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[H] Enthusiast Archives: July 2006Archive Listing


Monday July 31, 2006

Intel Strikes Out ATI - Literally

ATI and Intel had gotten pretty chummy over the last couple of years with cross licensing agreements and by propping each otherís technology in both the marketing and retailing segments. The recent AMD / ATI merger (Reported on by [H] Enthusiast here, here, and here.) was sure to rock the foundation of Intelís and ATIís relationship. Aside from all of the rumors, we have an Intel slide below that tells the tale of Intelís and ATIís working relationship. In September Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter was to be offered as a freebie with the purchase on an Intel motherboard and ATI video card. The slide clearly now shows that Intelís marketing will go on without ATI.

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ESA Confirms E3 To Be Downsized

It looks as though the rumors of a smaller, downsized E3 has been confirmed by the ESA were true. The ESA says it will be a more "intimate" show in the future.

The event, which has been held each year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attracts tens of thousands of journalists, exhibitors, retailers and others. But in its release Monday about its E3 plans, the ESA said it intends the show to be "more intimate" and that it would not have the feel of a giant trade show in the future.

The future of the show, regardless what is being reported by the ESA, is now seriously in question. How many of the big players will pull out now completely in favor of independent expos / shows? Why even bother with LA now? I think this Penny Arcade comic says it all.

Monsoon II Active TEC CPU Cooling System

We are big fans of extreme cooling around here, whether it be water cooling, TEC, phase change or just a regular olí monster sized HSF. We especially enjoy products that attempt to combine more than one of the aforementioned cooling methods into one cooling product like the Monsoon II Active TEC CPU Cooling System. An air cooled TEC? It has been a long time since weíve seen a good one, letís see what PCPerspective had to say about the Monsoon II.

The Vigor Monsoon II is not a typical CPU heatsink fan. In addition to a copper base, large aluminum fins, and 92mm LED fan, the Monsoon II cooler incorporates both heat pipes and active Thermoelectric Cooling. It comes with a control module that automatically adjusts the coolerís fan speed and turns on and off the Peltier device to maintain a target CPU temperature.

If an air cooled TEC is too extreme for you, I recommend you have a look at our AMD AM2 processor air cooler round-up youíll definitely find something you like in there for sure.

Sunday July 30, 2006

[H]ardware Roundup III

Power Supplies

Cooler Master Real Power 550W SLI @ PCApex

Hard Drives

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB @ MadBoxPC

Power Supplies

A-Data 2 GB Fingerprint Drive @ Overclockers Online

Win-RAR Free Today

Win-RAR was recently voted the SIAF People's Choice Award and to celebrate they are giving away version 3.51 for free today only. The website is getting hammered at the moment, but you can keep trying throughout the day!

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and made it possible for us to receive the SIAF Peopleís Choice Award for Best Overall Utility. Please take a few minutes to fill out the following questionnaire in order to receive your copy of WinRAR 3.51 non upgradeable version for FREE!

The site may tell you it is down until 0:00 Central, but keep in mind that is European. You can also try this direct link to the form, which did work for me. Just be patient, itíll load.

[H]ardware Roundup II

Cooling

Logisys Dual Heatpipe VGA Cooler @ DragonSteelMods

Scythe Infinity Cooler @ Technic3D

Zalman Super Thermal Grease @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards

ASUS P5W DH Deluxe @ MaxIT

[H]ardware Roundup

Processors

Intel Core 2 Extreme E6800 / Core 2 Duo E6700 @ DriverHeaven

AMD AM2 5000+ @ Techware Labs

Video

Forsa Geforce 7900GT @ Overclockers Club

Forceware 91.xx Driver Comparison @ Hardware Overclock Austria

Cases & Modding

Group Galaxy ATX Mid-Tower @ 3DXtreme

Definitive Multi-GPU World Tour - Part 9

Guru3D has the final part of this comprehensive series on multi-GPU platforms and what it means to us in terms of gaming. If you have not read the whole series, or missed a part, they all also have links to each part so you can catch up.

What on this fine earth did you just write Hilbert ? Well, today we are talking about products with an the X-Factor. NVIDIA's SLI and ATI's Crossfire is adding a certain X-factor to your PC. That X-factor is hard to explain as it has a certain feel and is not just related to performance. It's the fun factor, that extra little special thing.

If the idea of SLi or Crossfire interests you, then Iíd encourage you to take a look at our take on the subject as well. We have a few articles on this topic so roll on over to [H]Enthusiast and get an education.

Saturday July 29, 2006

Western Digital Power Savers

Nowadays, we all know how much juice an overclocked rig can suck up. It is nice to see a hardware manufacturer like Western Digital making drives that, among other things, consume less power.

ďOur high density 160 GB-per-platter design with ramp load is a platform that enables WD to continue serving our customersí growing needs for dependable, high capacity hard drives,Ē said John Coyne, WD's president and chief operating officer.

[H]ardware Roundup II

Processors

X6800 v/s FX-62 @ Chile Hardware

ETC

Revoltec HDD Silencer @ ThinkComputers

Free Stuff

HyperKore System Giveaway at Modders-Inc

ATi Catalyst 6.7 with Control Panel

For those of you who really donít like the Catalyst Control Center, NGOHQ has bundled the new Cats with the older ATi Control Panel.

We have noticed that some people still prefer to use the old ATI Control Panel over the Catalyst Control Center. As a result I have decided to incorporate the Control Panel into the newly released Catalyst 6.7s.

[H]ardware Roundup

ETC

Vantec NexStar LX NAS HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout

Brando Flexible Full Sized Keyboard@ DragonSteelMods

Verbatim 4GB Store 'n' Go USB Drive @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards

Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 @ MaxIT