Antec Notebook Cooler S

There two general names for the class of the typical portable computers you see everyday and they are laptop and notebook. An older name, laptop used to be much more common than the term notebook. As the term implies, laptop computers were able to be used while on a user's lap. But this isn't the case anymore. With further miniaturization of components, packing more powerful parts in denser packages generally results in heat issues. The direct result of this for portable computer users is a hot computer. This in itself isn't bad, but there are health concerns from using a hot computer on your lap.

Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC-8000 2GB Memory Kit

First in our series of DDR2 memory reviews, we will look at Crucial Technology's DDR2 offerings in the form of the Ballistix PC-8000 2GB memory kit. So what is Ballistix memory? The Ballistix line is specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without worrying about data loss or corruption, mysterious intermittent errors and display problems, or worse — the dreaded BSOD! The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders. Targeted towards performance enthusiasts, we will test Crucial's kit of memory with this in mind.

Intel Penryn News

Intel Demonstrates new 45nm Transistors and Conroe's Successor @ Anandtech
Today Intel is announcing a number of details on its 45nm process node, including official details on the first family of 45nm processors due out later this year. The announcements themselves, as you will soon see, are impressive enough, but arguably more interesting is the amount of detail Intel is giving away at this point. In the past we've had to go to sources other than official Intel channels for this sort of information, but that has all changed with the new Intel.

More Intel Penryn and 45nm news at...

X-Bit Labs

Airport Extreme Enabled for Intel Based Mac's? Tested on a C2D Macbook!

Quickly taking a look at new on the web, Apple has posted a free update to Airport Extreme:

I have a Core 2 Duo Macbook, and just installed the Airport Extreme firmware update. I don't have a Airport Extreme network or Wireless-N network to test with, but here are the results.

The first is a screen shot of the system hardware information. What's interesting is the Network Utility still shows the network adapter as A/B/G only.

Ultra Stackable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure USB 2.0 & Firewire

I decided to buy an external hard drive enclosure for the purpose of backing up and storing additional data on my laptop. At a local computer store, I looked at my options knowing that I wanted a Firewire based external IDE hard drive enclosure. Based on price and availability, I picked up an Ultra 3.5″external hard drive enclosure with USB2.0 and Firewire 400 interface connectivity.

In this article, Ultra's Stackable 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure will be examined and performance tests will be conducted on both the USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces.

Manufacturer Specifications

The Enclosure

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