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January 2008
Thursday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-January-2008  17:18:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Software:
Aquaria PC game on DriverHeaven.
Pirates of the Burning Sea PC game on Bit-Tech.

Audio / Visual:
OnAir USB HDTV-GT Mobile ATSC/QAM TV Tuner on Viperlair.
Cowon Q5W mp3 player on DigitalTrends.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 USB Webcam on EverythingUSB.
Razer Piranha headset on HWZone.
Hanns.G HG216D 22in LCD on TrustedReviews.
AutumnWave OnAir HDTV-GT USB ATSC/NTSC Tuner/Receiver on ThinkComputers.

Storage & Memory:
A-DATA Nobility N702 4GB USB Flash Drive on TechPowerUp.
HighPoint RocketRAID 3520 SATA Raid Controller on TechWareLabs.
Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 750GB external hard drive on TBreak.
Galaxy Tvisto Pro Digital Media Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB external HDD on OCClub.
OCZ 4GB Reaper X HPC PC2-6400 memory on Virtual-Hideout.



Wednesday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-January-2008  05:33:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I just noticed the Federal Government is accepting submissions about something that might interest people. The Government is reviewing the operation of two new copyright exceptions that permit ‘format shifting’. These exceptions are sections 47J and 110AA of the Copyright Act 1968 which permit photographs and cinematograph films to be reproduced in a different format for private use, subject to certain conditions.

Plane nuts will enjoy this panoramic view of an A380 cockpit. Your mouse scrollwheel zooms in and out, too. Mmm, knobs.

More camera news, with a D60 from Nikon. It's a 10.2MP digital camera that will look and feel remarkably familiar to users of the D40X. It includes an anti-dust system that incorporates a self-cleaning sensor unit that shakes off dust, coupled with an airflow system designed to channel dust away from the sensor. Discussion thread here.

If you want to stay healthy, remember to drink your alcohol, or so a new study says. In fact they reckon it can take the place of exercise! Sitting on my bum and drinking beer is an odd way to get fit, but ok, if you insist..

NordicHW look at Intel's Penryn architecture in some detail. You can check out our quite detailed review from last year here, too.

Craig sent in this guide to making a roll-up keyboard on the cheap. Have you ever wanted one of those pricy roll up keyboard but didn't want to spend the money? Here is a quick and dirty way to make your own.

Microsoft have been sinking pirates and making quite a bounty from it, thanks Nick. Last summer, for example, Microsoft and the Chinese government announced the bust of a counterfeiting syndicate that the company called the largest it had ever seen -- responsible for distributing more than $2 billion in pirated programs.

From Sean: The 780G chipset has been released in a few boards in China, including this one from Foxconn. There has already been some massive overclocking done on another brand. And some discussion on Toms hardware. This chipset is perfect for a HTPC, as it includes a 2400Pro IGP with UVD for decoding HD video streams.

YouGamers interview Gautam, who they say is one of the Kings of the Overclockers. Meanwhile VIA's Glenn Henry spoke to HotHardware about their new Isaiah processor.

From Ambush, about a new browser test: Unlike the first acid test, which focused on the box model, and the second acid test, which covered a broad variety of basic HTML and CSS features, Acid3 covers 100 of the nooks and crannies of HTTP, HTML, CSS, ECMAScript, SVG and XML, all through the medium of DOM scripting, a critical requirement for any modern web application.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-January-2008  04:56:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Asus EAH3870 TOP/G/HTDI/512M and EAH3850 TOP/G/HTDI/256M on XbitLabs.
R500 XAA/EXA RadeonHD Performance on Phoronix.

Cooling:
Zalman ZM-NB47J Passive Northbridge Heatsink on Frostytech.
Gigabyte G-Power II Pro on XbitLabs.

Motherboards:
Asus BLITZ Formula Intel P35 Express LGA775 board on PCStats.
Gigabyte 6Quad GA-P35-DQ6 LGA775 board on Motherboards.org.
J&W RS780UVD-AM2+ AMD 780G on OCWorkbench.

Cases:
GMC R2 Toast Mid-tower on Mikhailtech.
Apevia X-Jupiter Jr on Pro-Clockers.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W on OCOnline.
Zumax 950 Watt X4 on OCClub.
Seasonic M12II 500W on Tweaktown.



Sponsor Specials (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-January-2008  05:43:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials Forum if you're shopping around for a good deal. In there our many sponsors have threads featuring sound cards, stereo amps, video cards, energy drinks, web hosting, mp3 players, CPUs, LCD monitors, notebooks, plasma TVs and loads of other goodies. Check 'em out!


AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-January-2008  04:07:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have released their ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 high-end video card. Through an elegant yet aggressive design, the 55 nanometer process-based ATI Radeon 3870 X2 combines two ATI Radeon HD 3870s on a single graphics board, connected through integrated CrossFire™ technology. ATI Radeon 3870 X2 is also the first performance-leadership graphics product in the world to support Microsoft’s upcoming DirectX® 10.1 technology. More info on the product page here.

Coverage on Anandtech, Bjorn3D, Digit-Life, DriverHeaven, Guru3D, HardOCP, Hexus, HotHardware, HWCanucks, HWZone, LegitReviews, OCClub, OCCafe, PCPerspective, TechPowerUp, Tech Report, TomsHardware and Tweaktown.

Big discussion thread updated here, thanks Digital_Monkey.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-January-2008  03:44:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards:
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 LGA775 P35 board on CPU3D.
ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi X38 LGA775 board on HWLogic.

Cases:
Sunbeam Tuniq 3 (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Nexus Caterpillar Silent Case on TechWareLabs.
Thermaltake SwordM Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
Sunbeamtech Freezing Storm on LanAddict.

Portable:
HP iPAQ 310 Travel Companion on DigitalTrends.
Palm Trio 750 PDA on Techgage.

Power Supply:
Corsair VX550 550W on CircuitRemix.
Ultra X2 750W Extreme Titanium on Bjorn3D.

Cooling:
Kingwin Revolution Heatpipe Direct Touch RVT-12025 CPU cooler on OCIA.
SunBeamTech Rheobus Extreme fan controller on Pro-Clockers.
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound on RBMods.

Storage:
Lexar 12-in-1 USB2 Card Reader on Aselabs.
SimpleTech SimpleDrive 120GB Portable Hard Drive on TrustedReviews.

Video Cards:
GeForce 8800 GT Roundup on InsideHW.
Sparkle 8800GTS 512MB on MadShrimps.
MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo on ViperLair.
Gigabyte GV-RX385512H (Radeon HD 3850 512MB) on HWZone.



Monday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-January-2008  17:28:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an interesting little story about someone finding a lost digicam and working out who it belonged to from the pictures in it, so it could be returned. The only clues were the pictures on the camera: typical tourist snapshots, complete with a visit to the Statue of Liberty. How could they find a stranger among the huddled masses?

BLeR spotted this visual search engine. Interesting idea but it seems a bit slow and awkward to use, to me. With RedZee 2.0 you have a choice of up to 100 results which you can zip through lightning fast! The Web sites are the results instead of plain ordinary text, allowing you to sift through massive data quickly.

A spy satellite has stopped responding to commands and will drop out of orbit soon. Such incidents occur every few months, and it is often difficult to control the satellite’s trajectory or its re-entry into the atmosphere. The debris, if any survives the fiery descent, typically lands in remote areas and causes little or no harm. Presumably it'll mostly burn up in the atmosphere though.

From Justin: For those who don't know, the RPM challenge is a challenge where, during February artists record an album without the labels, without the RIAA, the IFPI etc and release them.

SSJX sent in this huge DIY guide to adding pretty much everything to an Eee PC. Wouldn't it be cool to have a Eee PC with a integrated GPS unit? Yes! I certainly thought so.

Justin also spotted this bizarre patent story. Reading the patent, you realize it describes the quite common smartphone. It's a patent for a mobile phone with removable storage, an internet connection, a camera and the ability to download audio or video files. The patent holding firm who has the rights to this patent wasted no time at all. At 12:01am Tuesday morning, it filed three separate lawsuits against just about everyone you can think of, including Apple, Nokia, RIM, Sprint, AT&T, HP, Motorola, Helio, HTC, Sony Ericsson, UTStarcomm, Samsung and a bunch of others.

LegionHW have an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Overclocking Guide. he fact that we were able to reach 4.4GHz without having to use a water-cooling system is impressive.

Martin sent in this video of bored people with 1500 XBOX hard drives. This woman sets up a line of 1500 old hard drives and knocks them down.

Another video, this time from Mr T: Hey, don't believe I've seen this on your front page before, but this is pretty damn impressive stuff. I imagine it will be future of the Next Gen consoles. Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-January-2008  16:17:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pretty quiet out there.. maybe the whole world is enjoying their Australia Day weekend. :)

Video Cards:
ECS N8800GT-512MX DT on TBreak.
Powercolor HD3650 Extreme PCS Edition on OC3D.

Audio / Visual:
SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player on TechWareLabs.
Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
X-Telstar Junior on Bit-Tech.
Sweex CR100 card-reader and USB 2.0 HUB on Tweak.dk.
Pirates of the Burning Sea PC game preview on YouGamers.
Razer Destructor Mouse Mat on TechPowerUp.



VIA's Isaiah (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-January-2008  10:52:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

VIA have unveiled their Isaiah x86 Processor Architecture. Designed from the ground up by the company's US-based processor design subsidiary, Centaur Technology Inc., the VIA Isaiah Architecture combines all the latest advances in x86 processor technology, including a 64-bit superscalar speculative out-of-order microarchitecture, high-performance multimedia computation, and a new virtual machine architecture.

Coverage on ArsTechnica, HardOCP, PC Perspective and Tech Report.

We can dust off our VIA Hardware forum! There's a thread discussing this new CPU here.



Saturday Night (7 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-January-2008  10:12:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As if any more proof was needed, it turns out uploading private photos to social networks may lead to embarrassment in the event of a security breach. A 17-gigabyte file purporting to contain more than half a million images lifted from private MySpace profiles has shown up on BitTorrent, potentially making it the biggest privacy breach yet on the top social networking site.

XbitLabs have their 2007 Reader's Choice Awards posted. It is time we rounded up the results of our Best of 2007 Reader’s Choice poll. 13 categories, over 30,000 people participated. Let’s find out now who the winners are!

The Church of Scientology are suffering an attack on their website. The attack was launched Jan. 19 by Anonymous, which is seeking media attention to help "save people from Scientology by reversing the brainwashing," according to a Web page maintained by Anonymous.

Timbot spotted these pics of beautiful cable layouts. Let's hope that's the geekiest thing I say all day. We have posted pics of some truly messy data center cabling in the past, but this time we figured it was time to do the opposite: Show how some people have managed to organize cables into something close to art.

