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[H] Enthusiast Archives: July 2004Archive Listing


Wednesday April 14, 2004

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition

Mashie’s Asteroid:

Mashie is at it again. The man that brought you the carbon fiber Y2K-Bug custom case now has the Mashie Asteroid custom case mod online for your viewing pleasure. You have got to see this man's work to appreciate it.

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Athlon64 3200+:

Terry Kok and the gang at EXHardware put the Athlon64 3200+ through a couple rounds of benchmarks today. Here is a quote from the review:

While the processor still packs a punch in running 32-bit applications, one can't help but wonder how much more can be gained under a 64-bit environment with matching applications and drivers.

Xice EC900 H20 Kit:

ModSynergy has a quickie one pager review of the Xice EC900 Watercooling Kit. The crew came away with a less than positive review of the unit, read more to find out what went wrong:

Unfortunately, the dangerous CPU mounting system, the lack-luster performance resulting in a poor price to performance ratio, and the lack of English instructions mean that I cannot recommend the Xice EC900.

PMI 3200-512DGL Memory:

Bjorn3D has a couple sticks of memory from one of the new kids on the block, PMI. It is hard to get an idea where this memory stands because the dual channel PMI 3200-512DGL memory kit isn’t tested against other memory in the review.

With good looking heat spreaders and performance on par with its competitors in the enthusiast DDR memory module market, Power Memory International has convinced me that it is a serious competitor in the ever-growing PC enthusiast market segment.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition - Mods & Ends

Case & Power:

RaidMax Cobra ATX Case @ Overclocker Café - Clever Power SPS-400 ATX PSU @ System Cooling - Aspire X-Infinity ATX Case @ Fastlane HW - Aspire X-Infinity ATX Case @ 3DXtreme - Yeong Yang Pedestal Server Case @ The Crucible

Cooling:

Sharkoon CUS2 HSF @ GuruReview - Thermalright SP-97 HSF @ Steamed Turtle

Etc.:

Silverstone Tech Card Reader @ Designtechnica - Mouse Grips @ Creative Mods - Razer Viper Gaming Mouse @ Game Axis - Steel Gaming Glove @ Bytesector

Tuesday April 13, 2004

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

3 New MS Flaws:

Another week, another set of flaws found. As always you should be hit Windows Update regularly, and if you haven’t lately…now you have a reason to. Thanks to everyone who sent this one in.

Microsoft warned on Tuesday that three "critical"-rated flaws in the Windows operating system and other programs could allow hackers to sneak into personal computers and snoop on sensitive data. The security warning was announced with another software vulnerability rated "important" as part of Microsoft's monthly security bulletin.

[H]ardNews - Blair's Tech Ed.

NASA’s Remote Telescope:

Now astronauts in space, far away from home, can spy on their wives back on earth.

NASA has successfully tested a so-called super magnifying glass, which allows scientists to assist astronauts during long-duration space flights. Using the Remote Scanning Electron Microscopy (RSEM) technology developed at Ames Research Center, researchers can study laboratory specimens thousands of miles away.

Next-Gen Robots Warriors:

Next-gen reconnaissance robots are making the news. With all the money being dished out on these contracts, a few of us ought to get together and build some damn robots!

iRobot yesterday signed a $32 million contract to develop a follow-on to the PackBot: a next-generation robot designated by the Army as the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, or SUGV. In its production phase, from about 2010 to 2020, the program could be worth up to $150 million to iRobot, based on current Army projections.

Robots & Girls:

Check out the championship all girl robotics team is making news in a normally male dominated activity. Go, go, girl power…or something.

Consider Jennifer Mori, a 14-year-old South San Jose teen who leads an all-girl state championship robotics team heading to Atlanta this week to vie for the top international robotics title for middle school students.

Plasma Patent Spat:

Samsung infringing on Fujitsu’s patents? Say it isn’t so!

Fujitsu has filed patent infringement claims against Samsung Japan Corporation. According to a statement, Fujitsu is seeking a court order against future importation and sales of infringing Plasma Display Panels (PDP) products, and compensation for alleged past infringement.

[H]ardNews 8th Edition

PcMods For Sale:

We just got word that PCMods is for sale. The folks behind PcMods are pursuing other business ventures and have decided to put their internet business up for sale. Going over the data provided in this auction it says the company has had sales of $2.1 million per year. If you are interested, go take a look. Here is a tiny bit of what you get for your money:

The inventory, pictures of which can be seen on pcmods.com. The Retail side of our business, including the existing web store setup, SSL certificate, mail server, and all corresponding customer databases, lists, etc. The Wholesale side of our business, including the existing wholesale customer information. The Buying side of our business, including all vendors, pricing, and service providers (freight forwarders, customs brokers, etc). The Ebay side of the business, including “pcmodifications” with over 1000 positive feedbacks, and all data included therein.

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

AOpen Aeolus 5900XT:

More mid-range video card madness at Hexus today. The crew has the AOpen Aeolus GeForceFX 5900XT in house for a little review action. The 5900XT is definitely the budget NVIDIA card to have at the moment.

Our initial impressions of the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 XT are favourable. It brings top-end power down to an affordable price-point. The reality is that any derivative of the FX 5900 cards is going to perform well - the over-riding question was just how cheap could NVIDIA and its partners make it.

AOpen AK79D-400 Max:

The AOpen AK79D-400 Max nForce II board is reviewed by the folks at ATR. You can’t really get a good sense of the boards overclocking ability based on this review because of the low speed memory used for the review.

AOpen has done a great job with the AK79D-400 Max. Though it seems to be a bit picky with memory, when equipped with accepted memory, the board runs very stable.

