Tech News January 2006

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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus
Phoronix :: Monday, January 30, 2006

Summary: “The Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus is one of the finest air solutions we have EVER laid our eyes on, and it is certainly a prime example of how a relative newcomer can shake the PC cooling industry with fresh thinking. During our testing, when this video cooling solution was maxed out on a GeForce 7800GTX, we had seen an incredible 12-21 Celsius drop in the core temperature! This product is definitely worth looking into with its near universal support for both ATI and NVIDIA products.”

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Toshiba 512MB TransMemory Review Posted!
Tech ARP :: Monday, January 30, 2006

Quote – “Unbeknownst to many, Toshiba actually makes flash memory drives! Renown worldwide for their high quality laptops and appliances, will their TransMemory drives reflect the same high standards? Read on and find out! ”

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BFR Article: Oakley THUMP2 1GB MP3 Sunglasses
Bona Fide Reviews :: Monday, January 30, 2006

“It has been almost 10 months since our review of the original Oakley THUMP MP3 playing eyewear. I personally loved the original THUMP for being innovative as well as its sporty design. Today we move on from the beloved THUMP to their new brother; THUMP 2. The THUMP 2 are the latest from Oakley in their THUMP eyewear line and look to improve upon the original THUMP in many ways. The THUMP 2 come in 5 different versions that range in 256MB – 1GB of flash memory built-in. The model we have here to review is the top of the line Polished Black/Black Iridium 1GB eyewear.”

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Thermaltake CircleFire Panel Review
Mikhailtech :: Monday, January 30, 2006


The unit itself weights in at 310g, hardly light. It measures 149 x 42 x 123mm and has a built-in 2 watt speaker in the center. Yes, 2 watts. Don’t expect serious audio (or any bass for that matter) with this panel. Below the speaker are two buttons: one for controlling volume and one for switching colors. Pressing the volume button cycles through high, medium, and low presets. Pressing the other button cycles through each of the 7 colors (which backlight the dB gauges). Pressing it once more enables the auto cycling, which basically flashes each of the colors in succession at a rate of approximately one color every 2-3 seconds.

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Antec Phantom 500W PSU
Techgage :: Monday, January 30, 2006

Quote: Power supplies are an important part of our PC and should never be overlooked. Antec is one of the top makers in the market, due to their stability and build quality. We are taking a look at their 500W Phantom and see how it stands up to a Dual Core system.

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New E3 Booth Babe Rules – Part 2
The Tech Zone :: Monday, January 30, 2006

Since the ESA dropped the anti-provocative booth babe bomb, message forums have been flooded by people from all camps. Some think the show should be cancelled completely. Others will miss the display of skin, but are glad that the focus will be more on the games. And then there are those that don’t really care either way because they are immune to the magnetism of hot women promoting videogames. This isn’t another article debating the ESA’s decision or pondering the need for booth babes. We here at TTZ have decided to approach the issue from a very different perspective. What perspective am I referring to? Has anyone considered the huge impact that this will have on the economy??

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