Tech News September 2006

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Viscool V2 waterblock
Madshrimps :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“Eastern Euro meets West as we explore a product from Viscool of the Slovak Republic. The company who gave us the eXtherm CPU waterblock back in 2005 has improved upon that design with the Viscool V2. Today we test this copper based affair which offers a truly unique internal design and universal mounting system.”

Revoltec File Protector OTB
Technic 3d :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“Revoltec File Protector OTB arrived Technic3D. Save your data on 1,8″, 2,5″ and 3,5″ HDDs. See you in the following Review whether the new external HDD Cases works satisfactorily. ”

NVIDIA 1.0-9625 Display Drivers
Phoronix :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“Two days after delivering our NVIDIA 1.0-9XXX Series Preview, NVIDIA has shocked the alternative OS community by not only delivering a Beta candidate for the Linux display drivers but also for Solaris and FreeBSD! While our preview featured many of the same changes found in this release, today at Phoronix we have all of the details on this 1.0-9625 Beta.”

Vantec eSATA Interface Cards
Club Overclocker :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“Vantec is back once again with an all new and innovative product for your external storage needs. Most of us have experience the awesome speeds of internal Serial ATA hard drives, now we can achieve those same speeds with our external storage! Vantec has just introduced their eSATA interface card lineup that could very well be the high speed and inexpensive external storage solution we’ve all been looking for. Today we’ll be looking at Vantec’s PCI, PCIE and PCMCIA eSATA interface cards. Although eSATA enclosures and hard drives are not as readily available yet as we all may wish, we did get a drive from Seagate to use for testing. Let’s get started and see what Vantec has done for us storage freaks!”

Zalman HD135 HTPC Case
3dGameMan :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“This product has Home Theatre PC case written all over it. It not only looks great and is quality built, but it comes with a Vacuum Florescent Display (VFD) and a fantastic remote control. One important feature about this case is that it fits all standard ATX hardware but remains slim, and this is a testament to its excellent design. A much more powerful system can be built using standard ATX hardware over micro ATX. This is especially important if you are building a gaming HTPC. Watch the Video to find out more…”

Thermaltake iFlash 12
Tech Gear :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“the iFlash 12 is covered in translucent plastic and it’s obvious why. This fan is all about show (iFlash, excuse the humour) so it’s obvious you’ll be fitting this fan to the side panel of your chassis. Keeping in mind the fact that the iFlash is geared towards flashy looks we weren’t expecting this fan to be a silent runner….”

Thermaltake Kandalf LCS Water cooled case Review
Xtreme Computing :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“ let’s move onto the Kandalf LCS, this too is one of Thermaltake latest products or you could say a revamp of the recent Kandalf full tower, which you could upgrade with a 25cm fan. No 25cm fan here though as Thermaltake have gone mad with there water-cooling and slapped a triple radiator in the front and supply you with all you need for a top of the line water cooling setup”

Tt Pure Power 250W
T-Break :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
The Design of the power supply is unique that it can be installed in a 5.25” bay. Thermaltake also sleeves the cables to allow Optimum air-flow in the chassis while the black color sleeves look good as well.

High-end Gaming PC Buyer’s Guide
Sharky Extreme :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
Today on Sharky Extreme, we’ve posted our High-end Gaming PC Buyer’s Guide for September, where we take $2500 in cash in search of the top AMD and Intel gaming system configurations:

Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 6.1 Posted!
Tech ARP :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
” These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Team Group Xtreem DDR500 PC-4000 2GB Kit Review
MVKTech :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“Team Group Xtreem overclocking memory is gaining a reputation as some of the most exciting and desirable high-end memory on the market today. Every careful step is taken to ensure that our end users can really push this memory to the extreme. Team Group Xtreem overclocking memory uses state-of-the art technology to deliver a new definition in gaming and benching, making it the ultimate choice for gamers and overclockers alike. The Xtreem Cronus M series is a range of high-performance memory modules bringing you advanced speed grades, and low latencies, and especially designed for performance enthusiasts who want to challenge to the limits of performance.”

A+ Case Twin Engine / XCLIO A380
techPowerUp! :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
If we could describe the XLCIO A380, which is identical to the A+Case Twin Engine, with one word it would be: monstrous. Not because of looks, as it looks incredibly sleek. The case sports two huge 25 cm fans which light up and are a definitely a huge attraction at LAN parties. Big fans don’t have to be loud – the included fan controllers allow you to fine tune the fan speed and noise as needed. Even at maximum speed the fan noise of this $110 case is barely audible.

Titan Amanda TTC-NP04TZ Cooler
Technic 3d :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“The new Titan Amanda TTC-NP04TZ CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. Better than a watercooling? See you in the following Review against others CPU Cooling.”

Cooler Master Hyper TX HSF
3dGameMan :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “Less is more”? Cooler Master has achieved just that. From the popular Hyper 6 series comes the Hyper TX series. This new cooler is not only more silent, with a smaller fan, but it also uses less heatpipes to provide better , more stable cooling solution. For the Hyper TX series, we provide two coolers supporting AMD AM2 and Intel Core 2 Dual.”

Enermax Noisetaker 600W PSU
Driver Heaven :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
When building a high performance system quite possibly the most important choice of component is the power supply. There is no point in building your very own home made supercomputer to have it powered by a low end supply that has problems holding a good rail. Many users fall foul of the misconception that “the higher the wattage the better” where as others feel they can save money on something they deem as unimportant. When building our Driver Heaven review systems we take time to look at the variety of supplies and to decide whether they can take the extreme load we have to throw at them when reviewing the highest end hardware. When deciding to build a gaming system based around the latest array of hardware such as AM2 and Conroe with either SLI or Crossfire delivering the graphics it is extremely important to purchase a unit which will ensure you end up with a stable system.

Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler
Pro Clockers :: Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler
Just today Thermalright were friendly enough to send out their newest model in coolers, the Ultra-120. The Ultra falls into the same category as the very popular type of coolers known as towers types. They are both tall and fairly heavy and cool better than any previous cooler design of the past. Today we will see how the Ultra-120 stands up to our reigning champ, pitting it against the Scythe Infinity.

Development Of Microprocessors
Fast Silicon :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“With shrewd business intelligence, Intel bought back the design and marketing rights to the 4004 from Busicom for $60,000. The next year Busicom went bankrupt, they had never thought of producing any products using the 4004. They had committed the “biggest marketing mistake of the century” by signing away their rights to Intel. Intel chartered out a good marketing strategy, which encouraged the development of applications for their 4004 chip. This led to its substantial use in the electronic industry within a short time.”

CoolerMaster Blue Ice Pro Chipset Cooler Review
OCIA :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“The thin copper fins are skived, meaning they’re actually sliced from the base during the manufacturing process. Because the fins are still attached at the bottom there is better heat transfer than if the fins were soldered. It appears that this heatsink has a missing fin at the far left, there is a ridge on the base as if there was once a fin there, and there is certainly room for one. The fan bracket also appears slightly bent.”

OS Users are Attack Dogs
Cool Tech Zone :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
“If there was one commonality to describe the “hardcore” users from all three computing platforms, it would have to be the fact that many of them spend too much time making excuses for their OS’ inadequacies. When they’re not doing this, they’re hard at work poking and prodding their least favorite columnists.”

ANTEC Performance One P180B Advanced Super Mid Tower Case Review
Futurelooks :: Thursday, September 28, 2006
The ANTEC P180 was introduced at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in 2005 and has shaped the evolution of ANTEC’s product line for the last year. The P180 was the first case built for high performance and quiet computing: Two ideals that used to be an oxymoron. Today we bring to you the latest refinement of the design: The P180B.

FastSilicon has $350 up for grabs
FastSilicon :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Have you always wanted to write for a technology publication? Are you looking for some quick cash? Are you nuts about hardware? We’re having an article contest. It’s simple, the best three articles win. The first place winner will receive $200.00USD, second place $100.00USD, and third place $50.00USD.

New Edition to the HardwareXL Crew (from the Awwwwww…. dept).
Hardware XL :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
” It took about 39 weeks to come up with a good design and after that another 36 hours of labor, my daughter got born. With this good news I am getting back on track with and as we speak we have some nice reviews coming out. We will also be launching a cool contest where you will be able to win a “Watercooling setup from Thermaltake” so don’t just sit there, visit our forums (and register if you are not a member yet) and get active on the forums:-). More details about the up and coming contest will be released soon. ”

Zalman VF700-Cu
Techware Labs :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
“So you have you mean machine pumping out some serious performance, but the evil result is your system sounds like a small lear jet at a continous take-off throttle. Sure your system may be water cooled bringing your CPU and north bridge to a relative temp, but what about that VGA heatsink with its turbo fan running at full tilt? Well the techs at Zalman sent us one of their CF700-CU coolers for us to try. So, lets get to what we found out.”

Catalyst 6.9 Comparison
Technic 3d :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
“Catalyst 6.9 Comparison on Technic3D. Faster then Catalyst 6.8? See you in the following Catalyst Roundup up to Catalyst 6.4.”

Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film
GideonTech :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
“Aside from the daily duties here at, we also like to unwind in front of the tube and catch a movie or two. With the explosion of technology in every day scenarios, it’s common to find references to computers, iPods and other gadgets and geek toys in film.

It’s one thing to make a fantasy movie, it’s another to dream up impossible technological feats in a modern day drama. Just because technical jargon would fly right over most people’s heads, there’s no reason to make up stuff.

Today, we’re going to list the Top 10 worst violators.”

MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Video Card
Viper Lair :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
“Enthusiasts are about excess and the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE isn’t designed for people who want to play on 17″ LCD monitors. Simply put, if you have a large widescreen panel, this hardware has your name all over it. It provides performance close to two 7900 GT cards, and if you pair two 7950GX2 cards on one board, you’ll have a PC that will be faster than any traditional SLI setup.”

OCZ 2 GB Dual SD Card Review
OCIA :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
“OCZ began to diversify their offerings in 2004 with the release of power supplies aimed specifically at gamers. Since that point, OCZ has continued to expand their horizons, now offering cooling solutions to go along with their already wide array of products. Today we will be taking a look at yet another one of their new innovative products in the 2 GB Secure Digital Dual Memory Card.”

Thermaltake Armor Jr. Mid Tower Case Review at XYZ Computing
XYZ Computing :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Armor Jr. is Thermaltake’s attempt to make a case which is reasonable small but is still worthy of the Armor name. From the looks of it a number of changes were made but the cases are fundamentally similar. The smaller size of the Junior means that some of the cooler features on the Armor probably had to be dropped but we’ll see just how good a job they did of translating the Armor into a smaller product.

Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC2-6400 Review
Techgage :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
With so much competition in the memory market nowadays, it’s increasingly difficult to make the -best- choice when it comes to purchasing a new kit. The Crucial PC2-6400 use the infamous D9GMH chips, but requires a staggering 2.2V! Does its performance make up for it?

The Quiet PC Challenge – A Primer
Futurelooks :: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Arthur C. Clarke’s writing in the late 50’s speculated that a computer with human like intelligence would have to be the size of the Empire State Building and require Niagra Falls for cooling. On most counts, this prediction was fabulously wrong, but it may just turn out that Authur was right about needing Niagra Falls for cooling.