Tech News December 2006

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Network Magic
PC Mech :: Friday, December 29, 2006
I’ve never taken a formal class on the finer points of networking, but I have managed to learn enough to set up a home network. But it was not the easiest process, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has encountered difficulty with this project. So when I found a program that promised to act as a central point to setup, manage and even fix my network, I thought I would check it out. So this week, I’ll be sharing with you: Network Magic v4.0

Synology – DS-106E NAS Server Review
Overclockers Club :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“Storage. Something that I always find myself short on and needing more of. Backups, that’s the other word that I dread to hear, as when it comes time to backup that critical data, it can take hours or even days depending on the amount of data. Let alone the giant pile of CD/DVDs that you have to store, label, and then hunt through, if you ever need something. Synology has come to my rescue with the DS-106e, an all-in-one home backup and SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) server solution. According to the spec sheet on this baby, it comes loaded with tons of features to make our lives easier. Synology may not be a very well known company, but they have a very strong lineup of backup solutions and various NAS’s. The DS-106e is one of the latest additions to this strong lineup. Today I will be taking a look at this unit and testing it to see if it’s really worth its price, as well as whether or not it’s actually useful for what it claims to do.”

ASUS Striker Extreme NVIDIA 680i SLI MotherboardReview
Virtual Hideout :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“Now, I recently updated to the new official 505 BIOS listed on ASUS` website. That did not fix either the sound or memory issues for me. I then contacted ASUS and was sent an unofficial 701 BIOS after I explained my issues. The 701 BIOS also did nothing to fix either of these issues. So the wait continues….*sigh*.”

Coolermaster Mars CPU cooler
RBmods :: Friday, December 29, 2006
Todays Cpu´s tend to get quite hot even though both Intel and Amd work to make cooler cpu´s. For this you need a good cpu cooler that is able to keep your computer cool and stable. These are not to hard to find but most people have another criteria they want to look for and that is low noise. Getting a good performing cooler with a high speed fan is not hard but finding one that actually do perform well under low fan speeds is a bit harder. Coolermaster have sent their latest creation to us, the Mars looks like a big ball with a fan mounted in the middle of the heatsink. We will see how well this perform vs a Zalman cooler and how it works under normal usage and also gaming so stay tuned.

Noctua NH-U9F CPU Cooler
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, December 29, 2006
” Noctua has become one of my favorite companies, not only because of the excellent quality of their products but because of the excellent performance of them as well. Noctua has established itself as a new force in the cooling industry, a force that is to be reckoned with, the other cooling companies out there should take heed and pay attention to where Noctua is going. Noctua is quickly becoming the new big kid on the block, partially due to their diligence, quality and time spent on research, but mainly due to the excellent performance of all their products. Noctua is a company dedicated to achieving perfection in all their products. Today for review I have the NH-U9F CPU cooler, which can only be described as the culmination of research and a dedication to performance, quality and perfection, this CPU cooler not only looks good, it performs great and it is silent as well, so continue on to see your next CPU cooler.. ”

Spire Rocketeer III 500W Review
Tech Gear :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“As you can see the rails are pretty stable, with almost no variation between the idle and load readings. However, you may have no noticed that there is a little difference between the readings of the tester and the readings from Speedfan. So, which one do we go with? The PSU tester is specifically designed to test PSU voltages and therefore should be more accurate. However, the voltages are tested through a Molex cable and not firectly from the motherboard like Spe…”

The Future of Computer Technology
BTX Form Factor :: Friday, December 29, 2006
In the past twenty years, there has been a dramatic increase in the processing speed of computers, network capacity and the speed of the internet. These advances have paved the way for the revolution of fields such as quantum physics, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. These advances will have a profound effect on the way we live and work, the virtual reality we see in movies like the Matrix, may actually come true in the next decade or so.

ECS KA3 MVP Extreme ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review
Futurelooks :: Friday, December 29, 2006
This board is almost like foreshadowing. It combines technology from ATI in the form of Crossfire and AMD in the form of the AM2 socket onboard. Who would have thought that both companies would actually become the peanut butter and jam of the industry in real life? Anyway, we check out this unofficial union in our review.

Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2
Bjorn 3d :: Friday, December 29, 2006
Today that may all change and I may be procuring this reference sample as my new reference memory to use as I will be reviewing the Redline XP2-8000’s big brother, XP2-8500. This time we’ll testing the memory’s performance with an Intel Core 2 Duo based system whose components are tried and true and should easily be able to push the XP2-8500 to its potential and beyond. Please join me to see if we have another winner on or hands or just another contender.

