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"MSI has created an exceptionally fast and robust nForce 570 SLI motherboard with a good price if you are looking to run the board at stock speeds. However, there are some layout issues related to the positioning of power sockets and the MCP heatsink that may sway your buying decision. Budding overcl..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 01:55:29AM
Hardware

"The first impression of these modules is that they are beautiful. The heat spreaders are polished and the OCZ logo is embellished on the side, and have OCZ's trademark weight. They are not light by any means, and fingerprints will easily show up on these polished plates. My first instincts were t..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 01:48:33AM
Hardware

"My last review was on the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E. Just when I thought that I couldn't get a cooler budget card than the NX7600GT-VT2D256E, MSI sends me an upgraded version of the card to review. The NX7600GT-VT2D256E HD has all of the power of the original, but it includes two capitalized letters, H..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 01:40:13AM
Hardware

"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 ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 01:30:48AM
Hardware

"Beyond3D made the trip down to Brighton seafront on a gloriously sunny day to take in the last day of Develop. What follows is a summary piece based on our notes from the D3D10 sessions, chats with various game devs, ATI devrel staff and Intel guys, who were all there to either learn or evangelise a..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 01:09:50AM
Software

MrSlacker: You should check out our MeVo series articles if you are planning on building a HTPC. You can find the Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
"Anyone who read the recent budget HDTV roundup might be after a little more information on what we used for our testing. While Riyad was vigorously testing these displays with his Xbox 360 and a copy of Dead or Alive 4, I could be found bent over my lab desk with a screw driver ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 12:58:33AM
HTPC-SFF

"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."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/29/06 @ 12:25:01AM
Hardware

MrSlacker: If you are looking just for a SFF case, consider the Lian Li V300 that we reviewed here.
"SHUTTLE ESSENTIALLY CREATED the market for small form factor barebones systems, but lately, the company has become more of a system builder. That shift in focus has slowed Shuttle's once-constant stream of new XPC designs with the latest and greatest chipsets to a trickle, and other manufacturers h..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/28/06 @ 11:54:09PM
HTPC-SFF

"Today's CPU coolers features exciting new technologies like micro fins, and copper heat pipes, but do you remember the old fashioned aluminum fin types that most CPU's came with stock? Is there still a place for them in today's high temperature CPU's? Well today for review I have a CPU cooler fr..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/28/06 @ 11:49:11PM
Hardware

"Do I really need a new VGA cooler? Overclockers and modders will appreciate the benefits of the Titan Eagle. It's good looking and looks to be a good performer. Our test results show a significant decrease in temperatures from a standard cooler you would find on a basic graphics card."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/28/06 @ 11:45:04PM
Hardware

"Ultra goes on to inform Legit Reviews that we need at least a 45A load on the 3.3V/5V rail if you're going to put as much as a 37A load on the 12V rail. So in other words, Ultra said their power supply might actually perform better with four hard drives hooked up to it than it would with just one. ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/26/06 @ 10:26:27PM
Hardware

"In this article we will be taking a look at what most people would call a 'dream' case- basically something which is designed to be chosen when price is not a factor. This is the flagship of a manufacturer's line, the item to choose when you have your pick of any product on the market. SilverSton..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/26/06 @ 10:22:17PM
Hardware

"The 7600GT supports all DirectX 9.0 features including Pixel Shader 3.0 and Vertex Shader 3.0. These are the features that one should look for when purchasing a video card today, as virtually every game released today require them to operate. People with integrated GMA 950 from Intel are not able to..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/26/06 @ 10:14:23PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"There are many things Miami Vice is not. For one thing, it’s not – unlike the new Michael Mann film – a gritty take on cops in deep cover featuring Colin Farrell with a bizarre Village People moustache. It’s also neither a police procedural game, a la S.W.A.T., nor a cheap, rip ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/26/06 @ 10:10:27PM
Software

"You just finished burning that CD/DVD of your family vacation, maybe the evidence that will keep you from meeting an untimely ending, or that video of the unidentified flying object you recorded at Area 51. Now you want to make several copies and give it that custom one of a kind hand made by you la..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:42:05PM
Hardware

"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 wou..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:37:32PM
Software

"Taking advantage of this new I/O system technology, and advances in DDR SDRAM memory, Intel has brought out a new range of chipsets, the 900 series. All chipsets and motherboards in the 900 series use PCI-Express technology. There are two distinct chipsets so far in this range, the mainstream 915 ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:33:21PM
Hardware

"Serial ATA - or simply SATA - is the hard disk standard created to replace the parallel ATA interface, a.k.a. IDE. SATA provides a transfer rate of 150 MB/s or 300 MB/s against of a 133 MB/s maximum using the previous technology. In this tutorial we will explain everything you need to know about Ser..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:21:57PM
Hardware

"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 t..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:19:14PM
Hardware

"Woodcrest is the core name for the new Core-powered Xeon, looking almost exactly like Conroe on paper and physically too, but sliding into the 771-pin LGA socket rather than the 775-pin version on more mainstream consumer boards. We take one for a spin on an Armari system to see how the new Xeon far..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:13:36PM
Hardware

"If you can even remember that far back, Diamond Multimedia should be ringing a few bells in your memory as the providers of the well-known Diamond "Monster" series of graphics accelerators featuring the 3dfx Voodoo chipsets. It seems that after the Voodoo days, they just dropped off the map. Now,..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/25/06 @ 09:07:13PM
Hardware

"There are many many CPU Coolers out there to choose from, which one is right for you all depends on what you look for in a CPU cooler. Of course cooling performance would be first thing to look for, but what about actual looks? Does the level of sound matter to you? Does size matter? (hehe) Today fo..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 11:20:22PM
Hardware

"With the arrival of dual core processors, there has been a major overhaul of product lines from Intel and AMD. Coming out with faster processors, overclocking processors translates into more heat output from these chips and that means faster spinning fans for the stock heatsink/fan (HSF) combo that ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 11:16:50PM
Hardware

"You'd need to be pretty confident, or foolish, to want to enter the fairly saturated MP3 player market right now, but with such advanced manufacturing capabilities and your own memory modules to hand I suppose it's less risky for companies like Super Talent to give it a go and see how they get on...."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 11:00:55PM
Misc

MrSlacker: If you are looking for an HTPC case, but on a budget, I recommend taking a look at Lian-Li PC9300 which we reviewed here.
"NMediaPC has taken the basic design fundamentals introduced into the HTPC 100B model and expanded its product line with the 180BA. The first and most striking feature of this unit is the combination of brushed aluminum balanced with steel chassis design. Home Theater purists wil..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:44:13PM
HTPC-SFF

"Evesham Technology, the UK-based PC manufacturer, has added to its range of ultra-portable laptops with the Voyager C545, a fantastic-priced system which combines plenty of power and portability. The only ‘downside’ is that its design is a little bland, - especially compared to ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:39:25PM
Hardware

"Can you mod a PC into a regulation match football and a pair of soccer boots for our tradeshow stand, asked Foxconn? No worries, replied Dave Williams - VIA EPIA to the rescue! Check out this awesome mod - have you ever heard a football whirr?"
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:34:43PM
Modding

"There was a time awhile back that OCZ was a big name in the cooling arena. Products like the Dominator and the Eliminator sat atop many socket A and 370 processors and motherboards. OCZ had moved now to dominating the memory market. We could sit and write about OCZ accomplishments in memory all day ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:13:46PM
Hardware

"Over the years, Cooler Master has become well regarded by computer enthusiasts for their exceptionally well-designed products, but is the Mystique 631 another one of these marvelous creations, or has Cooler Master bit the dust this time around? The Mystique 631 was almost
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:11:58PM
Hardware

