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Microsoft predicts Xbox 360 to become profitable by July 2006

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Microsoft has taken the bold step of announcing that the Xbox 360 will become profitable by the start of the company's 2007 financial year, which begins in July 2006. While this is an admirable and ambitious target, some industry analysts… Go To Full Article

Ten Failed Tech Trends for 2005

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We're guilty of hype. But so is everyone else who writes about technology. Most of us gravitate to writing about tech because we think it's cool. So we're starry-eyed, hoping that the shiny new technology that's… Go To Full Article

Intel socket 478 not dead, just resting

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INTEL will attempt to steal the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week with the introduction of its ViiV reference platforms, complete with added Core Blimey and a cast of all singing, all dancing, high kicking partners Go To Full Article

Next ATI chipset has four pipelines, X600 like graphics

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WE HEARD that ATI is working hard on a new integrated graphic core. This time it aims to have four pixel pipelines inside its chipset. Both Nvidia and ATI have only two pixel pipelines. C51 and… Go To Full Article

Nvidia's G71 has 32 pipes and 16 ROPs

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With the birth of the R580, ATI believes that you should have three to one ratio as R580 has 48 Shaders and 16 pixel pipelines. You don’t need much mathematics to figure out that ATI preaches a three to one… Go To Full Article

5-Way DVD Writer RoundUp

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NEC ND-3540A Pioneer DVR-110D Plextor PX-740A Sony DRU-810A Toshiba SDR-5472 Despite the stagnation of write speeds for DVD-R and DVD+R at 16x, new DVD writers are regularly being… Go To Full Article

PC Power and Cooling 1KW 1000W Power Supply

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"As processor frequencies increase and users start to add in extra video cards, hard drives, and cooling, the demands on a computer's power supply rapidly increase. As system builders need more power, the amount provided by power supply manufacturers has… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE Launches First Silent-Pipe II ATI Radeon X1600 XT VPU VGA Card

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GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY today announced the GV-RX16T256V-RH VGA card, the newest addition to the Silent-Pipe II-series of fanless high performance graphics cards that feature a proprietary front-flow thermal module and revolutionary design employing natural convection to keep the GPU cool. Developed… Go To Full Article

Single Disc 3.5" HDDs, Round One: Seagate & Hitachi

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It's no secret that the quietest desktop hard drives tend to be low capacity models that use only a single platter. There's a simple reason for this: Fewer platters have fewer read/write heads, and thus produce less air turbulence. They… Go To Full Article

Great Hacks and Pranks Of Our Time

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There's a history of pranks and hacks in the year-end issue of the Economist, including MIT hacks, the Bonsai Kitten, and the Pentagon hack by my favorite, Abbie Hoffman." From the article: "At Harvard's neighbour, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,… Go To Full Article

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