Tech News July 2006

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How To Perform a BIOS Upgrade
Hardware Secrets :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“Sometimes, especially when upgrading your PC, you may need to perform a BIOS upgrade in order to update your system to accept a new hardware part or to fix a bug. For the average Joe, this procedure is quite obscure. In this tutorial we will give step-by-step procedures on how to upgrade your system BIOS.”

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Alienware M5500 review @ DH
Driver Heaven :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“Alienware is a name synonymous with high performance machines. We’ve had a fair few come in for review and almost every one has been a fantastic kit to use. In fact myself and Driver Heaven’s Editor in Chief (Zardon) use Alienware systems for review and design work as they generally provide first class performance and great stability. Often these high performance systems come with a downside, that being size and weight, whilst the Area 51m desktop replacement is an amazing machine it is not great for using on the move. Alienware do offer more portable machines though and that’s where today’s product is aimed. The M5500 will try to be portable whilst still providing some excellent performance, the question is though … can it be done?”

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Logisys Office, Internet and Multimedia Pro Illuminated Keyboard
Bjorn3D :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Computer keyboard is probably one of the components that has not been updated or changed as much dramatically as every other components. Despite the lack of huge improvement, having the right keyboard is critical because not only a right keyboard can greatly enhance the productivity, an ergonomic keyboard also reduces the potential of repetitive stress injury. Today, we have received a Logisys Internet, Multimedia, and Office Illuminated Keyboard (KB608BK) from CrazyPC. I was pretty excited when I receive the keyboard as it’s a nice looking keyboard and it has a lot of extra features. Now let’s take a look to see if this keyboard lives up to the expectation.

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GIGABYTE GC-RAMDISK i-RAM
Hexus :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Start hurling harsh queues of somewhat random read/write requests at the RAID arrays and their performance drops right down. Meanwhile, the i-RAM wonders what all the fuss is about, tackling the requests around 11 times faster than the RAID-0 array. Put simply, the i-RAM trounces the hard disks.

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OCZ Tempest Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“The OCZ Tempest heatsink weighs in at 580 grams, and is built upon a design that relies heavily on copper components. The design is a fairly predictable mix of copper, heatpipes and a big low RPM fan, so it will be interesting to see how OCZ’s product fairs against the strong lineup of socket AM2/939 AMD Athlon64 heatsinks on the market right now. Below the OCZ Tempest’s 95mm diameter blue LED illuminated fan is an array of nickel plated copper fins which are joined to the base of the heatsink by four 6mm heatpipes. If you have a upgrade plans penciled in for the near future, the Tempest can certainly accommodate all CPUs.”

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Mushkin 2GB EM6400 @ Techgage
Techgage :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Quote: With C2D and AM2 out, many are looking for the right DDR2 kit to choose. If you are on a budget, then you will want to check out the Mushkin EM6400, which retail for around $200. Though they are surrounded with a ‘value’ cloak, they deliver surprising overclock-ability.

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Sansun Galaxy ATX/BTX Black Computer Case Review
Tweaknews :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“Based on the success of the Bat case they released earlier this year, Sansun has jumped headlong into the gaming case fray, with the newly introduced Galaxy case. Sporting eight 5.25” bays and an innovative cooling system, the Galaxy is intended to be a gamers joy.”

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Smarthumb 2.0 Software
Think Computers :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Quote: “A little while back, while at CES this year I received a cool little USB drive called the Smarthumb. It had lots of cool and useful software on it. Smarthumb has release new versions of that software and totally overhauled the user interface to make it more user friendly. Smarthumb asked me if I would like to take a look at their new software and of course I said yes, so come along as we check out a bunch of new and useful software programs that can be used on any portable storage device to make life much easier, secure and more organized…”

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Review: Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 2x1gb Kit
Eclipse OC :: Friday, July 28, 2006
When the subsidiary of the company making the most overclockable DDR2 chips makes enthusiast oriented memory, do you pay attention? We definitly did take notice of Crucial’s PC2-6400 Ballistix, and we’re impressed by what we see.

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The TechZone reviews the Logitech G15
The Tech Zone :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Logitech has come up with a really solid product for gaming enthusiasts. Although there is nothing revolutionary about the keyboard, it has more than enough features to warrant a purchase. You can easily tell that Logitech did their homework before designing this keyboard. While reviewing the G15, I was most impressed by the wide spectrum of features. Minor features like the ‘Game Mode’ switch are a nice bonus. Who would’ve thought that a feature to disable your Windows keys would help enhance your gaming experience?

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OCZ Ultra-Slim Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCIA.net
OCIA :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“After getting the Mini-Kart out of the packaging, you find that it has it’s own clear plastic carrying/storage case. This storage case does come in pretty handy really and will help you keep track of the drive. If you have any sort of clutter at all on your desk, you stand a good chance of losing track of the drive; it’s that small. Trust me, it happened to me more than a few times. You’ll learn very quickly to either put it back in the case, your wallet or leave it connected to the computer.”

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Shuttle’s XPC SN27P2 mini-barebones system
The Tech Report :: Friday, July 28, 2006
The dearth of new small form factor barebones designs nicely sets the stage for a Shuttle comeback, and although the company may never match the frenetic pace of barebones development it achieved a few years ago, it does have a couple of all-new small form factor systems for the enthusiast market. First out of the gate is the XPC SN27P2, a tweaked successor to Shuttle’s P series chassis with Socket AM2, an nForce 570 Ultra chipset, and a beefy 400W power supply under the hood.