"During the course of this review I have tried not to conflate the performance of the M2N32-SLI motherboard with the overall performance of the AM2 platform. My time with the product has shown me that it is the best motherboard I have used in a long time, since my DFI LanParty nF4, while my time with..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:08:56PM
Hardware

"Nike and Apple have created the perfect combination, an exercise kit that works with your iPod nano to provide you with music and an exercise program."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 10:06:46PM
Misc

"One of our readers wanted to know what would happen if you put a top of the line video card into a system that was running an average processor. We were a bit curious ourselves so we thought we would just show him. Using a Pentium 4 - 3.4 GHz we ran it though a number of benchmarks to see just how..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 09:56:24PM
Hardware

"The AW8D board is an excellent example of an Intel 975X board with one rather big exception. Total lack of support for the new Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Duo CPUs means that those wanting this motherboard are limited to the current 965 and below CPUs. As more and more Core 2 CPUs reach the market, re..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 09:50:33PM
Hardware

"I’ve never really seen Coolermaster as a PSU manufacturer; but today I’m testing one of their new energy and money saving units that should help save the planet and your pennies. However, has this energy efficiency sacrificed stable rails and reliable output? I aim to find out…"
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 09:47:41PM
Hardware

MrSlacker: Rumors about this have been around for some time now; however, nothing has been confirmed until now. It will be very interesting to see what will happen to ATI and AMD after this buy-out. Please feel free to discuss on our forums.
"AMD and ATI today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMD’s technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATI’s strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The res..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/24/06 @ 09:16:54AM
Hardware

"PC Gaming has come really far, it has become a professional sport really. With that fact, many companies are offering all sorts of things to help players get an edge over the competition, you can see all sorts of products out there today that are aimed towards gamers. One such product I have for rev..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 11:12:13PM
Misc

"Thanks to the good people at NZXT we have a new giveaway up. They have been kind enough to kick in one of their new NZXT Apollo Gaming Cases. Our review of this case last week showed it to have promise for modders and relief for LANers wanting some flash in a premodded case. Be sure to check out ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 11:08:24PM
Misc

"After the success of Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06, Mark Shuttleworth's team is back a month later with the first development snapshot (now known as Knot 1) for the upcoming Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft. Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Knot 1 implements the latest GNOME 2.15 development bui..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 11:05:39PM
Software

"Zalman is a name we all know for those crazy heatsink designs. Well those designs may be crazy, but they work extremely well. The last time I took a look at a CPU cooler from Zalman was back in 2002 when I reviewed the CNPS6000-Cu. So I was excited when I found out I was going to be able to check ou..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 11:04:15PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"The Fang is an excellent product. The layout is fantastic (for righties AND lefties) and for those who can get acclimated to the change of layout. I am absolutely certain the Fang will become a cherished part of your PC."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 10:59:38PM
Hardware

"Overall, we are really impressed with the Big Typhoon VX and Thermaltake should be proud of their creation. Although we didn’t quite like the built-in fan controller, we are very happy to work with the Big Typhoon VX because it installs like a stock cooler. Motherboard removal is not necessarily req..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 10:57:30PM
Hardware

"The heart of the water cooling solution is the inclusion of the Swiftech MCP350 DDC 12V Water Pump. The Swiftech MCP350 DDC 12V Water Pump employs a brushless DC motor with lower power consumption ranging from 6 to 13.2 VDC. Despite the size, the pump is capable of producing max..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 10:51:22PM
Hardware

"Five years ago, despite the growing ubiquity of FireWire, if you wanted to edit video seriously on your PC you were still better off with dedicated hardware. But times have changed, and dedicated hardware just hasn’t been able to keep up with the burgeoning power of more general..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 10:43:57PM
HTPC-SFF

"The Logitech G3 Laser Mouse's compact, ambidextrous design encourages a fingertip grip, which many gamers prefer to make quicker and bolder movements using their wrist. The G3 mouse includes the same powerful mouse engine as the Logitech G5 and G7 mice and 2,000 dpi resolution."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 10:38:17PM
Hardware

"For the most part everyone needs a mousepad, the kind you need all depends on what you use it for. Today mouspads come in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials, again it all depends on your needs which kind you will need or want. Today for review I have a mousepad from Xtrac called the Xtrac Pro H..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/23/06 @ 10:32:15PM
Hardware

MarkLofaso: Don't bother looking for flying pigs or holding a seance to ask Ken Lay if he's cold. There's a non-hardware approach that's the "DRM du jour" at CableLabs which is likely to knock the legs out from under cableCARD versions 1 & 2...developing.
"CableLabs recently announced that Motorola's "M-Card" has joined Scientific Atlanta's offering in earning the organization's coveted qualified status, paving the way for such great functionality as picture-in-picture on compatible TVs and multi-channel recording for properly-equipped DVRs."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/22/06 @ 04:05:05PM
HTPC-SFF

"Do you want to learn how to overclock your Athlon 64 CPU? In this tutorial we will cover Athlon 64 overclocking with several tips and tricks that even users with some overclocking experience will learn something new."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/21/06 @ 08:47:04PM
Hardware

"Rock's latest offering is a joint venture with the legendary games developer Atari, who have joined forces to produce 100 limited edition laptops (from £999) featuring Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach artwork. While this number of laptops doesn’t seem a lot, we gave Rock a..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/21/06 @ 08:32:56PM
Hardware

"uper Talent is no stranger to the world of making high performance components. Being around for the pass twenty plus years they have produced their fair share of high overclocking memory. Super Talent also produces many other things that one may take a liking to like MP3 players, flash drives and di..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/21/06 @ 08:00:13PM
Hardware

"Well well, the day has finally come. It is now day number 50; the final day for this ATI Linux trial. With that said, it's about time for me to share some concluding remarks regarding ATI's recent Linux efforts with their monthly fglrx display drivers. On the first day, I <..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:49:18PM
Misc

"The continual toying with gravity and your sense of up and down is more than a barrage of set-pieces; it's a clever adjunct to combat, allowing enemies to remove your footing and you to do likewise by shooting gravity switches. When you head online and face real-world enemies in boring-sounding dea..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:47:16PM
Software

MrSlacker: You can find our review of this video card here.
"LATELY, GRAPHICS CARD manufacturers have become less willing—or perhaps less capable—of deviating from the reference designs provided by ATI and NVIDIA. This trend is especially apparent at the high end of the market, where often little more than a sticker and a couple of MHz differentiates one manu..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:44:24PM
Hardware

"The FOXCONN board is the third AM2 platform motherboard on our test bench. In terms of features, the C51XEM2AA covers the bases nicely, with SLI, LinkBoost, SLI memory, Firewire and everything else you would expect from a modern motherboard represented nicely. In terms of performance, the C51XEM2AA ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:37:36PM
Hardware

"I located mine next to a return vent in my house, and in summer or winter months when the system is heating or cooling, the Reserator receives a good amount of circulating air. In the spring and fall however, the handler runs only infrequently, and during those months average water temperatures typi..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:35:58PM
Hardware

"ECS RS482-M is a very simple socket 939 motherboard based on ATI’s chipset with embedded graphics, Radeon Xpress 200 – which uses the same graphics engine from Radeon X300 –, supporting Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 CPUs. We were very curious to benchmark Radeon Xpress 200 and compare its..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:34:11PM
Hardware

MrSlacker: I can't wait for these price drops!!!
"Our testing showed that when gaming at high resolutions the limiting factor is not the processor, but is actually the graphics card. This was shown to be true in three out of the six games that we benchmarked. We used the ATI Radeon X1900XTX graphics card, which is the fastest single card GPU on the..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/20/06 @ 10:32:41PM
Hardware

