Tech News February 2007

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How to set up Python on IIS 6.0 :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Did you know you can run Python on the Windows platform? No? Well here is a handy step-by-step guide on how to install and configure Python on IIS 6.0…

HEC Zephyr 650W Power Supply
3dgameman :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“The HEC Zephyr 650W Power Supply is certainly not the highest wattage power supply on the market, but it will fit the bill for most people. It’s all steel so it’s fairly heavy and comes with ultra high-gloss reflective paint finish. There are two fans; a blue LED 120mm and an 80mm. The 80mm is only activated when the PSU exceeds 60% load. This power supply also is 80% efficient and has Active PFC. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.” 

Zalman VF900-CU LED VGA cooler Review 
Xtreme Computing :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“The Zalman VF900-CU LED has performed as it says on the tin, even at it’s lowest speed it still out performs the Stock cooler by 3 – 5c, add to that at low speed it is almost in audible and you have a great cooler that works Xtremely well (excuse the pun)” 

I-Rocks IR-9300 3.5″ HDD Enclosure 
techPowerUp :: Monday, February 26, 2007
The I-Rocks IR-9300 Combo is a HDD enclosure with USB 2.0 and Firewire. It features completely passive use and two LEDs on either side of the enclosure. It may be a bit bulky when compared to some from Coolermaster or Akasa but does work well. The USB 2.0 connection is not very fast, but the speedy firewire option makes up for this, while reducing the CPU utilization as well.

Uniblue SpyEraser Review 
RB Mods :: Monday, February 26, 2007
Looking for an easy way to increase the performance of your computer that doesn’t involve overclocking or even touching any hardware? Uniblue, makers of a wide range of PC software utilities, has released a new version of their SpeedUpMyPC software package that offers to, well, speed up your computer of course. Will it be as straightforward as its name? Let’s find out.

Abit AB9 (P965 + ICH8)
Phoronix :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“In this article we will be looking at the impact of CONFIG_NO_HZ/Dynamic Ticks, which will be found in the Linux 2.6.21 kernel. The option has been available as a patch for quite a while, but not until Linux 2.6.21-rc1 had it been merged into the upstream kernel. When enabled, there will only be timer ticks when they are needed. The end-user benefit is cooler-running processors and increased power savings. We have investigated this change with a notebook and desktop computer.”

Corsair 2GB DOMINATOR XMS2-9136 Review
Techgage :: Monday, February 26, 2007
If you are on the lookout for an extreme overclocking kit but don’t want to make a huge withdrawal at the bank, then the DOMINATOR 9136 kit will be worth your consideration.

Living with Intel’s V8 Workstation and AMD’s 4×4 
Digital Trends :: Monday, February 26, 2007
I have had a chance to play with Intels new V8 workstation and compare it my AMD Quadzilla machine. ” 

Enermax Infiniti 720W Power Supply
pro-Clockers :: Monday, February 26, 2007
The newest member to the Enermax stable is the Infiniti. This series’ first member starts off at 720 watts and a higher than average efficiency rating. While these are specs that may excite some people, the Infiniti brings a few other features to the table that are beyond just power and ratings. Read ahead and see what we are talking about. 

Asus Crosshair Review at OCC
Overclockers Club :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“That time has come again. The urge to upgrade to gain the best performance that I can from what I have on hand. I have been running a fairly low-endASRock motherboard that has on-board video and a relatively low-end chipset. I chose to upgrade to arguably one of the biggest and most robust AM2 chipsets, the 590 SLi. There are a few manufacturers who make motherboards that utilize this chipset, but out of all the candidates that I looked at, I thought that the Asus Crosshair best fit the bill.” 

Logisys PC Extension Station Review 
Virtual Hideout :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“The Logisys PC Extension Station does what the name says. It is actually a very useful desktop tool that lives up to its current specifications and features. The modification possibilities will be a good extra bonus for the avid PC users. As for the professional users, you can expect it to help make those long hours spent reading your monitor less physically taxing while adding an organized feel to your work space. The construction is more than enough to hold up your common PC monitors found at home or the office. The acrylic and surface areas are very well cut and polished making it a very clean addition to your desk top.”