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Proporta DS Lite Accessories @ Techgage
Techgage :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Quote: We all like to take care of our stuff, and the DS Lite is no exception. In that light, I am taking a look at the DS Lite screen protectors and leather case from Proporta.

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Cooler Master eXtreme Power 650W at Modders-Inc.com
Modders Inc. :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Summary: Cooler Master has long been know for its cooling products and excellent cases. Today we get the chance to take a look at one of their newest power supplies, the eXtreme Power 650W. The eXtreme Power is designed to enhance system reliability while protect from spikes and surges. The eXtreme Power is also based off the Green power design to meet energy star and blue angel requirements.

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Foxconn C51XEM2AA Mainboard Review on Technic3D
Technic3d :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Quote: ” The Foxconn C51XEM2AA AM2 590 Sli Mainboard arrived Technic3D. The new Socket AM2 Mainboard for Enthusiast? See you in the following Review on Technic3D”

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Bart – The UV Head Step Child
GideonTech :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“I was looking through Lynxmotion’s forums and getting some questions answered on the strength of servos when the owner of Lynxmotion posted about a new project they were working on, a 6 servo biped robot. I saw their parts list and as I was getting ready to order parts for my next set of spider legs anyway, I opted to get a pair of biped feet with my order.”

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Wolf Claw Devour and ZBoard Fang Gaming Boards Competition – XSReviews
XS Reviews :: Friday, July 28, 2006
XSReviews is proud to present our latest competition to our friends around the world The competition is for the Zboard Fang, and the WolfClaw Devour gaming boards.

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Enermax Chakra ATX Case with 25cm Fan
Big Bruin :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Quote: The Chakra is very quiet in its operation, despite having the biggest fan I have ever seen on a computer case. The fan is so quiet it is only audible if you put your ear next to it while in motion. Even with the case loaded up with the 25cm fan and two of Enermax’s new 120mm Enlobal fans, it is extremely quiet while keeping all system components nice and cool.

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Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Core 2 Duo ready motherboard review
Neoseeker :: Friday, July 28, 2006
“As Gigabyte’s top of the line Intel P965 based motherboard, the GA-965P-DQ6 does not disappoint. Gigabyte has been making great pains to push the envelope for enthusiasts and hobbyists and the DQ6 shows the fruits of their labour. From sporting heatpipes (which most manufacturers are doing now, except DFI), to superb connectivity, and huge overclocking stability, the GA-965P-DQ6 appears to be a nearly ideal board for enthusiasts and for overclocking Conroe’s. I suspect there is still room for improvement in its BIOS, particularly where it comes to memory write performance, and with further tweaks I’d like to see memory performance reach at least 75% theoretical bus throughput for at least reads… but only the future will tell how much memory performance can be increased on 965 based boards.”

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TEAM Group Factory Tour – RAM Production from Start to Finish
TweakTown :: Friday, July 28, 2006
QUOTE: “Today in this article we’ll show you the production stages of a memory module from the very beginning until the point where it is ready to be shipped off to the customer. We’ll also show you how memory is tested for stability before testing along with how heat spreaders are installed on TEAM’s range of Xtreem memory modules.”

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FOXCONN C51XEM2AA AM2 Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Virtual-Hideout :: Friday, July 28, 2006
Quote: “The platform is powerfully stable and has all the BIOS features any power user could want. It is efficiently designed and even presents a aesthetically pleasing motherboard that would be a shame to hide. Would I recommend this motherboard to the extreme or standard users? Absolutely!”

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Intel’s Core2 Duo Processors
Lost Circuits :: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
By the end of the day (or this review), we have some real CPU power measurements that put the Conroe a.k.a. Core 2 Duo at the very top of processing efficiency with performance improvements over the Smithfield core of up to 560 %.

MALIBAL(TM) Unveils New Lightweight Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Notebooks
Malibal :: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Powerful Lotus and Bodhi Series Laptops Excel with Great Mobility and Performance

PowerColor X1600 PRO HDMI
Tul Corporation :: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
High-Definition Video Playback from PC just got real easy and worry-free

Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display
Corsair :: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
— Shipping now, the New CMFUSBREADOUT in 1GB and 2GB capacities —

New Matrox PowerSpace
Matrox :: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Virtual desktop management software enhances usability of Matrox graphics cards

SilverStone ELEMENT ST50EF 500w Power Supply Review
NGOHQ :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Quote: Everything is just right, cables are aplenty and just the right length. Dual PCI-E connectors assure smooth dual video card operation. The motherboard connector fits both 20 and 24 pin motherboards, and of course it has the 4 pin 12v lead for the CPU. The SATA, Floppy, and Peripheral (incorrectly known as Molex) connectors are there as well, could always use more of those but there are enough to be adequate. Did I mention that this product has both ATi and Nvidia’s stamp of approval for operating their Dual-GPU technology?

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NZXT Apollo Case Review on Technic3D
Technic3d :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Quote: “Beautiful Design for Gamer. The NZXT Apollo is the next pre-modded Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the case presents”

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Wilson Software Inc.Turbo Texas Hold’em V6.0 Review
Futurelooks :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Do you want to earn your way to the World Series of Poker and play against the best poker players in the world? Well we may have a tool to help you along your road to the big show.

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The Pricing Of High Tech Products
The Tech Zone :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Pricing is always an interesting topic, but even more so in the High Tech and Software worlds. In the consumer products business, if there is a package of frozen peas from Green Giant that’s priced at $3.99, you’re not likely to see someone else’s same-size package of peas priced at $14.99. But in High Tech, things are different.

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