"Just a few weeks after the U.S availability of Samsung's first Blu-Ray player, early reviews indicate that the noise-reduction chip used in the player does not (allow) early adopters to enjoy the expected high definition experience. "The play back of the latest Sony BD-ROM titles simply didn't ..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/20/06 @ 09:41:25AM
HTPC-SFF

MarkLofaso: From our Flaccid Panda Research division comes news of an LCD monitor with casing made of bamboo.  According to this story, bamboo fibers are stronger than steel.  Upon reading this article North Korean dictator Kim Jung Ill placed an order for 20,000 bamboo armored tanks to be delivered as soon as possible.  Pandas remain unaffected by the move and still wish just be friends with one another.
"Bamboo is a grass rather than wood, but it is harder than oak. The fibres are even stronger than wood and steel. This type of plant is hard and panda friendly and as pandas only feed on soft bamboo there is no harm to wildlife."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/19/06 @ 11:20:17PM
Hardware

"Sony plans to launch two new high definition camcorders in the near future, one of which will use 8cm single/double layer DVD+R media and the other which will use a 30GB hard drive. Both camcorders feature 1080i HD recording in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound audio. An..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/19/06 @ 10:49:25PM
Hardware

"Another fine Intel board from abit, I am a big fan of the uGuru system and if I was honest I would have to say I think it is the most user friendly Overclocking system, maybe in the future we could see memory timing adjustment on the fly from uGuru who knows, but it would be a nice achievement. Over..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/19/06 @ 10:17:43PM
Hardware

"Thermaltake's new Mini Typhoon cooler does a fantastic job in not only keeping processor temperatures low but in circulating air over and around nearby mainboard components. It does this with its shelf type design and with the add on 'Value Kit' consisting of two 50mm fans. The air circulation ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/19/06 @ 10:07:34PM
Hardware

"It has been some time but MVKTech is proud once again to announce a giveaway thanks to Crucial. Some months ago we have reviewed the Crucial Ballistix PC-4000 1GB Kit, and now it is time to share this experience with our readers. If you want to get your hands on some of the fastest ram in its class,..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/19/06 @ 09:58:32PM
Misc

"Yahoo Inc.'s stock price plunged by more than 20 percent Wednesday, shoving the shares to their lowest level in more than two years as investors punished the Internet powerhouse for postponing a pivotal change to the advertising formula that propels its profits."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/19/06 @ 02:48:40PM
Misc

MarkLofaso: Fresh off the ground from our Turnip Truck comes news that Intel won't stop the layoffs after the 1000 managers.  In fact, analysts are predicting 10,000 layoffs (10% of its workforce).
"MacDonald acknowledged that Intel executives are looking for redundancies in the business structure of their 100,000-person company. "Nothing is off the table," MacDonald said. "Look at our messaging team; we don't launch a new product every day, so why do we need a messaging team in every depa..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/19/06 @ 10:11:19AM
Misc

MarkLofaso: Dual CableCARDs.  This is good news for HTPC.  In the MeVo Introduction I predicted somebody would blink soon on getting HDTV off a cable feed.  Looks like TiVo had the clout to get cable companies to blink.
"The new Series3 from TiVo is a dual CableCARD tuner, capable of supporting two independent single stream UDCP CableCARD hosts. The product can also act as a single CableCARD device. Many DVR fans have been waiting for the Series3 from TiVo since its single CableCARD device, the Series2, was announce..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/19/06 @ 09:32:29AM
Hardware

"Wow, not only did Intel make a comeback they have done it in a much cooler fashion, as the new X6800 and E6700 CPUs are not only fast and furious, they run at a much lower temperature threshold than the previous generation Pressler CPUs. This will be a huge relief to those in the Intel camp, and eve..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:34:44PM
Hardware

"After reviewing ten enthusiast brand lines from eight companies I feel confident to call Corsair's PC2-6400C3 memory line the ultimate enthusiast memory on the market today. Thanks to ability to run super tight CL3 timings up over 880MHz and CL4 timings well over 1.1GHz these modules will give game..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:32:39PM
Hardware

"The world is rife with gaming accessories these days. From gaming mouse mats to gaming headsets, gaming keyboards and game pads. I have used several of these devices in the past including the Razer Copperhead, the Saitek Eclipse, the Belkin Nostromo and others. Today I will be testing the WolfClaw D..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:28:56PM
Hardware

"It seems that memory timings do make a little bit of difference, but not as much as we were expecting, in all honesty. We think that a lot of this is down to the fact that Intel's Israeli design team managed to architect an incredibly efficient way of reducing memory accesses. Both cores can share ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:26:20PM
Hardware

"Out of the packaging, the ICECONE CPU Cooler takes a page out of the famous Zalman flower design but builds upon the design characteristics by adding several distinct changes. The ICECONE uses a series of copper fins around the diameter of an NMedia branded 100mm ball bearing fa..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:25:01PM
Hardware

"No computer manufacturer can touch Dell when it comes to standard components and price. The Dimension 3100C is no different: it’s small and functional, built well, and offers more than enough power for general family or business use. Available from just £279, Dell even supplies ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:22:51PM
Hardware

"Enter the Sapphire Technology X1600 Pro HDMI 256MiB. The penultimate word, HDMI, is what makes it special. With an integrated HDCP-certified HDMI connection as standard, and half-height form-factor, could this be the card for those of you who have invested in HDMI-enabled LCD and plasma TVs of late?..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 09:21:04PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"Though OCZ is known for their memory, they have released a number of other products. While the company's cooling products have not really taken off, their power supply units have been highly regarded by enthusiasts, overclockers, and system builders alike. The newest of these power products is the ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:45:58PM
Hardware

"Time will tell how strong the electronic ties that hold together internet societies will be. Civil society in the physical world could arguably be on the wane but on the internet, at least in these early years, we are seeing the reverse. Communities are becoming more stable and businesses to cater t..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:39:20PM
Misc

"The people behind Lindows, and now known as Linspire, have come out with a free community project they have called Freespire. Freespire Beta 1 Build 0.0.69 as they call it is the first operating system with the freedom of choice. Trying it out first hand at Phoronix, ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:32:07PM
Software

MrSlacker: This RAM has very interesting heatspreaders lol.
"It seems just when you thought that ram can’t get any faster, someone like OCZ comes alone and show you that they can and will improve on their past great feats. One of those past feats that I would like to remind you of happened just over a year or so, OCZ introduced a mysterious DDR ram kit that h..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:30:04PM
Hardware

"While the appearance of video cards powered with the Quad SLI technology has been old news for a while with Dell's XPS 600 Renegade along with other various products from manufacturers that have exclusive access to the technology, consumers can now rejoice as well. The GeForce 7950 GX2 is the offic..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:24:00PM
Hardware

"WITH A SIX PACK of Serial ATA RAID, dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers, High Definition Audio, and a whopping 46 PCI Express lanes, NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI chipset is easily the most feature-rich core logic chipset available for AMD's new Socket AM2 platform. Squeezing all of those features onto a ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:21:12PM
Hardware

MrSlacker: This is one nice mouse pad.
"While plastic is a popular choice for inexpensive mouse pads, higher end models are usually made of some sort of coated metal. In the past we have had the chance to take a look at some great metal surfaces, such as the Ulti-mat, Razer eXactmat, and the Banshee Pad. Each of these is a high end mouse ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:14:54PM
Hardware

"Digital character displays have put system information and other useful data right at the end user’s fingertips for many years now. While there are only a handful of companies who manufacture them, most have to spend a large amount of time and money developing the software to compliment these displa..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:12:42PM
Hardware/Modding

