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Tuesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-March-2008  16:05:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, I've run out of postpacks for the moment, so it's time for some news catchup!

Bit-Tech have an editorial about the Sea of Grey, their name for the performance graphics mainstream market. Tim Smalley mulls over the ups and downs of having lots products to choose from. They also have a Mod of the Month contest for February.

TechPowerUp have a GeForce 8800 voltmodding article posted. Our latest voltmod article contains detailed instructions how to modify the GeForce 8800 GS/GT/GTS for higher voltages to increase the overclocking potential. Included modifications are GPU Voltage, Memory Voltage, Reverse Memory Voltage and Overcurrent Protection.

LegitReviews checked out 3-way NVIDIA SLI with 8800 GTX cards, and to keep things even, also took a look at ATI CrossFireX Triple benchmarking. We slapped together a Radeon HD 3870 X2 with a Radeon HD 3870, which in turn creates a Triple CrossFireX platform with just two x16 PCI Express slots. Read on to see what CrossFireX is all about!

CPU3D are installing a custom phase-change cooler in their system. Our resident overclocker takes a look at how to install a Phase Change Cooler. Is it easy, cost effective and what are the benefits? Lots of similar shenanigans in our Extreme Cooling forum.

Rezin sends word of an OSX security issue. Apple has confirmed a security glitch that, in many situations, will let someone with physical access to a Macintosh computer gain access to the password of the active user account. Hmm, not securing physical access would present a problem for many systems.

Microsoft will be cutting the price of some boxed Vista versions, thanks HCT. Only copies of the year-old operating system that are sold in boxes directly to consumers are affected by the price cuts - not the versions pre-loaded on personal computers. The cuts will range from 20 percent to 48 percent.

Meanwhile IntelInside spotted an article about emails from MS's top brass, complaining about Vista. One executive, Mike Nash, complained he was "burned" so badly by compatibility issues he was left with "a $2100 email machine".

HWZone wonder what $1600 (presumably USD) gets you in a battle between branded PCs and DIY PCs. Now that the festive season is over, the chances are you probably have some spare cash on hand, so why not take the opportunity to get your hands on a new budget rig? With that thought in mind, we decided to see what we could get in terms of performance and value with a set budget.

Another one from Rezin, this time looking at web hosting now vs 10 years ago. We looked at three things. The price of a regular, consumer-oriented shared web hosting account, and how much storage space and data transfer (traffic) was included in that account. And boy have things changed. In a little over a year, OCAU will be 10 years old! And boy have things changed. :)

Last but not least, here's a video about some pretty cool sounding technology. Science educator Roy Gould and Microsoft's Curtis Wong give an astonishing sneak preview of Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope -- a technology that combines feeds from satellites and telescopes all over the world and the heavens, and weaves them together holistically to build a comprehensive view of our universe.



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