PCPerspective took a look at NVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture. The first time we looked at NVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture it was a high-level overview but now that we have spent some time with an ESA-capable system, we have come away from the experience impressed. Skeptical, but impressed.

BenchmarkReviews checked out GeForce 8800 Performance. Our tests will include benchmarks on the: ZOTAC 8800 GT vs. the FOXCONN 8800 GTS vs. the MSI 8800 GTX.



Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-January-2008  06:17:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
Audioengine A5 Bookshelf Speakers on TheTechLounge.
Razer Barracuda Gaming Headset on TechWareLabs.

Video Cards:
Sapphire HD 3850 Ultimate 512MB on SharkyExtreme.
Sapphire HD3870 Atomic Edition on TechPowerUp.
ATI Radeon HD 3850/3870 on XbitLabs.

Motherboards:
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Intel X38 Express LGA775 board on PCStats.
ASUS P5N-T Deluxe (NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI) LGA775 board on HWZone.
GIGABYTE X38T-DQ6 LGA775 board on Tweaktown.

Portable:
Spire Dart laptop case on APHNetworks.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 Fully-Rugged Notebook on Digit-Life.

Misc:
QPad CT Mouse Pad and QPad Glidz on CPU3D.
Zalman ZM-NBF47 Northbridge Chipset Heatsink on Frostytech.
Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-9136C5D memory on HWLogic.



Australia Day (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  15:21:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Happy Australia Day!


If you're driving this long weekend, drive safe! There's a thread here where people are celebrating in The Pub. :)



Saturday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  15:12:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This is the first I've heard of it, but apparently there was a Doodle 4 Google My Australia competition recently, thanks Wayne. If you're not familiar with the initiative, we asked students across Australia to do their own version of the Google logo around the theme of 'My Australia'. There are four age groups across the eight states and territories.

After mentioning Canon's new DSLR in the previous post I'd be remiss to not take note of some interesting announcements from Pentax. Pentax has officially announced the new 14.6 megapixel K20D, which makes Pentax the very unlikely leader in sensor resolution in its class. This is a significant update to the current K10D, and the K20D rumors have been circulating for several weeks. Rumours have been around for a long time indeed, so there's a resurrected thread here with more recent info near the end.

Here's an interesting story about an artificial life breakthrough, although a bit more info would be good. In a report in Science magazine, the researchers from the Craig Venter Institute say they managed to reproduce the DNA of a common bacterium using laboratory chemicals.

Bit-Tech have more info on NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI. In this article, we speak to several Nvidia representatives in order to clarify display support, more details on the nForce 700a mGPU and how the mGPU manages its memory in the various Hybrid modes.

They also checked out the extensible firmware interface, which sounds like a whole new chapter for BIOS configuration. Given the necessary LAN and Internet connection, in addition to the usual Core Centre hardware tweaking, MSI is planning to enable many more features in its EFI BIOSs, including a live update option, along with instant messaging and streaming audio/video capabilities.

HWSecrets wondered how much power things use when in standby mode. Is it true that electronic equipments consume a lot of power when they are on their standby mode and presumably turned off? We took a digital power meter and measured the most common electronic equipments found at home to check this out.

TechSpot are looking at AMD Phenom performance. Today we will be comparing the Phenom 9500, 9600, 9700 and the 9900 (B2 Stepping) against the recently released Core 2 Duo E8400, as well as the very popular Core 2 Quad Q6600. An older Athlon64 X2 5200+ processor will be added to the mix as well.

HotHardware meanwhile checked out Crysis with 3-way SLI. At the time of NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI launch, we were unable to bring you proper Crysis benchmark numbers that we felt comfortable with. This was partly an NVIDIA driver issue and party because we were waiting on a patch from Crytek that would allow for more efficient SLI scaling. With the release of the Cyrsis v1.1 patch, however, we now have a stable, scalable platform with which to test on.



Saturday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  14:22:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards:
Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6 AM2+ board on TrustedReviews.
Asus Striker II Formula LGA775 board on Bit-Tech.

Audio Visual:
Samsung SyncMaster 275T TFT LCD monitor on LANAddict.
HP w2408h 'Vivid Color' 24in Monitor on TrustedReviews.

Software:
HellGate London PC game on DriverHeaven.
Railway Simulator PC game on DriverHeaven.

Memory:
Patriot Viper Fin DDR3 PC3 12800 2 x 1 GB on OCClub.
Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 2GB DDR3 Kit on OC3D.
Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 on Bjorn3D.

Misc:
Seasonic S12II 500W PSU on Hi-TechReviews.
AirLive WMU-6500FS network HDD enclosure on InsideHW.
Thermaltake SwordM VD5000BNA Super Tower case on BigBruin.
Apricorn Aegis Biometric 120GB Portable Hard Drive on EverythingUSB.
Scythe Quiet Drive HDD cooler on OC3D.



AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  11:36:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD unveiled their ATI Radeon HD 3400 and Radeon HD 3600 series GPUs today. These fill out the product range below the high-end 3800 products, covering the entry-level and mainstream markets respectively. As part of the first family of graphics cards built using 55nm process technology, the ATI Radeon HD 3000 series, both series make dramatic performance-per-watt improvements for a quieter and power-efficient experience at unbelievable price points. With support for Microsoft® DirectX 10.1 support, gamers can play the top HD games with life-like 3D graphics, stunning realism, and great shading effects.

Coverage on Anandtech, Bit-Tech, Bjorn3D, HardOCP, HotHardware, I4U, LegitReviews, OC3D and Phoronix.

Discussion thread in our Video Cards forum here.



Friday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  09:43:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Raidmax Sagitta 2 on ThinkComputers.
Apevia X-Telstar Steel Mid-tower on OCIA.
Lian Li PC-P80 (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Storage:
HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers on OCClub.
Super Talent Pico A 2GB Flash Drive on ExtremeMHz.
Patriot Xporter XT Boost 32GB on HWZone.
Kingston 19 in 1 Card Reader on DriverHeaven.
Thermaltake Max 4 Hard Drive Enclosure on TechWareLabs.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake ToughPower 1000W Modular on Pro-Clockers.
Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-800MA1S 800W Modular on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
D-Link Wireless Networking Products on OZHardware.
Xigmatek MAC-S3501 DDR/DDR2 Memory Heatspreaders memory cooling on FrostyTech.
Blaupunkt TravelPilot Lucca 3.5 Sat-Nav on TrustedReviews.



Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  06:36:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Of course the main news shock of the last couple of days was the surprise death of Australian actor Heath Ledger. I'm not up to date with the latest about it, but there's a huge thread here in our current Events forum.

DriverHeaven looked at some 8800GT and GTS video cards from XFX, Zotac and Gainward. CircuitRemix meanwhile compared the Antec EarthWatts and Seasonic M12II 500W PSUs.

A large pirate DVD setup in Melbourne has been smashed recently. The raids busted Australia's largest pirate DVD syndicate, with 170 DVD burners and more than 400,000 pirated discs allegedly seized, said operations director Neil Gane from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). Discussion thread here.

Mpot spotted this interesting artwork involving spam email. "Spamtrap" is an interactive installation piece that prints, shreds and blacklists spam email.

XbitLabs have been playing with the Phenom 9600 Black Edition CPU and DFI LANParty UT 790FX-M2R motherboard. Although quad-core Phenom processors cannot boast super high performance, AMD still has a bunch of fans sticking by. Our today’s article is written specifically for these guys. We are going to discuss one of today’s overclocker platforms and Phenom fine tuning techniques.

NeoSeeker checked out how the Core 2 Duo scales in recent games. What's a reasonable amount of processing power to feed that shiny new graphics card you decided upon? The aim of this article is to help you out with this question.

Canon have, as expected, announced their 450D (Rebel XSi) DSLR recently. More info here on dpreview. It won't be available until April, which makes me slightly less depressed about having recently bought a 400D. :) As expected there's a big thread about it here in our Photography forum.

Justin sent in this article about the past and future of the music industry. The record industry is careering towards meltdown. A good thing too, says Simon Napier-Bell, after 40 years of working with its most notorious moguls.

Today's timewaster is Cannon Challenge, supposedly some kind of "future weapon" but looks like a good old artillery game to me. Still fun tho. :)



Friday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2008  06:05:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Right, sorry for the lack of news yesterday, it was my birthday and I foolishly offered to cook a 4-course meal for 13 people! So I was busy running around screaming and burning my arm on pots and things. So, expect news catchup this evening. First up a few reviews.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon HD 3870 X2 OC on Tweaktown.
Inno3D 8800 GT iChill on OCrCafe.
Vvikoo 8800GT Max 1GB on XSReviews.
Sapphire's Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870 on HotHardware.

Mini, Portable, Prebuilt:
ASUS Nova mini-PC on TBreak.
Fujitsu LifeBook S6510 Laptop on DigitalTrends.
Acer Aspire 7720G prebuilt PC on TrustedReviews.
Gateway FX7020 prebuilt gaming PC on DigitalTrends.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Ikari Laser gaming mouse on XSReviews.
Logitech G9 mouse on Digit-Life.
Logitech ChillStream Actively Cooled Gamepad on Tweaknews.
Wolfking Warrior XXtreme gaming keyboard on Bit-Tech.
Styx Gaming Mouse on RBMods.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution on I4U.

Cooling:
Thermalright Ultima-90l CPU cooler on Tweak.dk.
Noctua NF-P12 120 mm fan on Tweak.dk.



Wednesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-January-2008  12:21:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
Xigmatek NRP-HC1201 1200W on TechPowerUp.
Tuniq Miniplant 950W on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Enzotech Ultra-X CPU Cooler on CPU3D.
CoolIT Freezone Elite CPU Cooler on Techgage.
Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro Intel Heatsink on Frostytech.
Thermalright Ultima-90 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Ultra Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Memory:
Crucial 4GB (2GB x 2) DDR2-6400 800MHz SODIMM on I4U.
Patriot Viper 4GB DDR2-800 (PVS24G6400LLK) on HWLogic.

Audio Visual:
ViewSonic VX2235wm-5 (22-inch, 2ms LCD Monitor) on HWZone.
SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 player on TechReport.
OnAir Solutions GT USB HDTV Receiver/Recorder on OCClub.

Software:
Sins of a Solar Empire PC game on Tweaktown.
World of Goo PC game preview on IGN.

Misc:
Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse on Motherboards.org.
ATI Radeon HD 3870X2 1GB on InsideHW.



Forum Articles (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-January-2008  15:29:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


Cinamonk reviewed the
Soundgraph Imon Station

Shard has some Wii
games "first-looks"

okisub checked out the
Dell E248WFP monitor


windwithme looked at the
DFI LANParty LT X38-T2R

and also the Intel
Core 2 Quad QX9770

Duncan played with
lots of volts


AussieTemplar reviewed the
Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000

TonyR shared his thoughts on
the Urban Disguise 60 bag

Stanza reviewed the BMW
System 5 Helmet (on OCAU.mc)



Wednesday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-January-2008  13:17:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Vidual:
Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 4 PC speakers on ECoustics.
Geeks 7" Digital Picture Frame on Monster-Hardware.