"Many gamers feel they have to trim the system to keep their machines light enough to lug around but it stands to reason that the lighter the essentials, essentials like the case itself, the less of the important stuff you have to live without."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:08:48PM
Hardware

"As far as I can say, the OCZGXS600 is an excellent performer. It is certainly refreshing to see such a compact design that packs a powerful punch while being virtually silent. The good news is, all that comes at a price you can afford. Thanks to OCZ, there is also a 3-year warranty with worldwide co..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 08:06:02PM
Hardware

"If you can't wait for a response in a message board, you can try a new service, Qunu, which is trying to replicate the message board community spirit, but in real time. Qunu connects you via instant message to an expert on the topic you need help with."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/18/06 @ 11:32:14AM
Misc

"Intel looks set to fork its 'Conroe' Core 2 Duo desktop processor line-up in much the same way it's going to split its 'Merom' Core 2 Duo mobile family in two. Recently leaked roadmaps show a Core 2 Duo E4300 turning up in Q1 2007."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/18/06 @ 10:43:54AM
Hardware

MarkLofaso: Pete Coors had his drivers license taken away for running a stop sign and then failing the "Touch Your Nose While Hopping on One Foot and Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Backwards Test." His blood level registered 0.088, making him "legally drunk" or "illegally drunk" or...well you know what I mean.

Note: We couldn't obtain his mugshot, so we substituted a random mugshot.

"Coors, 59, said he had consumed a beer about 30 minutes before leaving a wedding, the Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday. He faces a July 20 arraignment and has 30 days to appeal the revocation. "I made a mistake. I should have planned ahead for a ride," Coors said in a statemen..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/18/06 @ 09:58:05AM
Misc

"With the Apollo case, NZXT has delivered up something that should appeal to quite a few people out there. Its design coupled with it's low price tag is going to make for an attractive deal for someone looking for a pre-modded case. As configured in the review, the case comes in at $70 smackers and ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/18/06 @ 12:16:00AM
Hardware

MarkLofaso: "Well, sure, the Frinkiac-7 looks impressive [to student] Don't touch it! [back to class] But I predict that within 100 years computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times larger, and so expensive that only the five richest kings in Europe will own them."-1970's Professor Frink (wiki)
"The most sought-after corporate IT workers in 2010 may be those with no deep-seated technical skills at all. The nuts-and-bolts programming and easy-to-document support jobs will have all gone to third-party providers in the U.S. or abroad. Instead, IT departments will be populated with "versatilis..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/16/06 @ 10:14:49AM
Misc

"“A little bit ago we took a look at Aerocool's multifunction Power Panel. It was a great product and it was really useful. Well today we have another multifunction panel from Aerocool, it's the PowerWatch. It has a lot of the same features as the Power Panel, but adds a cool circular LCD and it fi..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/16/06 @ 01:37:21AM
Modding

Inter Core 2 Duo reviews!
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/16/06 @ 01:28:11AM
Hardware

MarkLofaso: Our friend Rich at [H] has uncovered a story that Microsoft is pulling its Private Folder App less than a week after its release.  Apparently, nosey IT Administrators didn't like the idea of their users gaining privacy at work and Microsoft caved to their criticisms.  And the blackmailing continues...
"Following a barrage of criticism from security experts and IT administrators, Microsoft has withdrawn its new Private Folder application. The program was introduced last week as a free download for those who verify their operating system as genuine through Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage Prog..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/15/06 @ 01:12:13PM
Software

MarkLofaso: In my defense, I never gave Americal Idol consent to air that audition =)
"Recruiting and hiring managers are increasingly eliminating job candidates because of negative online information found on social networking sites, blogs and forums. ExecuNet, a job search and recruiting company, polled 100 executive recruiters and found that more than a third of recruiters have eli..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/14/06 @ 11:38:23AM
Misc

"If you choose to drink and HTPC, please do so responsibly. More then 100 CPUs per die tragically due to needless overclocking while under the influence. With that said, it doesn't hurt to break out the tequalia once in awhile."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/14/06 @ 10:50:41AM
HTPC-SFF

MarkLofaso: Never lagging too far behind its arch rival, Intel, it's rumored that AMD plans its own layoffs.  With a better explanation, its Geode unit is being dissolved.  Geode represents a low-power line of processors that never saw much success in the market.
"RUMOURS REACH us that AMD is going to cut about 1,000 jobs today. The affected are the Geode people, formerly of National Semiconductor, and the Colorado center where they worked may be closed as well."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/14/06 @ 10:38:24AM
Misc

MarkLofaso: In a heart-warming show of employer loyalty comes the news that 1000 Intel mangers will be fired on the heels of the release of its latest processor.  As a "thank you for your loyal service", severance package includes a rebate for its new high performance Core line of processors.

I suppose the fact that only managers are being cut should comfort the public.  More layoffs will certainly follow of the managed.

"INTEL CONFIRMED an earlier INQ story saying 1,000 plus jobs would be cut at the company, but the redundancies are only for managerial positions, the firm said."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/14/06 @ 10:17:14AM
Misc

"Acer’s silver-and-black Aspire 9410 (400x300x40mm, 3.6kg) is one of the company’s latest range of 17-inch laptops. The others include the Aspire 9400, Aspire 7110 and Aspire 7100 series. All of the families are designed to combine the needs of both home users and office workers,..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:41:12PM
Hardware

"Enter the Biostar TForce 6100. Although not normally a make I would consider when choosing a motherboard, the features this board offered really caught my attention, and the advertised overclock-friendly TForce (as opposed to the more standard 6100-M7) reeled me in. Biostar offers this board in Sock..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:36:36PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"Normally, transporting hardware to PC gaming parties or other events involves stuffing your high-end components into plastic trash bags and storage bins. This is a normal part of life for hardcore gamers. But, one problem always remains – how do I transport my LCD safely? Gear Grip has answered this..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:35:04PM
Misc

"Foxconn, a traditional player on the OEM market, entered the retail market a while ago using its own brand. For the AMD platform Foxconn is using WinFast brand, which was licensed from Leadtek. WinFast 6100K8MA-RS is a socket 939 motherboard based on GeForce 6100, a chipset from nVidia with embedded..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:29:11PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"TechDomain with thanks to our sponsors Reckless Games is pleased to announce the giveaway of a copy of Prey, the latest and greatest PC game to hit the shelves! Prey is a first-person shooter in which players take on the role of a character who must fight against multiple alien races."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:23:56PM
Misc

"Today, we will have a two part review from a newcomer to the USA market but not new to the game. Revoltec is a German that is being entered into our market and computer lives thorough BlueGears. BlueGears is a company that is also pretty much new as well, but has introduced us to some very interesti..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:21:06PM
Modding

"Over the course of today's article, we will be covering the video card choices at the three different price points decided by the team and why we will also go into a bit of detail as to why we made those choices. Later this week Bjorn3D will evaluate the performance and features of the various mult..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 09:15:52PM
Hardware

"One of Intel’s big pushes for the motherboard market at the moment is the VIIV standard. VIIV is the combination of Dual Core CPUs, an Intel motherboard, High Definition Audio and more to present a unified digital home entertainment platform. The ECS board is a decent example of a VIIV board, with e..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 08:58:37PM
Hardware

"Our latest adventure with SilverStone Technology places us in front of their most recent Lascala chassis, the LC20M. The SilverStone Lascala LC20M boasts an integrated VFD display with IR remote, aluminum construction, superb multimedia capabilities, and more."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 08:33:52PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"Image a device that allowed you to monitor the speeds of four of your system fans, monitor four different temperatures inside your system an be able to alert you if they became to high. Then for good measure, let us toss in a 25-in-1 media card reader so you can have access to almost every media ca..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 08:22:09PM
Hardware/Modding

