A round cooler for a square die

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2008 - 12:16 PM |

The ASUS Lion Square takes a bit of style and pairs it with above average performance to offer a fairly good choice for cooling quad cores.  Legit Reviews has some nice pictures of this cooler and the decoration that ASUS included on it, as well as a look at it's performance.  Make sure you have a case that can properly display this cooler, otherwise you might be be

Throw it out and start all over again

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM |

It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them.  Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do.  That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers. 

Source: The Inquirer

The first 'cast of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM |

There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on

Almost ready for prime time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 04:56 PM |

It has been a bit of a wait for the VelociRaptor from Western Digital, but it is now out there and ready for you to purchase it.  The new firmware doesn't offer improvements across the board, but it certainly helped in a few of the tests that The Tech Report performed.  Drop by for a look at the fastest platter around.

High calibre power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 01:43 PM |

The In-Win 1200W Commander follows the current trend in PSUs, and is more decorative than the grey rectangle that used to be the only flavour of PSU around.  Most companies choose a race car theme or something similar, In-Win went more for a more military theme.  Unfortunately, Tweaknews discovered that the decoration was what In-Win spent most of their time on.

Source: Tweaknews


Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM |

Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850.  The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that.  Take a look at the full review to see the difference.

Flash! AMD Radoeon HD 4850s show up en masse!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM |

Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards.  Newegg has a slew in stock.

It's always the calm, quiet ones

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

AMD has been very quiet about their GPU SDKs, but don't assume that they do not have one.  Close-to-Metal, their first offering was available before nVIDIA's CUDA and they have since added a second SDK called Brook+ which has an interface similar to C.  The Tech Report had a chance to talk about these two developers kits, and AMDs future plans for Stream computing and physics, along with the other uses these kits can be applied to.

Forcibly motivating your Phenom

Subject: Processors | June 19, 2008 - 06:41 PM |

OCIA starts out their K10 overclocking guide with a very important warning; even those with a lot of experience OCing previous generations of AMD processors are going to encounter a bit of a learning curve when they first start to play with a Phenom.  Don't let that stop you though, the guide has almost every tips you could possibly need to get you up to that higher speed.

Source: OCIA

ASRock knows how to stick to a good thing

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 03:35 PM |

The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money.  As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat.  With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner.  Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.

It's like Awesomo, only with smaller bones

Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2008 - 02:41 PM |

The Inquirer had a chance to see three new Qosmio laptops, all using Toshiba's proprietary Synergistic Processor Elements, as opposed to a processor from VIA, Intel or AMD.  Drop by for a look at the hardware inside them, but we will have to wait a while before we can see the performance numbers

Source: The Inquirer

Yes, Virginia, this really is a 55nm NVIDIA GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 01:26 PM |

We've been getting some feedback from readers about our GeForce 9800 GTX+ news and revelation that it is indeed a 55nm part - not simply an overclocked version of G92.  Here are some various forms of proof:

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ card unmasked

The parade looks clear so far

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 12:41 PM |
Tagged: parade, amd, nvidia

AMD screwed up; the HD 4850 went on sale in Europe before it should have, so everyone now knows what it is.  They had no choice but to inflict a sleepless night on hardware reviewers, who had their NDA suddenly yanked out from under them.  nVIDIA decided that they just had to try to piss on AMD's parade by moving up the release of the die shrunken 9800 GTX+.  Guess what nVIDIA?  No one has had time to review it, not even Ryan ... though he did get some information up.

Get the message about knee jerk release date changes yet?

"The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Graphics Cards

Make your coffee break a little more relaxing

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

As we are all feeling a little worried about

Source: Hack a Day

NVIDIA to AMD: Chew on GeForce 9800 GTX+

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 03:49 AM |

Sure, you've already heard the news (and probably seen reviews) of AMD's Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 card - we'll have our own review ready very soon.  NVIDIA apparently got the news as well and decide to try and put some additional pressure on AMD to perform.

The answer: GeForce 9800 GTX+.

What the hell?

Come sail away ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 05:32 PM |

The Speed Link Styx
may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think gaming mice, but that may just mean you are North American.  On the other side of the pond Speed Link have made a name for themselves; with the Styx's 7 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fire up to 4 times on a single click plus on the fly DPI changing up to 2200, they are fit to compete with Razer and others.  Take a peek over at Hi-Tech Reviews.

Supertalent's new bling

Subject: Memory | June 18, 2008 - 02:21 PM |

Super Talent's new DDR2 Project X DIMMs showed themselves to be pretty powerful, and now Hardware Logic has had a chance to test the DDR3 version.  The 2Gb DDR3-2000 modules run 9-9-9-28 at 2T and hit 5-5-5-12-1T at 1333MHz with a bit of tweaking.  At $250 they are an investment, but if you want that kind of speed you need to pay for it somehow

If you are a fan of Metal Gear ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:51 PM |

Then Metal Gear Solid 4 is probably for you; if you never liked it, or never played it, probably not.  The review at Ars Technica does contain a few spoilers, as it was hard for them to discuss how bad they felt the ending played out without mentioning why it was bad.  Still, they did find plenty to like about it, including the well done mulitplayer game.

Source: Ars Technica

Not the coffee!!! Anything but the coffee!!!

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:24 PM |

Spam, phishing and malware are certainly inconvenient, but they are nothing compared to the evil of attacking one's caffeine source.  According to the story on Slashdot, some nefarious poltroon has figured out how to compromise a particular brand of coffee makers via it's internet connection, assumedly java enabled, and from there onto the PC that is connected to.  Don't worry about why a coffee maker should have an IP address, worry about the possibility of over-caffeinated morning people and IT workers d

Source: Slashdot

XFX GeForce GTX 200 Series: Better than Reality

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

XFX is offering both the GTX 280 and 260 on their newly designed website, and they would like you to double or triple them up!  They have set up a VIP kit to entice you with extra schwag on top of the graphics cards and motherboards, as well as bundling in Ass

Source: XFX