Tech News January 2007

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PC Mech :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Looking for a new IRC client program or trying IRC for the first time? You’ll need a client to handle everything, and that is the focus of this week’s Freeware Frenzy. I will be taking a look at HydraIRC v0.3.151. While it may not have reached version 1.0, HydraIRC is ready to get you cruising on the various IRC networks. Installation is straight forward, as it is with many freeware applications. First agree to the rather interesting license (forbidding politicians from using Hydra, though how the author could know this is anyone’s guess).

Dell CEO Kevin Rollins resigns, effective immediately
Reuters :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Company founder Michael Dell returns to the helm of the computer giant. Rollins also leaves the company’s board.

Zalman ZM600-HP 600W Heatpipe Modular PSU Review

PC Stats :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The Zalman ZM600-HP power supply is cooled by a single large 120mm ADDA fan (AD1212MB-A71GL) which is temperature controlled. During testing the ZM600-HP power supply was definitely very quiet would be inaudible when installed into a system. Zalman clearly states on the power supply sticker that there are no user serviceable parts inside the PSU and the fan is soldered to the power supply PCB. There is even a blue LED under the fan to give it a nice back-lit effect when. The fan itself is not illuminated though.

Windows Vista Primer 
Viper Lair :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The Retail versions of Vista have both 32bit and 64bit versions of Vista in the box. As long as the hardware stays the same, while you will need to reactivate your copy, it won’t go against your activation counter. And no, you can’t have a dual boot scenario with one 32bit and one 64bit running at once, one or the other at any given time only.”

Transistors Quiz 
Hardware Secrets :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“A new quiz on transistors has just been added to Hardware Secrets Test Your Skills section. Take this quiz and check whether your knowledge on transistors is good enough or if you should study more.”

Thermalright SLK-948U Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The Thermalright SLK-948U is an oldie but a goodie. This 635 gram chunk of copper is still a relevant heatsink however, resembling something akin to a metallic Toblerone with copper fins. It’s this design which keeps the SLK-948U alive and kicking, and as you’ll see in a moment more than capable for any K8 processor. The heatsink ships in a very plain cardboard box with a small collection of wire fan clips, spring tensioned screws, more screws, mounting plates and more clips. No instructions are provided, which is rather disappointing.”

The Bloatware Co-Processor 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“But let me tell you why the multinational Tier 1s benefit from dual-core processing technology more than their customers. It’s quite simple. They load down their systems with extraneous software that you do not need and only chew up clock cycles. Microsoft has dubbed this bloatware “craplets,” and they’re worried it’s going to ruin Vista’s reception by the public. These craplets of course are revenue streams for the Tier 1s. In fact, with the razor thin margins in this industry, the kickbacks they get may mean the only margin they get! So who’s the real customer at this point? Back to my point”

Swiftech Quiet Power P180 Case Review :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
There are many good things about this cooling system and case combination that will make it great for many different users and applications. For the overclocker this solution is not the best you can get system for keeping your CPU at its lowest potential temperature. You can get decent results depending on the CPU you are using, for instance if you are running a very hot running Prescott the system will be taxed just to keep it cool, on the other hand if you are running a cooler by nature CPU your results may prove very adequate. We tried four different CPUs in our test setup and we were satisfied with the efficiency of the unit overall.

Super Talent Ships 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMMs
Super Talent Technology :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The T667SB2G_M is an industry standard 200-pin unbuffered non-ECC DDR2 SO-DIMM that conforms to JEDEC specifications. This product was designed by Super Talent engineers in San Jose, California. It is built with sixteen pieces of 128M x 8 (1 Gigabit) DDR2 DRAM chips in FBGA package, neatly organized onto an industry standard 200-pin SO-DIMM

CES – Consumer Electronics Show 2007 Uber Update
PC Apex :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
We have a new article up covering CES 2007 Las Vegas. Yes, it has been over two weeks since the event ended but this article covers over 25 PC hardware companies so you are bound to see or read something you haven’t before. :) We saw some pretty interesting new products while walking the floor and attending meetings. Some were expected and some were very unexpected. 2007 looks to be a very exciting year. Here is a snip from the article:

“This was my first trip to CES and I was very excited to be going. I have attended E3 a couple times, Comdex (the last show they had) and countless large lanparty/media events. CES is one of the last few shows that I really wanted to attend as it is one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world. Products you can expect to see there range from car audio to PC video cards to fitness equipment to (fill in the blank)… I saw many things which I would not have expected to see at an electronics convention. Pocket knives, furniture, and toilet seats are just a few of the strange objects I did not expect to encounter on the CES floor. ”

Silverstone Strider 850w ST85F PSU
Overclock 3d :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
ust over 3 months ago we had the oportunity to review Silverstone’s upgraded 750w model of their original 600w Strider PSU. Today we’re back again to see what their latest 850w model has to offer.

