Room to grow

Subject: Motherboards | May 19, 2008 - 04:52 PM |

The Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 has an almost obscene amount of connectors, from 10 SATA ports to four PCIe based Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN ports and triple RAID.  It's not ready for retail yet, but you can see this incredible board at Hardware Zone.

Tough enough?

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 04:42 PM |

In what has to be one of the most fun to do reviews ever, Slashdot has linked to a durability test of three ruggedized notebooks.  All three are 810F-compliant systems, one each from General Dynamics Itronix, Getac and Panasonic, which get frozen, broiled and drowned, among other things.  Check the videos by following the link.

Source: Slashdot

GreenPower gets bigger

Subject: Storage | May 19, 2008 - 04:24 PM |

Western Digital extended their Caviar lineup to include the GreenPower series.  Costing a bit more, but with various powersaving enhancements inside, they were mostly aimed at the enterprise level.  The powersaving technologies did slow the performance a bit, something most enthusiasts would never accept.  OCIA's testing of the Western Digital Cavia

Source: OCIA

1000 very quiet watts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2008 - 04:12 PM |

If you happen to have an odd mix of priorities, and desire a PSU with sic 12V lines totaling 960W and want the PSU to produce barely any noise, the Zalman ZM1000-HP was built for you.  SPCR's tests showed that not only does it perform more quietly than anything similar that they've tested, it is more efficient as well.  It also has some seriously stable lines.

AMD's got game?

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 03:54 PM |

AMD is working at redesigning
the way people buy games with their AMD GAME! program.  The basic idea is that games will come with a logo, either AMD GAME! Ultra or AMD GAME!, the AMD GAME! Ultra should be playable at 1600 x 1200, default settings at above 30 fps, the non-Ultra at 1280 x 1024, as long as your system matches their defined requirements.  Anandtech takes a look at this initiative, and shows some of the promo slides.

Source: AnandTech

1-year Anniversary of a Blog Post

Subject: Editorial | May 19, 2008 - 12:55 AM |
Tagged: blog

I had a couple of people remind me that it had been just about year since my last "blog" post.  Well, rather than let it lapse completely, I'll make this post.

You can STILL hear from me though by keeping up to date on our bi-monthly podcast or by following me on Twitter.  Both will give you a mix of personal and professional (website) information so you can keep up with what is going on behind the scenes. 

ASUS Eee PC 901 no longer getting WiMax

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 12:48 AM |

This seems more to be a blow towards WiMax than anything else, but according to this report the upcoming Atom-based ASUS Eee PC 901 machine will no longer come with WiMax support built-in but will instead be an option only for contract customers. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS versus Gigabyte: The Kids Come Out to Play

Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2008 - 06:00 PM |

While we are very used to seeing bickering between companies like NVIDIA and ATI, AMD and Intel and Microsoft and Sony, one segment of the PC market that has been surprisingly quiet over the years has been the manufacturing vendors like MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte.  Well that all seems to be behind us now as a "day time melo-drama" of sorts has broken out between two companies that were at one point last on the brink of merging. 

Give early, give often

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 05:29 PM |

One of our members has found some information about the upcoming nVIDIA GT200 graphics family.  Drop by the thread to see what people think of their decision to go with a 512 bit bus, and take a peek at what the new nVIDIA drivers have fixed in this oneOver in the audio forum, help investigate an odd hum emanating from
a Vista system using the onboa


The best 5 out of ... a lot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2008 - 04:53 PM |

Dozens of companies with dozens of models ... it's gross!  Just about every major PC component manufacturer has at least one cooler for sale, which can have a mix of the features currently touted as the solution to your heat problems.  There are ones designed for silence, and those designed for extreme overclocking, with a huge range of products in between.  Frosty Tech has picked their top air cooled heatsinks from those available, see which ones took top seat.

Source: Frosty Tech

AMD's new mid-range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM |

Ryan has just finished his review of the ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB, a nicely powerful new midrange card.  The extra memory won't help you at lower resolutions, but the bump in performance from a single HD 3870 is very welcome.  If only the price can fall in line with this cards competitor, the 9800 GTX.

What's been hiding in the hawthorne

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 04:30 PM |

Virtual-Hideout got a look at some of the serious Intel hardware being shown off at the Hawthorn Farm Campus.  Skulltrail and Bonetrail 2, and a really impressive looking cooler are just some of what they saw.  Check out all their pictures.

Thermaltake: PW 850i Opens a New Era for Internal Liquid Cooling Systems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2008 - 04:12 PM |

Los Angeles, CA - May 2008. The internal DIY liquid cooling system has always been the top choice of gamers worldwide. To fulfill the heavy demands of these players, Thermaltake is launching a brand new series of DIY liquid cooling systems, the ProWater Series, and the first model to be introduced is the new "PW850i" that incorporates the latest production techniques and technology of the internal liquid cooling segment.

Source: Thermaltake

... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM |

That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today.  If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.

Still no word on shark compatible platforms.

Extra storage space, and cheats

Subject: Storage | May 15, 2008 - 05:39 PM |

The Lexar Gaming Edition 2GB SD Card and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is for console gamers looking for some extra space and a few cheats tossed in as a bonus.  They will work with the PS3 and Wii, and with the Xploder Lite software you can even get some save games for a few popular titles.  Check it out at Red & Blackness Mods.

Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM |

The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor.  The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop.  While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.

Source: Guru of 3D

XFX does DDR3 right

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2008 - 02:31 PM |

The XFX 790i Ultra is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, and they are impressed.  The new MCP made overclocking a breeze, and totally changed their opinion on recent nVIDIA chipsets.  If you are planning on a new system with DDR3 and support for 3 way SLI, this board will give Intel's newer chipsets a real run for their money.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

TSMC will be part of the AMD asset light strategy

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:49 PM |

While this news has been anticipated, the fact that more and more details are emerging are still incredibly surprising and thought provoking.  According to reports, TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, has started test runs of the SOI technology used by all of AMD's current processors.  AMD and TSMC already have plenty of agreements in place for sharing technology since ATI was a big TSMC partner before it was purchased by AMD in 2006 so the relationship should be easy to continue.  It

Source: 3DCenter

Possible RV770 and GT200 Details show up...again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2008 - 12:34 PM |

While it's hard to really put faith in information when the provider openly admits their LAST article on these GPUs was dead wrong, why not just report it to you anyway?!?  This article over at TGDaily details what they think are the specifications and launch periods for AMD's upcoming RV770 parts, commonly referred to as the Radeon 4800-series. 

Source: TG Daily

A change in the matrix can cost you

Subject: Displays | May 15, 2008 - 12:30 PM |

BCC Hardwares takes a look a pair of 24" monitors from Samsung, the (hard to find) ~$380 245B and the ~$560 245T.  The price difference really jumps out at you, and the two monitors reflect that in their technology.  The 245T has a 6ms response time, the 245B a 5ms, they both offer 1920 x 1200 resolution and can be calibrated to

Source: BCCHardware