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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2007Archive Listing


Wednesday February 28, 2007

New 680i from Gigabyte

Gigabyte has built some amazing enthusiast motherboards this year based on the Intel 965 chipset. Their DS3, DQ6, and DQ6 2.0 have won the hearts of many overclockers and people just looking for a stable platform. Gigabyte is now stepping into the somewhat muddy waters around the NVIDIA nForce 680i chipset. We can't wait to see what we can do with it.

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EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB Superclocked

[H] Enthusiast has posted an evaluation of the EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB Superclocked video card today for your viewing pleasure. Hit the link and see if the 8800 GTS 320 MB Superclocked is the card for you.

EVGA has put together a fantastic product for gamers in the e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB Superclocked. It is one of the highest clocked GeForce 8800 GTS video cards on the market and it has a great warranty and support plan in place as well as a step-up program that EVGA customers have been enjoying for a long while now.

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More Intel Price Cuts

According to DigiTimes, Intel plans more price cuts for single-core Pentium 4 and entry level dual-core CPUs in the range of 5-10% before April 22.

Intel had originally planned to introduce a massive price cut on April 22, but after AMD announced price cuts on February 12 for 17 desktop Athlon 64 single- and dual-core CPUs, Intel has decided to adjust its pricing earlier than expected, the report noted.

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Tuesday February 27, 2007

New Storm Worm Targets Bloggers

News.com is saying that a new variant of the Storm Worm is targeting people who post blogs and notices to bulletin boards. Infected bloggers and forum users end up with links to a malicious web site inserted into each of their postings.

The twist comes when these people later post blogs or bulletin board notices. The software will insert into each of their postings a link to a malicious Web site, said Alperovitch, who rates the threat as "high."

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Windows Vista Ultimate Support Lasts Five Years?

Microsoft Watch is editorializing about support for Windows Vista Ultimate apparently only lasting five years while other Vista flavors get ten through extended lifecycle support. Is this an oversight by MS? Can its ďultimateĒ version of Vista have half the support that Business and Enterprise versions do? Doesnít seem to make sense.

According to Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Web page, support for consumer products ends after five years. There is no Extended Support option. I had always assumed that Windows Vista Ultimate, which Microsoft pitches as having the most consumer and corporate features, would be supported for more than five years. Besides, Microsoft does offer Ultimate to businesses for volume-licensing purchase, with caveats such as single activation.

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BFG Tech BFGR1000WPSU Power Supply

Now that we have outlined our PSU testing process, it is time to take a look at the BFGR1000WPSU power supply from BFG Tech.

The BFGR1000WPSU is on the upper end of todayís PSU market in both price and rated output, 1000w, making it a perfect fit for BFGís target crowd the high end enthusiast. This also makes it a perfect fit for the first PSU review here at [H]ardOCP.

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Vista To Drive Up DRAM Prices

The president of Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation said that he believes that Windows Vista will drive up the price of DRAM in the second half of the year.

Hsieh said the low season may last until May or June, but demand will pick up in the second half. While DRAM prices have dropped sharply in February, edging close to PSC's production costs, there will be little room for further declines, Hsieh said.

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Interview With Intelís Pat Gelsinger

Intelís Pat Gelsinger, in London for a conference on power management in data centers, sat down with the folks from C|Net for a little interview action today. Among the nuggets of info Gelsinger offered up during the interview is Intelís plans to move upcoming Xeons and Itaniums to a common platform.

So going forward, the circuit techniques, the power-management technologies, all those sorts of things are much better leveraged. The first realization of that is Tukwila (quad-core Itanium) in late 2008, the next step in the product family, where we move to common system architecture elements, as well as full alignment on design tools and process.

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Monday February 26, 2007

A [H]ard Look At Power Supplies

Most people seriously underestimate the importance of a good power supply and the impact, both positive and negative, it can have on your entire system. [H] Enthusiast has taken a long [H]ard look at power supplies and we invite you to see how we think power supplies should be tested.

As such we would like to introduce our take on power supply reviewing. We sincerely hope that our evaluations will help our readers to make better informed PSU purchasing decisions. We also hope that we are in a position to push PSU manufacturers to using higher quality standards by exposing the true abilities of their products.

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Sunday February 25, 2007

ARPís Updated Bios Guide

TechARP is at it again with another update to their Bios Guide. This thing is seriously getting jam packed with information.

Asynclat controls the amount of asynchronous latency, which depends on the time it takes for data to travel from the processor to the furthest DIMM on the motherboard and back. For your reference, AMD has a few conservative suggestions on setting this BIOS feature...

[H]ardware Round-Up

Power Supplies

HEC Zephyr 650W @ 3DGameMan

ETC

Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Review @ Extremeoctech

Razer Barracuda Integrated Audio Solution @ playREACTION

Overclocking the GeForce 8800 Series

Bjorn3D sits down with an 8800 GTS to see what kind of simple overclocking results they can achieve without modifying the card severely.

For this project I have selected the FOXCONN NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS as my test subject, which I reviewed here at Bjorn3D back in November 2006. Presently, the 640MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS is the second-best video card available on the market. Gamers and computer enthusiasts alike have already speculated on how the GTS could be made to perform to the same level as the GeForce 8800 GTX with some tweaking. Unfortunately, this just isn't possible.