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Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-September-2006  14:57:00 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Don't forget that it's Father's day on Sunday so time's running out to buy him something nice. I'm sure he'd appreciate one of these as much as me.

First up, Rodgrech sent word that there will be an early start to the bushfire season in NSW. There will also be a NSW Rural Fire Service Open Day on the 16th of September. Would make for a fun day out with the kiddies.

Digital Trends have posted some reasons why Vista will Rock for Gaming. No matter if you can't tell Company of Heroes or Crysis from a cantaloupe. The OS still boasts numerous sweeping improvements guaranteed to generate excitement in virtual circles. And yes, that goes for both casual and diehard enthusiasts. I must admit, I found the chess game bundled with the beta version of Vista quite entertaining.

I'm sure everyone will appreciate this one. Nick sent in a link to an article about waiting for email responses. Ever sit there waiting for an email response and wonder what's going on? Did they get it? Did it get filtered? A study looks at the responding habits of a large group of corporate users.

On to hardware, it may or may not surprise you that some brands don't actually manufacture all of their products! Subsequently, if you have a burning desire to find out who really manufactured your PC power supply, Hardware Secrets have an article which shows you how to find out.

TechSpot have had a look at the overclocking performance of Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6700 processors with particular focus on whether the 4MB cache is worth the extra dosh. Meanwhile, TrustedReviews have done an AGP Graphics Card Group Test to see how AGP is fairing performace-wise nowadays. Speaking of analysing performance, Tech-Hounds have also just finished part two of putting Benchmarking on Trial.

Here are a few guides to broaden your tech skills. Technibble show us how to install laptop ram, whilst OCC step through the delicate task of removing the IHS from A64 and Opteron processors. And to appeal to the d00f d00f fans out there, Hardware 3D outline the hooking up of a PC to some car audio gear.

To wrap it up, PC Perspective have written an article comparing the passive and active cooling solutions from Thermalright. Our three contenders include the Thermalright HR-01, the XP-120, and the Ultra-120. What we really want to find out is how the HR-01, which is designed for passive cooling, compares to the XP-120 and Ultra-120, which rely on active cooling with a fan.

Enjoy the weekend!

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