Archive for February, 2021
More rumours surrounding the delay of the PS3, though this time the source is allegedly Sony. The official line coming out of Japan is that the delay would be due to problems with the mass production of the console’s built-in Blu-ray drive. I do wonder?if this could be a long term strategy to stagger console launch dates. Instead of the two major consoles battling for your loyalty and hard earned cash, why not stagger the release dates far enough apart so the end user – who would most likely choose either the PS3 or Xbox 360 if they were both to be launched around the same time – will probably now purchase both consoles with hardly any loyalty issues. It?s definitely possible that the large difference in the Xbox 360 and PS3 launch dates has been carefully decided upon…
Snip: The Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 heatsink suspends its 2000RPM fan on four dual axial rubber vibration absorbing posts. The general purpose of which is to prevent fan motor vibrations from transferring to other areas of the computer chassis which could cause noise. The 90-ish millimeter fan minimizes turbulence and noise by essentially floating the impeller alone above the aluminum component. The whole package weighs in at just 486 grams, and judging by recent information the Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 should even be compatible with AMD socket AM2 heatsink retention frames… though we aren’t 100% certain. Full Story @ Frostytech
Snip: The Accelero X1 is the latest technology of VGA Cooler from Arctic-Cooling. The Accelero X1 is not only powerful on the stylish look, but also the performance that able to deliver by it. The heatsink is made of aluminum thin fins together with the copper base to provide the best heat dissipations for the graphic card. A part of it, it also bundles with the passive memory cooler for cooling the memory on the graphic card. The operation noise level is extremely silent as well. Due to the design of it, the Accelero X1 is only support the Nvidia 6800 and 7800 series of graphic card… Full story @ Techniz
Snip: Corsair wanted to launch a low cost water cooler at $159 and that is what Corsair did. I give Corsair a hand for bringing enthusiast technology to the mainstream consumer and I believe the mainstream market is ready to embrace water cooling. I have been saying for years that water cooling is the way to go if you don’t move around your computer a ton. With reduced noise levels and awesome temperatures water cooling is well worth the extra cost from my point of view. Decent water cooling was always over $200 and that the midnight oil burning over at Corsair and the end result is the Nautilus 500. Full story @ Legit Reviews
Snip: It wasn’t that long ago that I reviewed the VAIO S5VP which represented the end of the original VAIO S Series chassis. To be honest I was a little disappointed at the demise of the previous S Series since I quite liked it. Despite the fact that it’s Sony’s T Series notebooks that I truly lust after, the S Series offered slightly larger physical dimensions for users who find the T Series just too small to get to grips with. Of course I needn’t have worried, because the new VAIO S Series makes the outgoing model look positively antiquated. Full story @ Trusted Review
Microsoft plans to launch six versions of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system, three at consumers, two at business users and a stripped-down edition for emerging markets. Vista Home Premium will be the middle option for consumers, sandwiched between the high-end Windows Vista Ultimate, which also includes business-oriented features, and a bare-bones Windows Vista Home Basic without the multimedia capabilities. For business users, Microsoft plans Windows Vista Business for small and medium-sized businesses that may not have a information technology support staff. Windows Vista Enterprise will be aimed at large, global companies with encryption features to protect information even if a computer is stolen and tools to enable compatibility with applications designed for older operating systems. Microsoft will also offer a version of Vista Home Basic and Vista Business without a Windows Media Player in Europe to comply with European Union antitrust rulings.
According to the Inquirer, the 7900 GT is going to be priced very competitively and have the same performance as the?7800 GTX. The Inquirer suggest this is going to have a huge impact on ATI sales, i tend to agree… Snip: "We expect that the cards will be very overclockable as they are 90 nanometre based and there is still enough space to set the clocks even higher. We know a few companies that plan to clock those cards a little bit higher from the launch date." ? The GT line has always got the formula right, and the 7900 GT looks to continue this trend. ATI may keep the performance crown in the high-end, but Nvidia is sure to sell a gigantic bucket load of GT’s this March.
Snip: With the Silent Boost RX K8, Thermaltake has targeted the user who values compactness and silence over maximum effort cooling. For example, this would be an excellent choice for a home theater PC where space is always an issue and quiet cooling is a necessity. Link to Tweaknews
Snip: Can’t set up a 5.1 speaker setup, but want true surround sound? Maybe you want surround sound to have late at night when your families in bed?! We are taking a look at a new 5.1 headset from Turtle Beach, and throw many tests at it to see just how good it’s 5.1 capabilities are. Link to Techgage
Snip: Here’s a closer look at the base plate. You can clearly see Swiftech’s Patent-Pending Diamond Pin Matrix design. One thing to note on the inner machine work… on some of the first production runs of the APOGEE CPU block, there was a problem with copper shavings being left on the inside of the block. Swiftech has now added a bead blasting process to ensure that the base plates are totally clean and free of shavings. This is why the inside of the block now has a somewhat textured finish instead of a shiny one. Link to OCIA
The Inq’s Fuad Abazovic is reporting some major stability problems with the above setup. The problems include crashes in games and as testing pursued even 3D mark was a problem. Quote: "The only scenario where we almost got the machine stable was with a single memory module plugged inside. This will degrade your memory performance drastically but managed to get the system a little bit more stable." Looks to me to be a bios problem, but as noted in the article it could also be a power issue. If you’re thinking of getting this setup, think twice, at least for now…
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Snip: The Bose Triport headphones offer a healthy mix between lightweight portability and superb comfort. Designed to be more affordable than the Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones, the Triport delivers high-quality sound without active noise reduction technology. Headphone users often find themselves compromising comfort for sound; however, the Bose Triport provides an adequate amount of both. Read on to find out how the Bose Triport performs when put to the test. Link to Designtechnica
Snip: Creating a small form factor (SFF) enclosure without a proprietary motherboard or power supply is a challenge that few companies want to face. For SilverStone, this intriguing challenge was welcomed with open arms and our engineers created yet another segment-defining design that will become the standard for years to come. The SG01??s immaculate aluminum interior offers incredible amount of space for nearly all standard ATX components in a foot print that is only a few inches larger than typical SFF systems. With its carefully arranged cooling configuration and the ability to accommodate a wide array of Micro ATX motherboards, ATX power supplies, and even two double width graphics cards, the SG01 will ensure greater upgrade possibility than ever before. Link to Techniz
Snip: ?Are you one of those people that love a big mouse pad? Then BOY have I got something for you to check out for review today. I used to like the smaller mouse pads, but I got a few larger ones for review and grew quite fond of them over time, but I have found one now that I just love. It is from Corepad, it is called the Deskpad XXL, and it truly is extra, extra large. C’mon check this big bad boy out…? Link to Think Computers