Tech News November 2006

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Corsair HX620W Power Supply
OC Tools :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“If Corsair can make great memory modules, they have now proven that they can also make great power supplies. The packaging is impressive, the design elegant, and the performance superb. Add to that the quietness of the unit, you got yourself one of the best power supplies in its class money can buy.”

Crucial 10th Anniversary DDR2 PC5300-667Mhz Ram 2Gb Kit
Dragonsteel Mods :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Crucial… The name in itself is extremely well known among enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. Today for review I have some special ram from Crucial, it is their 10th Anniversary Edition DDR2 ram, running at 667Mhz or PC5300 speeds. I’ve found that I can easily get this ram to PC8500 speeds and higher with ease, you’ll have to read on to learn how I did it and just how far I did get this excellent ram to go…

Confessions of a Computer Case Designer: An Interview With NZXT’s Johnny Hou
Futurelooks :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Some of you may know the NZXT brand name by the cases they put out. Especially their signature model that resembled the head of “Optimus Prime”. We had a chat with NZXT’s Lead Designer and Global Product and Marketing Manager, Johnny Hou to find out about the man behind the cases and what it’s like being the boss of people older than you.

Abit NF-M2 nView AM2 Micro-ATX Motherboard Review
Virtual Hideout :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“There are so many things to like about the motherboard from the color scheme to the quality of components. The motherboard performs very admirably presenting stability and function. It comes with ample features and capabilities that cover the entire spectrum of users from the HTPC user to the gaming enthusiast.”

Alienware Area-51 7500 Review
Digital Trends :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“Alienware’s Area-51 7500 packs a serious punch, but is light on your wallet, that is unless you want to load it up with plenty of options.”

Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case Review
OCIA :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“I will be the first to admit that most all of the Fatal1ty products I have seen to date look pretty sweet, but many end users have complained about the hefty premium price tag put on these items and cannot justify spending the extra money. Today I will be looking at the Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case… definitely a flashy looking system, but does it warrant the near $360 asking price?”

Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard
Bona Fide Reviews :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
The name Abit is as close to a household name as any when it comes to motherboard brands Abit has been around for quite some and has delivered some really stellar products in their past. The IC7-MAX3 was one such product that was a home run for Abit and really won enthusiasts over. Post IC7, Abit started fade during the 2004 and 2005 years but have recently made a come back into the spotlight. Today, Abit is back in black quite literally as we review their new AW9D-MAX motherboard.

Seagate Barracuda 750GB ES Review
Techgage :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Seagate made quite a splash earlier this year with their 750GB hard drives. They have since released an ES version of the drive with a far higher reliability factor making them perfectly suitable for RAID and business applications.

Sapphire X1950Pro
Lost Circuits :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
The new GPU produces mixed reactions. On one hand, “Pro” here does not mean, for example, “9700 Pro”. And unlike the X1900 GT it replaces, the new Pro does not share the screaming R580+ core with the X1950 XT or XTX. Instead, we have the newly released RV570, in an 8-vertex/36-pixel shader configuration and a reduction in thread dispatch capability. Then again, the deposed X1900 GT was the product of selective feature disabling, and offered nearly the same specs. Think of the RV570 as more of a middle-end Renaissance: DirectX 9 support is in full bloom, visual goodies such as 16x anisotropic filtering and 6x antialiasing neatly guild the lily, and CrossFire has finally risen out of the Dongle Ages. The processing core may contain yesterday’s high-end technology, but our first impression is that the paint is shiny and the odometer shows a low reading.

SilverStone Temjin TJ08
Phoronix :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“While SilverStone Technology has been around for less than four years during this time we have seen some extremely innovative computer enclosures. Among the SilverStone case series have been the Temjin, Lascala, Sugo, Milo, Crown, and Grandia. The SilverStone Temjin series focuses on sleek high-end ATX cases and they had recently introduced their ninth model. While we will be looking at the SilverStone Temjin TJ09 in just a matter of days, we took this opportunity to look at the TJ08. The SilverStone TJ08 is a micro ATX chassis that is designed to pack the power of a standard ATX chassis but on a much smaller scale. This 195 x 381 x 378 mm chassis ships with dual 120mm fans and a removable motherboard tray.”

Mid-Range DIY Computer Buyer’s Guide
The Tech Lounge :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“The big corporations of this world are starting to foam at the mouth at the thought of astronomical holiday sales. Let’s be honest, we’re going a little rabid ourselves. Our mid-range system budget is set at $1,600, and our goal in this article is to recommend components which offer the best bang for the buck while maintaining an overall balanced system.”

