9800 GX2 clocks revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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It looks like the debate on what the final clock speeds of the NVIDIA 9800 GX2 might be settled; and we posed this question just yesterday in our latest podcast episode

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AMD Phenom 2.6 GHz still coming Q2

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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According this very tiny news post at Fudzilla, its possible that AMD is still going to be coming in Q2, even though we had previous heard the B3 stepping was pushed back into Q3. 

Phenom 9600 at 2.6GHz will launch with B3 revision at some
point in late Q2. You should be able to see and buy this CPU before July but we
don’t have any better date that that.

Source: fastlanehw

Schrodinger's format

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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As you may have heard during our 22nd PC Perspective podcast, there is a lot of speculation as to what the fate of HD DVD will be.  We are not the only ones who differ on what is going on, I would bet that Vivid was the deal breaker when they decided to go with Blu-ray back in January.

Source: Ars Technica

Probably the coolest case mod ever

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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I don't usually post this kind of stuff, but this case mod is one of the coolest I have seen in a LONG time.  Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.

Source: engadget

Intel Montevina platform will be Centrino 2

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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As it turns out, the third, or maybe fourth iteration, nope 5th version of Centrino is going to be called "Centrino 2".  Well, its about time - and I actually mean that: this will help consumer confusion between different versions of Centrino technology.

Source: engadget

Look out for crisi-tunities

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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The most innocuous looking things on the internet can be the most deadly, take this thread here for instance.  While researching dog breeds a popup window appeared before one of our members, along with an ActiveX warning for a movie, and with just a single click of the mouse a trojan made it's self at home.   It's not like he is the only one, either. 

Extra ripple included

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2008 - 03:13 PM |
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After the crushing despair caused by the failure of the Ultra X2 to provide any more than half of it's rated power, [H]ard|OCP brushed themselves off and jumped back in the game with a review of Hiper's Type-M 880w PSU.  This unit showed off some nice strengths, from almost silent operation to keeping efficiency above 80% during the torture test.  There are balancing negatives however, with the near silent operation resulting in very high tem

Source: [H]ard|OCP

How far is too far?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 02:07 PM |
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It seems there is no such thing as a 2 button mouse anymore.  They now sport somewhere between three and a dozen buttons and wheels.  Response rates have gone up, as has the accuracy of the laser, or in some cases lasers, funky Teflon feet have become normal and you can even get ones with adjustable weights inside.  Now Razer has gone and made a collectors edition, and I4U went and got one so they could see the specs.  What's next, a ground effect mouse?

Source: I4U News

VGA, DVI and USB?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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The DisplayLink USB-to-DVI adapter lets you plug in monitors to your USB ports, and it does so rather well.  The Tech Report tried it out, and the 3 monitors they had for testing all worked flawlessly.  Performance, on the other hand, wasn't quite so perfect with performance under Vista displaying some serious problems.  It does offer a cheap and easy way to add additional monitors to laptops or PCs and it will be interesting to see how many monitors you can support before saturating the bus or your CPU.

Roll your own SMT hot air pencil

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Trying to replace a dead capacitor on a motherboard, or playing with advanced tweaks and repairs to add on cards is incredibly difficult to do successfully without a hot air pencil to help you get the solder off.  All to often you will get the component off, and bake the area around where it used to be.  MAKE:Blog has a project for all you modders out there, with an inexpensive hot air pencil you make yourself.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Have no fear: the podcast will soon be here!!

Subject: Editorial | February 14, 2008 - 06:47 PM |
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For those of you that are desperately worried (and I am sure there are just TONS of you), the podcast for this week was delayed thanks to AMD.  Really, they made me leave my warm cozy home to head for Canada (eh?) for a day and it just happens to have wrecked our podcast schedule.  Not to mention Valentine's Day - and I really wanted to spend it with Jeremy and Josh.

Regaining CPU cycles on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 05:37 PM |
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Diamond Xtreme Sound 5.1 offers you away to get 5.1 (or 2.1) sound out of your PC without relying on the onboard sound, which frees up CPU cycles ...

Source: Gamepyre

Low latency, big fins

Subject: Memory | February 14, 2008 - 02:59 PM |
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The Patriot Viper Fin Extreme Latency PC2 6400 run at 800MHz, 3-4-3-8 latencies and 2.3 volts, plus they have a very impressive looking heatsinks.  With the low latency that these DIMMs have, they can keep up with the competition, but when they are overclocked their performance really starts to shine.  Overclocker's Club hit 1234MHz by reducing the timings to 5-4-4-10, fairly impressive for RAM with a 800MHz stock speed.

Good news everyone!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 14, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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The Tech Report was paying close attention during nVIDIA's 4th quarter conference call, and caught mention of physics processing coming to certain nVIDIA cards.  After further discussions, it turns out that any card with CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) will be able to start doing physics processing with a tweak to the software, no hardware changes necessary.  The good news is that all 8800 series cards use CUDA, meaning that any and all of those cards are capable of physics processing using their GPUs.

A secure case for your next LAN Party

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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Lian Li's Lancool Metal Boned K10 Case has some features the LAN party crowd might really appreciate.  On the back of the case is a place for a padlock, like you often see on eATX sized server cases which allows to to make sure no one can easily get the side off of you case and sabotage (or go shopping in) your rig.  There is also a lock on the front door of the case to keep your optical drives safe.  The door is pretty heavily buil

Mmmmmm, open sauce

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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Looking for a substitute for WinZip, FrontPage or Norton Ghost, either because of the price, or to support the open source community?  Over at WHDb is a list of 50 common programs and an open source alternative, plus a huge amount of comments with suggestions for alternate programs.  Some of the choices on the list may not be the ones you would choose, and it is inconsistent in mentioning if some software is Linux only, but it is a great time sav

Source: WHDb

Maxed headroom?

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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With a quick flash, The Tech Report turned the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
into a perfect test platform to try out the unlocked multiplier on the 9600 Black Edition Phenom processor.  One of the newest features you might notice has to do with the TLB workaround, which has been implemented in an odd way.  They did manag

ATI Catalyst 8.2 Display Driver for Windows Vista (64 bit)

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2008 - 03:02 PM |
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Get your brand new 64-bit drivers for Radeons, with the new Catalyst 8.2 drivers.  Not all the kinks have been totally worked out, but you can see the list of fixes in the release notes.

Source: AMD

Power in an ultra portable

Subject: Mobile | February 13, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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With a C2D T7500 at 2.2GHz and 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, the ASUS U6S packs a fair amount of power into a 3.46lb package.  One drawback to putting that much power into an ultra portable is battery life.  About 2.5 hours really isn't that impressive a time for this type of machine, but those looking for a little extra power while the battery lasts may not mind at all. 

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Specs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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In what might be the last article from Charlie at the Inquirer, he details information on the upcoming 9600 GT from NVIDIA.

Source: The Inquirer