Tech News February 2006

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Thermaltake Purepower Power Station 520W PSU
Legit Reviews :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006
“Power supplies have really advanced in the last 2 years. Some of the advancement is from innovation, the other is from the necessity for more strict power guidelines. With power hungry processors and video cards on the market, older PSUs are becoming obsolete because they can not handle the load todays PC parts require. With this in mind, we are going to retire a Thermaltake 360W Purepower PSU and replace it with a new Thermaltake 520W Purepower Power Station that is ATX 12V 2.0 compliant. This upgrade should show most of the reasons one would want to upgrade their PSU.”

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Arctic Cooling Accelero GPU Coolers (X1/X2)
Pure Overclock :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Quote: “The X1 and X2 are drastically different from the NV silencer range that ruled the earth before it. They have introduced heat pipe technology into the equation – a first for GPU cooling. Arctic Cooling claims this improves the cooling efficiency over the NV silencer range.”

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Hell’s Illusion: Project Lament II at CaseModGod.com
Case Mod God :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Summary: The winner of last years QuakeCon’s modding contest has been working on yet another amazing mod.

This time ARTbyTROY is creating a 8 inch cube that houses the Hell Raiser Puzzle Box inside. A quote from ARTbyTROY “I am currently working to create a new Hell Raiser themed PC far different than my first… there are those that have put their computers into puzzle boxes, I am going to put a puzzle box into the PC and hopefully entirely conceal the computer in the process.”

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Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case Review #653:
3dgameman :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case is a familiar design and is used by many companies. This case though is made from lightweight aluminum and has a high gloss black paint finish. It’s an excellent choice for modding or LAN parties. Air circulation is great, but two optional 120mm fans are required. There are plenty of drive bays and it even has a removable motherboard tray. This product has looks and functionality to boot. Watch the Video to find out more…” ~3dGameMan.com

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How To Speed Up Your Computer Without Upgrading
The Tech Zone :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006
It seems that the longer you own your computer, the slower it gets! It isn’t getting slower just because it is older. Read the following article to learn how to speed up your computer without upgrading the hardware.

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Google Desktop 3: Convenience vs. Privacy
Big Bruin :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Quote: Google recently released an update to its desktop search product, Google Desktop 3. It offers several different features which add both a convenience factor and privacy issues. I am going to be looking into these, seeing how they relate, and if the convenience is out weighted by the privacy issues. If you are using (or are considering using) Google Desktop’s newest version I would highly suggest you take some time and read this article before you make the decision for yourself.

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Intel 955XE and D975XBX Review
Technic3d :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Quote: “Technic3D took itself the time and examined as far the Intel 955 Extreme Edition with that Gigabyte G1-Turbo Mainboard and Air,- Water,- Compressorcooling overcklocking leaves.”

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Gentoo v2006.0 @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Summary: “Gentoo is one of the more popular Linux distributions with die-hard enthusiasts, while also being dubbed one of the hardest distributions to grasp. The team of Gentoo developers have announced the availability of Gentoo v2006.0 as we approach the end of February. Some of the improvements in Gentoo 2006.0 include KDE v3.4.3, GNOME v2.12.2, GCC v3.4.4, and the Linux 2.6.15 kernel. In addition, this premiere 2006 release includes many optimizations for various processing architectures. Today at Phoronix Gentoo v2006.0 is the focus of our spotlight.”

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How Safe Is Safe
Digital Grabber :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Information held on your computer is a very vulnerable entity and can be very easily and completely lost, either by component failure, malicious acts or theft. If loss of the information you keep on your computer would cause you distress, then you need to take steps to ensure it is kept safe and that you would be able to continue even if your computer was stolen. But how safe is safe?

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ECS PF5 Extreme
Phoronix :: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Summary: “ECS Elitegroup has been in the motherboard business since 1987, and their design quality certainly shows with their PF5 Extreme. The ECS PF5 Extreme packs in dual PCI Express slots, dual LAN interfaces, ECSonic II, and a wealth of other exclusives with this Socket LGA-775 solution, which is powered by Intel’s 945 Chipset. However, just how well will it fair against alternative Glenwood and Lakeport products? Today we have the ECS PF5 Extreme today to look at how well this multi-colored solution performs.”

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