"You will no doubt have already heard of EVGA, one of the largest sellers of Nvidia based GPU's in the USA and with good reason, they offer what is probably the best after sales support in the industry, and some seriously tasty cards to boot. Well, within a week you should start to see EVGA’s entire..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 08:17:25PM
Hardware

"In the war to see who establishes a standard for digital entertainment computers archenemies Intel and AMD present their weapons: at one corner Intel with their ViiV platform – which is the digital home concept that Intel is pushing for ages with a new name – and at the other corner AMD with their L..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/13/06 @ 08:15:16PM
Software

MarkLofaso: Our friends over at HTPCNews have taken a very in-depth look at AVerMedia's latest TV capture card.  Author, Matt Wright, plunges into the real meat of this card, the NEC µPD61153 chip.  Very informative and lots of pretty pictures to boot.
"The AVerMedia AverTV Purity 3D MCE 250 is a brand new product that uses NEC's latest TV chip, called the µPD61153. This time the NEC chip is a complete package, it does the analog to digital conversion, noise filtering, and hardware MPEG2 encoding all in one, just like ATI's Theater 550 Pro. Becau..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/13/06 @ 11:04:35AM
HTPC-SFF

MarkLofaso: Priced at $3453, Toshiba says it doesn't have enough recorders yet to satisfy demand.  By the new launch date they hope to have 6 units ready =)
"Toshiba said on Thursday it is delaying the launch of the world's first high-definition optical disc recorder based on the HD DVD format until the end of the month as it hasn't built up enough prelaunch inventory. Slower procurement of some recorder components than expected has led to inadequate ..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/13/06 @ 10:21:24AM
HTPC-SFF

"Today, the Japanese electronics giant announced the Memory Stick Entertainment Pack. These packs consist of a 1GB or 2GB Memory Stick Duo bundled with a DVD. The DVD contains a program for your PC that lets you transfer one of four Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVDs to a Memory Stick for playback..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/13/06 @ 10:11:01AM
Misc

MarkLofaso:

From our Point and Laugh department comes confirmation that Target will be dropping Sony's proprietary UMD movies from its shelves due to slow sales.

*EDIT*  Now if we could just kill Blue Ray, then talk everyone into voting no on PS3 with their wallets, Sony would croak and we could all REALLY point and laugh. 

"Sony's fledgling portable movie format, the Universal Media Disc, is officially no longer for sale at Target stores, a customer service representative confirmed to GamePro today. Sony's portable UMD movie format has struggled for acceptance since the PSP's release in early 2005. Th..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/13/06 @ 09:37:23AM
Misc

"So what we did learn here? That integrated video is slower compared to even the least expensive cards on the market including an add-in board with the same name. The X300 was much faster while the 6200TC was easily capable of doubling the performance of the integrated video in all but one situation...."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/12/06 @ 10:46:35PM
Hardware

"Linux is one of elusive topics in many discussions relating to computers. Cut through the fog and try a real operating system with Ubuntu. Take the ease of Mac OSX and the stability of Linux and you have Ubuntu. Read on..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/12/06 @ 10:44:35PM
Software

MrSlacker: Who can say "no" to free stuff?!
"TechDomain is pleased to announce our newest giveaway. Thanks to the kindness of one of our members, we have the opportunity to giveaway a copy of the popular mmorpg game World of Warcraft, as well as a 60 day free play card (any subsequent subscription will be at the expense of the winner). World o..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/12/06 @ 10:42:07PM
Misc

"Not long ago I reviewed a mouse pad from Corepad called the Deskpad, it is a huge mouse pad that covers your desk basically, I've used the Deskpad everyday until now. Recently I received something similar from Xtrac called the Ripper XXL Gaming Mat, it is similar in size to the Deskpad but I've fo..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/12/06 @ 10:39:39PM
Hardware

"At first glance we can see that this case looks very cool and has a curved bezel which CoolerMaster says is able to optimize air flow, but I think it just looks interesting. Like the rest of the Mystique, the front end is all aluminum, though the bezel's construction is thicker than that of the oth..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/12/06 @ 10:35:57PM
Hardware

"IN AN ATTEMPT TO improve performance and extend battery life, mobile hard drive manufacturers are working on hybrid designs that combine flash memory with traditional platters. Flash memory's fast access times, low weight and power consumption, and lack of moving parts make it ideal for mobile envi..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/12/06 @ 10:25:06PM
Hardware

"Accedo Broadband has released Funspot for casual gamers who want to access games from the comfort of their couch. Games include Word Mine, Kakvro, Black Jack, Poker Puzzle, 4-in-a-row, Qizzz Master, Jacks or Better, Kaboom!, Sudoku, and more. Everything is free and can be fully controlled with you..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/12/06 @ 10:39:13AM
HTPC-SFF

"The new protein-based DVD is expected to have advantages over current optical storage devices (such as the Blu-ray). It will be able to store at least 20 times more than the Blue-ray and eventually even up to 50,000 gigabytes (about 50 terabytes) of information."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/12/06 @ 10:04:49AM
Hardware

MarkLofaso: From our Turnip Truck department comes the announcement from ATI that Microsoft has chosen ATI's decoder to play content on an ATI GPU.  I suppose Microsoft didn't read our review where we had no luck with this decoder, which is actually made by Cyberlink.  Maybe Microsoft can make them fix it.
"ATI Technologies today announced that Microsoft Corp. has chosen ATI's H.264 decoder for the Xbox 360™ HD DVD player, bringing users sharper, more true-to-life visuals and smoother playback of high-definition content. HD DVDs encoded using one of three approved codecs deliver up to six times the re..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/12/06 @ 09:49:59AM
HTPC-SFF

"Foster drew in a long, deep breath and brought his eye closer to the sight before moving it away again, stretching his neck and steadying his nerves before shutting one eye and setting himself again. I watched the slight but noticeable twitch as his finger slowly began to wrap around the trigger, ou..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:59:33PM
Software

"MMO players play a significant role in creating the game, to the point that the creation of the game could be considered a partnership. Blizzard might provide the polygons and the servers, and script a few missions, but the intrigue, the stories, the emotional involvement, are all made by the player..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:53:02PM
Misc

MrSlacker: You can find our review of Sapphire Ultimate X1600 Pro here.
"Sapphire released a Radeon X1600 XT model using a silent cooling solution. As you know, Radeon X1600 XT is the top mid-range chip from ATI. In this review we will compare its performance to other members of the Radeon X1000 series, to previous ATI chips and also with competing products from nVidia. ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:46:34PM
Hardware

"As Conroe prepares to hit the streets this next Friday NVIDIA has geared up their chipsets to support this new CPU breed. The new nForce 590/570 chipsets are NVIDIAs latest entry of support for the Intel line and offers some great new features as well. Take a sneak peek at what is coming right aroun..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:41:12PM
Hardware

"How would you like to win a custom built X-treme gaming system worth close to $4000USD? CPU Magazine, HyperKore, and Modders-Inc are giving you that chance. We are not talking about an average PC we are talking about a full blown hardcore gaming machine. Check out the contest page and enter for your..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:37:30PM
Misc

MrSlacker: Pretty handy little cable, gotta add it to my 1337 tool box =)
"Convenience is a must for anybody that is constantly building and working on PC hardware. To instantly be able to take a hard drive or media ROM drive and retrieve data from them is a godsend. That’s why the following review product is a great idea. The USB 2.0 to SATA / IDE Cable from Brando is gre..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:34:45PM
Hardware

"Cases say an awful lot about you as a computer user. Those out there with the clear sides and all that electric blue lighting seem to send out that "I know what I'm doing when I work on my computer, now leave me alone because I'm busy researching worm holes and quantum physics". Others who poses..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:29:41PM
Hardware

