Battlefield addicts rejoice

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943.  Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...

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Fab fight

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum.  Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co.  Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.

Source: The Inquirer

Splitting the Atom

Subject: Processors | February 10, 2009 - 03:12 PM |
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The new 533 MHz FSB, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 that Ryan tested is rather interesting due to the fact that it is a dual-core processor.  He tested the Atom's performance in an nVIDIA Ion motherboard, against the same Atom 330 with one core disabled as well as a VIA Nano L2100.  The scaling he saw in his testing was quite incredible, under certain tests that second core more than doubled the performance, with only one test suffering thanks to the storage subsystem.  Read on to see just how much power Intel can fit in the same size as a

Sunbeamtech's powerful division

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2009 - 02:14 PM |
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Tuniq is certainly not the first name that comes to mind when you think of PSUs, but they have been dabbling in that market and their newest offering is the Ripper 1000W PSU.  900W of that power is sent to four 20A 12V lines, which is sensible on a PSU targeted for those with as many graphics cards as will fit in thier case.  [H]ard|OCP had mixed feelings about this PSU, it did pass all their tests but som

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hey big spender

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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Intel isn't letting the economy slow them down, having just announced a $7 billion plan to build or upgrade manufacturing facilities within the USA over the next 2 years.  It would seem that the majority of Intel's 32nm chips will be fabbed in the USA, perhaps pushing their overall american manufacturing above the 75% mark.  Drop by The Inquirer for more details on their plan and some pictures of the proposed fab upgrades

Source: The Inquirer

When the power you need won't fit inside the box

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2009 - 05:09 PM |
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You can always get more functionality or storage by adding external devices, but an external graphics processor is a fairly unique item.  The Amilo SA3650 Laptop with XGP Graphic Booster is a joint project between Fujitsu Siemens and AMD, a laptop with an external Radeon HD 3870 that still manages to run as a PCIe 8x card.  Using the external box will give you good gaming performance and the ability to push out 1080p to multiple monitors; pretty impressive for a small laptop.  Guru of 3D did have some suggestions, as well as a bit of good news at the end of the article,

Source: Guru of 3D

Gigabyte's multi-tiered X58 series

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2009 - 03:09 PM |
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The top of the line X58 motherboard from Gigabyte is the GA-EX58-UD5, and the lower end is the P45 based GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3P.   Now their is a middle brother in the series, the new EX58-UD4 which has almost all the extras that the UD4P model has except support for multiple nVIDIA graphics cards, basic Crossfire will work just

Source: CPU3D

Keeping it simple

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3.  You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%.  If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going.  You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their

Source: Bjorn3D

The new kid comes cheap

Subject: Processors | February 9, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Before you start off on Josh's detailed review of the new Phenom II processors, consider the good side of this release; the 2.8GHz X3 720 BE should sell for a bit over $150, the 2.6GHz X4 810 (not unlocked BE) will be under $200.  That puts them in competition with the Intel E8500 and similarly priced chips, it is not a Corei7 killer, the cheapest Core i7 920 is still almost $300 and that doesn't include the price of the motherboard.  Any AM3 chip will fit in any AM3 or AM2+ socket, making this an incredibly painless upgrade.  Now that you are armed with the knowledge of what AM

nVIDIA is picking what looks to be a lose - lose battle

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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It has been rumoured for a while now that nVIDIA will be developing an x86 processor, backed up by their recent headhunting activities.  PC Authority has gathered a couple of links on the history as well as a theory on how they will try to develop the chip.

Source: PC Authority

The integrated circuit turns 51 today

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 06:01 PM |
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The middle child always has it rough and the Corei7 family is no different.  Those who can afford it buy the 965, while every one else chooses the 920.  One member wonders why exactly it is that no one buys the 940.  Even if you know the answer it is worth a drop by to compare your clock speeds to others.  The faster CPU can help out when you are gaming, as it does take a lot to keep a GTX 295 fully fed, which is why a membe

Turning a problem on it's side

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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Until you actually look inside the Silverstone Raven, it looks like a normal case with some nice detailing on it and an interestingly placed power and reset button.  When you see a motherboard installed you realize there is more to this case than is obvious at first glance; the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees clockwise.  This places your expansion cards at the very top of the case, very handy for graphics cards with an air outlet, as the hot air is headed up and away from the case from the get go.  The PSU is placed in the bottom, along with the intake fans, the exhaust is at

Source: AnandTech

Hyperactive HyperX

Subject: Memory | February 6, 2009 - 02:04 PM |
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The new Kingston HyperX Triple Channel 6GB DDR3 kit runs with timings of 8-8-8-24 at 2GHz.  Bjorn3D tried a slew of different timings and speeds in order to see how the performance scales, and boy does it ever scale.  Sporting blue heat spreaders as tall as the DIMM it's self, some motherboard layouts may prove problematic, but the performance will make this a very popular kit.  You can see their numbers, and new records here.

Source: Bjorn3D

Doing an about face

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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When last we heard of Hercules, they were a partner of ATI, building their own take on the 9xxx series.  They've not gone out of business, they merely refocused on other components such as the audio subsystem.  Their Hercules XPS 2.1 50 speakers won't compete with 7.1 systems, but as far as other 2.1 speaker kits go Hercules has done an incredible job.  The look is a far cry from the off white boxes that one would usually think of as

Source: Guru of 3D

Do you think they care?

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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The Better Business Bureau has been a longstanding proponent of consumer protection.  Almost everyone has heard of them at one point or another and some people may have even used their complaint process, except perhaps for PC parts.  NGOHQ was idly searching through the BBB website and happened to search for nVIDIA, who as it turns out is rated an "F".  As you might think, the "F" rating implies some rather dirty pool being played on nVIDIA's part.  Amuse yourse

Source: NGOHQ

Not your regular systems guide

Subject: Systems | February 5, 2009 - 06:13 PM |
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By now you are likely used to system build recommendations on hardware review sites, like our own Hardware Leaderboard, with several suggested builds at various price points.  bit-tech has put together a guide that is similar, with one significant difference, the three builds they recommend are all intended to be used as HTPCs.  They range from a design meant to take up as little space as possible, to an affordable system to an HTPC that can handle gaming. 

Source: bit-tech

Intel phases out most 45 nm Core Extreme processors

Subject: Processors | February 5, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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You still have some time to pick up the QX9650 and QX9770, but not much longer.  Whether the discontinuation will help the sales of Intel's new Core i7 processors is something we won't know for a while, nor if we will see steep price cuts soon.  Thanks to TG Daily for breaking the news to us gently.

Source: TG Daily

Corsair launches the Dominator GT family

Subject: Memory | February 5, 2009 - 02:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA, February 5th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the new Dominator GT line of ultra high-performance DDR3 memory modules for Intel Core i7-based systems.

Sporting a new racing red color scheme and the next-generation of Corsair's patent-pending Dual-path Heat eXchange (DHX) technology, the new Dominator GT comes in 3-up 6GB kit, running at 2000MHz with latencies of 7-8-7.

Store your data in a cool place

Subject: Storage | February 5, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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If you are looking for a way to hot swap SATA drives and provide both a cooling fan and a security lock, you could consider the Icy Dock MB671SK Internal SATA HDD Enclosure.  For under $50 you can pick up this internal enclosure that will handle terabyte drives and
keep them nice and cool, with absolutely no read or write speed penalties.  If you are a swapper, or you would just like to be you should

Source: Tweaknews