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 Monday, 7-July-2008  01:13:02 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

From trevor68: The long awaited PC Demo for Frontlines: Fuel of War has been released early. Well not so much released as leaked! KAOS have rolled with the punches though and sanctioned its use. You can grab your copy now from GamingSA and servers are up awaiting the battle for oil to begin. You can discuss the demo here.

Hardware Zone looks at the differences between netbooks and notebooks. Factor in a keyboard, a LCD screen, hard drive, speakers and internet capability, the line between both machines becomes smudged despite our earlier statements to the contrary. The key difference the netbook offers is its smaller form factor and leaner hardware for longer useage periods, but is limited in its processing capabilities and is more optimal for simple Internet-based usage.

Tech ARP have updated their Desktop CPU Comparison Guide to include the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 & Q9400 processors, bringing the total to 655 desktop CPUs. There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications! Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Neo323 noticed that the PDF format is now an ISO standard. "By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness", says Kevin Lynch, Chief Technology Officer at Adobe.

Madshrimps checks out a custom config tool for Crysis which allows you increase the in-game image quality and improve performance. The Cuban Ultima Doom Sword's CustomCrysisConfig allows you to automatically configure Crysis tailored to the performance of your system. What this means is that it goes further than the standard "low-medium-high-very high" settings found inside the Crysis in-game menu.

Overclockers Club attended the recent Gigabyte International Overclocking Tournament and were amazed at "how quick these guy got their hardware soaring." One contestant, Chris, had his CPU to 5.8GHz before the power circuit for his side of the tables tripped, cutting all power. The result was their hardware freezing over and damaging the motherboards and possibly the CPUs. They changed out boards and the next time he was only able to pull out 5.57GHz

If you're looking for an entry-level CPU and can't make up your mind between a Celeron, Pentium Dual Core and Athlon X2, this comparison by Hardware Secrets may help. Today we put together a review comparing the performance of entry-level CPUs on the USD 70 price range: Celeron E1400 (dual-core 2 GHz), Pentium Dual Core E2160 (1.8 GHz), Pentium Dual Core E2180 (2 GHz) and Athlon X2 4600+ (2.4 GHz). With this review we wanted to answer a simply question: which one is the best USD 70 CPU today?

Halo 3 fans might be interested to know that a new multiplayer map will be released today as a free download. A remake of the original Halo's Chill Out map, the revamp is known as Cold Storage. More details available here. Forum discussion here.



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