Cooler Master Media 280 case 
Modders Inc. :: Monday, February 26, 2007
Cooler Master has always produced high quality, great looking, and very durable cases. Today we are going to check out one of their latest cases that should become just as popular. The Cooler Master CM Media 280/281 cases are very unique in their design. The CM Media 280 we are going to look at today can be used as a standard PC but is truly designed to be a HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer).

Enermax Infiniti 720W Power Supply Unit Review 
3dXtreme :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“Enermax has delivered their latest Power Supply Unit to us, the Infiniti 720 watt Power Supply. Pushing the envelope on the expectations from a Power Supply this unit is a beast. 85% efficiency, 40deg C full power, modular, 3x 12v rails, dual CPU, Quad Core, triple graphics and 18 drives I don’t think I’ve ever seen a product with such an impressive repertoire proving its absolute power…” 

Fedora 7 Test 2
Phoronix :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“Fedora 7 Test 2 is being pushed out the door this Tuesday (February 27), but thanks to the excellence of Pungi we decided to run our own spin. New in Fedora 7 Test 2 is the artwork along with quite a few other changes that we commented on in our Fedora 7 Preview earlier this year. In this article we have some of the first screenshots from Fedora 7 Test 2. To say the least, Fedora 7 is shaping up extremely well!”

Pertelian X2040 USB LCD reviewed
Burnout PC :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“Well I was quite satisfied with the Pertelian X2040. It’s an attractive alternative to a bay drive lcd like the ones Matrix orbital offer, and it’s a lot cheaper as well. Don’t expect too much of a character lcd because it’s not that fast nor will produce any fancy graphics. It gives you the information you might miss while your gaming and it is handy if you simply want to check the weather and bits and want the information fast. You simply press the hotkey and you can scroll through the menu’s of the lcd. You can even type on the lcd with your keyboard and have messages stored on the lcd. There is so much more you can do with this LCD, more than I can explain to you here! Overall it’s a very nice product, for a very attractive price. My suggestions to Foresight, make the software more interesting and advanced, and make a Pertelian with a blue background, because we all love blue lights :).”

AMD Geode LX DB800 Review
Epia Center :: Monday, February 26, 2007
“AMD initially introduced the Geode LX 800@0.9W Processor and the Geode LX DB800 Development Board back in May 2005 and we first published some photos of the Mini-ITX board during Computex that year. Then last year during Computex 2006 I was amazed to see how many companies were releasing Mini-ITX motherboards based on the Geode LX platform. I have to say that this level of commitment to the platform was certainly something that I hadn’t expected, especially given that most companies had been relatively quiet about these boards. … So what exactly is the Geode LX platform, how does it compare to its Geode NX family-members and how does it fare against competing products? I’ll try and explore all that and more in this review.” (…) 

JetArt Nano Diamond Thermal Compound 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, February 26, 2007
Review Snipit: ” They say Diamonds are a girls best friend, well that might be true but I think they may be a geeks or enthusiasts best friend as well… I’m talking of course of the thermal properties of diamonds, diamonds are the best thermally conductive substance out there, so of course having a diamond based thermal compound would be probably the best choice for a thermal compound. There has been talk of diamond based thermal compound, but most people have thought it is not cost-effective and that it would be very expensive, not quite true really, you are not using huge amount of diamonds for the compound, just mere nano dust really. Today for review I have a diamond based thermal compound, it is called Nano Diamond, and it is from our friends at JetArt. One thing very special about this compound is that it is 100% thermally conductive from day one so you don’t have to wait through cycles for it to reach its optimum thermal performance… So read on to learn more about this diamond stuff… ” 