Scythe Andy Samurai Master CPU Cooler
Pro-Clockers :: Friday, December 29, 2006
The Andy Samurai Master has an unusual name and a new shape uncommon to fans of Scythe. Honestly, I have no idea where they got the name for. The only thing I will say is this cooler is a combination of West meets East. I guess the Andy is the “West” and the Samurai is the “East”. That’s all I can gather from it. The shape is a two tier design linked by six nickel covered copper heat pipes. The size and design of it looks to be able to perform really well. It also shares some features of another Scythe cooler, the Infinity. Does it cool as well as the Infinity? Let us run it through some tests and find out.

Asus P5B-E Plus socket 775 Motherboard Review
Overclock 3d :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“Asus have a reputation of making some of the finest and most stable boards on the market. They’ve sent us their latest 965-based mid-range socket 775 board for their perusal and we take a good look at it in our labs.”

Noctua NH-U9F Review
Technic 3d :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“The Noctua NH-U9F CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. The next Silent Cooler against others see you in the following Review.”

ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
PC Stats :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“Scanning through ABIT’s product lineup of late is like reading the menu at an enthusiasts restaurant – it’s easy to see that ABIT is taking its new role seriously and producing performance oriented motherboards that may just rival the great LanParty series from DFI. Heat pipe based chipset cooling systems that operate silently, board level motherboard cooling fans, a peppering of LEDs for that special effect, outstanding voltage options in the BIOS and good overclocking ability – ABIT has crossed its i’s and dotted its t’s.”

Ubuntu: 32-bit v. 64-bit Performance
Phoronix :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“While 64-bit support is now considered common for both Intel and AMD processors, many Linux (as well as Windows) users are uncertain whether to use a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system with there being advantages for both paths. With this being the last Phoronix article for 2006, we decided to take this opportunity to look at the common question of whether to use 32-bit or 64-bit software. In this article, we will be comparing the i386 and x86_64 performance with Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft and Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 to see how the numbers truly stack up.”

IWILL ZMAXdp Dual Opteron SFF Barebones System Evaluation
Big Bruin :: Friday, December 29, 2006
The IWILL ZMAXdp Dual Opteron Small Form Factor Barebones System may not be the latest or greatest, but it is capable of providing some serious computing power in an attractive small form factor configuration that doesn’t skimp on extras. With the potential for two dual-core Opterons (effectively quad-core), 2GB dual channel DDR, SATA RAID 0, and many other modern features, it is a work horse disguised as a pony.

Thermaltake TMG A2 and TMG I2 Review
PC Modding Malaysia :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“To round up stuffs, we would say the TMG A2 and I2 are definitely quite some performer for their price. Though the design is quite normal looking and pretty common, Thermaltake managed to round out its new TMG series of products, advertising them as they should work, and it definitely is so for the TMG A2 and I2. Packed in solid packagings, come with a few case badges, silent and good enough to cool down processors decently thrown in some overclocks and quite some voltage, not to mention it is actually very easy to be installed, Thermaltake had once again hit the market with some good products. Rated to be priced around 33USD to 38USD over some international online sales site, the TMG A2 and I2 is certainly something worth putting attention on for enthusiasts.”

Akasa integral fusion External HDD enclosure
techPowerUp! :: Friday, December 29, 2006
The Akasa integral fusion combines two devices into one sleek functional device – an USB hard drive enclosure and a multi format card reader. It may not be the fastest enclosure for your money and the software may be a bit crude, but it gets the job done – that is what counts.

ExtensiveMods Modding Contest Extended
Extensive Mods :: Friday, December 29, 2006
The ExtensiveMods modding contest has been extended till January 31, 2007.

The contest was extended due to some modders was concerned about it being

At the same time as the CM contest.

Tagan TurboJet TG1100-U96
LAN Addict :: Friday, December 29, 2006
On paper, the TurboJet TG1100-U96 is very impressive. So was the Titanic, and we all know how that ended! That is why I installed the TurboJet TG1100-U96 into my gaming system and gave it several weeks to show its stuff. I played a lot of Neverwinter Nights 2, ran full system backups and virus scans, and fired off multiple benchmarking programs simultaneously.

