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For about $90USD, you can add three extra(hot swappable) hard drives to your machine using the IcyDock MB453SPF-B Multi-Bay Backplane Module. In their latest review, PCStats checks to see if this new device is a handy piece of hardware, or just another electronic dud. "The IcyDock MB453SPF-B multi-bay backplane module is a box the size of a couple optical drives stacked on top of one another that stores a handful of serial ATA hard drives in compact, individually hot swappable drive caddy's. When internal hard drive space in a computer case is full, or if quick access to hard drives is called for, this box will allow you to add up to three... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that MSI is claiming AMD will play a major role in the company's 2H motherboard sales. With the vast majority of the industry focusing on Intel's new Conroe desktop processor due to some exceptional performance gains, it is somewhat surprising to hear MSI giving AMD so much attention. Then again, the widely publicized price cuts AMD plans for the launch of Conroe could very well drive a great deal of traffic towards AMD's side. Wu stressed that the adjusted CPU lineup prices of Intel Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron CPU lineup do not differ much with AMD's lineup. In addition, she highlighted that the performance and price (P/P) ratio of... Read more...
The folks over at X-Bit labs have put the microscope to Nvidia and ATI's new chipset technology. Though ATI has made some steady improvements with their chipset, X-Bit labs finds Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI the more attractive solution at the moment, especially since boards using the chipset are currently available. "The contemporary chipset market has become very much different from what we remember. There are much fewer active players left, and those who are still there offer their solution without any real alternatives to consider. Take for instance, Athlon 64 platform. Thanks to the implementation of integrated memory controller in these AMD processors, the role of chipsets in today's... Read more...
AMD envisions a "4x4" platform as being the next big step in enthusiast computing. With a dual-socket & dual-core capable motherboard, you'll certainly be getting every drop of performance out of Nvidia's and ATI's top of the line dual card solutions. Well, actually that's thinking a bit small. How about dual-GPU video cards in SLI or CrossFire? The 4x4 platform. "What you are seeing here is a dual-processor system board platform, each using dual-core processors for a total of four logical cores in a single computer. Also included on this slide is the introduction of dual-GPU video cards, similar to what... Read more...
Auphan Online had published a good article detailing their own iPod surgery. If your iPod's having some problems and your all out of ideas, might as well go the frankenstein route. "Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death? Don't throw it out! You can fix it yourself, I'll show you how." Though if your warranty is still good, you might want to try that first.... Read more...
Blizzard has officially announced the Draenei as the new playable Alliance race in their hit MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Rumors of the race being the Draenei have been circulating for sometime, but now it's official as you can see here.  ... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to extend it's XBox Live service to multiple platforms under the name "Live Anywhere". The new system will integrate Microsoft's Windows Vista with cell phones, and their gaming consoles. "In a demonstration, an Xbox 360 gamer using Live Anywhere was able to send an invitation to a friend on a PC. After the PC user agreed, the two connected for a cross-platform online gun battle." Cross-platform gun battle, eh? So hopefully we can finally put a rest to the age old, Controller vs. Mouse & Keyboard, debate.... Read more...
Top PC Companies Support New VESA DisplayPort Standard ROUND ROCK, Texas & PALO ALTO, Calif., & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2006--Dell, HP and Lenovo today jointly announced their support for the newly released DisplayPort 1.0 digital display interface standard developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). Dell, HP and Lenovo are VESA members. DisplayPort is designed for broad application in PCs, monitors, TV displays, projectors, and other sources of display content. DisplayPort enables a common interface signaling approach for both internal and external display connections. This approach can reduce overall design complexity, making digital displays such... Read more...
Looking to improve image quality on your TV? Hardware Zone has a neat device that can do just that. While you probably won't see much improvement with content like DVD's, it did manage to up the quality on VCDs and improve TV signal quality. "Our tests have concluded that the PixelMagic Plasma Enhancer 1000 is a quick and painless answer to upscale TV and similar quality video content on high-definition LCD/Plasma TV sets for maximum enjoyment."  ... Read more...
With the popularity of portable MP3 players, it's always good to check out the market's latest additions. Today ExtremeMHz has published their review of Toshiba's Gigabeat F40 40GB player, which looks to be a good alternative to Apple's IPod. "Toshiba Gigabeat players are highly popular in Japan but have just recently been more readily available here in the US and have gain the interest of many audiophiles, thanks to their aggressive pricing and feature set. I've taken a look at a variety of MP3 players over the past years, some of which were truly impressive in terms of either design or feature set. For those, like me, who prefer... Read more...
The Register is claiming that Panasonic is preparing to launch one of the industry's first Blu-Ray players in June. The strange aspect of this launch however, is the fact that the player will not be able to play Blu-Ray movies out of the box as there is no bundled software to support this functionality. So essentially, everyone purchasing this player is really buying a very expensive Blu-Ray player that doesn't play movies. Apparently, those wanting to see Blu-Ray movies will have to wait to get their hands on a Playstation 3 to do so. Panasonic certainly isn't bundling any such code, curiously, even though it plans to include PowerDVD... Read more...
