Reach the top by aiming lower

Subject: Memory | April 2, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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Mushkin's new Ascent XP3-14400 CL8 2 GB kit hits 1800MHz at latencies of 8-8-7-20 though the voltage seems a little high for the Core i7 at 1.85-1.95V.  That didn't scare techPowerUp! in the least as they tested out how performance scaled with some voltage tweaks, along with total speed and timings.  If you are willing to take the limit to your maximum available memory, 7-7-7 @ 1800MHz is easily reachable, though they do warn that this memory did not work in all the boards they tested.

Source: techPowerUp!

Not (completely) a paper launch

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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Perhaps the biggest question on peoples minds with the release of AMD's HD4890 and nVIDIA's GTX 275 is whether they can be purchased.  In AMD's case the answer is that yes you can, nVIDIA and partners however didn't quite manage to get any out the door.  That may be related to the development behind the cards, as they seem to be quite different in that respect.  AMD's is quite obviously a new card that will sit in the channel for a long while, at leas

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES VERSATILE GEFORCE GTX 275 OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (April 2, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics card that offers outstanding PC gaming performance and advanced processing power in other applications from which even non gamers can benefit.

The BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC with CUDA technology provides superior gaming performance as well as ad

Our new Android overlords

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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In an effort to make the new netbooks less expensive and to run a little tighter, HP and Asus both seem to be considering Google's Linux based Android OS as an alternative to Windows.  Not only would a successful implementation drive the price down, it could also make your netbook compatible with your cellphone at level we haven't seen before.  Digital Trends thinks this could lead to an OS war, though in this particular case it isn't a new OS trying to make a name f

AMD Unveils ATI Radeon HD 4890, the Most Powerful Graphics Processor in the World

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 11:25 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Apr. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, driven by the world's most powerful graphics processor. The newest addition to the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series boasts a whopping 1.36 TeraFLOPs of compute power, superior GDDR5 memory, and super-high engine clock speeds capable of nearly 1GHz.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA EXTENDS PERFORMANCE LEAD WITH NEW GEFORCE GTX 275 GPU; Releases Power Pack #3

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 11:21 AM |
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Based on the GT200 architecture, the GeForce GTX 275 GPU features 240
processor
cores operating at 1404 MHz, 80 texture processing units, a 448-bit memory
interface, and an 896 MB framebuffer. In price and performance, it sits
between
the GeForce GTX 260 and the GeForce GTX 285.

Product Highlights:

Source: NVIDIA

Super Talent Develops 2048 GB PCIe RAID SSD with 1.3 GB/sec Throughput

Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 05:02 PM |
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San Jose, California - April 1, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced its patented RAIDDrive, which dramatically increases the performance and slot capacity of PCI Express-based storage solution.

The old gold standard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 1, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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Before every company under the sun started producing high quality PSUs, there were only a few companies in the market and the king was PC Power & Cooling.  Now the market has opened up a bit, but PCP&C has retained their high quality standards even after their purchase by OCZ.  The 610W Silencer PSU will run you about $100, and provide you with solid power and very little noise.  610W will handle most rigs, only multiple high end graphi

Source: CPU3D

Duran Duran not included

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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Whatever your musical tastes run toward, if you don't like being without your favourite melodies filling the air then streaming audio is probably familiar to you, as is the Logitech Squeezebox.  The newest model is the Boom,  aptly named as it bears a resemblance to an old style boom box.  Along with streaming your favourite audio wirelessly, you can also use the Boom as an alarm clock to start your day with music.  It will ha

Source: TECHGAGE

Make sure to pick up the high quality version

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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RPG fans have been waiting for Drakensang for quite a while now, with teasers making the wait seem even longer.  Now that it is available, the feedback has been quite good from those who have tried it.  The graphics may make it look more like an Elder Scrolls type game but it is much more like Baldurs Gate.  Along with the increase in graphics quality comes a rather intricate leveling system.  Get the details at Gamepyre.

