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Final Fantasy VII v ES4: Oblivion @ Bit-tech

Snip: It is a very linear game but if anything, compared to Oblivion, this linearity seems like FFVII?s core strength… Strangely, FFVII?s linearity means it coheres brilliantly. It all adds up. All the freedom technology affords a game like Oblivion makes it difficult ? perhaps impossible ? for the game to hang together. I liked Oblivion, I really did ? but I liked it in moments; a cool fight here, a journey across a gorgeous mountain pass there ? but the open-ended design means it just doesn?t gel. Final Fantasy VII v ES4: Oblivion @ Bit-tech

GeForce 7600 cards go head to head @ Tech Report

Snip: NVIDIA’s replacement for the GeForce 6600 is the new GeForce 7600 series.? Made up of GS and GT variants, the 7600 line takes over where the 6600 left off, extending the green team’s domination of the mid-range market . NVIDIA’s board partners have jumped all over the 7600 series, offering flavors that mix higher clock speeds with new cooler designs, VIVO capabilities, lifetime warranties, and attractive software bundles.? But which GeForce 7600 is the sweetest?? We’ve rounded up five cards from BFG, Gigabyte, MSI, and XFX to find out. GeForce 7600 cards go head to head @ Tech Report

Computex Taipei 2006: Day 1 @ Motherboards

Snip: What a way to spend a first day – caught up in the contests and products of Gigabyte, impressed by the diversity and quality at ECS, and absolutely gobsmacked by Corsair’s performance. If there anything more that I can ask for? Well, actually yes, there is. Tomorrow’s article will cover Intel’s Keynote, as well as ASUS and Thermaltake’s booth, among others. I will also be taking a look at overclocking an ES Conroe chip on completely stock everything, and seeing where that’ll go. Computex Taipei 2006: Day 1 @ Motherboards

Computex 2006: DFI @ techPowerUp!

Snip: At DFI the highlight was of course the new NVIDIA nForce590 based motherboard for AM2. The LanParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G is the first enthusiast motherboard to support Digital PWM using a special circuitry that enhances the power supplied to the CPU. Also new is an ATI RD580 Crossfire motherboard using the new SB600, a new copper cooler for the chipset and an additional SATA-II controller by Promise. Computex 2006: DFI @ techPowerUp!

Computex 2006: Arctic Cooling @ techPowerUp!

Snip: Arctic Cooling displayed their new PSU project at the show. They emphasize extremely high power conversion efficiency, up to 90%. Another product was the Fusion Supporter which improves the voltage quality and stability of your video card. Computex 2006: Arctic Cooling @ techPowerUp!

Zalman CNPS8000 Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

Snip: Zalman make of one the biggest splashes on the pages of Pro-Clockers this year with the introduction of the VF900Cu. This was arguably one of the most awaited cooling products this year. Well Zalman is back at it again with CNPS 8000. This cooler is aimed to please all the people that are running SFF and quiet systems. Zalman CNPS8000 Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition @ Techgage

Snip: Are you into combat games? Of course you are. Battlefield II, Call of Duty II… they are all over. OCZ has just released a new kit with their XTC spreader dressed up in some camouflaged. Because these are value modules, overclocking is a gamble. Let’s see if these are as fast as they are stylish. OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition @ Techgage

Super Talent DDR2-1066 1GB CL5 memory kit @ ThinkComputers

Snip: Well I’ve finally moved over to a platform that supports DDR2 memory, so that means I get to do DDR2 reviews as well! So for my first review the guys over at Super Talent have sent me their brand new 1 Gig kit of DDR2-1066, technically this is PC8528 Ram, and from my tests this stuff over clocks very well, and has some great performance. Super Talent DDR2-1066 1GB CL5 memory kit @ ThinkComputers

OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply @ MTB

Snip: The exhaust portion of the GameXStream shows a well ventilated honey-comb grill. A blue power on/off switch, and 3 prong power connector. There is no 115V ? 240 switch, as the unit will adjust from North American power standards to European power standards automatically. OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply @ MTB

Computex 2006: Thermaltake @ techPowerUp!

Snip: Thermaltake has released more products than any other manufacturer at Computex. Among the highlights are a huge home theater case which looks like a big audio rack and has space for two systems. For visitors of lan parties a Shuttle-like case is offered which takes all standard size components and supports SLI. Several new watercooling products have been announced, including a watercooled passive PSU. A whole load of air and watercooled GPU coolers are new too. Computex 2006: Thermaltake @ techPowerUp!

OCZ GameXStream 600W PSU @ 3DGameMan

Snip: Like the PowerStream and ModStream Power Supplies, OCZ has hit the mark again. While the GameXStream Power Supply doesn’t have adjustable rails or modular design, it still has lots going for it. At the top of the list for most computer users who demand quality is the requirement for the Power Supply to provide enough power for their needs. This product comes in a 600W and 700W configurations, so not a problem OCZ GameXStream 600W PSU @ 3DGameMan

MSI K8N Diamond Plus @ HotHardware

Snip: It’s a shame, really. After nearly one year on the market, Socket-939 Athlon64 motherboards are finally getting to a point where we’ve always wished they would be. Feature packed, refined, tweakable, and quiet. Why is this a shame? Well, as AMD is transitioning to their new Socket-AM2 interface, interest in Socket-939 platforms will undoubtedly dwindle away. However, there is a huge install base of Socket-939 users on the market already, and new Socket-939 processor sales will likely continue throughout 2006. So, while Socket-AM2 may be getting all the press lately, it’s still Socket-939 that’s the workhorse, powering the vast majority of AMD desktop and gaming systems on the market today. Full review @ HotHardware

Nvidia 7950 GX2 @ Bit-tech

Snip: There is no doubting that the GeForce 7950 GX2 is the fastest video card on the market today that fits into a single PCI-Express x16 interconnect, and it holds that crown by a good distance in the majority of titles. In fact, probably the only title where the GeForce 7950 GX2 loses out to competing solutions is not because it lacks speed, but because it lacks forward looking features like support for 16-bit floating point High Dynamic Range Lighting in conjunction with a multisample Anti Aliasing pattern. Full review @ Bit-tech

Grado SR60 Headphones @ ukgamer

Snip: Audio Hall of Fame member Joseph Grado started out making phono cartridges on his kitchen table back in 1953 but when the decline of the record player in the 80s started hitting profits, Joseph decided the time was right to bow out gracefully. It was his nephew John, who’d been part of the business since the age of 12, who stepped in to buy the brand name and, spotting a gap in the market he set about working with one of the few remaining employees left, engineer John Chaipis, to develop a prototype headphone design. Full review @ ukgamer

Thermalright HR01 Passive Heatsink @ Pro-Clockers

Snip: Thermalright has been one of the greatest cooling manufacturers around. They have giving us great coolers like the AX, SLK, SI and XP series of cooling devices. And if you have never used one of their coolers (you would be in a small minority) chances you have used a cooler that was a copy of Thermalright?s designs. Well, Thermalright has released another cooler that I am sure is going to perform, the HR01. Full review @ Pro-Clockers

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