Sony Lowers Price of PlayStation 2 to $129.99 FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 20 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced that it has made its PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system more affordable than ever throughout North America. Effective immediately, consumers can purchase the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.99/$139.99 CND. The company expects this latest price move to fuel consumer demand even further. PlayStation 2 is the most popular gaming platform in North America, Europe/PAL territories and Japan/Asia, the only gaming platform to enjoy such widespread global success. To date, more than 101 million PlayStation... Read more...
Tuesday marked the first day of availability for HD DVD discs, with two studios releasing three movies in the next-generation optical disc format. The releases are intended to coincide with the launch of the first HD DVD player from Toshiba. Warner Home Video shipped "The Last Samurai" and "The Phantom of the Opera" while Universal shipped "Serenity." The releases comes a full month ahead of the first Blu-ray titles, expected from Sony's movie studio arm on May 23. However, the first Blu-ray players are not due until late June.  ... Read more...
With Intel expecting dual-core CPUs to be installed in 70% of all shipped notebooks this year, they have a good amount of faith in their new Centrino Duo technology. X-Bit labs has put some time into exploring this new tech, which makes for a good read if you're currently looking for a new notebook. "Intel Centrino Duo platform has come out and the stores started offering notebooks with dual-core architecture. However, will the dual-core mobile architecture be as successful as in the desktop and server segments? This article dedicated to the new Intel Centrino Duo platform will reveal all the differences and improvements compared with... Read more...
If you're still unaware of what these two Anti-Aliasing methods actually do, bit-tech will help clear things up for you. In their latest article, they explain(and show) how these new AA methods used by Nvidia and ATI to improve image quality on transparent textures. "It would simply be too inefficient for game developers to replicate some effects with raw geometry made entirely of opaque textures and polygons. Also, anti-aliasing the scene would also be incredibly taxing, too. As a result, they often resort to using transparent textures to add more detail within the polygons that lay down the frame work for creating a realistic... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces PC2-5400 EL Platinum Edition XTC The new OCZ PC2-5400 Platinum XTC with 3-3-3 timings delivers the ultimate balance of speed and access latencies for unparalleled memory performance Sunnyvale, CA—April 5, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today launched the PC2-5400 Platinum XTC Series with enhanced latency. By integrating 3-3-3 timings, these next generation DDR2-667 solutions are the fastest available in the PC2-5400 speed-grade. The demand for high performance DDR2 continues to mount due to the interdependence of several existing Intel platforms and the impending arrival of the... Read more...
We're going through a little bit of an overhaul with one of the server databases this evening folks and unfortunately downtime will be unavoidable.  We should be out for only about an hour or so if all goes well. After that, hopefully things will be a bit faster around here. Faster is good... for most things.... Read more...
Panasonic said will start selling a Blu-ray high-definition disc player in September for under $1,500 and sees up to 5 million of these new DVD players sold industry-wide in their first year. "We think adoption will be strong, based on broad support. For the first 12 months, we expect 4 million to 5 million units to be sold beginning in May and across all platforms, including standalones, computers and gaming systems," said Reid Sullivan, vice president merchandising, Panasonic's entertainment group. Sullivan said Panasonic sees no need to develop a player to support both Blu-ray and the rival format known as HD DVD, despite a raging war between... Read more...
Intel Launches New Ruggedized PC Platform For India Also Introduces Special Program – 'Jagruti' – to Empower Rural Communities in India NEW DELHI, March 29, 2006 – Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India. Designed as a result of defining locally relevant computing solutions based on Intel technology, the Intel-powered "Community PC" platform is equipped to operate in a community setting while accommodating the varying environmental conditions prevalent in the country. With an objective to bridge the urban-rural divide, today Intel also announced its... Read more...
Sony Corp.'s top video game studio executive said on Wednesday that a new online service debuting with its PlayStation 3 console in early November will open up a world of new content for gamers as well as new revenue opportunities for the company. The service, which lets users buy games and communicate and compete with other players via the Web, again puts the company in head-to-head competition with Microsoft Corp. Sony, one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and entertainment companies, aims to retain dominance over the roughly $30 billion global video game market with the PS3.... Read more...
The folks over at [H] have done some pretty extensive benchmarking with some of today's most popular games. Using various processors and video cards, they show you how different hardware scales in real-world gameplay(no 3DMark allowed). "What do different video cards and CPUs mean to gamers in World of Warcraft, F.E.A.R., Battlefield 2, and Call of Duty 2? We played all the games with 6 different CPUs and 4 different video cards to find out the difference in real-world gameplay."... Read more...
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phones will deal a final blow to makers of music devices and video camcorders, having already hit the photo industry, a senior executive at handset maker Nokia told the Financial Times newspaper. Anssi Vanjoki, head of the multimedia unit at the world's largest cellphone maker, pointed in comments published on Tuesday to Nokia's 2000 forecast of the death of the photo industry, and said the same fate was looming for other sectors. Nokia made 100 million cameraphones last year, making it the world's largest camera manufacturer. READ MORE...... Read more...
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