Storage & Memory:
A-DATA PD7 8GB Flash Drive on OCClub.
Super Talent Project X 2x1GB PC3-14400 on OCOnline.

Video Cards:
MSI NX8800GT Zilent (T2D512E) on CPU3D.
Gainward Bliss 8600 GT PCX Golden Sample GLH Edition 256MB on OC3D.
Diamond Radeon HD 3850 512MB Ruby Edition on LegitReviews.
ASUS EAH3850 Top ATI HD 3850 on I4U.

Input Etc:
Speedlink Styx Laser Mouse on XSReviews.
Steelseries Ikari Laser Gaming Mouse on CPU3D.

Software:
rFactor racing game on YouGamers.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-January-2008  12:51:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards:
MSI X48 Platinum LGA775 board on Tweaktown.
Asus P5K64 WS LGA775 board on RBMods.
ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP Intel P35 LGA775 board on BenchmarkReviews.
Foxconn X38A LGA775 board on Digit-Life.

Power Supply:
Sanyo Denki A11H Online UPS on TechPowerUp.
High Power Rock Solid 1200W PSU on DriverHeaven.
Thermaltake Toughpower Q-Fan W0163RU 650Watt Modular PSU on Tweaknews.

Cooling:
Thermaltake BigWater 760i watercooling kit on Techgage.
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink on Frostytech.
Gigabyte Volar CPU cooler on XbitLabs.
Kingwin RVT 12025 & RVT 12025D CPU coolers on OCCafe.
Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound on 3DXtreme.



Tuesday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-January-2008  06:19:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA are looking to create an MMO game. The goal of such a NASA MMO would be a training tool similar to what the U.S. Army intended to accomplish with the America’s Army game.

Hitachi is apparently withdrawing from the Australian market. A sentiment backed by Sharp Australia's deputy managing director, Denis Kerr, who claims that Australia is under, "a siege mentality that has forced pricing to ridiculous levels that cannot be sustained."

TechReviewSource have a MacWorld 2008 roundup. There's still a huge thread here in our Apple forum.

PCStats have a guide to installing an LGA775 CPU and cooler. If you're a newbie to this it can be a bit counter-intuitive, what with the CPU having no pins etc.

LegionHW compared Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT SLI vs. AMD Radeon HD 3870 Crossfire video card setups. Today we are finally going to settle the score between the GeForce 8800 GT and the Radeon HD 3870.

Meanwhile HotHardware compare ATI FireGL V8650 vs. NVIDIA QuadroFX 5600 in the high-end workstation graphics arena. The V8650 is a monstrous version of ATI’s R600 graphics processor with 2GB of memory attached, whereas the FX 5600 is the 1.5GB heavy workstation cousin of the GeForce 8800 Ultra, both of which use NVIDIA’s G80 processor.

BFM spotted this article on TheInq about 10 things to beware of in 2008. While scrutinising the murky waters of the IT future can be difficult at best, we have seen from the past years that what goes around, comes around and, where there's smoke, there's fire.

Bit-Tech have a new mod worklog: The Weighted Companion PC – a very tiny (20cm cube) tribute to one of the best games of 2007. "The pink heart melts the frozen soul of the lonely modder," Wolvie said.

From Craig: We’re pleased to announce that from 2:00 a.m. PST Wednesday, January 23, 2008 through 11:59 p.m. PST, Sunday, January 27, 2008 you can download the full version of the recent Xbox LIVE Arcade game, Undertow free of charge.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-January-2008  12:36:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards & CPU:
ASUS Maximus Formula (Non-SE) LGA775 board on Bjorn3D.
Intel QX9650 Core 2 Extreme LGA775 CPU on HWLogic.
Asus Blitz Extreme LGA775 board on OCClub.

Power Supply:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Quad 750W on OCIA.
B-Gear B-Tarantula 550W on Hi-TechReviews.

Storage & Memory:
Seagate FreeAgent Pro external hard drive on DigitalTrends.
SimpleTech PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz S1024R5NP2QA on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
BGear b-Envi SFF Case with Touch Sensitive Controls on Pro-Clockers.
Sony BDP-S300 Blu-Ray Player on TrustedReviews.
Sparkle GeForce 8800GT Cool-Pipe3 512MB on Guru3D.
ZeroTherm HC92 CU 8800 CPU cooler on SweMod.
Crazy Oversized Colossal Novelty Stuffed Camel in For Sale.



Monday Morning (18 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-January-2008  17:00:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Shredder has quite an extended rant on his blog about the frustrations of computer use nowadays. And yes, Logitech, I much enjoy the re-arranged edit block on my keyboard, because accidentally selecting and deleting random blocks of text from my documents on a regular basis is a complete barrel o’ laughs.

PCPerspective had a look at AMD's 4th quarter results. There is a lot of good information here about AMD's upcoming CPU and GPU products for the rest of 2008 as well as our opinions on how AMD's financial situation will affect their product line.

I still don't have my flying car, but at least I can have a hover chair, thanks Justin. Defying gravity with the use of repelling magnetic forces in both the bed and base this contemporary lounger is comfortable, practical and stylish.

AT sent in a few links about some recent "UFO sightings" in Texas. Info here, here, here and here (video). Dozens of eyewitnesses have reported seeing a mile-long UFO being pursued by fighter jets last week in the small town of Stephenville, Texas.

PCMech wonder if 2008 will be the year for desktop Linux. Something not mentioned too often in year-in-review articles is that a ton of people tried out Linux for the first time. While it’s true Linux didn’t stick around as their primary OS for most, the fact so many people tried it out is a huge step towards making Linux more mainstream.

tkArena have an article about widescreen gaming. To be honest, I have used 4:3 monitors for a very long time and I wasn’t really too sure what going to a widescreen would give. I kind of expected that it would just stretch out most of my images, which is what I had seen in widescreen gaming in the past. I was very wrong.

Also on PCPerspective, an article about ray-tracing and gaming. Daniel Pohl's latest work takes a look at how ray tracing engines have developed over the past year and discusses how ray tracing can be advantageous when compared to current rasterization techniques.

Interestingly, it seems playing video games can help surgeons do better in the OR. Dr. Kanav Kohel and Dr. Marshall Smith, of the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in Phoenix, Ariz. found that surgeons who “warmed up” by playing games such as Marble Mania for an hour scored 48 percent higher on a virtual 3D training tool called ProMIS than those who were did not play the Wii beforehand.

NordicHW interviewed Antec Senior VP Scott Richards. Antec chassis and power supplies have been with us for some time now and over the last couple of years, Antec has managed to stand out even more through innovative products and fresh thinking.

From Ambush: Netstumbler is not at this time working on Windows Vista. Vistumbler is a netstumbler-like program for Vista, basically acting as a GUI for netsh.

Timbot sent a story close to my heart (or belly, anyway) .. a top 10 list of funny beer commercials. Some "not work safe" stuff on that site though. Some commercials are super funny and they make me laugh while I'm drinking my beer and it comes out of my nose and it stings but I don't care cause it makes my nostrils smell like beer.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-January-2008  16:20:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler on Bit-Tech.
ZeroTherm BTF90 CPU cooler on SweMod.
GlacialTech Igloo 5750 Silent CPU cooler on RBMods.

Memory & Storage:
Kingston HyperX DDR3 PC3-14400 2Gb Kit on CPU3D.
Thecus N299 network storage on DansData.
VIZO Luxon Advanced ED Enclosure on CPU3D.

Audio / Visual:
Westone UM1 Earphones on TechPowerUp.
Samsung HD Camcorder VP-HMX10C on HWZone.
Super Talent Vidego24T MP3/MP4 player on Tweak.DK.

Misc:
Lapworks Laptop Desk Futura on Mikhailtech.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition AM2+ CPU on Virtual-Hideout.
Conflict: Denied Ops PC game on Bit-Tech.



Sunday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-January-2008  09:32:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechARP have a Intel Core 2 Performance Comparison Guide. In this article, we will be comparing the performance of several Intel Core 2 processors in five benchmarks - three game-based benchmarks and two application benchmarks.

A few people sent in this story about bionic eyes. Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights. Discussion here.

Sniper spotted this article about the secret military history of Silicon Valley. When you think about Silicon Valley you think about modern tech giants like Google, Yahoo and others, but did you know that this high-tech center of the Universe owes its existence to secret government cooperation dating back four decades?

XbitLabs looked at high-powered PSUs. Today we are going to introduce to you 10 units with the capacity of 1000W or well beyond that. We will discuss the solutions from Antec, Enermax, Floston Energetix, FSP Group, Silverstone, Tagan, Thermaltake and Ultra.

From the big to the small, XbitLabs also have 2.5" 250GB HDDs under the spotlight. Today we are going to talk about five 2.5-inch hard disk drives based on platters that use second-generation perpendicular recording technology. These will be solutions from Fujitsu, Hitachi, Samsung and Western Digital.

Bit-Tech cover NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI technology, while Tech-Report look at their Enthusiast System Architecture in action. Running the show are new versions of Nvidia's control panel and system monitoring software optimized with ESA in mind, providing users with an unprecedented level of control over system variables and customizable hardware monitoring.

CPU3D want to show you how to overclock your video card. I've tried to make this guide as simple as possible, so even a beginner will be able to muddle through.

Bit-Tech have an interesting article about gaming in the real world, written by a former member of the armed forces. A question that’s often asked is how much of what we might experience in a real life situation is reflected in those games that claim to be as close to real as possible? Having spent most of my working life in the Armed Forces and spending most of my spare time fragging in ‘realistic’ 3D environments, I believe I’m in a position where I am pretty qualified to answer that question.

TrustedReviews consider the new MacBook Air when compared to other offerings. The Sony VAIO X505VP was a design statement and a technology showcase at the time, whereas as the MacBook Air is simply a design statement.



Saturday Night Reviews #3 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-January-2008  11:30:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable:
Garmin nuvi 350 GPS on Digitaltrends.
Nokia N810 Internet Tablet on HWZone.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition AM2+ CPU on Bit-Tech.
AMD 5000+ Black Edition AM2 X2 AM2+ CPU on OCClub.
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 LGA775 board on TrustedReviews.
Foxconn Blackops LGA775 board prototype on HWZone.
Foxconn X38A LGA775 board on LegitReviews.

Software:
The Witcher PC game on Tweaktown.
Bounty Bay Online PC game on YouGamers.

Misc:
Edimax nMax Wireless 802.11n Broadband Router on XbitLabs.
Corsair TX650W PSU on DriverHeaven.
OCZ ReaperX HPC PC2-6400 4 GB Memory Kit on OCIA.



