Tech News March 2007

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Intel Penryn and Nehalem New Details

Techgage :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Intel today unveiled new information regarding their upcoming Penryn and Nehalem lineup. We are taking a look at what was discussed, including ballpark performance increase figures, benefits of the SSE4 instruction set and additional facts about their integrated memory controller and graphics processor.

Ultra X-Finity 800W Power Supply Review 
Red & Blackness Mods :: Friday, March 30, 2007
As computer performance increases and more peripherals get added, the need for a well-performing power supply becomes more crucial. Gone are the days where 300W power supplies were the average; manufacturers continue to boost the outputs to keep up with the power demands. Ultra, makers of a wide range of computer components, has provided us a sample of their X-Finity 800W power supply. Will its serious output and additional features make this power supply ultra-cool? That is the question we’re here to answer in this review.

Tech Bits: How an online business self destructed
Gideon Tech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
This is not a guide nor a review, but a story explaining what has led up to how a business was uncovered scamming it’s customers. Not only were they selling computer goods they did not own, they were taking the money and putting it back into advertising. We are sending out this article because this business has been advertised on numerous hardware websites and even in major magazines. We’re trying to warn the public about this individual and his company – hopefully preventing someone else from getting ripped off. You can see the self destruction of the CEO when confronted about his business practices in the thread that is linked in the article.

How TCP/IP Protocol Works
Hardware Secrets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
“TCP/IP is the most used network protocol nowadays. In this tutorial we will explain how it works in a very easy to follow language.”

Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case
Modders Inc. :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Antec has put a lot of thought into their Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case; well you would have to when you make a claim like that. They did add a lot of features that LAN goers will like and use. With maximum cooling and looks a must Antec set out to make a great case, but is it the Ultimate Gamer Case?

Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 680i Motherboard Review
Overclockers NZ :: Friday, March 30, 2007
“Gigabyte’s N680SLI-DQ6 is 680i on steroid; the motherboard offers quad Gigabit LAN, 10x SATA II ports, quad 3-phase power circuit, silent heatpipe cooling, Dolby Digital Live, DTS Connect encoding, and lots of small improvements over the reference Nvidia 680i design.”

ABIT Fatality FP-IN9 650i-SLI Motherboard Review 
Virtual Hideout :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Gamers of all styles will appreciate its stability, layout, and design. The Supercharged System Bus is quite the benefit which helps keep those frame rates and bandwidth up, while keeping the price down. It’s really an easy choice and fills a void many gamers have been waiting for.”

Xclio A380 Super Tower ATX Computer Case Review
Tweaknews :: Friday, March 30, 2007
“Xclio’s A380 chassis certainly lives up to its “ Super Tower ” nickname. It’s a big case with huge fans and lots of room for components. The jet engine look is striking, to say the least, and the large window shows off a few of the interior components not blocked by the 25cm blue LED fan. The size and tool-free features make installation relatively easy and the cable management features make for a tidy install with little effort.”

IceMat 2nd Edition
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, March 30, 2007
If you look around you’ll see you have many, many choices for mousepads, it seems that they are one of the most popular items to make. You’ll find them in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials, but of course they are all not created equal, there are good ones and bad ones. Today for review I have a special mousepad, at least to me it’s special, I have always wanted to own a glass mousepad, so when Icemat said they were sending one for review I got a bit excited honestly… So today for review I have the Icemat 2nd Edition glass mousepad, but I’m not sure if you can really call it a ‘pad’, more like a mousing surface to be specific… anyway read on to learn more about what has to be the best mousing surface on the market today…

Surge Protectors, Xbox Modding, Password Safety
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Get insightful answers to burning questions from our informed forum dwellers. This time we tackle passwords, HDTV resolutions from graphics cards, surge protectors, and more. 

Sonic or Mario? Welcome Back, Craig! Shark or Killer Whale?
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
See what’s been going on in the ExtremeTech forums. It’s more than just tech! 

Catalyst 7.3 Causes BSOD in Vista
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
For some users, the latest driver upgrade from AMD for ATI graphics comes with a big, blue flaw–but there is a workaround. 

Plextor Launches USB HDTV Receiver
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Plextor unveiled a new mini digital HDTV receiver on Wednesday that the company says will transform a user’s laptop into a wireless personal video recorder. 

Microsoft Research Highlights from O’Reilly Etech 07
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Researchers from Microsoft Research and Live Labs presented overviews of three projects to a packed house at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference on Wednesday. 