NZXT ZERO Case Review
Hi Tech Reviews :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Some of today’s high-end cases are solving the ever present heat issue by adding a large number of 120mm fans, and that is exactly what the NZXT Zero has done to make sure that no matter what processor you choose to operate inside this case, it will remain nice and cool.

NZXT Adamas Aluminum Case
3dgameman :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The NZXT Adamas Aluminum Case has quality written all over it. It’s great to see another exceptional aluminum case on market, because there are very few to choose from. With a 3mm thick aluminum frame and a 2mm aluminum interior, it can support well over 300lbs. Now that’s what I call a sturdy case! This product also has plenty of drive bays, excellent air circulation and looks great. It even has a brilliant front bezel release system and side panels that are a dream to remove. Overall, this is an outstanding product. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.” ~

Sytrin VGA Cooler VF1 Plus Review
Technic 3d :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The Sytrin VGA Cooler VF1 Plus arrived Technic3D. More Cooling for Videocards with a component system? See you in the following Review.”

Windows Vista’s new spin on licensing
The Tech Report :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
WE’VE HEARD ALL MANNER of tinfoil hattery about Windows Vista’s schemes for copy protection, which have prompted the usual round of threats from the usual quarters about how Vista will usher in an OS apocalypse and techies will migrate en masse to Linux. The more realistic types are mostly talking about simply staying camped out with Windows XP for the time being while eying the MacOS world with some curiosity. I’m not onboard with the more paranoid visions of the Vista future, but I do think the uneasiness about Microsoft’s plans for Vista has some warrant.

Windows Vista system guide
The Tech Report :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
WINDOWS VISTA IS FINALLY SHIP5538G to consumers, and we’ve decided to refresh our system guide for the occasion. Not much has changed in the world of PC components since our last guide update, but we’ve nevertheless tweaked our recommendations with both Vista and recent price fluctuations in mind. Windows Vista requires new drivers, especially if you’re looking to run the 64-bit version of the operating system, so we’ve scrutinized our hardware selections for proper driver support. And, of course, we’ve updated our operating system recommendations with info on the features available in each version of Vista and advice on which one might be right for your needs. Keep reading for our recs on building a killer PC for Windows Vista.

Team Xtreem Dark 2x1GB PC2-6400
Overclockers Online :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I was a bit caught off guard with the Team Xtreem Dark but with an amazing looking heatspreader, lifetime warranty, impressive overclocking, and a price I can live with, how could I complain? As I have said, some of the D9 based 2GB kits I have tested were not able to match the impressive overclocking of the Team Xtreem Dark 2GB kit that I reviewed here today.

Mushkin 580w Power Supply Review
Club Overclocker :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
When you hear the Mushkin name you automatically think of high quality memory…but a power supply? That’s right, Mushkin now has their own Power Supply. Right now you can purchase Mushkin power supplies in 550w, 580w, and 650w versions. The one we have here today is the 580AP, 580 watt version with removable power cables. The 580AP is a great looking black PSU designed for mid to high end gaming systems.

Hitachi make dual Opteron water cooling system
Frosty Tech :: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
“The new self-contained thermal solution will be used with two AMD Opteron 2220 (2.8GHz) processors in the HP xw9400/CT Workstation. Low noise and heat management were primary reasons HP chose watercooling, and subsequently the system produces at most 26dB under high load.”

Mini-Box M200 Review 
Epia Center :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“Back in November, the designers of the fabulous picoPSUs, introduced a new series of embedded systems built around their new range of M200 and M300 enclosures. I was of course eager to review one of those enclosures and Mini-Box kindly sent me one of the M200 cases so I could give it a thorough spin around the block. After having used the case for several weeks with both the EPIA CN13000G and another board that I’m currently reviewing I now had a chance to compile my thoughts on the M200 into an article”

Windows Vista Gaming Performance Reports
Techgage :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Will using Vista put a damper on your gaming addiction? When we took a look at Beta 2 this past summer, we saw rather large performance decreases. Now that Vista is finally out, have things been improved?