Saturday Night Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-January-2008  08:57:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Kingwin Z1 Series External Enclosure (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Tagan ICY BOX IB-3220 external HDD enclosure on GideonTech.
Super Talent 2GB Pico Series USB Drives on HWLogic.
Plextor PX-PH160US 2.5" external HDD on Bjorn3D.
Mapower MAP-OT21 2.5 Inch eSATA / USB Enclosure on BigBruin.

Video Cards:
Leadtek PX8800 GTS 512 on TrustedReviews.
Asus EAH3850 TOP 256Mb DDR3 on CPU3D.
MSI 8800GT 512MB on XSReviews.
Diamond Multimedia HD 3850 Ruby Edition 512MB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT on PCPerspective.
MSI NX8800GT-T2D256E-OC (GeForce 8800 GT 256MB) on HWZone.
HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB GDDR4 (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Asus EN8800GT (NVIDIA GeFoce 8800GT) TOP 512MB on APHNetworks.

Cooling:
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NF-P12 120mm Fan on OCOnline.
Scythe Ninja Copper 6 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Danger Den MC-TDX Waterblock on TechPowerUp.



Saturday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-January-2008  08:44:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Saitek X52 Joystick on Motherboards.org.
X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Controller with Trackball on HotHardware.
Razer Destructor mouse on OCClub.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard on HWSecrets.
Saitek X52 Joystick on GamePyre.
Razer Lachesis Gaming Laser Mouse on CPU3D.

Audio / Visual:
BlueAnt X5 Stereo Bluetooth Headset on LegitReviews.
LG 32LC46 32in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Logic3 SoundStation3 Speaker System on TrustedReviews.
Creative Aurvana X-Fi Headphones on TrustedReviews.
Logitech Harmony One universal remote on I4U.

Cases:
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 on 3DXtreme.
Lian Li LanCool K7 on TechWareLabs.
SilverStone TJ10B on Techgage.
Antec Sonata Plus 550 on CircuitRemix.
NZXT Rogue SFF Gaming on Techgage.



Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-January-2008  05:18:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Space nerds alert! NASA have a cool International Space Station calendar for 2008 which you can download in printable form here (8.6MB PDF). I just noticed NASA have a heap of stuff on YouTube, too.

While we're looking up, MESSENGER flew past Mercury recently, the first NASA spacecraft to do so since 1975, and took some cool high-res photos. More info and pics here.

Phoronix checked out an audiophile's dream at Goldmund's media demonstration room. Their systems are so advanced that they simply cannot be built in a day or even a week, but for each of their media rooms they spend extensive time planning and constructing the rooms that are slated to be perfect, even an imperfect world. Uh, right.

Tech Report checked out some new sound cards competing with Creative, under Vista. The Xonar and Prelude both target the high end of the desktop sound card spectrum, so it's only fitting that we face them off against each other in Windows Vista. Read on to see how they fare in a range of gaming, signal quality, and subjective listening tests.

TrustedReviews pine for the days of shoot 'em ups. If you're a long time gamer, you probably get all misty eyed at the thought of R-Type, Nemesis, Defender or even Scramble. If you long for the good old days of mindless shooting and bombing, take heart, the shoot 'em up isn't dead.

Sun Microsystems recently aquired MySQL, the open-source database system that (among other things) powers OCAU. More info and comments on slashdot, thanks mpot.

Ambush noticed an interview with the Media Defender hacker. A teenager hacked into the outfit charged with protecting companies like Sony, Universal, and Activision from online piracy - the most daring exploit yet in the escalating war between fans and corporate giants. Guess which side is winning.

Digit-Life have a mid-range heatpipe cooler shootout. Today we'll focus on 21 Mid-End coolers and their tests. They also ponder DDR2-800 vs DDR3-1333. We're going to compare performance of two processors in combination with different memory modules: standard DDR2-800 and higher-clocked DDR3-1333.

DriverHeaven meanwhile have a motherboard roundup with the Asus Maximus Extreme, Asus Maximus Formula, MSI P35 Platinum Combo, Asus P5E3 Deluxe and MSI X48 Platinum. Today we will be looking at the mainstream and enthusiast models to identify which boards offer the best value, performance and features.



Sponsor Specials (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-January-2008  04:45:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials Forum if you're shopping around for a good deal. In there our many sponsors have threads featuring memory, energy drinks, mp3 players, sound cards, amps, headphones, CPUs, tv tuners, video cards, network storage and loads of other goodies. Also some interesting little mobile power gadgets. Worth a look!


CES Wrap-up (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-January-2008  11:53:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This'll be the final CES catchup post, I think.

Vendor coverage: Intel, Yoggie Security, Dell, ASUS, Thermaltake, Sony and In Win.

Specific topics: cars of CES, booth babes, home entertainment and the parties.

General coverage on HotHardware and SysOpt.

HWZone mwanwhile have MacWorld 2008 highlights.



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-January-2008  00:27:39 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Cases, Cooling and Power:
Sigma Luna Type-W Case at HardwareLogic.com
Aerocool M-40 Small Form Factor Case at Pro-Clockers
OCZ Vendetta Cooler at Silenthardware.de
Tuniq Ensemble 1200 Watt Power Supply at Guru3D
Hiper HPU-5K880 and HPU-5B680 Type R Mk II PSUs at BmR

Graphics Cards:
ASUS Extreme N8800GT 1GB at Legion Hardware
XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition 256MB at Neoseeker.com
GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Roundup at Legit Reviews

Motherboards and Memory:
XFX nForce 780i SLI Motherboard at PC Perspective
Intel D201GLY2 ITX Motherboard at ASE Labs
X48 Motherboards from ASUS (Preview) at Hardware Secrets
OCZ ReaperX PC2-6400 4Gb DDR2 Kit at Overclock3D

Software:
Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 500W at Tweak.dk
Sight Training DS at IGN Australia
Universe at War (PC) at Gaming Heaven
Frontlines (PC) at YouGamers

Misc:
AMD Spider Platform at I4U
Three eVolution Desktop Keyboards from Cherry at Technic3D
Air Touch Flexible Keyboard at OCIA.net
Nikko R2-D2 DVD Projector at tkArena



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-January-2008  10:06:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Your BEST pc purchases in Overclocking & Hardware.
Why Windows Vista rocks in Windows Operating Systems.
Why Microsoft Must Control One Laptop Per Child in Other Operating Systems.
Linux Gaming in Other Operating Systems.
150GB Raptors in RAID0. Worth it? in Storage & Backup.
Who Will Be ditching Their DDR2 for DDR3 When Penryn/X48 is released? in Memory.
How to wire Pwr_LED to 12V to make lots of LED's blink in standby? in Electronics.
Seapowers...online text-based naval game in Games.
SysOPEN - the real online text based game in Games.
Doctored screenshots - discuss in Games.
MacWorld 2008 in Apple Hardware and Software.
A guitar with tele-like sound and tremolo in Musicians.
Perfect Pitch in Musicians.
Extremely cool research facilities in Science.
Do you think my sensor needs a clean? in Photography.
What is a booming industry? in Career, Education & Finance.
RBA and Inflation in Career, Education and Finance.
Beamers with that sinking feeling in Motoring.
Cars have memory? in Motoring.
The Post your "gearknob/shiftknob" Thread! in Motoring.
Video Leaked: Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept in Motoring.
Toyota Prius sales pass Ford Explorer in Motoring.
Internet helping to weaken Sicilian Mafia in Current Events.
Student unionism 'on brink of extinction' in Current Events.
12 US counties pass resolutions AGAINST evolution in Current Events.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-January-2008  06:03:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
Corsair TX750W on RBMods.
Ultra X2 750 Watt Extreme Edition Modular on OCClub.
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250W on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Thermaltake Xaser VI (video review) 3DGameMan.
AOpen S150 ITX on ASELabs.

Software:
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance PC game on DriverHeaven.
TimeShift PC game on YouGamers.

Storage & Memory:
Ultra Stackables storage peripherals on OC3D.
OCZ Technology PC3-10666 ReaperX HPC 2GB DDR3 Kit on BigBruin.
Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 on Bjorn3D.
G.Skill 4GB PC6400 memory on XSReviews.
Thecus N5200 Pro network storage on Virtual-Hideout.

Misc:
D-Link DHP-300 Powerline Ethernet Adapter on OZHardware.
Gateway P-171XL FX Edition gaming laptop on DigitalTrends.
ECS N8800GT-512X with Accelero S1 passive cooler video card on OCWorkbench.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-January-2008  05:33:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
Paradigm Monitor 7 and UltraCube 10 speakers on DigitalTrends.
Westone UM2 Earphones on TechPowerUp.
Samsung SyncMaster 245T 24-Inch LCD Monitor on Tweaknews.
R2-D2 DVD Projector on TKArena.
CellPoint Flamingo Bluetooth Headset on BlueTomorrow.
Philips HTS6600 - 2.1 DVD System on TrustedReviews.

Input Etc:
Razer Destructor: Gaming Mouse Pad on TechWareLabs.
Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse on OCClub.
XGene Trackball Keyboard on Motherboards.org.

Cooling:
Thermaltake Big Water 760i watercooling kit on 3DXtreme.
Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound on Mikhailtech.
Xigmatek HDT-S983 Exposed Heatpipe-Base Heatsink on Frostytech.
NorthQ-3340 WLA Extreme Cooler on Tweak.dk.
ASUS Arctic Square Cooler on DriverHeaven.
Vizo Ninja II notebook cooler on DVHardware.

Motherboard and CPU:
Celeron E1200 Dual-Core LGA775 CPU on XbitLabs.
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A Intel X38 Express LGA775 board on PCStats.
Foxconn X38A Digital Life LGA775 board on Tweaktown.
ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ LGA775 board on Phoronix.
Asus P5N-T Deluxe 780i LGA775 board on OC3D.



New Macs (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-January-2008  04:13:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quite a few people sent word of the Macbook Air that has been unveiled at MacWorld overnight. More info here, here and here.

This comes on the back of some new Mac Pro info from last week, info here and here in a general Macworld preview article. Discussion of the new 8-core Mac Pro here.

Keep on track of other MacWorld stuff in our Apple Forum.



Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-January-2008  03:17:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Two videos first up: cTone spotted this quite cool way of sorting ball-bearings. This is a demo of an NI system on Motion Control. Meanwhile Marc found some model MagLev trains, more info here.

I'm not sure why "gamer" is relevant, but some guy was attempting to build a small nuclear reactor at home and making no secret of it on the net. Unsurprisingly the FBI paid a visit.

The inventor of the super soaker is aiming to cut solar costs in half, thanks J. Johnson, a nuclear engineer who holds more than 100 patents, calls his invention the Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Conversion System, or JTEC for short.

