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 Wednesday, 25-June-2008  13:10:39 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

For those worried, Microsoft has stated they will support Windows XP until 2014. In a letter sent to customers this week, Microsoft senior VP Bill Veghte said the software maker will provide security patches "and other critical updates" for Windows XP until April, 2014. "Our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years."

Bit-tech analyse Nvidia's GT200 architecture and design. Today we’re going to spend time looking at the more theoretical side of things and the architecture behind the chip. That will then shortly be followed by our look at gaming performance on both the GTX 280 and GTX 260, and then we’ll see where that takes us.

TweakTown had a chance to play with Blu-ray’s fancy new BD Live (Profile 2.0) system. It’s a momentous moment for Sony and the Blu-ray Disc Association; it now means that the messy profile business is behind them, including the picture in picture that held back many releases. It makes things easier to consumers, less confusing to explain and paves the way forward to mass adoption.

One of the first legitimate reviews for ATi's Radeon HD 4870 has been published by Expreview. It’s quite a comprehensive review comparing the 4870 to its little 4850 brother, Nvidia 2-Series and ATi’s previous high end card, the Radeon HD 3870 X2. Its best to wait for other sites to publish their findings, but it at least gives you some idea of what to expect. Discussion on the forum.

TechGage roundup 22 CPU coolers from brands like Thermalright, OCZ, Noctua and Arctic Cooling, comparing how they perform on hot Quad core CPU. One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of a new PC build is the CPU cooler. When you add the fact that many people want to overclock their processors to the moon, you have a recipe for disaster when a sufficient cooler is not selected.

Virtual-Hideout travelled to Shenzhen (China) for a factory tour at ECS and a couple of their PCB manufacturing facilities. In the first half of this article, we'll be exploring the creation of a world class PCB from beginning to end. In the second half of this article, we'll be exploring the process of assembling those PCB's into world class retail and OEM motherboards to be shipped around the world to dozens of the world’s most famous name brands.

AnandTech preview the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus), set to counter ATI’s Radeon HD 4850 graphics solution. Originally we thought the GTX+ was a silly last minute afterthought as it looked like nothing more than an overclocked 9800 GTX. While its clock speeds are higher, it also happens to be the very first 55nm NVIDIA GPU.

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