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Looking for yourself a new power supply, huh? If so, Antec has a new series that just might be what the PC doctor ordered. The new additions in the TruePower lineup of power supplies improve upon their predecessors by introducing several advanced features for improved system efficiency, stability and reliability.As expected, Antec has crafted these new PSUs to be as power efficient as possible, with the newcomers achieving the rare 80 PLUS Bronze certification of at least 82 percent efficiency at a wide range of operating loads. The 'TruePower New' Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC) also helps reduce electrical waste (and save money), while the industrial-grade safety circuitry helps... Read more...
In July, Symantec opened its 2009 security products to public beta, promising that they would no longer be the performance hogs they have been in the past. You may know that Symantec's latest versions of their security products have been criticized over their memory footprint and CPU usage. Of course, there's also the activation issue (the software must be activated), but that's another point of contention. So this year Symantec focused on speed and resources, calling it a "zero-impact" performance goal. And on Tuesday Symantec announced the launch of its 2009 line, highlighting the following bullet points in a press release: Light on Resources: As we said this is one of the biggest complaints... Read more...
Antec Enters the Mobile Computing MarketCBB Certified Components Enable System Builders to Locally Build a TrulyCustomized LaptopFremont, CA - August 19, 2008 - Antec, Inc., the leading global provider of high-performance components for the gaming, PC Upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced that it is launching a new line of standard components for the mobile computing market. These interchangeable components-known as common building blocks and developed according to a common set of specifications initiated by Intel-continue Antec's legacy as a pioneer in standards-based computing components and extend its reach into the fast-growing portable computing market. The announcement marks... Read more...
Early last year, Antec launched their gaming line of cases with the Antec Nine Hundred - instantly garnering praise throughout the PC enthusiast crowd.  It's main claim to fame was the complete openess of the front bezel, using perforated bays and 120mm fans to keep airflow rushing inside.  Also notable was the expansive interior, bottom-mounted power-supply unit, and oversized "Big Boy" 200mm fan placed at the top that allowed some massive cooling over the CPU socket area.  We were able to take a look at the Nine Hundred ourselves and were pretty impressed overall, although we noted there were still a few things that could use some improving.Well, Antec is back at it again with... Read more...
Early last year, Antec launched their gaming line of cases with the Antec Nine Hundred - instantly garnering praise throughout the PC enthusiast crowd.  Its main claim to fame was the complete openess of the front bezel, using perforated bays and 120mm fans to keep airflow rushing inside.  Also notable was the expansive interior, bottom-mounted power-supply unit, and oversized "Big Boy" 200mm fan placed at the top that allowed some massive cooling over the CPU socket area.  We were able to take a look at the Nine Hundred ourselves and were pretty impressed overall, although we noted there were a few things that could have used some improving.Well, Antec is back at... Read more...
After admitting that the SymProtect feature of its security products was at least partially to blame for registry corruption which occurred during both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP1 upgrades, Symantec promised a standalone utility to remove the corrupted entries, and it's finally delivered on that promise.SymProtect, designed to protect Symantec's security software from being hacked by malware, guards against unauthorized changes to the registry.Reese Anschultz, a senior Symantec manager, announced the availability of SymRegFix on a company support forum yesterday.When some users on that same thread noted that the tool had not deleted all the spurious registry keys, another Symantec employee... Read more...
You'll recall our earlier story on registry corruption for certain users upgrading to Windows XP SP3. The cases of registry corruption seemed to have a common thread: Symantec security products. Originally Symantec blamed Microsoft, but in a post on a Symantec support forum, a a senior manager with Symantec indicated the fault may indeed lie with Symantec's products."After a lot of testing, we've reproduced a number of different cases where applying the XP SP3 upgrade adds additional registry keys within already-existing Symantec registry keys," said Anschultz. "We have determined that the SymProtect feature is involved, though this issue is not exclusive to Symantec customers. To help prevent... Read more...
