Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-5300 2GB

Written by Dan Wood on Sunday, 17 September 2006 13:10 | Memory
ImageCrucial's top of the line Tracer series is decked out with LED's, but can it perform? We put it to the test on the latest AMD socket AM2 platform.

Free Windows Vista RC1 key from Microsoft

Written by Luke Ponio on Thursday, 14 September 2006 08:04 | Web and Industry News

Have a Windows Live ID (or MSN, Hotmail, Microsoft Passport)? If you do, you can now get a free Windows Vista RC1 key from Microsoft. The key is able to be installed on up to 10 PC's. Finally my Hotmail account comes in handy.

Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is now available for user that have Live ID, Hotmail or MSN. Windows Vista RC1 be sure to visit the Resource Center to download the Windows Vista Product Guide and discover more information that will help you get up and running quickly.


Tech Reviews

Written by Luke Ponio on Thursday, 07 September 2006 10:47 | Affiliate News

EPoX EP-5P945Pro @ HardOCP

Galaxy 7300 GT with GDDR3 @ bit-tech 

Nvidia's GeForce 7900 GS @ Tech Report 

ECS 945G-M3 Viiv @ Viper Lair 

MSI K9A Platinum @ 

Toshiba Satellite Pro A100 @ TrustedReviews 

Zalman HD135 HTPC Case Reviewed @ MetkuMods 

SteelPad QcK heavy @ techPowerUp! 

Coolermaster Mystique ATX Case @ Madshrimps 


Samsung Sens G10 Laptop - sans battery

Written by Luke Ponio on Monday, 28 August 2006 06:08 | Web and Industry News

Image Is it a laptop? Is it a desktop? Samsung's 17-inch Sens G10 comes with no battery yet has a laptop form factor. The laptop has a spacious 200GB 7200RPM drive and a 17" LCD with great paper specs, but do people move their desktops around that much that there would be a market for this? I know I don't. Probably the only benefit of this form factor is that you can fit it just about anywhere. However, from my own personal experience laptops put a major strain on your neck if you use them for several hours at a time (I know, I'm bad). Staring down at a screen is not good for ergonomics. I use a laptop as my main computer right now and have to prop it up on a couple of Calc books to get it at eye level or my neck starts to hurt. These laptop/desktop hybrids are an interesting type of product that we have seen recently from Dell's XPS M2010, but will the design ever take hold? I would bet against it. So far all the products have been cost prohibitive. No price has been announced for the Sens G10.

Strange lack of a major laptop feature aside, at least this laptop won't be blowing up any trucks...


Tech Reviews

Written by Luke Ponio on Monday, 28 August 2006 05:46 | Affiliate News

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7600 on the Dell XPS M1710 @ Legit Reviews

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H @ techFEAR 

Abit KN9 SLI @ bit-tech

XClio GREATPOWER X12S4P4-650W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers 

ATI Radeon X1950 XTX / CrossFire Evaluation @ HardOCP 


Gigabyte launches fanless video card with HDMI and HDCP

Written by Luke Ponio on Sunday, 20 August 2006 07:15 | Press Releases

GigabyteGigabyte just announced their GV-NX76G256HI-RH, a NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS based graphics card featuring a HDMI connector. Although not the first of its kind (I found a single card on Newegg with HDMI), This is perfect for HTPC's because HDMI cables include both the video and audio signal in one small, sturdy cable. The graphics card also supports HDCP which is important for the high-def copy protection that we will eventually all be dragged into. Don't fret if you have a DVI display though, the HDMI port can be connected to a DVI display with the help of a small adapter, simliar to the DVI to VGA adapters of old, which Gigabyte thoughtfully includes. You will lose the audio by using the adapter, but it wasn't there before so you probably won't miss it. With dual-dvi cards being the norm on mid-high range products, it is only a matter of time before HDMI becomes more prevalent on graphics cards. I expect HDCP compliant interfaces will be necessary as soon as (or if) Blu-Ray and HD-DVD become popular.


Intel "Kentsfield" quad-core to be released this year

Written by Luke Ponio on Sunday, 20 August 2006 06:25 | Web and Industry News
Intel's latest roadmap has been unveiled. The "Kentsfield" quad core chip, starting at 2.66Ghz, is scheduled to be released before the end of this year. Kentsfield is basically a Core 2 Duo E6700 with 4 cores instead of 2. Pricing is unfortunately going to be pretty expensive, starting at $999. It will be interesting to see how Intel copes with the heat problems. We all remember the heat problems that the Smithfield Pentium D's had when they were first launched. Cramming four cores into a space where there once was two will be quite a feat. Any bets on how big the stock heatsink will be?

Tech Reviews

Written by Luke Ponio on Sunday, 20 August 2006 06:11 | Affiliate News

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard @ ClubOC

ATI Catalyst 6.8 Performance Analysis @ TweakTown

Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser Review  @ The TechZone 

ASUS EN7900GT TOP 256MB @ Sharky Extreme 



Tech Reviews

Written by Luke Ponio on Thursday, 17 August 2006 10:50 | Affiliate News

Zalman Dual Heatpipe VGA cooler – VF900-CUz @ Driver Heaven

BenQ FP202W Monitor @ Bytesector 

Super Talent PC2-6400 @ Neoseeker 

Undervolting the AMD A64 X2 4200+ AM2 Processor @ Legit Reviews

Shuttle SN27P2 @ Bit-Tech 


AMD unleashes next-generation Opteron chips

Written by Dan Wood on Wednesday, 16 August 2006 07:47 | Web and Industry News

New server chips are getting a new socket, dubbed Socket F.

Although that new socket disrupts server designers' easy upgrade path from one Opteron to the next, it also lays the foundation for quad-core chips in 2007 and for server designs through the end of the decade.

Quad-core for the desktop market will be in the current AM2 socket, which made me sigh with relief.


Tech Reviews

Written by Luke Ponio on Wednesday, 16 August 2006 04:43 | Affiliate News

Thermalright HR01 940/939 passive cooler Review @ XtremeComputing 

Corsair Nautilus 500 External Water Cooling Kit @ HardOCP

Cool and cheap screamers from Intel and AMD @ Tech Report

Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard @ Viper Lair 

Samsung SyncMaster 244T 24" WUXGA LCD Monitor @ BonaFideReviews


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