Top Tip: What’s a good surge protector?
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
So, recently there was a power surge in my apartment and it killed the power supply in my computer. I’m trying to get a good surge protector to prevent this from happening again. Anyone have any recommendations? 

Top Tip: Do I need standoffs or a metal backplate to mod my XBox?
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
I was just wondering about motherboard electric currents and stuff. As in, I plan to mod my xbox and was wondering if i need standoffs or a metal backplate on whatever im going to screw the mobo into. Is there risk for shorting something? please reply. 

Top Tip: Is my password security good enough?
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
I am planning to install the KeePass Password Safe software(freeware) on my USB drive and use it to store and carry my passwords. In that way in case someone finds the USB drive they cannot retrieve the passwords since it is encrypted(AES+Twofish).Further the software also deletes the records after 3 failed attempts.On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the most secure, what do you guys think is the safety rating of this arrangement. 

Top Tip: How to get full screen display on HDTV?
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
I have a GeForce Go 7900 GS graphic card on my laptop. To get full screen on my HDTV I would need to set the resolution to 1360×768. However, GeForce Go 7900 does not support this resolution. The closer I can get is 1024×768, but then I do not cover the entire HDTV screen. Any solution? 

Geeks Now the New Schoolyard Bullies
Extremetech :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Bullies are no longer content to taunt their victims in the playground but are turning to cyberspace, according to Canadian researchers. 

Penryn Core New Features
Hardware Secrets :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Learn about the new features brought by the forthcoming Penryn core, which is a 45 nm core that will be used on Core 2 and Xeon CPUs in 2008. Includes a small peek on the next Intel microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, and also the latest Intel roadmap up to 2010.

Super Talent T1000UX2G5 DDR2-1000 (2 x 1 GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit
Overclockers Club :: Friday, March 30, 2007

Accountability in Today’s Internet
PC Mechanic :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Kram discusses common decency and accountability for what people say on the internet–it’s not as anonymous as you think

EditPad Lite
PC Mechanic :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Alaron reviews a replacement for Notepad

Taming the Cookie Monster
PC Mechanic :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Rahul takes a look a cookies what they do and how they can sometimes be harmful

CTIA’s Hottest Products and Services
PC World :: Friday, March 30, 2007
These are the things that had them talking at the big CTIA wireless show. 


Can a Sony Ericsson W950i Replace Your iPod?
PC World :: Friday, March 30, 2007
It’s a terrific phone for music devotees, but the slow data connection speed and a few design quirks left me unimpressed. 

Samsung SCH-u740
PC World :: Friday, March 30, 2007
This phone sports an unusual dual-hinge design and some deep messaging capabilities. 

Sony Ericsson W300i
PC World :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Solid budget music phone is light and compact but a little hard to navigate. 

Antec NSK2400 HTPC Case
Techgage :: Friday, March 30, 2007
Antecs NSK2400 is worthy of your attention if you are looking for a solid HTPC case. It has an innovative thermal design and great attention to detail. This is one HTPC case that covers all the bases. 

Seagate Momentus 7200.2 160GB Notebook Drive
Techgage :: Friday, March 30, 2007
How do you make one of the best mobile drives on the market even better? Make it faster, of course. We are taking a look at Seagates latest high-end notebook drive, which offers not only high density, but high-performance. 

Tom Bihn ID Messenger Bag and Brain Cell Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Everywhere you go these days you can see people carrying bags with their laptops in them. I’ve noticed that the more popular type is the Messenger style of bag, the kind that hangs off your shoulder, and that you’ll see the bike messengers carrying all around. There are many brands to choose from, and as with anything there are cheaply made ones and there are well made ones. Today for review I have one of the well made ones, actually very well made, it is the ID Messenger Bag from Tom Bihn. This bag can be a Messenger bag alone, or can also be a laptop carrying case with the addition of the Tom Bihn Brain Cell. So this is sort of a double review, of the Tom Bihn ID Messenger Bag and the Brain Cell laptop case. Read on to learn more about one of the best bags out there today…

Alienware Area-51 7500 Gaming System
Hot Hardware :: Thursday, March 29, 2007
If you are a regularhere at HotHardware.com, you havemost likely heard of Alienware, one of the companies that helped establish the market for high-performance, gaming PCs. Since hitting the scene in 1996, Alienware has become a leader not only in gaming PCs but also in high-performance desktop, … 