YouGamers have an interview with Joe Camel, who they describe as one of the "Kings of the Overclockers". I'm a tinkerer by nature. As a child I was more interested in how the toy worked vs. just playing with it. Then it became the challenge to learn new skills (soldering/tweaking).

TechReport checked out a neural headband controller that OCZ are working on. The folks at OCZ have been talking for a while about a device known as the Neural Impulse Actuator, which employs several sensors embedded in a headband to read certain electrical impulses from the wearer, theoretically acting as a PC input device.

SharkyExtreme have updated their High-End Gaming System Buyer's Guide. There's a similar thing being constantly updated in our Wiki.

Craig sent word of home router insecurity. Security mavens have uncovered a design flaw in most home routers that allows attackers to remotely control the devices by luring an attached computer to a booby-trapped website.

Oppylock meanwhile noticed these 40-hour laptop batteries on the way. The researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to give rechargeable Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries used in laptops, iPods, video cameras and mobile phones as much as 10 times more charge, potentially giving a conventional Li-Ion battery-powered laptop 40 hours of battery life rather than four. However the comments link to this interview where the claims are less extreme.



Tuesday Morning Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2008  00:53:12 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Cases and Power:
NZXT Hush at DriverHeaven
Ultra M998 Mid-Tower Case at Modders-Inc
Gigabyte 3D Mercury Water Cooled Case at Phoronix
BGear b-Tarantula 650W at Pro-Clockers

CPU and Graphics Cards:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 at Legion Hardware
Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card at HotHardware
ATI HD 2600 Pro 256MB Video Card at TheTechLounge

Cooling:
ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler at Virtual-Hideout
Zerotherm Hurricane HC92 CU 8800 VGA Cooler at Tweaknews.net
Thermalright Ultima 90I CPU Cooler at HardwareLogic
Alphacool NexXxos XP Bold CPU Waterblock at CPU3D
Auras LPT-700 Heatsink at Frostytech
TT Big Water 760i at 3DXtreme



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2008  00:50:41 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Memory:
G.Skill 4GB PC6400 at XSReviews
Corsair Dominator PC3-14400 at Overclockers Online
Corsair Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G at Digit-Life

Audio:
Apple iPod nano 3G at Digit-Life
Zune 2 80GB MP3 Player at Bonafide Reviews
Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator at OCC

Misc:
Lite-On LH-20A1S 20x DVD+/- RW Drive at OCIA.net
ULTRA Stackable at Bjorn3d
Fujifilm FinePix F50fd at Digital Trends
Zagg iPhone Full Body invisibleSHIELD at I4U
KeySonic ACK-126 RF Keyboard at Technic3D



Tuesday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2008  00:50:09 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

First up, best wishes to others who share this special day with me ;)

TechSpot have reported on AMD's announcement regarding delays to Phenom supplies. AMD publicly stated late last year that it would be able to offer quad-core AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 CPUs with fixed erratum as well as at higher clock-speeds in Q1 2008. However, the chipmaker recently notified its partners that the launch of its higher-end chips will be postponed until next quarter.

Metku have posted up their latest case modding article, entitled Eutanasia. The basic guidelines for the case were simple. As this case was going to be built to be used at Lan-parties, the case should be small, simple, durable, upgradeable and it still should be able to house a powerful system.

Justin McManus sent in some interesting articles. First, some information on the next TV standard boasting 33 million pixels. Ford appear to have a problem with owners taking nice pictures of their cars and sharing them. Next, someone seems to have finally integrated a flash-based MP3 player into some headphones (perhaps this should satisfy mezla). Next, is a report on the apparent USA lack of science curriculums. And finally, some info on Sony's proposed alternative to W-USB.

An interesting article about a dude in America who has decided to post his every move online. What would you do if you were suspected of a crime that could send you to jail cell in Guantanamo Bay for untold years? When it happened to Hasan Elahi, he decided to put his life online, for all to see.

HardwareZone have continued their coverage of CES 2008 posting up Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. Not to be outdone, bit-tech have published their wrap-up of the event entitled "Understanding Industry Trends". And BmR have posted up their coverage as well. Other related coverage is Arctic Cooling @ OCIA, CoolIT Water-Cooling Products @ Hardware Secrets, Logitech @ OCIA.net , Thermaltake @ ThinkComputers.org and AEE Show Floor Photos @ OCIA.net.

TechARP have posted up an article about the PC Hardware Myths To Avoid In 2008. LostCircuits on the other hand have been looking back at 2007 and what it has bought us.

Finally, TechSpot hava had done some multi-GPU testing with the latest Crysis patch. Just last week Crytek released a highly awaited first patch for Crysis which weighed in at 139MB and carried a number of rather large promises. While it was claimed that SLI/Crossfire performance would improve with this patch as well as the overall rendering performance for all graphics cards in DX9 and DX10, they never stated by how much, so they did dodge a bullet there.



CES 2008 Update (9 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2008  23:08:10 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

CES 2008 is still dominating the newsbox at the moment. Here are some links to keep you up to date.

First up, Booth Babes! Coverage posted by ThinkComputers and Legit Reviews. Hoochie Mama!!

ThinkComputers have also posted up some other articles covering the ViewSonic, Microsoft, Antec booths.

TkArena have had a look at some interesting cases and toys on display and have posted up some videos. Lian Li Xbox 360, Lian Li Limited Edition PC80, WowWee Junkyard Dog Toy, WowWee Helicopter, Spy Tank, Ologic Drink Caddy Robot and Njoy

HardwareZone have posted up their Show Floor Coverage. They've split it up into Part 1 and Part 2

And here are some other articles posted by others:
Art Lebedev at OCIA.net
CES 2008 Day 4 at ASE Labs
DeviceVM's Splashtop at Techgage
Day 1 (Continued) at Ninjalane
CES Coverage Super Talent at Pro-Clockers
CSX Cases by Cooler Master at Hardware Secrets



Monday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2008  23:01:23 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Cases and Cooling:
Thermaltake Armour+ case at bit-tech
Sunbeamtech Freezing Storm at BurnOutPC.com
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound at mikhailtech.com
Tt Bigwater 760i Water Cooling Kit at OC Cafe
Noctua NF-P12 120mm Fan at mikhailtech.com

PC Componentry:
Supertalent ProjectX 2GB DDR3-1800 Memory Kit at Rbmods
ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB Graphics Card at Tech ARP
Asus Xonar D2X - PCI-Express soundcard at bit-tech
Asus Striker II Formula at TrustedReviews

Misc:
Synology Disk Station DS207+ at TechwareLabs
Adesso WKB-3000UB Wireless Trackball Keyboard at TechwareLabs
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB HDD at OCIA.net
Panasonic DMR-EZ47V - DVD Recorder/VHS Combi at TrustedReviews



Sunday Night (7 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2008  12:04:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Trevor68: Just a headsup, that GamingSA are running a graphics comp for Frontlines Fuel of War, with full copies of the game, and T-Shirts up for grabs. :) All the details here.

Gizmodo got themselves in trouble at CES, by using a gadget to turn off TVs and displays at various stands. CEA (who run CES) have responded by banning the Gizmodo staffer responsible, thanks Craig.

Some snippets from mpot: Britain advises against Vista and Office 2007 for schools. Disillusioned young IT workers. Use body heat to charge cellphone battery.

A Polish teenager has apparently turned a tram system into his personal train set, after modifying a TV remote to change track points, thanks Craig. He treated it like any other schoolboy might a giant train set, but it was lucky nobody was killed. Four trams were derailed, and others had to make emergency stops that left passengers hurt.

HWSecrets checked out Foxconn's F1 Motherboard Prototype at CES. It is not only that, this prototype – internally known as F1 – will come with a water-cooling solution to cool down the chipset and the transistors from the voltage regulator circuit, and below the north bridge block it has a thermoelectric cooler (TEC, a.k.a. "Peltier").

Nick sent word of an optional Vista update to block malicious "gadgets". Dubbed "Windows Sidebar Protection," the 1MB download was added to Windows Update on Tuesday and classified as a "high-priority" update.

Pat mentioned (in relation to a previous news story) that DI MOTO are an Australian company working on plastic optical fibre componentry. The next generation of networking and cabling technology promises superior quality of service, easy installation and significant cost savings.

Justin spotted this interview with Trent Reznor about his disappointment with a recent online album release. Reznor produced and helped bankroll the album, which debuted November 1. All the more reason why he was stunned when fewer than one in five people who downloaded the music were willing to pony up $5, roughly the cost of a McDonald's Quarter Pounder.



Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-January-2008  16:41:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a while...

       

       



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-January-2008  14:46:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage & Memory:
Super Talent PC14400 1800Mhz DDR3 2GB Memory Kit on Tweaknews.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC 4Gb Kit on CPU3D.
Vizo Milano 3.5" Media Hard Drive Enclosure on APHNetworks.

Cooling:
OCZ Vendetta Exposed Heatpipe-Base Heatsink on Frostytech.
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 PWM Heatsink on Frostytech.
ASUS Silent Knight II CPU Cooler on Virtual-Hideout.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme 2900 VGA cooler on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Ultra X2 750W Modular (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Enermax Infiniti 720W on DriverHeaven.
Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W on SweMod.

Audio Visual:
Icemat Audio Black Siberia Multi Headset on Motherboards.org.
ASUS Xonar D2 Sound Card and U1 USB Audio Station on PCPerspective.

Misc:
Tabula Rasa PC game on TrustedReviews.
GeCube Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 (O.C. Edition) video card on HWZone.
SteelSeries SP Mouse Mat on XSReviews.
Nexus Caterpillar Silent System case on RBMods.
XFX nForce 780i SLI LGA775 motherboard on Bit-Tech.



Pico Bayard (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-January-2008  16:52:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

When you see something like this, who else could it be, but slipperyskip in action again:


click for the PCDB entry (8 pics)!



Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-January-2008  03:40:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, has died aged 88. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced the news today. Miss Clark said the death of New Zealand's greatest hero was a profound loss.

NASA have advised that asteroid 2007 WD5 will probably not hit Mars later this month. Boo! Our best estimate now is that 2007 WD5 will pass about 26,000 km from the planet's center (about 7 Mars radii from the surface) at around 12:00 UTC (4:00 am PST) on Jan. 30th. With 99.7% confidence, the pass should be no closer than 4000 km from the surface.

One worrying development at CES concerns internet filtering. Network-level filtering means your Internet service provider – Comcast, AT&T, EarthLink, or whoever you send that monthly check to – could soon start sniffing your digital packets, looking for material that infringes on someone’s copyright.

Speaking of which, there's a petition to stop Australian Internet Censorship. Show your support by signing this petition. Show Mr Conroy and Mr Rudd that Australia does not require a Government babysitter. I'm not a big fan of online petitions but it can't hurt I guess. "Email Required" is a bit of a worry tho.