Source: Gamepyre

Pick up a bunch in case the magic smoke gets out of one

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The Inquirer feels that while the Nehalem processor is impressive, we haven't really seen what it is capable of.  We will need to see some new motherboards to handle the amount of bandwidth available from the processor, especially if you want to use more than one in your system.  Of course, those who have tried to set up dual processor systems in the past may have something to say about how feasible this is for a gaming rig, especially if you are planning on overclocking.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair announces Voyager Port

Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Fremont, CA, March 31st, 2009 - Corsair a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the Voyager Port portable backup solution for USB flash drives.

The Voyager Port transforms any USB flash drive into a powerful data backup solution, complete with a simple, one-button file backup feature.

You used to have to pay someone to do this

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2009 - 06:01 PM |
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FTP hosting and basic secure file transfers used to be the domain of ISPs and hosting companies, but as the cost of storage and processing power has dropped remote hosting is becoming extinct.  Apart from near instant fail-over and distributed backups, any enthusiast could slap together a file server that can handle multiple users.  Now, with the advent of the Network Attached Storage device, setting up secure file transferring and sharing is almost plug and play.  Take a look at the

Source: Modders-Inc

Prefer your monitor to come with extras?

Subject: Displays | March 31, 2009 - 04:12 PM |
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If you are looking for a high quality monitor that comes with a load of extras, like audio, USB, and a webcam, take a look at Samsung's SyncMaster 2263UW.  If space is an issue, then having almost all your common peripherals built into your monitor is a real life saver.  Also worth mentioning is that the TFT display is of high quality, you will not end up with something that can do a lot of things poorly, this monitor excels at everythign it does.  Drop in to Tweaknews for more information

Source: Tweaknews

ASUS offers discrete mobile gaming performance

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2009 - 01:36 PM |
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Based around a 1.6GHz T9550, 4GB of DDR2-400 and a Mobility Radeon 4650 the ASUS N81Vp gaming laptop is still relatively portable thanks to the 14.1" display and 6 cell battery.  Don't underestimate that small screen, with a 1366x768 resolution you will be quite happy with the image quality and don't overestimate the battery, you have a bit over an hour on battery with the power savings turned off.

Dancing in the server room

Subject: Processors | March 31, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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The Core 2 Duo played havoc with
AMD's desktop CPUs, now the new Nehalem based Xeon's are making the Opteron line feel even more inadequate.  The new Xeon W5580 will not be a popular CPU to build a gaming PC on, that has never been it's intention.  It will find a home in servers working on hard computation like graphics rendering and detailed data analysis.  The numbers that The Tech Report's benchmarks returned are incredible, especially with 12 or 16 threads being run on the fluid dynamics test.  You shoul

Things are looking up for AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, the low price of the Phenom II processor has made the company a lot more popular.  So popular that motherboard manufacturers are expecting a big jump in market share, their prediction is 30%.  Computex will also bring about some more interest in AMD, with the rumoured release of the 780G+ chipset.  They will pair that with the new Athlon II processors in a platform named Pisces, which undoubtedly will be cheaper than a Dragon platform.

Source: Digitimes

Internet: Meet Your New Processor - Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series

Subject: Processors | March 30, 2009 - 05:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2009 - Intel Corporation introduced 17 enterprise-class processors today, led by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. They are Intel's most revolutionary server processors since addressing the market with the Intel Pentium Pro processor almost 15 years ago.

The new enterprise-class chips can automatically adjust to specified energy usage levels, and speed data center transactions and customer database queries.

NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS Empowers World's First Virtualized Graphics Workstation

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 30, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-MARCH 30, 2009 - NVIDIA, the inventor of the GPU, today introduced NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that allows users and visualization applications, for the first time, to take full advantage of multiple NVIDIA Quadro GPUs from a single graphics workstation in a virtualized environment.

This new technology delivers a faster, more efficient workflow to maximize productivity and lower the total cost of ownership for professionals in markets such as: digital content creatio

Source: NVIDIA

My, you're a big boy

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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The OCZ Behemoth Large Gaming Mouse is, as the name implies, a rather large mouse you would use for gaming.  The size isn't a complete gimmick, the mouse sports two lasers allowing 3200 dpi accuracy and it sports a weight compartment as well; both features require a bit of extra space.  Even more attractive is the price of this mouse, at $30, it is one of the least expensive gaming mice around.