Tech News October 2006

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tart CK5000 RAM Heatsinks
Bjorn 3d :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Once upon a time not long ago, the computer had only one heatsink dwelling deep inside its case. Some readers might remember “the good old days” when the most you had to worry about for system cooling was getting a heatsink with a fan that actually worked. Then as systems improved, so did system cooling with it. Before long, case fans were added, and even the motherboard chipset came equipped with a heatsink. As progression would dictate, it wouldn’t take but a few moments in time before there was a heatsink on everything that produced heat; including the system and video RAM.

TTIC NPH AM2 – Compact Heat Column CPU Cooler Review
Madshrimps :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“This low cost heat column powered heatsink from TTIC fits AMD AM2/S939 without much hassle. Its compact size and light weight might discourage you at first sight, but do not let looks deceive you, the NPH AM2 is quite a capable heatsink.”

Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies
Hardware Secrets :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“Power supplies used on the PC are based on a technology called “switching mode” and thus are also known as SMPS, Switching Mode Power Supplies (DC-DC converter is another nickname for switching mode power supplies). In this tutorial we will explain you how switching power supplies work and we will provide a journey into the PC power supply showing you its main components and what they do.”

crotale reaches 503MHz FSB with Abit AW9D-MAX
Nordic Hardware :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
A fews days back he was ridiculously close at 499.9MHz. Even though he had made extensive modifications to the board he ended up right below 500. Fortunately, he didn’t give and up and after feeding the board with even more voltage he managed to go past and reach 502.9MHz SuperPi-stable

PC Apex Review // PC Power & Cooling SILENCER
PC Apex :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“I know PCP&C wants to stay away from added connections. This is the main reason why you will never see a modular cable installed on a PCP&C unit, an extra connector adds resistance. Added resistance equals a loss of power. A couple more reasons why you won’t see modular cables on a PCP&C unit is the possibility of pin damage and loose connections that can lead to more serious problems.”

Akasa Mirage-62
techPowerUp! :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The Akasa Mirage 62 can simply be described as the Hummer of PC cases – wide, big, black. The front looks sweet, but the interior looks even sweeter. Black interior and a mirror finish mainboard tray just ask for a window panel to be used. This case delivers everything you may need, from total access to your parts to all the space you could ever need – even for QuadSLI and 1kW power supply. So if you can afford the $150 price tag, this case is for you.

Corsair Dominator PC2 8888 2GB Kits
Driver Heaven :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The DDR2 memory market is a confusing area for many people right now. The fastest memory speed AMD and Intel officially support is DDR2-800, for some time the major manufacturers have been striving to release memory which far exceeds this speed. In the past we have reviewed modules from Geil and Corsair with DDR2-1066 ratings which should be more than enough to sate the appetite of power hungry users, however the products we are testing today are capable of even faster speeds.

Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“The Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 heatsink is the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu heatsink with a coat of red lacquer applied and a slightly beefier 120mm red LED illuminated fan. The two heatsinks are compatible with the same variety of processors, but the CNPS7700-Cu is skewed for silent running while the FS-C77 ships without the Fanmate 2 fan speed controller. Apart from these three differences, the two heatsinks are identical in every other way. The Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 is a large cooler by any measure, and unlike every other Zalman heatsink this one is entirely tuned for performance. It’s translucent 120mm fan rotates at 2400RPM, and a series of red LEDs light up the blades nicely in a darkened case.”

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X Express Motherboard Review
PC Stats :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“The flagship Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H motherboard is a prime example of what Foxconn can do. Based on the Intel 975X Express and ICH7R chipsets, the board supports all Socket 775 Intel CPUs from the Celeron D to the Pentium 4/D/XE, and of course Core 2 Duo. The 975X Express chipset operates with a 800/1066MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). It features 3GB/s SATA II RAID (0, 1, 5, 0+1) so you can hook up as many as four SATA hard drives like the Western Digital WD740 Raptor together for data redundancy in RAID 1, or the pure speed of RAID 0.”

Tech Gear News
Tech Gear :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Tech Gear has opened a new competition, the winner of which shall receive an Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset! Competitors only need to answer a simple question then send their response to Tech Gear in order to enter. Entries must be received before November 3rd 2006.

OCZ PC2-8800 Gold & Corsair PC2-8888 Dominator review
Driver Heaven :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“The DDR2 memory market is a confusing area for many people right now. The fastest memory speed AMD and Intel officially support is DDR2-800, for some time the major manufacturers have been striving to release memory which far exceeds this speed. In the past we have reviewed modules from Geil and Corsair with DDR2-1066 ratings which should be more than enough to sate the appetite of power hungry users, however the products we are testing today are capable of even faster speeds.”

