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Tuesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 27-June-2006  13:44:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Xbit report on the anti-HyperThreading technology to be found in future AMD X2 CPUs, boosting their single-threading performance. There's a thread about this technology here in our AMD Hardware forum.

HWSecrets explain perpendicular recording, a feature of newer hard drives. In this tutorial we will explain you everything you need to know about perpendicular recording and how data is stored on the hard disk drive magnetic surface.

OC3D checked out four watercooling kits. Today I'll be taking a look at some water-cooling kits from Alphacool, Swiftec, Thermaltake and XSPC. These 'kits' differ from the 'systems' I mentioned, in that they provide you with all of the components necessary to build your water cooling system, but don't actually come pre-built.

LegionHW consider which is the best value GeForce 7 video card. Providing you are going to play the latest games with quality settings, such as FSAA & Aniso enabled, the 7900GT is a must.

I guess we can consider the Internet complete, now that we have a webpage for cats that look like Hitler. Thanks Lil, I think. :)

Dan has a crack at upgrading a UPS using car batteries. Plenty of braver nerds have done this, of course; it's a pretty obvious way to extend a UPS's run time without paying big bucks. It's also a neat way to get around paying through the nose for weird-shaped batteries that your local electronics joint doesn't stock.

If you want two video cards, but can't decide between using NVIDIA's SLI or ATI's CrossFire, HardOCP's article may help.

Tech-Hounds also have their CrossFire thoughts posted, in part 1 and part 2.

Here's a cool one, a a KC-135 in-flight refuelling a C-5 Galaxy caught by Google Earth/Maps. Our Wiki has a huge list of Australian Google Maps Locations to check out.

Speaking of aircraft, this from Murray: AUSTRALIA'S biggest-ever defence project, the $16 billion Joint Strike Fighter, has potential flaws that could reduce the world's newest warplane to just an "average aircraft", according to internal Defence Department documents. The documents reveal the JSF is beset with serious software problems and a cockpit display system so bad it had to be almost completely redesigned.

Aftahours sent in this Internode article which reports: Yep, the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) have ignored claims that Reservoir Dogs can be played to completion without killing a single person, and refused it classification. Rather than editing and resubmitting the game, Atari have announced their plans to scrap the project, now effectively banned Down Under.

Tech-Report are the latest to go on an ECS factory tour. While we were in Taiwan covering Computex, ECS whisked us away for a quick tour of its manufacturing facilities in China and showed us exactly how these motherboards are built.

People are reporting a swollen battery issue on certain MacBook Pro's, thanks Nick. More info here.

BFM sent in this 3D puzzle flash timewaster.



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