G-Mail O.K. In UK:

It looks like G-mail will pass legal muster in the UK as long as there is full disclosure. I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this to the UK and that Senator in California…this is a FREE service that no one is making you use. Don’t like it? Don’t sign up.

Google's forthcoming e-mail service probably won't run into legal issues in Britain, as long as the company doesn't deceive customers about how their personal information will be treated.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

Gigabyte GN-N595U-GT:

Envy News has posted a review of a GFFX5950 Ultra from Gigabyte. Basically the Gigabyte GN-N595U-GT is OC’d from the factory kind of a 5950 on steroids.

Most everyone knows that the nVIDIA 5950 Ultra chipset was just a speed boost of the 5900 Ultra chipset. But what happens when you’re just not satisfied with the speed of the 5950 Ultra? Well, then it’s Gigabyte to the rescue with their GV-N595U-GT.

Intel Next-Gen XScale:

Intel has announced a new family of XScale processors. If Intel has its way, pretty soon the slogan will be “Intel Inside..Everything”. Thanks Joe Alpert.

Intel has announced a new family of processors based on Intel XScale technology capable of handling multiple forms of wireless broadband access, claiming sufficient computing power to provide mobile phones with full motion video conferencing capabilities and PDAs with DVD-quality video playback.

Soyo SY-KT600 Dragon:

You’ll need a translator for this Soyo SY-KT600 Dragon review at Hardware12v today. As always, the pictures and benchmarks are universal. Here is a translated quote from the review:

The yield of chipset KT600 has turned out to be greater from which personally it hoped of him. As you know well, nforce2 monopolizes practically all the segment of average and high range which, at sight of the results obtained by this one plate, that it is not just.

Phase Change No-No:

I am ONLY pointing this article out as a caution. The fellas at Over-clock.com are recharging the compressor on a Prometeia. In most states ( if not all ) recharging refrigerants is illegal unless you are licensed to do so. If you want your VapoChill / Prometeia recharged, do what I do, take it to your local AC shop and have it recharged. Plus it is fun to see the look on the local AC guy’s face when you bring in your computer for a shot of 404A. The moral is, don’t try that stuff at home, you have nowhere to vent the gas, it is dangerous and illegal.

[H]ardNews 5th Edition

S3 Interview:

HotHardware has posted an interview with S3 today. In the hot seat are Nadeem Mohammad, the marketing product manager for North America and Europe and John David, the North America press manager of S3 Graphics.

What is S3’s stance on application specific driver optimizations?

We do not support or endorse any benchmark optimizations which do not benefit other applications. If we find that we can improve the performance for real applications or game engines with some specific optimization we will certainly roll those changes into our general releases – as long as there is no negative impact on general quality or compatibility.

Lawmaker Against Google:

Your tax dollars at work. A California Senator is pushing to have Google’s G-mail taken back to the drawing board.

A California state senator says she is drafting legislation to block Google Inc.'s free e-mail service "Gmail" because it would place advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words. "We think it's an absolute invasion of privacy. It's like having a massive billboard in the middle of your home," Sen. Liz Figueroa, a Democrat from Fremont, California, said in a telephone interview on Monday.

Honestly, every single time I see one of these politicians on TV talking about ANYTHING I wonder to myself…“what makes them qualified to speak about anything other than running for office?” I mean really, what are your qualifications to speak on this subject? I'd love to see a reporter ask one of these politicians that question.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

More Antec Fan Stuff:

There is an interesting thread going on at ModdersHQ in which a representative from Antec chimed in with his thoughts on the whole LED fan controversy.

Wow, I have to say no one at Antec expected this sort of reaction. It’s actually good to see so many people still care about what’s right. So I hope you'll let me share a few facts regarding the Antec patent for its design of an LED Fan and what we're thinking. There is a lot of misunderstanding out there about what we’re trying to say.

PVR I.D. Guide:

Don’t know the difference between a PVR and a VCR? You’re in luck, the fellas at HTPC News have posted a PVT card identification guide, complete with pictures of each card. There you have it.

This guide is to give people the background information and pictures to understand what hardware MPEG2 encoding card they own or are thinking about owning. This guide started off with the need to explain to people which card was which.

Today’s Typo:

Everyone has heard of the graphics card companies that have quit making NVIDIA cards to make ATi based cards. Well, apparently it has gotten so bad that even NVIDIA is making ATi cards now! Yes, it is a typo…but a funny one. And that was today’s typo, brought to you by Colin C.

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition

Prescott Hard To Get?

According to this article some companies, like Dell and HP, are shifting back to Northwood core CPUs because Intel isn’t producing enough Prescott core CPUs. Intel gives its profit reports today, maybe there will be some comment on chip shortages at that time.

"We want to be sure we're going to meet the volume requirements (for serving customers) on a sustained basis," said Lionel Menchaca, a Dell spokesman. "If we switch back to Prescott, we want to make sure we can sustain" volumes.

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition - Mods & Ends

Case & Power:

Nikao Fusion mATX Case @ Mod The Box - Seasonic Super Silencer 300W PSU @ Ohl’s Place

Cooling:

Primecooler Passive HD Cooler @ Mad Shrimps - CoolerMaster Coolpad Notebook Cooler @ HardcoreWare - Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra @ NextGen Electronics

Etc.:

Linksys USB Bluetooth Adapter @ TheCrucible - MSI Megastick USB MP3 @ Designtechnica - Lingus Anti-Shock USB HDD Case @ AllTests.de - USB Pen Drive @ The Tech Zone