"With almost every PC game your keyboard and mouse is what you use to control the game. Sometimes your keyboard just doesn't cut it. You have to reach far just to reload or change weapons. There are not enough keys that are close to program all your keys you use in the game. Well Saitek has solved t..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:18:57PM
Hardware

"Both celebrities and consumers have indulged themselves in T-Mobile’s Sidekick. The personal communication device is perfect for keeping in touch with friends, as well as e-mail and web browsing. Although the Sidekick II was immensely popular, it was lacking some much-needed features such as Bluetoo..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:11:19PM
Misc

"It's now officially the summer of 2006 and it's time to do publish another article on how to build your own gaming notebook. The changes from 2005 to 2006 were significant when it comes to notebooks. Intel started shipping dual-core processors (Yonah) for their Napa based platforms (i945PM/GM) an..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 09:03:38PM
Hardware

"PowerColor released a special model of the mid-range Radeon X1600 Pro using 512 MB instead of 256 MB. We will compare its performance to other members of the Radeon X1000 series, to previous ATI chips and also with competing products from nVidia. Let’s take a look on how was the performance of this ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 08:46:54PM
Hardware

"Check out this case mod that hails from Brazil! There's some incredibly detailed window work, outrageous orange UV paint, old-school analogue gauges and great attention to detail."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/11/06 @ 08:15:29PM
Modding

MarkLofaso: Today Harvey Moroney, a local senior citizen, dialed Microsoft for his daily support call. He was enraged to learn that nobody would talk to him about his latest Solitaire dilemma. When Harvey finally agreed to upgrade to Windows XP, he was dumbfounded to learn that Microsoft does not ship Windows XP on floppy disks, requiring a costly purchase of a CD-ROM reader. Harvey is not the only victim. Thousands of geriatrics will fall victim to Microsoft's latest in a series of forced operating system upgrades...developing.
"Microsoft has announced that as of July 11, it will be shutting down all product support for Windows 98, 98 SE, and Windows Me, including security updates. The company had previously dropped free technical support for these aging operating systems in 2003, but had continued to provide critical updat..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/11/06 @ 03:56:58PM
Software

MarkLofaso: To clarify, this is not about money or piracy.  CleanFlicks and similar companies purchased DVDs, sanitised them, and shipped both the original and edited versions to their customers, who wanted to leave out offensive material, yet watch the movie.  This could only result in more sales of the DVD.  The Directors Guild simply insists that sex, violence, drugs, and cursing MUST be viewed.
"When the technology was shown to a group of directors and other Hollywood types, they were furious. They felt that CleanFlicks and other companies offering the same sort of service were at best, undermining the artistic integrity of their films. The sanitizers argued that there was a strong demand f..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/11/06 @ 11:24:23AM
Misc

"Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 is a useful tool for you to protect your private data when your friends, colleagues, kids or other people share your PC or account. With this tool, you will get one password protected folder called 'My Private Folder' in your account to save your personal files. Downlo..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/11/06 @ 10:35:48AM
Software

"Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1 is an exciting new addition to the Windows Media tools family. It is a powerful tool for video professionals, optimized for the creation of high-quality offline encoding using Microsoft’s implementation of the VC-1 video standard (WMV9)."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/11/06 @ 10:18:24AM
HTPC-SFF

MarkLofaso:

Falling in just behind "holding the Shift key down to disable autoplay CD-protection" comes an obvious way to copy Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies.  HDCP engineers are left slack-jawed upon the news that Print Screen still works.  Engineers are now scrambling to develop an HDCP-Ready keyboard that will not allow the Print Screen key to be pressed during a movie...developing.

"Computer magazine c't has discovered that the first software players running on Windows XP allow screenshots of the movies to be created in full resolution. To do so, you only need to press the Print key on your keyboard while the movie is running. Such a screenshot function could then be automated..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/11/06 @ 10:03:58AM
HTPC-SFF

"From magnetic-barometric enlobal bearings to magnetic flux, we have all of the details covered in this word-premiere coverage of the Enermax Marathon. We followed it in the review by taking it for a bath, and dismantling her blades."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/10/06 @ 10:59:49PM
Hardware

"The hype surrounding the 802.11n high-speed wireless specification has triggered a deluge of compliant products with every vendor that’s anyone rushing to hit the market. We all know by now the status of this specification as in May the first working draft failed to achieve the<..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/10/06 @ 07:54:47PM
Hardware

"Coolermaster is known the world over for making some of the greatest cases of all time. With production runs from the ATCS up to the newest Stacker 830, there is no denying that Coolermaster is one of the tops when it comes to cases. Well, today they were cool enough to send over one of their newest..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/10/06 @ 07:52:05PM
Hardware

"Video playing is one of the best uses of a portable device and has been getting lots of attention lately. The problem with this has never been playing the video, but rather recording it. The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is a "digital VCR for the portable video age". Think of it as a PVR (or TiVo) for ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/10/06 @ 07:50:00PM
HTPC-SFF

"Chances are that, unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years, you know who or what OCZ is. If you are one of those that have been living under a rock then you need OCZ and you need to continue reading. OCZ has become a force to be reckoned with as a top ram manufacturer, they con..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/10/06 @ 07:48:27PM
Hardware

"ABC HAS HELD DISCUSSIONS ON the use of technology that would disable the fast-forward button on DVRs, according to ABC President of Advertising Sales Mike Shaw, with the primary goal to allow TV commercials to run as intended."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/10/06 @ 12:38:49PM
HTPC-SFF

MarkLofaso: From our Time Travel department; MATTERIS, an Israeli tech company, has announced development of a holographic storage medium that will exceed 1TB on CD-sized media.  The good news is there is no shrinkage.  The cold pool water submersion test is scheduled during the winter :P
"The new material does not shrink during recording as compared to photo-polymers. - Shrinking during recording means that the data written at one spot moves slightly and it will not be found by the laser beam which is looking to read it at the same spot. This is an important source of errors, which ..."
Posted by: MarkLofaso on 7/10/06 @ 12:18:07PM
Misc

Geno: The hardest working guys in "HTPC Open Source Land" have made a major release (v0.2) and the first patch for that release in less than a week.  If you're of the mentality that a product is not complete until its first service pack, then now might be the time to try out MediaPortal.  Let us know what you think.  If feedback looks good, we'll give this baby a test drive and a writeup...um after the MeVo Series.
"Knowing that you are all anxious about new features or to see bugfixes for the last remaining showstoppers we've decided to integrate the most important fixes into the stable 0.2 release to make it even better. I'll still try to collect important fixes and "little feature updates" which should n..."
Posted by: Geno on 7/10/06 @ 11:44:57AM
HTPC-SFF

"Heavy-duty server cases have really gone by the wayside these days because of all the attention given to mid-tower and small form factor cases. I really like using my SFF system for LAN parties, but having a true server case is a necessity for a multiple hard drive file servers like the one I have i..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/9/06 @ 10:46:05PM
Hardware

MrSlacker: Our buddies over at Viper Lair have a new review just for you! Check it out =)
"Although not likely to recommend this board to someone well versed in overclocking I would still whole heartily recommend it to someone looking to get into overclocking and looking for a user friendly, feature packed board. This is Foxconn's first go at the 975 chipset and I feel for the entry leve..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/9/06 @ 10:41:12PM
Hardware

"One thing that sets EVGA apart from other companies is the support EVGA puts behind each and every product they sell. If you go onto EVGA's message boards, it is clear that they care about the customer. Lifetime Warranty, 24/7 Toll free technical support phone- line, and a 90-day Step-Up program ad..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 10:11:06PM
Hardware

