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Tuesday Afternoon (14 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-December-2007  15:52:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Bit-Tech looked at NVIDIA's nForce 780i SLI chipset with boards from XFX and Gigabyte. We were prepared to be underwhelmed by the nForce 780i SLI, but in all honesty we’re actually impressed that it isn't simply an NF200 taped onto an nForce 680i SLI board – the nForce 780i SLI reference design looks far better than before and internally things have been re-jigged for the better. TechReport have their thoughts too.

Meanwhile PCPerspective puzzle over the AMD 770 chipset. There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly). So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.

RWLabs checked out AMD's Phenom. AMD's first quad-core is now available for mass consumption and faster Phenom 9900 parts will be available starting early in 08. Today we look at three speed grades of Phenom, 9500, 9700 and 9900 and compare them to an Intel QX6700.

From Metku: We just finished our latest modding article. This time Antti created the ultimate GhettoBlaster / iPod Doc / external speaker box for parties.

A few people noticed this free vista offer, with a catch. All you've gotta do is allow them to track your every move for a few months. Seems to only be for USA people anyway, thanks Idryss.

OzCaseMods have a modding competition running until February. Allot of prizes to be won, and allot of fun to be had. Someone buy them a spellchecker! :)

Jimx noticed the oldest person in the world has died. Nestor reportedly put his long life down to the fact that he had never been married.

From FranklinFry: Optus has just announced they are more than doubling the speed of their cable broadband network to 20mb/ps... The only problem is it's only for MyHome and Fusion customers, so the old school customers would have to move across to the new (worse value) plans to get the speed upgrade.

Phoronix look back at the greatest Linux innovations of 2007. After spending much time in considering what the "best" and most substantial Linux gains over the year have been, we have comprised a list of what we believe are the greatest Linux innovations of 2007 along with our reasoning behind these decisions.

Lil noticed these giant rats found in a "lost world" jungle. It's kinda comforting they're still finding new animals, even if they are 1.4kg rodents. "The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat," said Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

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