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[H] Enthusiast Archives: March 2007Archive Listing


Saturday March 31, 2007

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Power Supplies

OCZ ProXStream 1000W @ Overclockers Canada

ETC

RevolTec Gaming Gear Review @ OCIA

Epson EMP-TW700 HD Projector @ TrustedReviews

Intel Processor Roadmap

TrustedReviews has an article outlining the upcoming offerings from Intel.

It wasn’t too long ago that Intel announced its next generation processors based on the 45nm process back at the end of January. Now, just two months later we’ve managed to secure an update on how this new process will feature in Intel’s future Penryn and Nehalem CPUs, while Intel also let slip some future developments in its architecture that surprised even us.

[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling

Spire CoolWave VI @ Cooling-Station

Video

FOXCONN 8800GTS 320mb: OverClocking Edition! @ Bjorn3D

ETC

All Opteron Models @ Hardware Secrets

Thursday March 29, 2007

Ultra X-Pro 750w PSU

Head on over to [H] Enthusiast and check out what we had to say about the Ultra X-Pro 750w power supply. As with all of our PSU evaluations, we put the Ultra X-Pro through a rigorous testing process because we know how important a quality power supply is to your PC.

HardOCP’s testing methodology is intended to very much push power supplies to their advertised wattage rating in temperatures that will represent some of the hottest computer enthusiast cases. So if a unit passes all our testing it is definitely not something to take lightly. In fact we expect more power supplies to fail our testing than make it through unscathed.

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Intel Starts Building Vietnam Plant

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s processor news, Intel has started construction on its $1 billion dollar testing plant in Vietnam.

The 500,000-square-foot facility was first announced in November. Construction, which started Wednesday, is expected to end by mid-2009. When operational, the facility is expected to employ 4,000 people, said Rick Howarth, general manager of Intel Products Vietnam.

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Ultra Powers to 750 Watts

A new PSU review for those looking for big power. Discuss.

Intel CEO To Visit Taiwan

DigiTimes is reporting on Intel's CEO Paul Otellini paying a visit to Taiwan to meet with company partners. This will the first time he has visited Taiwan as the CEO of the company.

Intel Taiwan stated that Otellini will meet with Intel's partners in Taiwan and have closed-door meetings starting in the morning of March 29. The visit was scheduled by Intel's US headquarters to last for only one day, according to Intel Taiwan.

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Wednesday March 28, 2007

Intel Penryn Information

Slides direct from Intel detail their new Penryn processors.

ATi Catalyst 7.3 Drivers

If you own an ATi video card, head on over to the AMD / ATi website and download the new Catalyst 7.3 drivers for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux platforms.

Catalyst 7.3 includes Crossfire enhancements for Windows Vista that enable the Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR) Crossfire rendering mode by default, enabling performance benefits for all AFR compatible applications immediately (including newly released applications that have not been officially profiled for Crossfire).

Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD: The War of the Formats

[H] Enthusiast has taken on the difficult task of analyzing the war of the formats: Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD. What does each format have to offer? We analyze the strong points and weaknesses of both formats and give you our opinion on who is currently ahead. Here’s a quote from the article to get you started:

With hardware costs for both camps being relatively high, not to mention the fact that there are very few dual format players (LG recently brought the first to the market at the staggering cost of $1,200), most consumers are forced to decide between Blu-ray or HD-DVD for their high definition needs. But which format is worth the investment? Which format will provide the best quality and stick around to make the investment worthwhile? We’ll take a look at the answers to those questions for both formats.

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Blu-ray Vs. HD-DVD

An honest look at the HD format war. Digg to share. Discuss.

Exchanging Guns For Computers & Consoles

Police officials in Mexico City have started a new program that allows residents to swap machine guns for computers and smaller guns for Xbox consoles.

Launching the program on Tuesday in the notorious inner-city barrio of Tepito, which police stormed last month, city police chief Joel Ortega said anyone who turns in a high-caliber weapon like a machine gun will get a computer. Owners can swap smaller guns for cash or Xbox video-game consoles under the plan.

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