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 Sunday, 19-February-2006  01:54:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sabz sends word that mIRC has been updated to 6.17. Among the various other changes are a better check for timed out connections, support for passive dcc send/chat connections, resizable file dialogs, lots of SSL related improvements and various additions of "dangerous" commands to the Lock options dialog. Just the thing for hanging out in our IRC channel.

Betzie spotted this review of the new nano-ITX mobos from VIA. VIA cannot claim to have invented the small form factor, but have certainly popularised it with their Mini-ITX motherboards. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, can they do the same for the ultra small form factor with the EPIA N? Yay, something for our VIA Hardware forum to discuss!

Deepspring noticed this open-source RTS game called "Dark Oberon". It has got awesome graphics - textures created from shots of real models made out of plasticine!

HDDSaver have an article on using MD5 to verify your data integrity. With this done the data can be copied into place and the MD5 checksum can be reviewed so as to verify the data was copied without incident.

Techgage have some info on AMD's upcoming M2 socket. This information shows that AMD is confident in the fact that the AM2's memory controller will handle DDR2 better than Intel's current controller, or we may assume.

Tbreak compared NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset with the previous revision. We've looked at a couple of nVidia nForce4 SLI X16 chipset motherboards but today we compare it to the original nForce4 SLI chipset in high-end gaming and see what it offers.

Tech-Hounds have an article about frame rates. This time, we take another look at the GeForce 7 series, focusing on how the architecture handles texture dependent games like Quake 4 and shader heavy games like F.E.A.R. We examine just how pixel shader quads, core and memory clock influence performance in this two games.

Flanman62 sent word that a Philip K Dick inspired robot has gone missing. The irony of the situation - a missing replica of the very author who championed "replicant" freedom - is not lost on Phil's creators. But they still want him back.

Bit-Tech experimented with memory configurations to see what effect they have on frame rates. The four 512MB modules performed well too, retaining the same minimum frame rate as the 2x1GB modules at 400MHz. However, the average frame rate dropped by nearly 5 fps.

XbitLabs have an interview with Appro about some of their XtremeServer products. They also looked at some new WaterChill watercooling kits from Asetek.

PCMech have a guide to Coolbits. Hopefully more up to date than the one I wrote in 2002. :)

Hexus compared a couple of Radeon X1900 XT cards. PowerColor and SAPPHIRE have been a couple of the first partners to launch a full retail ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB cards, and we've had a chance to evaluate them.



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