Kinc sets 3DMark 2001/05 world records using an X6800 @ 5347MHz
Nordic Hardware :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
The card is, of course, a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card from XFX and the processor an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800. It’s also the processor which has been the key to the new records. He has namely been able to raise the frequency to quite a lot since his last record. From 5060MHz to incredible 5347MHz.


‘The Crazy Things People Do’ Contest Posted!
Tech ARP :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“We have all seen a lot of crazy stunts that people do just to get what they want. Swallow live worms and other insects, jump from tall buildings and worse.

But what about the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor? What would people do just to lay their hands on the new Intel Core 2 Duo PC? That’s what we are here to find out today. ”

Black Ice GT-Stealth Radiator Review
Technic 3d :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“The new Black Ice GT-Stealth Dual and Tripple Radiator arrived Technic3D. Better than the “old” Series? See you in the following Review on Technic3D.”

Sabayon Linux 3.2 Review
Techgage :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
We took a look at Sabayon 3.0 a few months ago and were greatly impressed. The developers haven’t taken a break since that time, and now 3.2 is upon us. We are diving in heads first to see what’s new and what’s been updated.

Windows Vista Upgrade Guide
Windows A to Z :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“The consumer release of Microsoft’s Windows Vista is just around the corner and WindowsAtoZ.com has a complete guide to upgrading a computer to Vista or buying a new computer pre-loaded with Vista. You’ll want to take a look at this before you do anything.”

Cooler Master iGreen-Power 500W Power-Supply
Tweak PC :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
The Cooler Master iGreen-Power Series should have an efficience over 85% and the standby-wastage should be very low. We took a look at the 500 Watt PS. Is it able to compare with other high-end power supplies or can it even beat them?

Hiper Type R & Type M 730W Power Supplies
3dgameman :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“Both the Hiper Type R and Type M 730 watt power supplies perform very well. The Hiper Type R is the fancy model and has a unique stainless steel body and modular design. The Type M 730 watt power supply, on the other hand, is rather basic. It has a satin, black finish and plenty of sleeved leads. The big draw for either is the high wattage which is needed for a hardcore gaming rig. Watch the Video to find out more…”

CoolIT Systems Freezone CPU Cooler
PC Apex :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“The first thing I noticed when I pulled the unit out was the weight of it… It felt a lot heavier then I expected. The CPU block made out of copper, the pre-filled system, and the mag drive pump all contribute to the weight. A plastic shield was placed over the CPU block keeping the base from getting scratched and protected the pre-applied thermal paste from getting all over everything. The coolant is a wonderful blue color that never needs to be changed. The tubing is flexible and coils wrapped around it prevent the tubing from kinking while making tight turns.”

Apack Zerotherm CF900 Socket 775 Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“The Zerotherm CF900’s Protechnic MGT9212HS-S25 fan has a thermistor attached to a short length of wire coming out of the motor hub, and this plays a crucial role in how the heatsink performs. The thermistor is cleverly located inside a well formed within in the array of copper cooling fins, so it accurately responds to the temperature of the metal, not the internal case air temperature. This enables the Zerotherm CF900 fan to scale its impeller speed as necessary, and cuts down on unnecessary noise. At its slowest speed (800RPM), the 95mm diameter Protechnic fan barely produces 35 dBA noise. At its full speed of 2300RPM, the fan rumbles away with a moderately audible 48.3 dBA.”

Biostar iDEQ 250N Barebones System Review
PC Stats :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“In this review PCSTATS will be testing out the new Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC barebones system. The iDEQ 250N is a socket AM2 AMD Athlon64 platform which is based on nVIDIA’s extremely popular GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 series chipsets. It will accommodate up to 4GB of DDR2-533/667/800 memory, and like all small form factor PCs its expansion capabilities are limited to two devices. In this case, Biostar certainly picked the best of the bunch. It’s iDEQ 250N can support one PCI Express x16 videocard and one 32-bit PCI card. The Geforce 6100 chipset gives away one other hidden talent to this small form factor barebones system… onboard Geforce 6-series graphics come standard. On the list of critical features, the usual suspects are all checked off.”

Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W PSU Review
Technic 3d :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
“The new Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W (RS-850-EMBA) PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review a PSU with 6x 12V! and 850W. Better than other PSUs?”

ATI Radeon X1950XTX CrossFire
Bjorn 3d :: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Recently, I built two new Intel Core 2 Duo systems each based on the Intel I975X motherboards. One of the systems was designated as my personal workstation and the other was specific for product reviews. Since CrossFire™ technology was the biggest and baddest dual GPU graphics product available for this system I was stoked to review it. After exchanging a few emails with Will Willis, ATI’s North American Public Relations Manager, my request was granted. I received the X1950XTX CrossFire™ components in less than two days, which was absolutely incredible.