Ideazon Reaper Gaming Mouse
Overclockers Club :: Thursday, March 29, 2007

ASUS P5N-E SLI 650i Motherboard Review
ThinkComputers :: Thursday, March 29, 2007
The last time we took a look at some Ballistix memory from Crucial was way back in August when we reviewed the Ballistix DDR2 PC2-5300 memory. This time we are checking out some Ballistix memory, but it is the Tracer Ballistix memory which features two rows of eight “chasing” red and green LED’s atop the module, circulating at varying speeds proportional to usage. That creates a really cool effect that a lot of users will like, so let’s take a look.

Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog to Team in Video Game
Extremetech :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Mario and Sonic The Hedgehog are teaming up for a video game featuring the Beijing Olympics which is due to hit the shelves by year-end, Nintendo Co Ltd. and Sega Corp. said on Wednesday.

 

Microsoft Announces ‘Xbox 360 Elite’
Extremetech :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Microsoft announced the “Elite” version of the Xbox 360 on Tuesday, an announcement that comes after numerous reports of an expected console revision. 

Two Vista-Ready Motherboards
Extremetech :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
ASUS releases a pair of “Vista ready” motherboards. Are these boards just old wine in new bottles, or is ASUS onto something here? 

‘Gigabyte United’ Motherboard Venture Stalls
Extremetech :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Asustek and Gigabyte have put their motherboard joint venture, Gigabyte United, “on hiatus,” according to company representatives. 

How TCP/IP Protocol Works
Hardware Secrets :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Learn how the TCP/IP network protocol works.

Intel Penryn and Nehalem Details Emerge
Hot Hardware :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Intel held a briefing today to further disclose and discuss details regarding their upcoming 45nm High-K Penryn and Nehalem processor cores.Roughly two years ago, Intel talked about their proposed "tick-tock" product strategy which entailed the shift to a new process technology followed … 

Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit
Overclockers Club :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Motorola Rizr Z3
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
This well-designed multimedia phone performs satisfactorily, though its keys are a bit stiff. 

LG vx9900 EnV
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The EnV isn’t the slimmest cell phone around, but it offers excellent messaging features and great multimedia options. 

RIM BlackBerry 8800
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Among this phone’s impressive features are excellent e-mail options, built-in GPS, and a sleek design. 

Samsung SGH-a707 (Sync)
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
For a device that claims to be a music phone, the Sync makes listening to music a lot harder than it should be. 

Nokia 6133
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
A plain design cloaks a phone containing a good set of features at a fair price. 

101 Fantastic Freebies
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Want to make your PC more productive, secure, informative, and entertaining? These downloads and services will do the trick–and they don’t cost a dime. 

New Linux Arrivals
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn has our Linux critic pondering new features–and old troubles. 

Put the You in YouTube
PC World :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We test five kinds of video-capture devices to find out which ones are best for posting online. 

Intel Penryn and Nehalem New Details
Techgage :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Intel today unveiled new information regarding their upcoming Penryn and Nehalem lineup. We are taking a look at what was discussed, including ballpark performance increase figures, benefits of the SSE4 instruction set and additional facts about their integrated memory controller and graphics processor. 

Thecus N2100
Techgage :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
If you are looking for a quality NAS, the N2100 from Thecus is worth your consideration. It can act as a music and photo sharing hub and even an FTP server, among others. Though, the best part might be it’s price. 

Review Blast From The Past: Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular Power Supply
ThinkComputers :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Here is another review blast from the past! We post these especially for our RSS readers on days we don’t have a new product review. This time we go back and check out the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular Power Supply! From the review: As hardware manufactures add more and more components to PCs such as multi-core processors, multiple video cards, Physics processors, large RAID arrays, etc the need for a strong power supply becomes more and more important. Now a day’s a 500 watt power supply seems to be just enough to squeak by when you reach the midrange-higher end. Thermaltake has answered the call of many enthusiasts with the Toughpower 750w which provides quad +12V rails, Active Power Factor Correction and a high efficiency of up to 85%, and on top of all that it is a modular Power Supply so it won’t clutter up the inside of your case.

HD DVD and Blu-ray Ripping Guide – HDCP free HD content
Tweak Town :: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
You just bought a new HD movie and are shocked to find you cannot watch without HDCP hardware – our guide will help you!