As if Microsoft needed to hear more Windows XP SP3 problems.  You'd almost think they did this on purpose, as we know they'd rather all of us upgrade to Vista.  Nah.According to reports posted the day after Microsoft launched Windows XP SP3 on Windows Update, some users found that their network cards and previously-crafted connections had mysteriously vanished from Windows after updating to the service pack."The Network Connections screen now does not show any of the NIC cards. I have three adapters that used to show up," said someone using "MRFREEZE61" as an alias on Microsoft's XP SP3 support forum on May 7. "In an attempt to troubleshoot, I tried to bring up the Device Manager, and... Read more...
In mid-November, Symantec released its "Top 5 Security-Menace Predictions for 2008." Perhaps it should have included itself.A routine update from Symantec Security Response wreaked havoc on a California company's clientele this week when it inadvertently tagged a program produced by Solid Oak Software as a virus and cut off the Internet access of Solid Oak customers.This is the third time in less than a year that Symantec's Norton products have caused severe damage to computers running CYBERsitter software offerings, said Brian Milburn, president of Solid Oak Software, in a statement. "In my opinion, Norton products are worse than any virus I can think of," he said.Symantec finally issued a fix... Read more...
Just in case you're the type of reader who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, aesthetics, installation, and overall design of Antec's Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis. If you're unfamiliar with the Nine Hundred, it features an innovative open-mesh design, along with numerous speed-controlled fans, and a "Big Boy" 200mm blowhole.  As you'll see, the Antec Nine Hundred is not your typical mid-tower.  Click the link blow to check it out: Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis... Read more...
Heat as you all know is one of the main enemies of the PC and its many components.  Just visit any PC Hardware-related site out there today and you will find whole sections devoted to heatsinks, coolers, etc., the sole goal of which is to cool down the ever growing number of heat producing components in a typical PC.  Motherboard manufacturers have also jumped into the fray, providing their own customized cooling solutions, ranging from passive heatsinks linking the CPU, NorthBridge, and SouthBridge to the oversized Turbo coolers than we found on the Gigabyte G1-Turbo a few months back.  However, all of these cooling tools are put to work within the chassis.  Airflow within the... Read more...
Antec Introduces Green Power Supply to Prevent Environmental Blues FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE)-- November 14, 2006 -- Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, is now shipping EarthWatts, its most environmentally friendly power supply unit (PSU) yet. EarthWatts allows system builders to do their part for the environment by reducing the amount of energy consumed by computers. The unit allows for this in three vital ways. First, EarthWatts is certified to be 80 PLUS(R) compliant, the newest standard for power supply energy efficiency. The 80 PLUS specification requires computer and server PSUs to be at least 80%... Read more...
The hunt for a safe and secure browser has long been the focus of computer users due to the rapid increase in cyber crime.  Due to its popularity, Internet Explorer long became the focus of attacks.  This gave rise to alternate browsers such as Opera and Firefox.  These alternate browsers rapidly increased in popularity and maintained a relatively positive record for deterring would be cyber criminals. Apparently, that has now changed.   Symantec is now reporting that there is truly no "safe" browser free from exploits and holes. While Internet Explorer remains the most frequently targeted... Read more...
Yahoo has teamed up with software developer Symantec, and will be providing the services Symantec is well known for. Symentec currently offers virus scanning for Yahoo mail users, but will soon be providing a spyware scanner for their toolbar, and will provide firewall and anti-virus protection for members of their broadband service. "Yahoo users in the US can sign up for Norton security software for a reduced annual subscription of $49.99 (£27), a discount of $20 (£11) on the usual price, after a 30-day free trial. Yahoo plans to promote the initiative through its network, which includes Yahoo Mail, the Yahoo toolbar and Yahoo search"... Read more...
Antec knows a thing or two about cases, so it's always nice to see what their currently up to. Tonight Hardware-Review.net takes a look at Antec's P150 Silent ATX Case, equipped with three 120-mm fans, and sound dampening side panels."Finding a computer case that's silent and chocked full of features is very challenging. Most modern case manufacturers focus on flashy acrylic UV windows, bright blue and red LEDs, and car-finish paint jobs. One company who broke from this mold is Antec when they developed their P150 case. This case isn't flashy by any means from looking at its exterior, but the hidden features inside were a huge eye-opener and something PC enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy."... Read more...