IGN looked at a new game from Radical, called Prototype. This game has a similar sense of chaotic freedom and power. Rather than feeling artificially restrained, this is a game where you can run up the side of a building, then leap from rooftop to rooftop. This is a game where you can barrel down the street like a charging bull, knocking pedestrians aside and vaulting off the bonnets of any vehicles in your path.

They also take a look back at the history of Duke Nukem Forever. I still remember the awesome fun we had playing Duke Nukem 3D at work. Laser tripbombs, the shrink gun, jetpack jousting.. come on, DNF!

From Marc: This is pretty cool, this allows you to use your GPRS Windows Mobile to act as an ad-hoc Wi-Fi router, allowing you to access the web through the phone's GPRS.

An Australian company now offers loss of license insurance. The policy was designed for good drivers who fell victim to revenue-raising, National Underwriting Agencies spokesman Noel Johns said.

Snippets from Justin: Plastic fibre slashes optical network costs. A study holds new promise for spinal injury patients. Apparently nVidia card owners can download the latest portal demo from steam for free.

Tweaktown looked at Gigabyte's Dynamic Energy Saver technology. First of all, DES is not a fad and it will be available on pretty much all GIGABYTE motherboards bar the really low-end models. However, the roll-out will take some time but the good news is that GIGABYTE has already shipped motherboards with DES.

USB 3.0 is on the way, thanks Nick. Info here on TheReg and here on PCMech.



CES Catchup (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-January-2008  17:09:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember there's a big CES 2008 thread, but here's a few other stories from around the net:

Day 1 coverage on Ninjalane, Aselabs and TechwareLabs. Day 2 and Day 3 coverage on Aselabs. Driverheaven have general coverage of the event.

Manufacturer specific coverage: Philips, Sony, EVGA, Tagan, Zalman, Thermaltake (and here), Adata, Silverstone, OCZ and Buffalo.

Specific things: Fatality interview, Logitech's diNovo Mini cordless keyboard, the Digital Experience Event (and here), Foxconn's Extreme motherboards, Intel Skulltrailed overclocked, ATI dual-GPU board, Shure Microphones, BMW Sauber F1 Experience, CoolerMaster's CSX case and Booth Babes.



Friday Morning Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-January-2008  16:48:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Inno3D GeForce 8800GT Standard vs. Overclocked Performance Comparison on OZHardware.
HIS HD 3850 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB on InsideHW.
VisionTek Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB on DriverHeaven.
Galaxy Geforce 8800 GT HDMI on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
PC Power Silencer 610W on DVHardware.
Ultra Power Partner additional PSU on RBMods.
Siretc High Power 400w VGA Booster on OCIA.
Corsair TX750W on Bjorn3D.

Cases:
Cooler Master Cosmos S on HWSecrets.
NZXT Rogue Crafted Series SFF Gaming Case on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake SwordM Full Tower on Tweaknews.

Storage:
Belkin SATA2 w/ eSATA controller card on SweMod.
QNAP TS-109 Turbo Station network storage on NeoSeeker.
Enermax Jazz HDD Enclosures on DriverHeaven.
Sarotech Cutie Bio 2.5" HDD enclosure on HWZone.

Misc:
Razor Tarantula Gaming Keyboard on CPU3D.
Corsair, Kingston, OCZ, Super Talent DDR3 1800MHz Memory Kits on LegitReviews.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-January-2008  16:43:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
iPod Touch 16 GB mp3 player on Bjorn3D.
Asus BC-1205PT BD Combo Blu-Ray reader / DVD burner on TBreak.

Cooling:
Auras LPT-709 Wave Heatsink on Frostytech.
Arctic-Cooling Accelero Xtreme 2900 video cooler on LegionHW.

Motherboard and CPU:
Meet Intel Wolfdale: Core 2 Duo E8500, E8400 and E8200 Processors on XbitLabs.
GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 LGA775 board on Tweaktown.
ASRock 4Core1600P35-WIFI+ LGA775 board on OCWorkbench.
MSI & ECS Nvidia 7100 LGA775 boards on TBreak.
nVidia nForce 780/750 Series SLI Chipsets on OZHardware.

Portable:
Panasonic ToughBook CF-Y7 on TrustedReviews.
ASUS C90P Overclockable Gaming Laptop on HWSecrets.
Bokeen Cybook Gen3 eBook reader on TrustedReviews.

Software:
Fury PC game on TechDomain.
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men PC game on TrustedReviews.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-January-2008  12:13:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards & Chipsets:
MSI & ECS Nvidia 7100 LGA775 boards on TBreak.
MSI X38 Diamond LGA775 board on HWZone.

Software:
Everquest II - Rise of Kunark PC MMO game on DriverHeaven.
UltraMon 3.0 multi-monitor software on APHNetworks.
Sun Age PC game on YouGamers.

Cooling:
Scythe Andy Samurai Master Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Thermalright Ultima-90 CPU cooler on OCOnline.
Spire Cool Force 3 video card cooler on XSReviews.

Cases:
Antec P182 on SweMod.
Antec NSK1380 SFF (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Zalman Z-Machine LQ1000 on HWSecrets.
Aerocool I-Curve+ on 3DXtreme.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-January-2008  06:16:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a snapshot of what's going on in the forums at the moment:

E8X00 Wolfdale testing thread in Intel Hardware.
Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors in Intel Hardware.
OCAU Phenom Owners Club in AMD Hardware.
Recapping a HD STB Teac DVB800 Power Supply in Electronics.
2008 is the year for mainstream Linux devices? in Other Operating Systems.
Motion sickness with Morrowind - Oblivion too? in Games.
Just arrived - EK G92 full block - sweet !!!! (lots of big pics) in Extreme Cooling.
DSL Modem with Larger NAT Table/memory in Networking & Internet.
Protecting a kitchen computer in Modding.
Does anyone actaully have a Falcon Xbox? in Game Consoles.
DarkBASIC - Game Programming Package in Graphics and Programming.
You know you're bad when... in Photography.
Asking the passer-by to take photos in Photography.
New internal systems for my work place, suggestions? in Enterprise Computing.
Social drinking can cause brain damage in Sport, Fitness and Health.
We seem to have continuing challenges to the teaching of evolution in schools in Current Events.
The Australian Criminal Justice System in Current Events.
Toshiba's "Home Nuclear Reactor" in Current Events.
Consolidated US Election 2008 Thread in Current Events.
QANTAS Near-Disaster in Current Events.
Summer of 07/08 Cricket Series in Major Sporting Events.
So I started driving a manual and it is making me RAGE in Motoring.
5 movies that you MUST see before you die? in Entertainment.
You have no free will in The Pub.
Causality - killing one's own grandfather in The Pub.



Sponsor Specials (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-January-2008  04:42:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials Forum if you're shopping around for a good deal. In there our many sponsors have threads featuring CPUs, mp3 players, TV tuners, speakers, coolers, energy drinks, video cards and many other goodies. You can even win a 24" LCD monitor!


Free Game Demos (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-January-2008  00:29:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few recent demos available on AusGamers Files:

Kane and Lynch: Dead Men Updated (623MB): Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a violent and chaotic journey of two men -- a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath -- and their brutal attitude towards right and wrong. This volatile partnership combined with innovative technologies allow for an unparalleled gaming experience.

Ghost in the Sheet (68MB): Ghost in the Sheet is a comedy adventure game of supernatural proportions. Become a ghost and master your new paranormal skill set to unravel the secrets of your life-after-death adventure! Mystery, intrigue, comedy and adventure await…aren’t you just dying to play?

Hard to be a God (425MB): A demo allowing you to try out the English version of Hard to be a God, an RPG with adventure and espionage elements based on a storyline of the novel with the same name by Strugatsky brothers.

Democracy 2 v1.07 (31MB): Democracy 2 is the ultimate political strategy / simulation game. Based on a complex Neural network, the game simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. As president or prime minister, it's your job to balance the need for income from taxes against the demands of the voters.

X Motor Racing v1.03 (95MB): Changes from 1.02 to 1.03: - improved 3D tire simulation code - improved engine code - customizable physics accuracy - added tire pressure, temperature and attrition.

Jazz Jackrabbit 3D Cancelled Alpha (76MB): A playable alpha demo of the cancelled Jazz Jackrabbit 3D by World Tree Games and Epic Games.

Gish Demo v1.51 (10MB): Gish isn't your average hero, in fact he's not your average anything... see Gish is a ball of tar. A Sunday stroll with his lady friend Brea goes awry when a shadowy figure emerges from an open man hole and pulls Brea into the ground below. Following Brea's calls for help Gish suddenly finds himself in the subterranean sewers of Dross, a long forgotten city filled with twisting corridors, evil traps and some of the most demented creatures imaginable.

Aquaria (67MB): Naija has the gift of the Verse. By singing songs, she can weave this force to change the waters around her. With each song Naija learns comes new abilities. With powerful songs, Naija is able to change form, giving players many options as to how to play the game.

The Witcher (2.1GB): Giving players a tantalizing taste of the world of The Witcher, the demo begins with the first part of the prologue in which the seeds of the epic story are sown and the white haired witcher Geralt learns the fundamentals of combat. The prologue is followed by the entirety of Act 1, during which Geralt of Rivia will see the first threads of the story weave their web around him and be called upon to slay man and beast to stay alive and earn his keep.

City Life 2008 (514MB): From elegant villas in residential neighborhoods to imposing skyscrapers in the financial district, players design and develop the city of their dreams. They have to provide comfort and satisfaction for the citizens by offering them adequate leisure and entertainment facilities, as well as work and access to education. It's up to the player to manage their city effectively, overseeing booming development while at the same time regulating the very delicate issues of pollution and traffic.

Penguins Arena v1.3 (23MB): Penguins Arena is a thrilling and innovative First Penguin Shooter with very short rounds and where the magic of reincarnation, combined with the supernatural ability to return to the game as a ghost, ensures that your character has every chance to change your tribe’s fate.

Keep on top of the latest games info in our Games Forum.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-January-2008  14:22:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards:
Gigabyte GA-G33M-S2H LGA775 board on DriverHeaven.
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L LGA775 board on Bjorn3D.
ASRock 4Core1600P35-WIFI+ LGA775 board on OCWorkbench.

Memory:
A-DATA Vitesta Extreme Edition DDR2-800+ on LegionHW.
OCZ 2x1GB DDR3-1333 Gold Edition on Virtual-Hideout.
OCZ DDR3-1800 Platinum Series 2Gb kit on CPU3D.
PNY DDR2 XLR8 PC2-9384 2GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus 500GB external hard drive on DigitalTrends.
Vizo Luxon Advanced external HDD on SweMod.
HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 & 1740 SATA II controllers on OCClub.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte HD 2600 Pro 512MB on TheTechLounge.
Asus EAH3870 TOP 512MB on Bit-Tech.