Ratpadz XT Body Armor?
techFEAR :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“Durability is always a concern with a product like the Ratpadz XT. Perhaps, then, this article should be titled, “What to bring if Dick Cheney invites you bird hunting.”

OCZ Launches GeForce 8800 GTX GPU, Hand-Selected for the Extreme Gamers!
OCZ :: Friday, December 29, 2006
Separating OCZ’s GPU from the rest is the stringent requirement for the highest level of performance and stability. Each and every 8800 GXT card offers more overclocking headroom by means of premium GDDR3 memory and an advanced screening process in which only the best complete cards make it into the systems of worldwide gamers.

G.SKILL F2-6400CL6D-4GBMQ 4 GB Kit
techPowerUp! :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
The G.SKILL F2-6400CL6D-4GBMQ are one of the first 2x 2 GB DDR2 memory kits that let you run high frequencies, DDR2-800 in this case. In our review we will point out the difficulties you will experience when installing 4 GB of memory on 32-bit platforms. Is this $500 memory kit the solution to a smooth Windows Vista experience?

Enermax Aurora review
Techgage :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
If you are looking for a sleek keyboard, then the Enermax Aurora may be for you. It’s built with aluminum for a strong frame and uses the same technology behind laptop keyboards for ultra-quiet and smooth operation.

Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case Review
Think Computers :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
“Antec is not afraid to show its design prowess and incredible attention to detail when it markets a new case to enthusiasts. The established hardware supplier continually wows builders with stunning designs and convenient amenities built into its cases. The Antec Nine Hundred is no exception. Its dark and grilled appearance, along with its incredible size and cooling potential, make the case simply exude awesomeness. However, looks aren’t everything-this case is missing some conveniences, an omission that may cost it top marks. Read on for the review.”

A fistful of nForce 590 SLI motherboards compared
Tech Report :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
THE NFORCE 590 SLI is easily the most feature-rich core-logic chipset available for Athlon 64 processors. Nvidia takes feature integration further than any other chipset maker, and that’s enabled the company to ensure a measure of consistency between motherboards based on its chipsets. Unfortunately, although core logic consolidation has done wonders for promoting a consistent end user experience, it’s also made it increasingly difficult for motherboard manufacturers to differentiate their products.

With an eye toward maintaining a measure of unique identity in a sea of boards whose performance and features are largely defined by the chipsets they use, mobo makers are scrambling to break new ground. For some, new ground comes in the form of workstation-specific amenities like PCI-X slots. For others, it’s digital voltage circuitry around the processor. Some have even challenged the chipset itself, replacing integrated audio with something a little more exotic.

But do these attempts at differentiation actually make for better boards, or are you better off with simpler designs that do little more than bring a chipset’s payload to bear? To find out, we rounded up a fistful of nForce 590 SLI motherboards from Abit, Asus, DFI, ECS, and MSI.

VIZO XENA w/One Touch Backup Notebook Cooler Review
Virtual Hideout :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
“To date, I have reviewed about 90% of the VIZO product line, and as long as they are coming out with new items I will be here waiting for a sample to review. Speaking of review samples, this is what brings us here today. VIZO sent out a new product for laptop computers. The product is named XENA, a notebook cooler/stand that has some first-of-its-kind features included, like a spot for a 2.5″ SATA hard drive that slides into the notebook cooler and can be used to back up data via a USB link.”

Mushkin Extreme Performance XP2-8500 2Gb Memory Kit
Club Overclocker :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
Today we conclude our series of DDR-2 memory tests on the EVGA 680i SLI motherboard by testing Mushkin’s new Extreme Performance XP2-8500 2Gb Memory Kit (2 x 1Gb) with 5-5-4-12 timings. These are very quick latency timings for memory running at 1066MHz. With such a high rating will Mushkin’s XP2-8500 beat our previously established records? Is there any chance this memory will go any faster than 1066MHz? I’m eager to find out so let’s get to

High Power 620W PSU
Bjorn 3d :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
The backbone in every good system is the PSU. If the PSU fails to provide enough power it doesn’t matter how good the rest of the hardware is as the system still will be unstable.

Today I am looking at a PSU from High Power that on paper promises a lot: three 12V rails, Active PFC, >80% efficiency and a extremely low noise level. With its 620W it should be sufficient for even demanding systems as long as it can manage to produce stable and clean power.