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, & Xubuntu Benchmarks
Phoronix :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“With Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu each deploying a different desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, and Xfce respectively), how do each of these distributions compare performance-wise? We have taken two systems — one with dual Intel Clovertown processors and the other an AMD Sempron — and tested out each of these distributions in some of our commonly used Linux benchmarksto see how the performance truly stacks up. In this article we will be presenting part one of our results.”
PC Stats :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“MA Labs Supertalent are challenging the old guard with surprising set of enthusiast grade RAM. In this review, PCSTATS will be testing Supertalent’ 2GB kit of T10000UX2G4 modules, paced at a friendly DDR2-1000 level. SuperTalent’s latest memory, a pair of 1024MB T1000UX2G4 modules, has some pretty impressive specifications. The 2GB PC2-8000 memory kit is rated to run up to 1000 MHz with CAS Latency timings of 4-5-4-12.”

Noiseblocker Coolscraper 120 reviewed
BurnOut PC :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“I found this cooler easy to handle, the installation is real easy and the way this cooler performs is quite alright. It’s very quiet and that’s the most important thing here. This cooler can knock a few more degrees of your processor if you keep the internal airflow up to par but anyone that purchases a cooler like this is not somebody that wants to reach extremely high clock rates with their system anyway. Temperatures did get a bit high when passively cooled, but that’s due to the fact that I was testing this cooler outside a casing so if you have the proper airflow inside your case than you can easily run this cooler passively.”

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 
Chile Hardware :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
In this opportunity we had the chance to try AMD´s lastest CPU, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ which runs at 3000MHz and carries 2x1Mb of cache memory. 

Logitech VX Revolution Mouse Review 
VIrtual Hideout :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“The VX Revolution was a superb laptop mouse, and actually, would work well as a desktop mouse. The combination of a large set of features, such as the thumb buttons, zoom slider and MicroGear precision scroll wheel, make this one of the most advanced mice out there, and definite item on the wish list of any power user.”

E4300 Intel Core 2 Duo Review and Overclocking Analysis
Neoseeker :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“If you go by “stock” speed vs. maximum stable overclock, the Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 is THE BEST overclock I’ve ever achieved – A true 100% overclock. Running a 1.8GHz chip at 3.6GHz pleases me to no end. And remember, this is a 100% stable result with the system running over 20-30hrs as we continuosly run benchmark after benchmark on it.”

NZXT Adamas Aluminum Case Review
Hi-tech Reviews :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
We have had the chance to review a number of cases from NZXT in the past, but the Adamas is completely different than anything we had seen in any of the other cases. The Adamas is constructed of heavy gauge aluminum and is rated to hold 300 lbs. The design may be simple but it also it very pleasing to the eyes and would make a very welcome attraction to any ones desktop.

A New Wave of Computing
PC Mech :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Have you ever waited anxiously for your computer or calculator to compute a multidimensional, highly constrained, mathematical function? Have you ever felt a need to quickly find the optimal solution set for a multiple variable problem? Or have you ever pondered how future of computer processors will affect artificial intelligence and biomedical studies? If so, it might be time to familiarize yourself with the concept of Quantum Computing.

RSS Roundup
PC Mech :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
RSS news feeds are increasingly popular in today’s connected world, especially for the mobile scene, where limited connection speeds make full web browsing difficult. So to get our news fix without visiting dozens of our favorite websites, we turn to RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds. With these special feeds, we can receive constant updates from our favorite websites, right on our desktop. But of course we need a program built for this. Some new browsers have this feature, but a dedicated application is still the best way to organize and easily work with feeds from dozens of sources. And due to RSS popularity, there are dozens of readers available on the Web. For this week’s Freeware Frenzy I will be looking at four popular RSS readers and summing up their abilities to see which reigns supreme due to features, ease of use and overall completeness.