"Last month we had reported on the Tyan Tempest i5000XL motherboard as well as the Tyan Tiger i7520SD, both of which had their own unique characteristics to the table. However, today we are bringing the remainder of our Tiger i7520SD S5365 review. In this final chapter, ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 10:09:53PM
Hardware

"Spire is known for making really great CPU coolers. Almost every cooler that I have seen performs well. Today I have a new cooler from Spire, it is the VertiCool II, it looks really cool and performs very well. I did run into one slight problem though with installation on my LGA 775 motherboard, rea..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 03:31:07PM
Hardware

"BFG Tech were gracious enough to provide their OC™ examples of all three products, two-up for some SLI testing. BFG are staid factory overclockers with the majority of their gamer-led products, bumping things up above stock as a way to appeal. Taking a good look at their versions of GeForce 7600 GT,..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 03:28:41PM
Hardware

"The rear portion of the Scythe Stealth Semi-Fanless Power Supply has all the standard features found on most PSU units but incorporates a large black coloured aluminum heatsink for passive cooling and an 8-position rheostat knob which controls Scythe's Flexible Fan Control Syst..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 03:23:19PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"I will say that the alpha cool is one of the best that I have used and I say this because if the allan key construction, what I mean by this is that the hole unit can be taken apart with one allan key this makes topping up or just changing the water in the system a complete piece of cake and let me ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 03:21:11PM
Hardware/Modding

"In an effort to create a more definitive resource for the collectivism of Linux-compatible hardware, Phoronix.com has announced the creation of Phoronix LCH. Phoronix LCH is a community-driven indexing system where anyone can contribute by sharing their Linux hardware..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 03:16:58PM
Hardware

MrSlacker: Interested in this sound card? Then make sure to read how it stacks up against the X-Mystique HDA in our X-Fi Xtreme Music vs. X-Mystique HDA comparison here.
"If you are serious about your audio or gaming you need to get off of the onboard sound and switch to The X-FI. There is a lot going for this card with all it’s little extras and the different gaming modes. I didn't even get a chance to get into the cool things about EAX and Macro sounds. With all..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 02:52:10PM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"The PowerShot S3 IS is Canon’s third generation ‘super zoom’ compact digital camera. Successor to the popular PowerShot S2 IS, the 6-Megapixel camera features the same 12x optical zoom but boosts the sensitivity range up to ISO 800, has a larger 2.0-inch vari-angle screen and bo..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 02:48:01PM
Misc

"Enter the new CK-1022-6 Freedom, touted as a Super Tower / entry-level server case from Asys. Yes, that's Asys, with a Y. Can't say that I've ever come across any of their cases before, but the product information sheet looked promising. And the pictures showed it was no slouch in the looks depar..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 02:46:01PM
Hardware

"During my time with this monitor, I've grown to love it. Using the screen everyday is a pleasure and despite its size, it is incredibly flexible, thanks to Samsung's excellent array of adjustment and configuration options. Height adjustment, pivot and swivel are functions that are often overlooked..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 02:44:13PM
Hardware

"Just think about it. Last week, we had a New Super Mario Bros. Before that we had the return of Sensible Soccer. Before that, we had Sin, an FPS that – gameplay wise – could have appeared in the last century, and Ridge Racer; a driving game that couldn't be any more a stripped ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 02:41:38PM
Software

MrSlacker: You can find our review of XFX 7900GT here.
"Overclocking performance is a major reason for owning a 7900 GT. At stock it already beats its competition, so when we delve into overclocking it's all about getting GTX-like performance for a lot less money. That's not a typo, the memory really did reach 900 MHz! The core reached a..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/8/06 @ 02:36:08PM
Hardware

MrSlacker: Tired of that plain old enclosure? Read our Splinter Cell Portable HDD Enclosure guide to see how YOU can spice up your old enclosure.
"Enermax is one of those companies that have been around for a long time and is well aware of what people like us are looking for in different areas of computing. They are more known when it comes to power supplies and cases, but Enermax knows other peripherals as well. Let’s take the Aurora keyboard..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 03:30:59AM
Hardware

"Recently I had a chance to spend some time with the second version of the Das Keyboard, a keyboard which has no character information on it. While this product is still plain black like its predecessor, a number of other changes were made in order to get it more in line with what consumers are looki..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 03:26:48AM
Hardware

"It seems like the new trend for heatsink design is a high rise tower utilizing heat pipes for moving the heat away from the CPU. This particular HSF utilizes this same principal and comes in two versions: one for the Intel LGA 775 and one for AMD K8 CPUs. Today I'll be testing the K8 version in one..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 03:21:17AM
Hardware

"Overall, the GeForce 7300GT DDR3 is yet another legendary graphics card from NVIDIA. It simply kills any card at its price range and even smoked the higher-end GeForce 6800GS and Radeon X800XL in certain benchmarks like 3DMark06 and games such as Call of Duty 2, Quake 4 and Battlefield 2. Without a ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 03:17:45AM
Hardware

"Based on our collective experiences with both boards, we believe that the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi Edition represents better value for money on a number of counts and that is not just because it is nearly £10 cheaper. The M2N32-SLI Deluxe was fantastically stable, a great overclocker and is genera..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 02:55:22AM
Hardware

"BACK IN THE DAY, Abit made arguably the best enthusiast-oriented motherboards around. Abit boards were sought after for their extra onboard peripherals and overclocking-friendly BIOSes. Performance wasn't too shabby either, but the competition adapted quickly. Soon others were offering mobos with s..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 02:51:45AM
Hardware

"SiSoftware is a leader in benchmarking software. Businesses and individuals alike use their tools for monitoring performance on systems. Sandra 2007, SiSoftware’s newest version of their famous Sandra, includes all the modules from the previous versions and comes packed with even more. When f..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 02:49:17AM
Software

"Today we have a chance to look at Logysis's newest addition to their line-up, the HD-Silencer. The finned aluminum heat sink offers the very best in heat dissipation it is also compatible with all hard drives that run at 10,000 RPM or lower. The HD-Silencer also features dampening mounting device..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/7/06 @ 01:36:09AM
Hardware

MrSlacker: You can find our review of this great little case here.
"Small form factor (SFF) cases are inherently warmer and noisier, but arguably possess more “cool” factor due to pleasing aesthetics and space efficiency. Lian-Li is a Chinese computer case vendor that has gained a reputation within the PC builder community for high-quality, stylish aluminum cases. T..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/6/06 @ 11:03:58AM
Hardware/HTPC-SFF

"Introduced back on May 23, 2006 was AMD's Socket AM2. While these processors really did not bring too much to the table other then a DDR2-800 memory controller several motherboard vendors began offering up their new AM2 supportive products. One of the manufacturers that had ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/5/06 @ 11:18:58PM
Hardware

"Rather than being based on the highest-performing nForce 590 SLI chipset, this AM2 board utilises the nForce 570 SLI, which NVIDIA categorise as being best-suited to "performance gaming" rather than "enthusiast" usage. We take a look at MSI's new board and see just how much difference there is ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/5/06 @ 10:40:21PM
Hardware

"With the Lian Li NC-01, the fans are powered off of a USB port. My personal laptop has only two USB ports. If one is used for the cooler and the other for a USB mouse - that's it, I'm out. I frequently am downloading images from a digital camera or using a thumb drive or external drive rack; al..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/5/06 @ 10:31:39PM
Misc

MrSlacker: w00t free stuff!!!
"This OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB USB Flash Drive can be yours! This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere, so long as you are a member of the XYZ Computing Forums. Please feel free to stop by, join up, and engage in some lively and fun discussion. Entering just takes a few seconds."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/5/06 @ 10:27:06PM
Hardware