For the last couple of years, I have been obsessed with keeping my personal rig silent, and have tried just about every type of noise dampening material, every brand of fan, a handful of enclosures, and a ton of different CPU coolers. So I'm always intrigued when a new product hits that has the word "Silent" somewhere in its description. Hardware-Review.Net has taken a look at the Antec P150 Silent ATX case, and it seems pretty cool.  I like the clean look, but the silver and white combo doesn't do it for me."Finding a computer case that's silent and chocked full of features is very challenging. Most modern case manufacturers focus on flashy acrylic UV windows, bright blue and... Read more...
For some, a simple USB thumb drive is not enough portable storage, even at its largest capacity.  Whether it's for backup purposes or there's a need to carry gobs of data around, there is no better alternative to hard drive capacities.  Retail external drive kits can be pricey, which is where Vantec comes in with their NexStar3 with eSATA Interface.  This enclosure lets you drop in your own hard drive and make it as portable as can be.  Married with the right hard drive, this package can offer sizeable external space along with excellent transfer rates."External hard drive enclosures have been out for some time now. Vantec has been at the forefront with their NexStar series... Read more...
Evercool H.D.D Air Condition @ Overclockersonline.com: "The Evercool HDAC is a very straight forward hard drive cooler that mounts in an open 5.25" drive bay. The aluminum body is solid and does a good job drawing heat out of the hard drive and the turbine fan performs very well and nearly silent at lower RPMs. In a tightly packed case or one with no front fans, this hard drive cooler can really help keep the hard drive with all your precious data nice and cool. This will extend the life of the drive and help prevent an early failure." Broadband Security part deux: So, how DO I get secure? @ OCModshop: "The first thing you need to do is log into your router. For my examples,... Read more...
XClio GoodPower 500 watt PSU @ Xtreme Resources: "Between the amateur computer user, who will use any power supply unit provided in his pre-assembled system and the hardcore enthusiast who will purchase a power supply unit that costs more than his/her bed, there is another league of users who simply want a strong, good quality power supply unit which will not let them down and keep the system safe while it must not cost an arm and a leg. In the so called 'middle stream' market, there are many companies and many products to choose from. Yet a new product comes into that market from XClio ( Meridian) to grab a piece of the pie, the GoodPower 500W power supply unit. Boasting strong reliability,... Read more...
So, what's in the news today? There was something important that was supposed to happen, but I can't remember for the life of me. Oh, now I remember... wait, I forgot again. Um, oh yeah! ATI has finally lifted their NDA so we could all get a glimpse of their new X1000 family of cards. For your convenience, a roundup of reviews has been, well, rounded up. For the sake of balancing the scale a bit, Nvidia would also like you to know about the new BETA 81.84 drivers that are now available for download. ATI Radeon X1300, X1600, X1800 Reviews [H]ard|OCP The Tech Report Hardware Secrets Beyond3D Neoseeker t-break Firing Squad Albatron Mars PX915SLI Intel 915PL SLI Motherboard @ PCstats.com "Albatron's... Read more...
Good morning HH fans!  How's everyone doing today? I hope all is well. Things here in the New York lab (soon to be Connecticut) are humming along nicely. We've got some tasty hardware on the test bench at the moment, but we can't tell you about that for a few more weeks. Rest assured, we'll fill you in the second the NDAs lift.  For now though, it's time for a shot of news. Here ya go... ATI is the Principal Graphics Provider for Microsoft's Professional Developer's Conference ATI Showcases Advanced Windows Vista Leadership in Over 300 Demo PCs MARKHAM, ON – September 13, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced it is the principal graphics provider... Read more...
Going along with yesterday's update on Google Maps, some Asian governments have voiced their opinion on the technology... they don't like it. There's still some debate has to how serious of a security risk the satellite images are, as the images are a few years old. Living in New Hampshire, I have no concerns as most of my state lacks detailed images. Area 51 has higher quality pictures... could the government be hiding something in the granite state? Well, time to find my tinfoil hat, later folks! FujiFilm FinePix F10 @ eCoustics "The new 6.3-megapixel FujiFilm FinePix F10 ($399 MSRP) is a rather unassuming digital camera with a silvery metal finish and plain vanilla styling. Yet looks... Read more...
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