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Good morning all.  Sorry if I'm later than usual with your morning news.  The past few days my Cable connection has been very slow and the folks at RoadRunner say everything looks good.  While it may look good on their end, I'm slogging along at Dialup 5x speeds.  Hopefully I can make enough noise to get something fixed, but it looks like they have the upper hand.  It's a real shame it has to be that way.  Anyway, the news is flowing this morning, so let's get down to business.

ABIT Launches the RX700 Graphics Card Series
Dominate the competition with BulletProof Technology

September 21st, 2004:  Known as the company that provides the world's top performing gaming hardware, ABIT is proud to deliver products that boost the level of play of gamers worldwide. Today, ABIT is proud to introduce the latest lineup of cutting-edge graphics cards – the RX700 Series. ABIT has designed and engineered the RX700 Series for top performance, making them the fastest X700-based cards for gaming.

Next Generation Graphics Technology

At the heart of the ABIT RX700 is the ATI Radeon X700 VPU, which features 8 extreme parallel pixel pipelines and 6 programmable vertex shader pipelines, enabling fluid, realistic visuals. The RX700 Series also offers the latest ATI graphics technologies, designed to bring forth a new era of high-definition gaming. 3Dc™ is a new compression technology allows game developers to pack more detail into real time 3D images than ever before, improving image quality without sacrificing performance. ATI SMARTSHADER™ technology enables advanced visual effects such as depth of field and detailed hair rendering that help bring graphics to life. ATI SMOOTHVISION™ improves anti-aliasing performance and smoothes out jagged edges in the rendered frame. HYPER Z™ provides lossless Z-Buffer compression at ratios of up to 48:1, allowing for real-time shadow rendering. Along with VIDEOSHADER™ technology that delivers seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time, the RX700 Series is the most robust mainstream performance graphics solution available today...

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Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth Review @ The Tech Zone:

"Take Logitech's excellent Cordless MX Duo keyboard & mouse combo, add a Bluetooth hub and you have the Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth. Bluetooth offers up to 10 meters of range for secure data transmission and works with devices like mobile phones, printers and PDAs. If you've decided to upgrade to Bluetooth or have Bluetooth enable devices and wish to communicate with these devices on your PC, then you need a Bluetooth hub connected to your home PC. But why add yet another device to your already-crowded desktop? Logitech's Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth combines a Bluetooth keyboard, a rechargeable Bluetooth mouse, and a Bluetooth wireless hub - all in one package."

ABIT Radeon RX600XT-PCIE Review @

"ABIT has sent over one of their newest video cards, the Radeon RX600XT-PCIE. From what I understand, this card is basically the PCIE version of the Radeon 9600XT. I guess we'll find out soon enough.! Let's get to it!"

AMD Athlon64 3700 DTR Notebook Processor @ GamePC Labs:

"Today at the GamePC Labs, we've taken a look at AMD's recently released Athlon64 3700 DTR processor. The 3700 DTR is AMD's fastest mobile processor to date, boasting a 2.4 GHz clock speed, 1MB of on-die cache, and AMD's trademark on-die DDR memory controller. We compare performance levels to that of AMD's Mobile Athlon64 family and Intel's competing Pentium-M processors."

Coolermaster Dual Storm CPU Fan @ ExtremeMHz:

"Recently, many enthusiast manufacturers have been starting to shift away from the standard 80mm fan design. This has resulted in several very odd looking setups, and today we get to take a look at Cooler Master's entry – the Dual Storm. By having each fan spin in opposite directions, this fan is supposedly able to push more air than the average 80mm fan. Let's take a closer look!"

That's it for now.  Time to go make some noise!