SteelSound 5H V2 Reviewed
BurnOut PC :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“Overall the improvements made to the 5H are quiet all right. They made the padding thicker which makes them a lot more comfortable, so that’s a good thing. Technical wise they are just as good as the 5H, but I find these a lot more comfortable. Overall a job well done.”

Mushkin 2GB HP2-6400 DDR2-800 Memory Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“The quality of memory used in this particular HP2-6400 kit is evident by the superb overclocking potential. Obtaining 1000mhz from an 800mhz kit is proof these are indeed high performance memory modules. Add to that the good looking blue aluminum “FrostByte” heatspreaders and you’ve got a potent combination.”

Guide to Processes
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Process is one of the core terms needed to understand operating systems. The simplest but most precise explanation is that a process is a program in execution, a running instance of a program. In the study of operating systems there are several states for a process, such as running, blocked, or terminated, but this is too much detail for an average user who is just eager to monitor what is going on with his or her computer. (For those, who are interested in more detail, Operating Systems: Design and Implementation and Modern Operating Systems by Andrew Tanenbaum are excellent sources of in-depth information about processes and operating systems as a whole.)

Is Technology Really Making Life Easier?
The Tech Zone :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Today we are told that technology is here to make our lives easier. The microwave helps us cook food faster. The internet helps us get information faster and allows us to stay connected with friends, family and business associates. We have more television stations to give us more choices, we have cell phones so that we can stay in touch with each other and we have laptop computers so that we can access the internet anywhere in the world.

NZXT Zero–A Case Designed for Quiet Cooling
Bjorn 3d :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I am sure that many of our readers have heard of NZXT. They are fairly well-known computer case manufacturer. NZXT has been making some cool looking midrange cases. However, they are moving toward enthusiasts’ area with their latest line of cases, Crafted Series. Today, we are going to take a look at the first product in the Crafted Series, the Zero. Zero is a full tower aluminum case that is targeted for enthusiasts and gamers who need lots of expansion and need great cooling solutions to keep the system running cool. The name Zero is somewhat unique and attention catchy. Does this case live up to it’s unique name? Let’s take a closer look at Zero and see if the case is just as unique as the name implies.

NZXT Zero Case Review
Technic 3d :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“The new NZXT Zero Case is the next Midi Tower in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the case presents with 7x120mm Fan.”

HIS delivers HIS X1600Pro 512MB HyperMemory
HIS :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Combining a radically new and efficient 3D sharder-core architecture and HyperMemory II by ATI, dynamically assigns system memory to achieve the next level performance as 512MB configuration. HIS X1600Pro 512MB HyperMemory brings low cost solution for X1600Pro series, features the next generation image quality by ATI.

ACARD Launched USB 2.0 to SATA RAID Subsystem
ACARD :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
ACARD, one of the top three SCSI chip designers in the world, today launched an internal/external USB 2.0-to-SATA RAID Subsystem, ARS-2019 Mirror Smart.

The SiS662 to be implemented in PC Partner SiS662MS7-Z06 motherboard
SiS :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
SiS proudly announced today the design accomplishment of its SiS662/966 chipset in the PC Partner SiS662MS7-Z06 motherboard. Such great news, again, provides evidence of the high performance and unparalleled stability of the SiS662 integrated chipset.

HIS delivers HIS X1650Pro iSilence II 2x Dual Link DVI GDDR3
HIS :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
To achieve total silence for gamers, HIS X1650Pro iSilence II equips a double slot designed with high efficient heat pipes. Together with larger surface area, ensuring heat can disperse rapidly. HIS X1650Pro iSilence II comes with 2x Dual Link DVI, providing the best flexibility for various displays, up to dual 30” LCDs supports 2560 x 1600 ultra high resolution. GDDR3 memory runs in extra fast speed, providing stunning 3D graphics, excellent performance, and all the extensive features of a high-end graphics card.

Corsair brings the award-winning DOMINATOR heat-sink design and DHX technology to standard DDR2-800 speed
Corsair :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
New Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4D DOMINATOR Memory Delivers Innovative Features including Dual-Path Heat Xchange (DHX) Technology at Incredible Value to Enthusiasts on a Budget

Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset Give Away
Big Bruin :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Icemat and Big Bruin are teaming up to bring you a new give away. Up for grabs are two sets of the very cool Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset. Contest will end on November 17, 2006, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, enter now!

Zalman CNPS9700 LED Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler Review :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
“Their new CNPS9700 LED cooler is the real deal. It’s got performance, even easier installation and virtually universal compatibility. With outstanding fit and finish, a big aggressive presence and the blue LED fan, it also has great looks and would be an excellent upgrade for the stock cooler. The design could result in lower case temperatures as well, providing there’s an exhaust fan in the vicinity. Overclockers can have some fun with this cooler, and in silent mode, the quiet computing crowd will be very happy as well.”