The instant HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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One laptop, plus one OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner equals the easiest HTPC to set up on the planet.  Thanks to it being external and hooking up via USB, the tuner can also be used to update an analogue HTPC to accept digital signals with no fuss, and still retain video capture.  See what else ASELabs discovered about this handy little tuner in their review.

Source: Aselabs

AMD's new tradition

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 04:55 PM |
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Hopefully this will soon disappear, but every launch AMD has recently tried doesn't seem to have gone as planned.  This time around, North American reviewers were instructed not to reveal the new graphics cards performance, but across the pond that message never got across.  So we have been seeing the performance of at least one of the cards for about 24 hours now.  The rest of the new family has now been revealed, there are many reviews out there, but s

Inexpensive, not cheap

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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The SilverStone Strider ST400 400w Power Supply won't win any awards for power or efficiency, but it certainly passed all the tests that [H]ard|OCP put it through.  The big surprise that it offers is it's price tag, which is around $50.  It is worth considering, even with modern systems, if you aren't planning on overclocking or slapping 2 (or more) gra

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Watch some ads, buy a hat and blow up your friends

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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EA, and the Battlefield franchise have gone a bit strange in the head.  With models that look a bit like Team Fortress, the newly announced Battlefield Heroes will be a free game from EA; with a catch.  It will add advertisements.  Unlike previous games with ads, these won't actually be in game, but will be on the website, and the 'front-end' of the game.  I figure that means every time you start the game, there will be an ad in with the nVIDIA, Intel (etc) screens at the beginning, and maybe one playing in the background of the server browser and probably one to watch whil

Source: Ars Technica

Listen to the man, he knows of what he speaks

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Bad rumour mill, no more caffeine for you!

"Contrary to what you will read on the "tech" rumor sites, Ageia has not bee sold. That brought to you buy the "Don't

Believe All The BS You Read On The Net Committee," better known as the DBATBSYROTNC. That is all."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA 9600 GT possibly delayed

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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It seems that maybe the GeForce 9600 GT card, the same GPU that I got my hands on last week, might be delayed a bit due to a manufacturing issue.

RUMOUR HAS IT that the launch of Nvidia's 9600 GT has been
pushed back a few days due to a problem in manufacturing.

Source: The Inquirer

Hammer not included

Subject: Processors | January 22, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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If the last time you installed a CPU it had pins on the bottom, the ZIF socket was an arm bar only and the cooler weighed less than a small child, chances are you haven't installed a Socket775 processor.  Either as a refresher for your memory, or as something new you've never done, check out PC Stats guide on installing Socket775 processors and coolers.

Source: PCStats

A little quirky, but awfully cute

Subject: Storage | January 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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The Thecus N299 isn't exactly a top of the line NAS device, but it certainly has a lot of charm.  Aimed at consumers that aren't interested in a top of the line storage server, but something that works simply.  Dan gave it a run through, and found that some of the extras included really don't work very well, but those don't detract from the stack of useful extras that it is able to

Source: Dan's Data

Steve's video shack

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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ExtremeTech tried out the iTunes Movie Rental service, and wants you to know how their experience with it went.  One of the first things that struck them was a negative, for some reason HD movies cost almost twice as much as a non-HD movie.  The experience did improve from there, they found the service easy to use and the quality was good, as you would expect.  On the other hand, the movie studios did get to slap some restrictions on just how long you have to watch the video.

Source: Extremetech

Speaking of good news that's hard to believe ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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According to some NDA-breaking benchmarks on a site in China; PCOnline.com.cn, the new AMD 3870X2 pulls ahead of an 8800Ultra in 3DMark06 scoring 14573 to 10676 with 4xAA and 16AF @ 1280x1024.  The Crysis scores are rather impressive too, although nVIDIA's card manages to keep top spot. 

Source: InsideHW

Pass the salt, I need a grain

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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After the stunning release of Vista (at least Microsoft was stunned), there obviously seems to be a need for something to follow it up with.  The home adoption of Vista has not been anywhere near as bad as corporate adoption, as many home users either ended up using Vista because it was bundled with the machine they bought, or the occasional gamer buying it to try out DX10.  In the world of big business Vista adoption is incredibly slow; although larger companies are always slow to change, Vista simply doesn't seem to attract them at all. 

Source: Slashdot

Creative PC Hardware Destruction Methods

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 12:14 AM |
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We need your help!  We have some hardware that needs to be destroyed in a creative yet decisive way, but we can't quite figure out HOW to do it.  That's where you come in: drop by the forums and tell me how YOU would like to destroy some PC hardware.

Let's just say we have some frustrations to vent...so get in there and help me!!!

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GIGABYTE Launches Full Range of Dynamic Energy Saver Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 06:18 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, January 21, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the launch of their full range of Dynamic Energy Saver motherboards, including X48, X38 and P35-based motherboards, delivering unparalleled power savings of up to 70% and up to 20% improved power efficiency with the simple click of a button.

Squeal like a pig

Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2008 - 05:41 PM |
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Make your Eee squeal out it's name and beg for mercy with the help of these tips from Hack a Day.  Adding all the functionality will take some time, and a certain amount of skill, but this huge write up gives you a chance to make the Eee all that it can be.

Source: Hack a Day

Spiders!!!

Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 04:19 PM |
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The Intel Skulltrail will probably beat the pants off of any AMD Spider platform you can build, but on the other hand Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6 will only set you back about $300, half the price of the Skulltrail motherboard.  It will also be much easier to find, as it is not limited to 2000, total.  [H]ard|OCP checks out this Spider platform board and it'

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adding some intelligence to system monitoring

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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You have most likely heard of nVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture, their attempt to bring a new level of accuracy to monitor the health of the temperatures and voltages in your system at many different points.  We even saw a few ESA compliant parts at CES, so the chances are good we will see at least a trial of this technology.  You can see what the first release looks like over at The Tech Report, as they have managed to get their hands on a reference model.

Power done properly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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PC Power & Cooling's Silencer Quad 750W is a forerunner of the power supply technology we will see in the near future.  It is a 12V power supply, with 60A of current and some additional circuitry on the PSU's board allow the changing of voltage to +5V or +3.3V (or -12V if you are strange).  The benefits offered are additional reliability and the ability to provide any and all unused amperage to the 12V line.  If you are only

Source: OCIA

Time for your force feeding

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Hope you like IE7, because it may be making an appearance on your desktop, whether you like it or not.  Through the use of Windows Server Update Services, they will be rolling out an update this Friday.  Standalone PC's probably won't see this, it is the corporate world of domain servers that will be receiving the forced update and spreading it to it's client PCs.  The update is easily avoided, as WSUS has to be set to auto-approve Update Rollup packages to automatically install and push out the update, and it's default setting is to not auto-approve.  If you haven't fully

Source: Slashdot

Serving up meda, PC Perspective style

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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If you are thinking of setting up an HTPC, you can always take UB's advice, or you can go it your own.  If you do, you will need a case, and you had better find out what is new in the world of TV Tuner cards and as we've mentioned before, don't go out and buy the $100 a foot cables; ple

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Finding the GRAM sweet spot

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2008 - 02:21 PM |
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MSIs' NX8800GT-T2D256E-OC goes the opposite way of the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB, by halving the normal amount of memory on the 8800GT, as opposed to doubling it.  The Hardware Zone tested it, and found it lacking in certain areas.  If you never plan on showing HD content, or you have a sub 22" monitor that can't go beyond 1680x1050, then you won't be too disappointed with this cards lack of memory.  Unfortunately, the MSRP that Hardware Zone was given is awfully close to the pric