"To be fully honest, I loved this case since it came out of the box. It's fit and finish is superb, and its good cooling is backed by a well thought out design. While it may be impaired by a half heartedly designed side panel, and clearance issues, this case is a clear cut winner at its price point...."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/5/06 @ 10:20:42PM
Hardware

"Of all the recent s939 boards that I have had on the test bench, I would have to say that this board ranked right at the top. It certainly has been my favorite ATI chipset board, due to the sheer ease of overclocking. If looks mean anything to you, the black PCB has to catch your eye. Performance is..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/5/06 @ 10:04:12PM
Hardware

"What if you were able to watch live television wherever you go? The FA Cup in your cube? BBC breaking news at your hotel? Your local news station halfway around the world? Lost in Hawaii. Jamie Oliver in your kitchen. Now what if we told you that you could do that without having..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:52:13PM
HTPC-SFF

"ASUS is a top manufacturer in the world of computing, chances are you've built a system with an ASUS motherboard or know someone that has. ASUS is known for their quality and reliability but not many people would think of ASUS when they want a high end enthusiast motherboard that has all the featur..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:48:55PM
Hardware

"After a few hours of gaming spread out over a couple of days, I found the SteelSeries QcK+ to be a good mouse pad. It has a large area and a non slip backing that really kept in place even in the most intense battles. The mouse pad allowed smooth and accurate tracking with my Ra..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:45:02PM
Hardware

"Overall, the 2GB HyperX PC3200 kit did a great job with its low latency memory timings. Although the presentation is very much similar to any HyperX kit, it would be refreshing to see a slightly new design on these kits. The most interesting fact is when we were able to operate these modules at DDR4..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:41:22PM
Hardware

"When people talk about story, they mean a succession of events which fit together in a meaningful way. But in a game there are umpteen possible ways you can link things together, or at least there are supposed to be. In fact, many of the titles which are cited as having better stories – such as Half..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:31:56PM
Misc

"When you’re writing for a technology publication on a regular basis one runs the risk of becoming blasé about technology. However, when you take a step back it is remarkable how far things have come even in a couple of years. One of the first reviews on TrustedReviews was a View..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:29:26PM
Hardware

"The main problem not having a keyboard to type, but i believe this is the best GamingPad/Keyboard I have ever used and is the most comfortable. If I was really desperate to type I would even go as far as using one of these and a regular keyboard. Even though it defeats the point I found the Devour t..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 11:27:43PM
Hardware

"Otterbox you say? What the heck is an Otterbox? Well an Otterbox is a place where Otter's live, uh no wait, wrong review, that's for my Field and Stream Review. For this review an Otterbox is something that is really cool, actually it is the name of a company that makes some outstanding products t..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 01:15:25AM
Misc

"ZenLive is a Linux LiveCD based upon Zenwalk and it features their unique configuration tools, international translations, XFce window manager, and several other packages. With this being the first major release from the Zenwalk Linux LiveCD side, we have it covered w..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 01:04:33AM
Software

"GeForce 7900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end GeForce 7900 chip family from nVidia, being an option for those users willing to have a high-end video card but not wanting to buy the most expensive one. But if you want a GeForce 7900 GT with a performance higher than the standard model co..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 01:03:16AM
Hardware

"Port replicators have become an everyday occurrence in home and office environments. Today’s executives are always on the move, and most of them use a notebook computer to conduct their daily business. But, what if you’re a gamer who just wants a universal device that has the same functionality of a..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 12:57:01AM
Hardware

MrSlacker: You can find our review of this video card here.
"Clock speeds aside, what makes this card unique is its cooling solution. Instead of the reference air cooler that is so noisy noisy that I keep a set of ear plugs in my desk drawer, Sapphire has chosen to use a self-contained liquid cooling kit. As you can see, the actual cooler..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 12:51:37AM
Hardware

"I am pretty some that all of you may remember the NZXT Lexa. The case made everyone stand up and make some kind of comment about it. The Lexa has a style and look about it that was different than any other case on the market. The chrome front and laid back design is one for the ages. But, now NZXT h..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 12:46:27AM
Hardware

"Over the years we have seen some interesting cooling contraptions designed by Thrmaltake from the Beetle CL-P0086 to the BigWater SE and Volcano. In this article, we are taking our first look at their server cooling offerings in the form of the ITBU CL-P0303. Thermalt..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 12:41:57AM
Hardware

"How does it fare on the security scale? AlphaShield claims a 100% guarantee, one of those boasts immunity to DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. While I cannot simulate a DoS attack for this review, most DoS attacks are designed to bring a network to its knees by flooding it with u..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 12:38:08AM
Hardware

"Incorporating features like the processor air gate and adjustable card cooler, help to keep ambient temperatures to an absolute minimum for any system installed. The second power supply area is a nice bonus that many server builders needing to install a second power supply will love. A big plus wi..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/4/06 @ 12:36:32AM
Hardware

"Thermaltake Aguila boasts a number of customization options starting with a removable HDD/FDD 5.25" panel which also houses the Power and Reset buttons as well as the activity LEDs. This unique panel can be positioned in any of the free 5.25" drive bays in the top or bottom po..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 02:04:04AM
Hardware

"Leadtek's WinFast PX7600 GT TDH performs just like any other GeForce 7600 GT clocked at the reference clock speeds. However, Leadtek has changed the cooling solution for something a bit more substantial. The cooling solution is quiet and works well - it's much better than the reference cooler, in ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:58:48AM
Hardware

"Intel's Core Duo T2400 has a maximum operating frequency of 1.83GHz, 65nm process, 2MB of L2 cache, and 667MHz FSB; however, how does this dual-core component fare under Linux? We have taken a look at the Intel Core Duo T2400 in conjunction with the Lenovo ThinkPad T60,
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:56:29AM
Hardware

"Kingston offers PC2-6400 CAS Latency 4 memory in their standard series and in an NVIDIA "SLI Ready" line that features Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP). Total kit capacity is 2GB (2048MB) which is ideal for high performance platforms. Each module pair has been tested to run at DDR2 800MHz at lo..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:52:25AM
Hardware

"This review is going to be taking a look at the Ultra Products X2 550W power supply unit. This product is an update to the original X-Connect series of power supplies and is definitely worth a bit of our time. Though the market is now flooded with modular power supplies and the X-Connects have subse..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:44:44AM
Hardware

"Razer calls the Armadillo the "ultimate cable management system". This is a tool used in conjunction with a mouse in order to prevent accidental mouse movements due to the cable. Razer's mice use extra long cables which can easily get caught on items on or behind your desk so the obvious solution..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:39:00AM
Hardware

"Water cooling is becoming more and more popular but there are still people out there who just don't want to mix water and electricity, so there are companies out there that continue to develop excellent air cooling solutions for today's hot CPU's. Thermalright is one of those companies that make ..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:37:10AM
Hardware

"The standard GS core is clocked at 400MHz. The GST's core is factory overclocked to 500MHz which should give this little gem a nice bump in performance. Considering that the 7600 GT card's core is clocked at 560MHz, from a certain perspective, the GST has almost more in common with it than its l..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:34:54AM
Hardware

"Radeon X1900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end Radeon X1900 chip family from ATI, being an option for those users willing to have a high-end video card but not wanting to buy the most expensive one. Competing with GeForce 7900 GT from nVidia, in this review we compared it to several othe..."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:31:42AM
Hardware

"Cooler Master set out to design a case that could hold multiple hard drives, CD/DVD ROM's, be strong enough to travel to LAN's, yet not be oversized as we all know that space at a LAN can be at a premium. The Cooler Master Ammo 533 case is all that and more."
Posted by: MrSlacker on 7/2/06 @ 01:24:53AM
Hardware


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