Cooling:
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Heatsink on Frostytech.
Thermalright HR-03 GT VGA Cooler on OCIA.
Thermalright HR-05 northbridge heatsink on XSReviews.
Danger Den Water Box Plus and Kit (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Thermaltake Bigwater 760i Liquid Cooling System on Tweaktown.
Coolink Silentator Heatsink on Mikhailtech.
Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler on 3DXtreme.

Audio / Visual:
Panasonic TH-42PX700 42in Plasma TV on TrustedReviews.
V7 D24W33 24 Inch (HDMI) LCD Monitor on Motherboards.org.
Apple iPod Nano 3rd Generation on RBMods.
V7 D24W33 24 Inch (HDMI) LCD Monitor on GamePyre.

Cases:
Thermaltake Armor+ on Bjorn3D.
Thermaltake Xaser VI on TBreak.

Input Etc:
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G15 Rev2 on Metku.
Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse on Virtual-Hideout.
SteelSeries Ikari mouse and SP mousemat on Bit-Tech.



Tuesday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-January-2008  07:28:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

DiGiTaL_MoNkEY has posted a huge thread summarising CES 2008 as it unfolds. Considering the amount of new technology announcements that come from CES 2008, i thought it would be useful for a single thread with general news updates and discussion. I’ll be hunting the net for the latest news & announcements and posting them in this thread, obviously everyone is free to posts any news they encounter to share with everyone. :) OCIA have the inevitable booth babe pics. :)

Atomic have posted an article with more details about Nintek's demise. There's lots of good info in the first post of the Whirlpool thread, too.

SETI@Home are looking for more volunteers to crunch the data from their radio telescopes. "The next generation SETI@home is 500 times more powerful then anything anyone has done before," said project chief scientist Dan Werthimer. "That means we are 500 times more likely to find ET than with the original SETI@home."

These from mpot: TopGear presenter Jeremy Clarkson got scammed after publishing his bank account details in a newspaper. Also an interesting look at Microsoft, titled "Lessons from Microsoft: Innovation and Competition".

LegitReviews found a 72GB SATA SSD from SanDisk, at CES. SanDisk informed us that the SSD SATA 5000 1.8" has been trimmed down in size and weight to fit inside new, sleek laptops. It measures only 5mm in height, and weighs less than 45 grams.

From echelon: Just stumbled across a very interesting little application. It appears to be an in-game overlay that ties in multiple game-specific wikis (e.g. WoWWiki), non-game-specific chat applications like MSN, a browser, a music app, server finder etc.

CNet may be taken over soon, thanks Craig. The company, founded in 1992, has more than 2,600 employees. It has been particularly hard hit because of increased competition in its core market from technology-focused blogs like TechCrunch, written by a handful of people at a fraction of the cost.

TCMag have an interesting history of gaming that never was. Gems have been produced, and you let them slide by, teaching the game publishing world that all you want really is ‘more of the same’, and in this case, ‘the same’ happens to be Madden, Fifa, Pro Evolution Soccer, and uninspired ‘realistic’ shooters.

Bit-Tech have a story about how someone became a game designer, in part 1 and part 2. When we left the story, James had just entered in a competition to have his indie game published on Xbox Live. Now, read the second part to find out how he bagged the prize without winning and completed the transition from dishwasher to game designer.



Tuesday Midday (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-January-2008  00:37:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Bill Gates used his keynote speech at CES to announce he will no longer be working full-time at Microsoft. He also outlined his vision of the future, and played a funny "behind the scenes" video. There's an edited Q&A session too.

ARN have a story about Nintek's recent closure. A spokesperson from the administrators of Perth-based online retailer, Nintek, has suggested toughening market conditions and inadequate management skills could be behind its demise.

PopularScience has a guide to 2008 in Science. Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen.

Intel's big announcement at CES is about more 45nm CPUs. Only four processors from Intel's 'second wave' are set for servers as Penryn makes its march into the mainstream. Headlining the show are seven desktop chips: four in the new E8000 dual-core series and three in the new Q9000 quad-core line. More info here.

NVIDIA meanwhile showed off some new chipsets. The 780a, Hybrid SLI and even a new PureVideo HD feature are all discussed in our coverage. More info here.

AMD has some new goodies too. The new Mobility Radeon HD 3600 and Mobility Radeon HD 3400 GPUs feature support for DirectX 10.1 graphics, PCI Express 2.0 connectivity, and Avivo HD video acceleration.

A few people pointed out this giant curved monitor from Alienware. Lit by LEDs, this 2880x900 monster is well over three feet wide and is said to have an other-worldly .02ms response time, great for gaming.

Apparently Boeing's 787 Dreamliner may be vulnerable to hackers, thanks Craig. The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.



Sciby in Japan! (34 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-January-2008  07:22:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tiberius J. Stoatfondler, or "Sciby" as we know him has recently made the move to Osaka in Japan to teach English. Which is pretty funny if you've ever, say, edited his reviews or heard him speak. Nonetheless, he's settled in now and is furiously blogging his every tiniest thought in text and video form:


Click for scibyinjapan.com!

(thanks to Dan for the pic!)



NetAlarmed.com (44 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-January-2008  02:34:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The website NetAlarmed.com presents an amusing take on the recent Government announcements of internet censorship plans for Australia. Worth a look!

I'm an adult. Can I opt-out?

Sure, but feedback to NetAlarmed suggests only a small amount of Australians will choose to opt-out (mainly felons). For those that do choose to opt-out, rest assured your personal details will be kept completely confidential on the NetAlarmed Watch List.



Sunday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-January-2008  04:57:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Eraser: Well this is some fairly big news. Warner and Newline who up untill now have been HD-DVD and blu-ray have sided with blu-ray. It looks as if the HD-DVD group have gone into damage control as they have cancelled their pressmeetings to have a meeting with the other HD-DVD partys. This could be the swing to make blu-ray win over hd-dvd. Info on the Warner side here, Newline here and the press conference cancellation here.

Craig spotted a story about a Solitaire lawsuit. It involves the somewhat infamous patents of Sheldon Goldberg, which got plenty of attention back in 2004 when he started claiming that computer solitaire was covered by his patents. The two key patents are for a network gaming system and a method for playing games on a network.

Marc sent in this video of a mario mod for doom. In this clip, you'll see "a classic Super Mario Bros. level recreated in 3D, using the Doom engine."

Phoronix looked at the AMD Phenom 9500's performance in Linux. Have you recently upgraded to AMD's Spider platform with their quad-core Phenom processor and are running Linux? If so, and are experiencing kernel panics, stability problems, and even a psychedelic Ubuntu logo, you're not alone.

Intel has abandoned the one laptop per child program. Mulloy said the use of AMD chips in the OLPC machines had nothing to do with Intel's decision to withdraw.

Craig also spotted this bluetooth hack for ipods. It replaces the headphone jack and draws power directly from the iPod's battery, giving you a completely wireless and dongle-free audio device.

Driverheaven have an interview with Giuseppe Amato, AMD Technical Director sales and marketing EMEA. In the mobile space AMD had a very strong 2007 and we have our sights set even higher for 2008 with the release of the Puma platform in 1H 2008. Puma will raise the bar in platform performance per watt with more visual computing performance than any other mobile platform.

From stmok: Lenovo goes for entry level notebook jugular. All have facial recognition software called "VeriFace". (Bye bye fingerprint scanner?). More info here and here. The 17inch one has something called "Game Zone" on the right side where the keypad is supposed to be. (Has extra large arrow keys, small LCD display, etc)...Not sure how that works. Anyone know? Looks like they retain the ThinkPad keyboard, but have done away with the TrackPoint (aka: "red nipple") and ThinkLight (aka: bright keyboard LED).

Dan has more letters! In this edition: PC-drowning oil, solar air conditioning, big and little PCIe slots, defragging by copying, and putting magnets in your fingers.



Sunday Morning Reviews (6 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 5-January-2008  14:49:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Seagate 1 Terabyte Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive on OCClub.
Western Digital My Book 750GB Home Edition on HWZone.
Corsair Padlock USB Flash Drive on TechWareLabs.

Video Cards:
GeForce 8800 GT Round-Up: Asus, EVGA, MSI on HotHardware.
Asus EN8800GT TOP Geforce 8800GT 512MB on PCStats.
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E OC on SysOpt.
HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX on Guru3D.
Asus 8800GT Top on RBMods.

Cooling:
Thermalright's Ultra 120 eXtreme and the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 on Bit-Tech.
Zalman CNPS9700NT Heatsink on Frostytech.
Sunon Waturbo Liquid Circulation Heatsink on Frostytech.
OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
GlacialTech IGLOO 5610 Series CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Noctua NF-P12 Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
Vizo Voyager HDD Cooler on XSReviews.

Audio / Visual:
Philips Aurea 42PFL9900D 42in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Philips DVDR5500 DVD Recorder on TrustedReviews.
Dell 3008WFP 30-Inch LCD on HotHardware.
VisionTek TV Wonder 650PCIe on Bjorn3D.
ViewSonic VX1940w monitor on TrustedReviews.
Creative ZEN Vision:M Media Player on TechDomain.
Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset on 3DXtreme.
Razer Mako 2.1 Advanced Desktop Audio Gaming Speakers on I4U.

Memory:
OCZ ReaperX DDR2-800 4GB & Kingston Hyper X DDR2-1066 2GB comparison on DriverHeaven.
Corsair Dominator DDR3 1800MHz Intel XMP on PCPerspective.
Patriot Memory DDR3 PC-10666 7-7-7-20 on OCOnline.
OCZ PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth 4GB on PCStats.
Aeneon XTune DDR3 1333 2 x 1GB PC-10666 on OCClub.

Power Supply:
BFG Tech 800W on HWLogic.
Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W Modular on ThinkComputers.
Silverstone OP1200 1200W (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Misc:
Lancool Metal Boned K7 case (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 1.0) LGA775 motherboard on XbitLabs.
HP Blackbird 002 LC Gaming System prebuilt PC on PCPerspective.



Friday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-January-2008  11:11:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 on DigitalTrends.
Razer Lycosa keyboard on HWZone.
Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 on HWZone.
Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse (video review) on DigitalTrends.

Portable & Mini:
ASUS Eee PC 4G sub-notebook on TechReport.
Alienware Area-51 m9750 laptop on DigitalTrends.
Shuttle SN68PTG5 XPC mini-PC on Bit-Tech.

Motherboard and CPU:
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe AM2+ board on TechSpot.
AMD Phenom CPUs on TBreak.
Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA775 board on OCW.
AMD Phenom 9600: Black Edition on Bjorn3D.
MSI X48 Platinum LGA775 board on CPU3D.
Intel DX38BT X38 LGA775 board on TrustedReviews.

Cases:
LANCOOL Metal Boned K7 on XSReviews.
In-Win Allure MicroATX on MadShrimps.
Revoltec Rhodium on BurnOutPC.



