Only enough power to maim, not to kill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2009 - 06:13 PM |
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Feeling worried about have a kilowatt of power sitting under your desk, or a more likely reason like not needing that much power for your rig?  Try the BFG LS-450, which will provide you 450W of solid power for a fairly low price.  The power is very soild, in [H]ard|OCP's testing, the 12V line moved by 0.03v proving that BFG did not skim on the lo

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get as much bass as you want

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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Subwoofers can be easy to buy if you have an indiscriminate ear, as long as the wattage is high enough to shatter windows you will be happy.  For those looking for a specific LFE crossover and a good range are a little more hard to satisfy.  MektuMods has a suggestion; why not make your own subwoofer?  Their particular choices may not be available in your area, or might not have exactly the stats that you are looking for, but for the most part the physical construction will remain similar for

Source: MetkuMods

AMD's strategy for winning the price war

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2009 - 01:48 PM |
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As CPU3D puts at in the very start of their review, "AM3+DDR3+790GX=VG", and even better it is also <$150.

Source: 3DCenter

Obsessed with arm chair politicizing?

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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If you find yourself compelled to watch CSPAN, CNN and are still desperate for more political action then Gamepyre has the perfect game for you.  If you are more into using force and skill at arms to build an empire you may be better off with the Civilizations or Total War series, but if you love minutiae
and the thought of 11 different areas of government to keep track of leaves you all aquiver then Geo-Political Simulator 2009 might be far more interesting than the title suggests.  Don't expect t

Source: Gamepyre

Evolve or die

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers.  Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better.  They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version.  That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo

Source: Slashdot

Thermolab starts thinking bigger

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2009 - 03:25 PM |
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If you have run into Thermolab's CPU cooler before, the chances are you were setting up an HTPC or other small silent system and needed a low profile cooler that didn't make a lot of noise.  Their Baram CPU cooler is the exact opposite of those offerings, being a large multiple heatpipe based cooler that can handle 120mm fans.  You are forced to pick your own fan, like a certain other popular cooler company, the Baram does not ship with one.  Drop by Legit Reviews and see the pictures and test results to see if The

It's an open 'book

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting.  It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver.  The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex

Source: Phoronix

Enermax's alternate graphic

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is.  If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the

Apple flavoured beta

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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The short and sweet outcome to Ars Technica's experiment is that you should stick with 32-bit if you plan on installing the Windows 7 Beta to your MacBook.  The 64-bit version will leave you with little to no driver support and a very crash happy Mac.  The 32-bit version will be up and running with only a minimum of extra work and Ars ended with a Windows Experience Score of 4.4, to give you an idea how well it finally ran.

Source: Ars Technica

High speeds, low latency, lower temps

Subject: Memory | March 9, 2009 - 03:52 PM |
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Kingston's HyperX T1 Series DDR3-2000 3GB has fairly tight timings for it's speed and sports those distinctive blue heatspreaders that define Kingston's high speed RAM.  The DIMM's can be yours for under $200, so if triple channel memory sounds very attractive, but you don't happen to have a 64bit OS, this might be an easy way for you to experience the benefits.  If you still aren't sure it is

Now you can spend more on your storage subsystem than you do on graphics

Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache.  What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display.  In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size.  In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different.  Check out their pretty pictures right here<

Source: Madshrimps

This little brother is worth watching

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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Sitting somewhere between $300 and $350, the GTX 285 isn't a mid-range card, but it is not quite at the power level that the GTX 295 and HD4870 X2 are.  At Legit Reviews there are two different models of 285 up for review, PNY's GeForce GTX 285 is a stock card with 648MHz core, 1476MHz shader, and 2484MHz memory.

Josh's semi-conducting crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Josh spent his weekend pondering what we know about the upcoming RV790 architecture that will take the Radeon series into it's next iteration.  The big question is whether it shall be simply a speed optimized RV770 chip, or if it will truly be a change from it's predecessor like the RV770 is a huge improvement from the R600 even though it is very similarly constructed.  Read his full article for a look at AMD/ATI's past and it's possible contributions in the near future.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES WATERCOOLED GEFORCE GTX 285

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 11:54 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (March 9, 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 285 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

The BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2O 1GB graphics card features a totally silent, exceptionally efficient BFG ThermoIntelligence copper water block.

ASUS Begins Shipment of Eee Top ET1602 in North America

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (March 9 2009) - ASUS, the award-winning innovator of the Eee series products, today announces immediate availability of the Eee Top ET1602 touch-based computer. Designed as an intuitive Internet device and central communication hub, the Eee Top integrates a 15.6" touch screen, an Intel Atom based system, and an easy to use graphic interface making today's computer a transparent, user-friendly experience for the entire household.

Source: ASUS

Thecus N3200PRO &amp; N4100PRO, Powerful NAS Server, Only 50% of Energy Consumption at Home/Office

Subject: Storage | March 7, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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03/06/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity.

One hour of your weekend is being revoked

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:58 PM |
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Overclocking is a tried and true past time for members of the PC Perspective Forums and the reason that the overclocking forum exists and is so popular.  For some it is the challenge of

Check out these huge cans

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 02:13 PM |
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If you want good bass from a pair of headphones you might want to look at Sony's MDR-XB700 headset.  They are very large, thanks to the 50mm driver in the headphones which supply the bass.  On the other hand, from the testing at Hardware Zone, the drivers they used might not have been of the best quality for they found significant distortion at high volumes. 

It's great grandfather used to crush cars

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2009 - 01:00 PM |
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The Thermaltake SpinQ CPU has a very unique look, one that seems more like an industrial strength rotating rock crusher than a heatsink.  It's odd shape means you are unlikely to be able to install your own fan if you are looking for more powerful cooling, but also lends its self to efficiency.  The noise this cooler produces is fairly low, which makes this cooler great for those not looking to overclock and are more interested in a qu