Good morning everyone, the news front is moving at a fantastic rate. So, needless to say, we have a quiet the variety of fresh juice on tap this AM. I don't know about you, but I am planning on kicking back for a few minutes and indulging my hardware fetish...
Here is your first shot for the day...
"As the technology has improved and the prices have come down, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors have rapidly been replacing CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors on desktops around the world... The question is why choose LCD over CRT? There are several pros and cons to consider, and a few items will be considered in this Tech Tip."
"New Year, New Month and that can only mean one thing - ATI has released yet another set of their monthly Catalyst drivers for your Radeon based graphics cards. This time we are up to version 5.1 and we compare against the two previous versions (4.11 and 4.12) in our usual array of benchmarks. Has ATI continued the trend and increased Half Life 2 performance? Read on and find out if these drivers are worth the upgrade!"
"The Transformer case is a full-tower chassis, mostly tool-less design, available in two distinct colors: Blue, or Black (as featured in this review). 1.0mm SECC steel is used throughout the case with a plastic front panel. Case cooling includes a front 120mm fan intake (fan optional), a rear 120mm exhaust fan, two side 80mm intake fans, and one 80mm exhaust fan."
"THE BIGGEST PROMISE of NVIDIA's new SLI GPU-teaming capability may be the ability to upgrade on an installment plan. By building an SLI-capable system with a single graphics card now, users give themselves the option of adding a second card later for nearly two times the rendering power. For most of us, the most realistic and affordable means of building such a system is NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 GT GPU. At around $200, the 6600 GT seems ideal for SLI."
"While the Hardcano 13 is not for everyone, the PC enthusiast wanting a device to monitor multiple system temperatures and control up to four fans would have to look long and hard to find anything better. Throughout several days of testing, the device performed flawlessly and exceeded my expectations in a number of respects."
"Special mention should also be made of the new pause and stop buttons added in to the 3D preview of CATALYST Control Center - I'm sure I'm not the only person who has been frustrated by the sluggishness this 3D preview can add when trying to change settings, so this new functionality gets the thumbs up from me. I can fully understand the usefulness of the preview for more novice users, and its inclusion is to be applauded, but now I can also sleep soundly knowing that us 'power users' who already know our way around the more advanced 3D settings are still being thought of too."