluminum: All the best heatsink materials are mashed up into this latest heatsink by OCZ Technology. But is it going to turn out to be the ultimate heatsink, or will it be just a pile of mash. Let’s find out!

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium 30-day Test Drive
Tech FEAR :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
“techFEAR completes the evaluation cycle on the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium with the 30-day Test Drive. Besides one problem, the board is terrific for pre-Conroe use.”