Intel’s Penryn Core2 Duo 
Lost Circuits :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
On January 26, 2007, Intel went public with the demonstration of their first processor core – code name Penryn – manufactured on a 45 nm dry lithography and running several operating systems at roughly over 2 GHz core speed. The manufacturing process – P1266 – has been working since January 2006 for the manufacture of the highest density SRAM cell array in the industry and is based on bringing back metal gates into the transistors while replacing the (SiO2) insulator with a precision-manufactured hafnium alloy High-k substrate using ALD technology. The 45nm process-technology promises to put an end to leakage current runaway and allows the placing of roughly twice as many transistors per area compared to the hitherto used 65 nm (1264) process. Yield analysis is good at this point and the A0 silicon running is no small accomplishment. What else has Intel in stock for the next few months?

Antec EarthWatts 500Watt PSU 
Dragonsteel Mods :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
” With all the chatter about global warming, and everything else related to it it’s nice to see companies like Antec jumping in and doing their part for the environment. Today for review I have one of Antecs’ EarthWatts ‘Green’ power supplies, the 500Watt version to be exact. In the past I’ve reviewed many of Antecs’ products and they have become a favorite company of mine because of the excellent quality and performance of their products, and the new EarthWatts PSU lineup in no different, it is an exceptional example of Antec quality. So, continue on to learn more… ”

Dremel Case Mod Guide
Missing Remote :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“When working with the Dremel, hold the Flex Shaft in your pen hand. Use a high setting for the rotation speed while cutting. Gently press the blade where you are looking to make your first cut. I made all my cuts just a little bit inside my pencil marks. When making long straight cuts, I cut through the metal and then worked the blade sideways in the groove. This created a fairly straight line off of the initial cut. Just gently apply sideways pressure to the edge of the cut and keep grinding to the left and right. However, if your initial cut isn’t perfectly along the line you are making you’ll need to make multiple small cuts side by side and then grind it smooth later. ”

Ultra Products Grid Midtower Case Review 
OCIA :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“The tissue paper is also something not regularly seen in case packaging. After pulling all of that packaging away you can see the front panel and side window are further protected by yet another layer of plastic. The side window is even covered inside and out. Ultra has obviously taken extra steps to make sure this case arrives at your door with the finish in factory pristine condition.”

Thermalright HR-07 Memory Module Cooler Review
Big Bruin :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The HR-07 is nothing like any memory cooler I have seen, and the double heatpipe design is quite foreign looking to me. The concept of the design makes sense though, and what you have is a heavyweight heatspreader with a heatpipe on either side that draws heat up to a pair of cooling fins that will be situated in the moving air inside a typical system.

IN WIN Alpha 360 Case Review
Hardware Logic :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“Today Hardware takes a look at a contemporary and innovative enclosure from IN WIN. When we look for the proper case to build our machine, we look at things like (but not limited to) price, performance, eye appeal, and the ability to get the job done. The Alpha 360 microATX chassis is flawlessly designed to be ergonomic and aerodynamic. Its oval shaped design accentuates individual elegance not available in any other chassis. ”

Team Group TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D DDR 2-800 Memory 
Bjorn 3d :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
With the advances of DDR2 technology, the higher speeds and lower lantencies are only gaining popularity. It seems that DDR2-800 has become the mainstream speed and higher speed memory modules are coming to the market as we speak. The recent drop in the price of DDR2-800 certainly makes it a great buy if you plan to overclock your system. Since a Core 2 Duo can be overclocked by simply raising the FSB to match the clockspeed of the memory without breaking a sweat. Thus, having that extra clockspeed would certainly come in handy.

Almost all memory manufactures have a DDR2-800 on their product line up. The question still remains, which one will offer the best performance and overclocking result. Well, we have received new entry into the market from Team Group, TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D, which we are going to put it to the the torture test.

Thermaltake TMG A3 Silent CPU cooler Review 
Xtreme Computing :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“The base of the heatsink is well protected with a plastic cover, which we like to see, as any damage to the base of the heatsink would severely hamper its performance. The TMG A3 also comes with Thermal transfer compound pre-applied to the heatsink which may or may not be a good thing depending if you like to use a specific compound”

Cooler Master Hyper TX Cooler
Technic 3d :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“The Cooler Master Hyper TX CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. The last Cooler in the new Cooler Master Line for Intel CPU up to Core2 Duo 6700. See you in the following Review against others CPU Cooling.”

Details on Intel’s Forthcoming 45 nm Manufacturing Technology 
Hardware Secrets :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“Last week Intel described details from their forthcoming 45 nm manufacturing process and some details of the first 45 nm processors, codenamed Penryn. In this article we will explain what is new about Intel’s 45 nm process and Penryn CPUs.”

Spire BlackFin Case Review
XS Reviews :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007
“Spire has featured prominently on XSReviews for their range of power supplies that they provide, but today I have one of their new cases; the soft skinned BlackFin. Hopefully their skill at power supplies will rub off on their case design.”