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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2006Archive Listing


Saturday September 30, 2006

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling

Antazone AS-C1000 Universal Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ Bigbruin

ETC

Icy Dock MB453 SATA Multi-Bay Backplane Module @ DreamWare

BUSlink 400GB External Firewire & USB 2.0 Hard Drive @ ThinkComputers

SteelSound 5H V2 Headset @ DreamWare

Tech Myths B.U.S.T.E.D.

The guys over at ARP are putting together a list of some of the more bizarre and humorous tech myths debunked in this always expanding article. Topics include sound cards, formatting your hard drive to death, and the constant battle of who has the hotter CPU.

Looks like most of us here at Tech ARP are in a mood for some myth busting, after getting our chops busted by all manner of public misconceptions on technology. So we decided that enough is enough and I was given the task of putting my fat foot down and drawing the line. Some of these old wives tales have to be shot in the head, decapitated and then cremated and have their ashes scattered across all creation!

[H]ardware Round-up

Motherboard

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition @ Bjorn3D

Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 @ CPU3D

Cases & Modding

Lian-Li PC-C30 @ BoxGods

ETC

Saitek Eclipse II @ BoxGods

Contests

DEFCON Contest @ Game-Overdrive

Thompson and Take Two

There is another round in the ongoing saga of Jack Thompson and Take Two, makers of popular games such as the GTA series, and in this case Bully. There has been a restraining order filed that attempts to bar the sale of the game to minors. The motion is scheduled to be heard on October 11th, so stay tuned, we’ll keep you up to date.

The suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida requests a temporary restraining order against the sale of Bully, a controversial new title from Rockstar Games (distributed by Take-Two) where the player controls a schoolyard bully. The mere announcement of the title had Thompson up in arms.

Backups: What You Should Know

We have all been down the road of having a hard drive fail and losing something important so why not take a look at some some backup solutions that will ensure that all of your data is kept safe.

Let me begin this article by asking a question to you, the reader; if your hard drive died right now, do you have a backup of the data that you need? Alright, let me ask you another question; How much is your data worth? Many readers are scratching their heads right now asking what that last question actually means. I will rephrase the question; how much are you willing to pay to retrieve your lost data?

Friday September 29, 2006

Battlefield 2142 Movie

Shacknews has local copy of the 134MB Battlefield 2142 movie that is a three minute long tutorial explaining Titan Mode. If that doesn’t hold you over for the next three weeks until the game hits retail shelves, how about a screenshot to go with it:

IDF Wrap Up

PC Perspective has wrapped up its IDF 2006 coverage. The PCP crew covered everything from the keynotes to upcoming mobile platforms. Be sure to check out our IDF coverage here as well.

Intel seems committed to a very regular cycle of core shrinks and introductions. With the current Core Architecture being their first going into 45nm processing, Intel will have the advantage making the transition, which can be difficult at times, with a core they know very well and will be better equipped to respond to issues that might crop up quickly.

NVIDIA G80 Spy Pics

Want to know what NVIDIA’s G80 card will look like? These pictures have been verified to be one of the upcoming models of NVIDIA’s next-gen GPU. Note the two six-pin power connectors and water cooler on one of the cards seems to still be prototype. This goes a long ways to confirm all of the 300 watt consumption rumors that have been circulating. Thanks to Joey R. for the pictures.

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More Ageia RealityMark

Yesterday, we posted on Ageia's RealityMark benchmark that will soon be released to the public, along with a video. Today we have a video that is in a bit larger format so you can see it a bit more clearly.

HP Buys Voodoo PC

Hewlett-Packard has announced that is has bought Voodoo PC, following an industry trend of big PC makers buying small companies that specialize in gaming PCs.

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday it has agreed to buy high-end gaming PC maker Voodoo Computers Inc., giving the computer and printer company access to an elite group of hardcore hobbyists willing to shell out several thousand dollars for turbocharged customizable machines.

Toshiba Recalls 830,000 Sony Batteries

In what seems to be a never ending stream of recalls, Toshiba has recalled 830,000 Sony batteries while Dell has increased its own recall of Sony batteries from 4.1 million to 4.2 million.

Sony's battery problems deepened on Friday after Toshiba joined the list of PC makers recalling its batteries including Dell, Apple Computer and Lenovo Group. This is the latest in a series of setbacks that have shaken consumer and investor confidence in Sony's technological competitiveness.

Thursday September 28, 2006

IBM And Lenovo Recall 526,000 Batteries

If you own an IBM or Lenovo laptop, you should know that the companies have decided to recall 526,000 Sony batteries. Hit the link, get the info and then check your laptop and see if yours has one of the batteries in question. How many millions of Sony batteries have been recalled so far? Wow.

Lenovo Group Ltd. and IBM are recalling more than half a million notebook computer batteries made by Sony Corp. after a computer caught fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, Lenovo and U.S. safety officials said on Thursday. Sony separately initiated a global replacement program for lithium-ion batteries it made for notebook PC companies, saying short circuits could occur on rare occasions when tiny metal particles come in contact with other parts of the batteries.