Friday Midday (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-January-2008  01:58:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Nintek have posted official details of their voluntary administration over on the Nindeals site. Strange that the main site hasn't been updated, though. Anyway, at least it's confirmed now and there are Administrator contacts for people who want to be listed as creditors etc.

HotHardware have checked out a futuristic Crystal monitor from Dell. Last year at CES in Las Vegas, Dell previewed a "concept" monitor that definitely pegged our collective geek-o-meters with its ultra-sleek, clear, tempered glass design and super-thin, clean profile. Discussion thread here.

Some Apple-related snippets from Justin: there'll apparently be Blu-Ray in some Macs in future, they have some interesting keyboard patents and a lawsuit accuses them of an illegal monopoly in the online music market. The complaint takes issue with Apple's refusal to support the Windows Media Audio format.

James spotted the biggest plasma hi-def TV in the world, built by Panasonic. "Can you picture that on a wall near you?" he said. "It's a long way off any type of mass consumer. People's houses just aren't that big."

Scientific American look back at the year in robots. In 2007, our artificially intelligent companions moved closer to replacing us on the battlefield, improving healthcare (on Earth and in space) and even befriending our children.

Kombiluva found a monitor from ASUS that boasts crossbow-proof.. ness. Feel free to hit it with a hammer and stuff too.

Meanwhile I'll be over here controlling my PC with brainwaves, thanks eraser. NeuroSky has made a system which can turn brainwaves into commands. This is a revolutionary technique that will have a big impact on all kinds of markets.

LegionHW have a clock for clock comparison of Phenom and Core 2. There you have it, a clock for clock comparison between the Phenom and Core 2 Duo/Quad processors with the Athlon64 X2 thrown in for reference. It has been interesting to see how these processors compare at the same clock frequency.

Dan has been playing with antennas. A surprising number of add-on WiFi antennas are, technically, physically impossible. If you know why this is, you can avoid some significant frustration.



Thursday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-January-2008  11:36:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Silentmaxx Frostbite CPU Cooler on RBMods.
Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro Cooler on OCrCafe.
Gigabyte Volar GH-PSV21-FB Heatsink on Frostytech.
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent Heatsink on Frostytech.

Audio / Visual:
LG 42LT75 42in LCD TV on trustedReviews.
BenQ W9000 1080p DLP Projector on TrustedReviews.
DXG USA DXG-110 10MP Camera on Phoronix.
Logitech G51 Speaker System on 3DXtreme.
Razer Piranha Headset (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Toshiba HD-EP35 HD DVD Player on TrustedReviews.

Video Cards:
PNY XLR8 8800 GTS 512MB on I4U.
Sapphire Atomic HD 3870 on OCClub.
Sapphire Atomic HD 3870 512 MB on DriverHeaven.
Zotac 8600GTS (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Ultimate Edition on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce 8800 GT on OCClub.

Memory & Storage:
OCZ ReaperX HPC DDR3 10666 2 x 1 GB on OCClub.
OCZ ATV 4GB Memory Stick on GideonTech.
Crucial PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz BL2KIT12864BA1608 on BenchmarkReviews.
Hitachi 2.5" 200GB Notebook Upgrade Kit on Tweaktown.
Western Digital 320GB Scorpio 2.5 Inch SATA 3Gbps Hard Drive on BigBruin.
Seagate Momentus 7200.2 200GB 2.5" Hard Drive on Techwarelabs.
Kingston 8GB Ultimate 266x CompactFlash Card on LegitReviews.

Software:
Kane and Lynch PC game on DriverHeaven.
Need for Speed ProStreet PC game on YouGamers.
Hellgate: London PC game on TechDomain.



Internet Censorship in Australia (35 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-January-2008  04:03:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A recent declaration from the Government about mandatory internet filters has me concerned. Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory for all internet service providers to provide clean feeds, or ISP filtering, to houses and schools that are free of pornography and inappropriate material. More worrying: Senator Conroy says anyone wanting uncensored access to the internet will have to opt out of the service.

Electronic Frontiers Australia have attacked this Clean-Feed Proposal in an announcement released yesterday. "Waving the 'save the children' flag may be good politics, but it ignores serious technological problems which will likely cause the proposed scheme to fail," said EFA Chair Dale Clapperton. "Furthermore, Australia is supposed to be a liberal democracy where adults have the freedom to say and read what they want, not just what the Government decides is 'appropriate' for them." I definitely recommend reading this article.

There's another article here outlining some of the previous attempts to do something similar, and how they failed. Even the current "CleanFeed" system has issues. Telstra BigPond spokesman Craig Middleton said yesterday: "We stand alongside the IIA and other ISPs in the view that PC-based filtering, in the hands of a responsible parent, is the only workable solution." Another article here points out the very real technical, financial, moral and social issues with attempting to limit what Australians can do on the internet by default.

More critical articles here, here, here, here, here - basically all over the net. There's even a Facebook group which makes some interesting points.

There's a lengthy thread discussing this issue here in our Current Events forum. That thread also covers the recent Restricted Access System Declaration 2007 (more info here) where the onus is placed on online content providers to check the ages of subscribers before allowing them access to certain types of info. From the perspective of a forum operator I have another set of concerns about that system, too, but I'm waiting to see how the Codes of Conduct are developed over the next couple of weeks.



Australian Broadband Survey 2007 (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-January-2008  01:23:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Whirlpool are once again running their Australian Broadband Survey. Last year, we managed over 20,000 responses, and we hope to match that level this year. As always, the survey is not about advertisers or company research — we just want to share your opinion on important issues like download limits, pricing, customer service and reliability of service.

The survey is here. Discussion here in our forums.



Wednesday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-January-2008  07:33:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Phoronix looked at the Zenwalk 5 linux distro and reckon it's worth a go. They also say AMD's future GPUs will be more open-source friendly, and checked out AMD's 790FX Phenom chipset under linux.

TechARP have a sound card buying guide. They also reviewed and overclocked a GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB.

Justin sent in an international privacy map showing how well various countries look after the privacy of their citizens. He also spotted info on the LANCOR vs OLPC lawsuit and an idea to use roads for solar power collection.

LostCircuits have a detailed look at AMD's Phenom processors. We took the current flagship edition, that is, the Phenom 9900 and pitted it against the Phenom 9600 Black Edition with the lower speed NorthBridge. We ran AOD and different memory frequencies and then compared the results with whatever competition is out there. We also did some more research into Erratum 298 and the bug it describes along with possible scenarios where it can occur and the workaround solution a.k.a. patch that could be worse than the bug itself.

MadShrimps look back at 2007 in terms of PC hardware, while TrustedReviews consider the most wanted games of 2008. YouGamers cover 2007 in gaming too.

From Craig, about the Home Server corruption issue: Here is a follow up on the news item posted in Saturday Midday news (29th Dec). Seems the corruption issue only happens when you edit a file that is directly on the WHS box, and not if you edit on a local PC and it is backed up later.

There's some bizarre iPod activist activity going on at Wal-Mart. "Reclaim your mind from the media's shackles. Read a book and resurect [sic] yourself. To claim your capitalistic garbage go to your nearest Apple store." Sounds like Tyler Durden might be doing night shift in the warehouse.

A UK group are looking at using GPS to stop speeders. Under the current guidelines, the system will give an audible warning that the speed limit is being exceeded. The system can also rudely intervene and take control of the throttle and vibrate the gas pedal to let the driver know that such action is unacceptable.

Timbot spotted this YouTube video with cool 3d effects, a bit like those webcam effects we've been seeing for a while but a lot more realistic.

Today's timewaster is from Subcommandante: it's a hangman game with some PC and gaming-related questions.



Slipperyskip's G-metric Nano (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-January-2008  22:34:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slipperyskip is back - this time with a tiny wooden PC project:


Click for the PCDB entry! (5 pics)

If you like that one, check out his other projects: wooden cube, cigar humidor server, the Machine Age, cigar humidor cluster, art deco PC, Unidyne, Decomatic and skyscraper.



Happy New Year! (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-January-2008  11:22:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slightly belated New Year's Greetings to you all. :) 2007 was certainly an interesting year for me personally, with my wife and I having welcomed our first child just before the year began. In terms of OCAU there's been a few ups and downs as usual but overall very positive and continuing to grow as a community. Here's to another great year - and scarily enough, it's only 18 months until OCAU's 10th birthday!


Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-January-2008  08:03:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Scythe Kama Wing Memory Heatsink (video review) on 3DGameMan.
OCZ Freeze Thermal Interface Material on Tweaktown.

Motherboards:
Intel Skulltrail Platform Sneak Peek on HotHardware.
ECS A770M-A AM2+ board on LegitReviews.
ASUS Maximum Extreme LGA775 board on Bjorn3D.

Storage:
Eye-Fi Memory Cards on Hi-TechReviews.
Tagan Icy Box IB-3220STU-B External HDD on HWLogic.
Rosewill 2.5 Inch External USB Enclosure and Mobile Rack on TechWareLabs.
Western Digital WD10EACS 1TB HDD on Mikhailtech.
Kingston USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 19-in-1 Media Reader on LegitReviews.

Memory:
Three OCZ PC2-6400 DDR2 Kits For The Budget Conscious on MadShrimps.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC 4GB Kit on Tweaktown.
Patriot PVS32G1866LLK Viper Series PC3-15000 2GB on OC3D.
Kingston 2x1GB HyperX PC3-13000 DDR3 on Virtual-Hideout.

Input Etc:
Logitech Wave Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Cyber Snipa Tracer Mouse Pad on MadShrimps.

Misc:
APIOTEK Laptop accessory cards on Motherboards.org.
Rail Simulator PC game on YouGamers.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-January-2008  05:41:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
BenQ W9000 1080p DLP Projector on TrustedReviews.
Samsung P2 4GB mp3 player on Digitaltrends.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Dock on I4U.
AirLive WL-5460CAM WiFi Pan-Tilt Webcam on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Mini:
Delphi NAV3000 GPS on Digitaltrends.
Shuttle SP35P2 Pro XPC mini-PC on Bit-Tech.

Video Cards:
XFX 8800GTS 512 MB Alpha Dog on GamePyre.
HIS Radeon HD3850 IceQ3 TurboX on OCrCafe.
ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB on BenchmarkReviews.
ATI HD 3850 256MB on HWLogic.
VisionTek Black Box HD3850 on OCClub.
XFX GeForce 8800 GT 256MB on PCPerspective.
MSI RX3870 - Radeon HD3870 (512Mb DDR4) on CPU3D.

Cases:
SilverStone KL02 on Bjorn3D.
NZXT Rogue on DriverHeaven.
Sunbeam Tuniq 3 on RBMods.
GlacialTech Altair A380 Media Centre Case on BigBruin.
Cooler Master CMStacker 832 on Hi-TechReviews.



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