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[H] Enthusiast Archives: December 2006Archive Listing

Sunday December 31, 2006

ATI R600 Benchmarks

Level 505 has a pretty in-depth piece on the upcoming R600 video card from AMD/ATI. The writers of the article are of course claiming the card and the numbers are legit.

This article is authentic. Our R600 sample is an RTM sample used in the MS CERT process for driver validation (especially for Vista). We are not publishing pictures of the card itself right now, as the card contains major ID tags that we can not remove yet for source protection. We will add pictures of the card itself once we can remove these tags.

Cnet Year in Review

Cnet also has their thoughts on the big stories of 06. Make sure to hit up the navigation bar on the right for a ton of topics.

[H]ardware Round-Up


asetek Waterchill Xternal Kit @ Bjorn3D


OCZ PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified 2 GB Kit @ techPowerUp

Saturday December 30, 2006

[H]ardware Round-Up II


Lian-Li PC-A16 @ BoxGods


Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp

Flexible Mini Keyboard from Brando WorkShop @ DSM

Bios Optimization Guide

ARP has recently updated their Bios Optimization Guide, which helps explain each setting, what it does, and how to optimize performance.

[H]ardware Round-Up


CoolIT Eliminator CPU Cooler @ 3DGameMan


Foxconn NVIDIA 8800 GTX @ I4U

Power Supplies

OCZ GameXStream 850w SLI-Ready @OCIA

Friday December 29, 2006

Rethink Posting Private Info

To me, this one is a no-brainer, people should not post too much private info on the internet. Some people just don’t use their head when it comes to protecting themselves online.

Rachel Hutson removed some photos from her college sorority days after she took a job as a civilian working for the military. She's also made her Facebook and MySpace profiles private, so that only friends she approves can see it. "I just don't want certain people to find me," says Hutson, who's 23 and lives in Newport News, Va.

Speaking of not using your head, the girl above wanted privacy so she set her MySpace account to “private” ….and then allowed the Associated Press and Washington Post print her full name, age and city. Now that is funny!


Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC

PCPerspective has Bigfoot’s Killer NIC in house today for a little review action. We took a look at the gaming performance of the Killer NIC earlier this month, you can read our thoughts here.

I can honestly tell you that I never thought I would be writing a review of a network card. In my seven years of reviewing hardware for PC Perspective (and, with all the CPUs, video cards and motherboards, there are some items I just thought were as good as they got.

AMD 3000+ Sempron For $10

I spotted this deal today for a socket 939 Sempron 3000+ that is only $9.97 after rebate. I don’t know about you but that is a pretty damn nice deal. You better hurry though, the deal ends on the 31st. Here is a list of the processor specs:

AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.80GHz / 128KB Cache / 1000MHz FSB / Hyper-Transport / Winchester Core / Socket 939 / OEM / Processor

Top Software Trends In 2007

PC World has listed what it believes to be the Top Software Trends In 2007. What did the crystal ball say would be big in the coming year? Well, Windows Vista, Business Intelligence, Virtualization and SAAS (software as a service) are just some of the things that made the list.

Many of the software trends that percolated in the industry in 2006 will gather more steam in 2007, but several stand out as contenders to change the game for the market in the new year.


BFG nForce 680i SLI BIOS Update

Just a reminder to all of you BFG nForce 680i SLI motherboard owners that there is a new BIOS available that fixes a number of issues, including that write error problem with SATA hard drives.

Some BFG customers using the BFG nForce® 680i SLI motherboard have reported experiencing disconnect or write error issues with SATA disk drives. To address this, we have worked with NVIDIA to release a BIOS update for this motherboard that eliminates this bug. BFG and NVIDIA strongly recommend that all customers upgrade their motherboards to this new BIOS, regardless of whether or not they have experienced this bug.

Free Wii from Newegg and [H]ard|OCP

Our Wii Sweepstakes ends on the 31st. Better hurry!