OCZ ProXStream 1000 watt Power Supply
Tweak Town :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“Fast forward more than half a decade and you will see that the business plan of OCZ hasn’t changed much. While the pre-overclocked components aren’t their bread and butter anymore, they still create a product line that is specifically aimed toward the enthusiast crowd. They have expanded their lineup to include such items as high-performance memory, flash media, video boards and power supplies, just to name a few of the new items.

This brings us to today’s article, the ProXStream 1000 power supply. As the name implies, it is rated at a whopping 1000 watts of power and reportedly has some features that OCZ feels will set it apart from the other guys. So relax a bit as we delve deeper into the latest high-end PSU from OCZ. While past accomplishments are nice, it won’t mean anything for this piece. We’ll run this thing through the gauntlet and see how it performs.”

Seagate 750GB SATA2 RAID Review
Overclockers Club :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“Are you looking for better performance from your computer? Does it already have all the latest in cutting edge equipment? If so, you may think that getting more performance would be not possible. You must now be thinking how it could be possible. The answer may be a lot simpler than you thought, and that answer is RAID. While seemingly new for many people, RAID has indeed been around for a long time; as far back as when the first SCSI drives released in the 1980s, which in fact helped to pioneer RAID. What is RAID you ask? That is a very good question as most people are usually a bit daunted by RAID. But it is not that scary when you get down to it.” 

ATP Electronics Pro Max 4GB SDHC Review
The Tech Zone :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
One of the latest additions to the SD family is SDHC, which stands for Secure Digital “High Capacity”. ATP has jumped into this higher capacity foray with the ATP Class 6 4GB ProMax SD High Capacity (SDHC) card, offering consumers loads of storage in a postage stamp-sized form factor. So, how does this card perform and why would you want it?

CoolerMaster Mars CPU Cooler Review
Futurelooks :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
So you want to add some style to your case? Tired of your boring old stock heatsink? There are a lot different heatsinks on the market these days, but today we’re going to have a look at one of the more interesting arrivals. The CoolerMaster Mars is stepping up to bat here at Futurelooks!

Aerocool Infinite Multi-Functional Front Panel 
Pro Clockers :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Today we are going to review the Aerocool Infinite Front Panel device. This little panel has the features of most other front panel devices out there with one small exception. The Infinite boasts a removal 2.5 inch hard drive enclosure. So, not only the ability to read different types of flash medias but can be used as a docking station for a much needed removable storage medium.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Multiplayer Beta “hands on”
Driver Heaven :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Don’t know about the rest of you, but I had almost given up on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Sure, the screenshots looked amazing from day 1, but after hearing time and time again how certain features wouldn’t make it into the final product I was starting to have my doubts. The long development time didn’t help either, and it would be fair to say that the game started looking like another Duke Nukem Forever. Then out of the blue came a finalized release date and a semi-open beta. Our regulars will know that THQ have given GAMING HEAVEN 200 keys to give away to join in the fun online. It’s still too early to tell how the game will turn out, but things look promising. If you haven’t yet won a key be sure to check out the daily competitions on GAMING HEAVEN.

Cooler Master CM Media 280 Convertible HTPC Case Review
Big Bruin :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
The Cooler Master CM Media 280 HTPC Case is being marketed as a “Power HTPC” due to its ability to support full size video cards, multiple hard drives, and its high quality aluminum appearance. In addition to these features, one of the most innovative items is the ability to change the orientation of the case from a tower to a desktop.

Cooler Master X Craft 250
Modders Inc. :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Taking your files with you to another location can sometimes be a real hassle, especially if the data is to large to fit on a CD, DVD, or thumb drive. Sure, you could put the files on a laptop and lug it around as an 8 lb thumb drive, but there is no need to do that anymore. Cooler Master has a way to make your life easier with their X Craft Press & Go 2.5″ external hard drive enclosure.

Zalman HD160XT HTPC Enclosure Review 
Virtual Hideout :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“A great amount of consideration was placed in to the look of the Zalman HD160XT Home Theater PC Enclosure. There are so many things that make this the perfect Home Theater Chassis. From the 7″ LCD screen, to the buttons and classy finish, Zalman has considered every possible detail.”

