Give your passive speakers some energy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 07:12 PM |
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Scythe's new Kama Bay amplifier is not for every system, but not everyone is going to drop hundreds of dollars on a sound system for their PC.  The Kama Bay will give unpowered, or even lower end powered speakers an ni

Source: techPowerUp!

i7 reviews, gotta read 'em all!

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2008 - 06:07 PM |
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Nehalem is here and it arrived in a huge way, with well over two dozen reviews for you to dig through and have your questions answered.  Does the triple channel memory actually improve performance ... yes.  Does the new architecture handle multiple cores better than Core2 ... Yes, and in ways you have never seen before.  Does it overclock ... oh ya! 

What will it cost ... Core i7-965 EE @ 3.20 GHz - $999, Core i7-940 @ 2.93 GHz - $562, Core i7-920 @ 2.66 GHz - $284. 

Can you buy them yet ... no.

Need to look even more geeky when gaming?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 05:01 PM |
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The innovators at Gunnar Optiks have designed the Shedder, a pair of glasses that you wear while using the computer.  In their defence, I4U did find that they noticed a difference in eyestrain after extended use of their PC, and there doesn't seem to be a wide neckstrap attached to the basic model.   On the other hand, having special glasses you wear at a LAN party may cause other strains in your life.

Source: I4U News

Get your bonfires built, it's Samhain tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 10:27 PM |
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Does your home resemble an Italian kitchen?  Are there spaghetti-like wires travelling everywhere you use your computer?  Is the reason that you haven't gone wireless based on a feeling of insecurity?  Fear not, a lot of what you may be worrying about may be unfounded, though not all.  The wireless connectivity may come in very handy if you find yourself needing to build a clandestine Folding@Home machine!

Cooler Master isn't slacking off

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2008 - 07:36 PM |
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The Cooler Master ATCS 840 does have a lot to recommend it's self; a pair of 230mm fans on the top and one on the front as well as a 120mm exhaust in the back.  The fans need to be that large as there is a huge amount of space inside the case, so to get the air moving requires either fast and noisy fans or large and not quite as loud fans, which seems the better choice.  Find out how the ATCS stacks up against other Cooler Master models when tested by bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

The new All In Wonder

Subject: Systems | October 31, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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The All In Wonder is back for the HD revolution.  It supports NTSC, SECAM and PAL, up to 125 channels on a TV tuner with stereo audio and has plenty of connectors like DVI, HDMI connectors and a Coax input for cable or antenna.  Legit Reviews was also glad to see the power of an HD 3650 for those who might want to do a little gaming as well.  Get one, your HTPC will love you for it.

Super-size it

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 04:07 PM |
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The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review.   That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings.  If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.

Source: Guru of 3D

Pumpkin procrastination

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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Stuck staring at an orange spherical gourd without a clue as to where to stick the knife?  Drop by Wired for some inspirational works, ranging from extremely geeky and easy to much more l33t 'kin carving.  In fact, you could completely dump the knife all together and go with power tools.  Much quicker to do and far more fun, if you can find one, is

Source: Wired News

One serious laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 30, 2008 - 09:53 PM |
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For a 15" laptop to weigh 7.3 pounds and be 1.6 inches thick is to make a statement in today's mobile world where every other model is emulating the heroin chic look you usually see sported by runway models.  The C2D 2.26GHz processor, 4GB of PC-5300 DDR2 RAM and a 320GB HDD, partnered with a 512Mb 9800M GS mean that this laptop offers more than just a sturdy exterior.  Digital Trends got 45 minutes of battery time going full out, and enabling all the power savings tricks and limiting themsel

Gigabyte gets it right

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2008 - 06:49 PM |
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Based around a P45 northbridge and ICH10R south bridge the Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme is definitely aimed at the higher end of the market.  Considering that [H]ard|OCP discovered that "Bar none this is the most overclockable motherboard I have ever worked with." you can safely assume they have positioned it correctly.  Really, it's on

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The secret is your timing

Subject: Memory | October 30, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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4Gb of DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12 faces off against 4Gb clocked to DDR2-1,066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 at bit-tech.  Many of us still haven't made the plunge into DDR3, especially with Nehalem looming in the near future and it's triple channel capabilities.  If you are looking for extra speed in your DDR2 system, it's worth revisiting the differences you get in changing timing and overall speed.

Source: bit-tech

Let your cables go free

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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As SPCR puts it, once nice feature about the

The first they've heard of it

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2008 - 03:59 PM |
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Rumours about various manufacturers have been flying around lately, the newest rumour being Foxconns' imminent cessation of making branded motherboards.  DigiTimes has spotted several things that peaked their curiosity, and seem to think that while Foxconn may continue to make motherboards or at least components, but they would not be sold under the Foxconn brand.  Of course, Foxconn says that they had never heard of any of this.

Source: Digitimes

Start your engines

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2008 - 09:53 PM |
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The Aerocool AeroRacer Pro is so special it has a "start engine" button, not a power button.  It does have a 40cm fan taking up an entire side panel, so overcompensation is the dominate theme with this case.  Don't discard it out of hand however, in Tweaknews's testing the system ran cooler in this case than it did in the open air.  If you do find the look and cooling interesting,

Source: Tweaknews

Not your usual GTX260 review

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 06:35 PM |
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Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards.  The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self.  The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory.  Support for 3 wa

VIA Unveils First Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O Expansion at ESC Boston

Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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VIA EPIA-P710Taipei, Taiwan, October 29 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P710, the world's first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), providing a more rational approach to system design.
Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules, the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe enables a highly flexible and affordable implementation of serial connectivity options.

Call of demo

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 04:38 PM |
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All you fans of squad based FPS mulitplayer games in general and CoD in particular will be glad to know the demo of Call of Duty: World at War is now availalbe to everyone.  The Tech Report has the link to a demo that features three maps, all you need is to download it and grab a beta key by signing up at the CoD website.  Otherwise you will have to wait until November 11th.

New hotfix driver available for Far Cry 2 and Stalker Clear Sky

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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If you are having performance troubles with Radeon cards and FarCry 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, AMD has a hot fix out for you.  It is a beta driver and is unsupported by AMD, so you may find it causes other problems for you.  Be warned before you try.

This hotfix

  • Improves performance for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems
Source: AMD

IDF or TFE? IDK.

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 04:09 PM |
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AMD finally has a relatively public Developers Forum to call their very own, the Technical Forum and Exposition.  Though in it's 4th year, this is likely the first you have heard of it, it has been a very quiet and exclusive event.  Seeing as how The Inquirer made it into the TFE this year, the standards for attendance have been significantly lowered.  The event differs from the IDF in it's philosophy and purpose, read on to see what AMD thinks is the proper way to get developer

Source: The Inquirer

ZOTAC announces nForce 630i-ITX WiFi

Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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HONG KONG - Oct. 29, 2008 - ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its latest mini-ITX form factor motherboard -- the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - a new high-performance platform that occupies minimal space.

Source: ZOTAC