World of Warcraft – Burning Crusade Review 
Gamepyre :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
The Burning Crusade is a worthy addition to the immensely popular World of Warcraft MMORPG. The high level of quality that one expects from a Blizzard game is present in terms of graphics quality and game content. Longtime players will be especially impressed with all of the new end-game things you can do. The biggest downside to this expansion pack is that there are only a limited number of things you can do if you’re not a high-level character. Overall, WoW players will be very happy that they purchased the expansion pack and will get many hours of enjoyment out of it.

Casetek V.Orpheus ATX Midi Case Review
Madshrimps :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Casetek V.Orpheus ATX Midi Case Review

Nexus Frisbee Hard Drive Cooler Review 
RB Mods :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Hard drive coolers are becoming more popular as users look to improving hard drive life and preventing the dreadful hard drive failure. As with CPU coolers, hard drive coolers range from being fairly simple to very complex. Today we’ll take a look at the Nexus Frisbee Hard Drive Cooler, which has a simple design yet claims it is silent and has excellent cooling performance. Read on to find out if they are true.

Zalman CNPS9500AT
Eclipse OC :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
*Quote:* With ever increasing heat output from CPUs as a result of the move towards more cores and more overclocking, heatsink manufacturers are scrambling to find ways to dissipate all the heat without making monstrous contraptions. Zalman’s efforts have produced a rather elegant looking heatsink. Let’s hope its performance can match the looks.

Logitech Wirleess Music System Review 
Extreme OC Tech :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“Today we are going to take a look at something a little different then you normaly see from Logitech, We will be taking a look at the Logitech Wireless Music System. This little system will let you stream all of your mp3’s or any audio in general from your computer to your home stereo system.”

Gigabyte 3D Rocket II Cooler 
t-break :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
On the top we can see the blue 92mm Gigabyte LED fan, rated at 12V 0.38A and running at 2500 RPM with 35 dBa noise level. This produces a medium noise level at the highest speed function. At the top, you can also see a duct cover which informs you of the position to install the heatsink. The top cover is removable to decrease the height of the unit to facilitate smaller chassis.

The Free After Rebate Ultra 500W Power Supply
Legit Reviews :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“Last week, I heard that had the Ultra Products V Series 500W Power Supplies for $40 with free shipping and a $40 rebate. This would make the power supply free after the rebate and who can pass up free? I got out the credit card and figured that I’d bring ship one to LR and play around with it for fun. Next thing I knew it was powering a dual-core gaming rig with an XFX GeForce 8800GTX!”

Danger Den Tyee GPU Waterblock
techPowerUp :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Danger Den is one of the most established players in the watercooling business. Their new Tyee GPU Waterblock has been designed specifically for the ATI Radeon X1800/X1900 Series and can cool GPU, Memory, Voltage Regulator and CrossFire Encoder Chip with just one block. Even though its installation is a bit complex, it shouldn’t be a problem for more experienced users.

The Impact Of A Tickless Kernel
Phornix :: Saturday, February 24, 2007
“In this article we will be looking at the impact of CONFIG_NO_HZ/Dynamic Ticks, which will be found in the Linux 2.6.21 kernel. The option has been available as a patch for quite a while, but not until Linux 2.6.21-rc1 had it been merged into the upstream kernel. When enabled, there will only be timer ticks when they are needed. The end-user benefit is cooler-running processors and increased power savings. We have investigated this change with a notebook and desktop computer.”

OCZ ProXStream 1000W
techPowerUp :: Thursday, February 22, 2007
OCZ’s ProXStream is an extremely capable power supply that offers up to 1000 Watts of output. As you would expect it comes with four PCI-E power connectors and is CrossFire/SLI ready. In our testing we come to the conclusion that this PSU will be able to power any system you could think of while still maintaining stable output voltages at all times.