On die cooling to prevent heat death

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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The biggest problem about multi-core processors is the high amount of heat that can be produced in small areas, like the interconnects; as evidenced by the 2lb slabs of copper and model helicopter rotors we strap to them to keep them cool.  Intel in cooperation with several other research groups have discovered a way to incorporate TECs inside the actual chip packaging.  The idea is to target the hot spots on processors, as opposed to housing the entire chip on a TEC, which may keep costs down as well as energy consumption.

Source: Slashdot

WD LAUNCHES INDUSTRY'S FIRST 2 TB HARD DRIVES

Subject: Storage | January 27, 2009 - 11:26 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2009 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family.

MSI Launches GT627 Gaming Notebook featuring NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS

Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - January 26, 2009 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series - GT627. The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).

Source: MSI

Interview with Moderator TheGlassMan

Subject: Editorial | January 26, 2009 - 07:33 PM |
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Last year (or so...) I had been publishing a series of interviews. Questions are all the same, for Moderators, Members, etc. Well, I got too darn busy and fell off...but the interviews are back by popular demand. We'll start with some I had backlogged. Then we will move on to the newest ones.

The new guy does a very good job

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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Not only is the Prolimatech Megahalems a mouthful to try to say, at 790g and 130mm x 74mm x 158.7mm
it is also a tight fit in a lot of cases.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing they found that it's maximum fan speed of 1600rpm couldn't tumble the 120mm TRUE completely off of it's cooling throne but many would happily sacrifice a couple of degree of heat for 10dB less noise.  The lower price may also attract more customers, assuming one can find it for sale.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Punishing the new Phenom

Subject: Processors | January 26, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles
as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed.  TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz.  As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab.  AMD may not have taken the performance

Source: Tech Spot

Entry level SLI

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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It certainly seems counterintuitive, but there is now such a thing as an entry level SLI machine.  The ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard can give you the base of the system, and a pair of 9800 or 8800 cards can give you some nice performance.  On the other hand you may have a better experience with a single higher end card, but that wouldn't give you much in the way of bragging rights. 

Make that 64-bit OS work

Subject: Memory | January 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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Legit Reviews shocked themselves with the results of their testing 12Gb of RAM set up in triple channel.  Six 2GB memory modules at 1600MHz with 8-7-7-20 1T, and only 1.6V, pushing the kits harder resulted in 1700MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T.  Check out their full review to see the incredible bandwidth benchmarks that these modules can handle.

Gaming on a beta

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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ExtremeTech sacrificed the last week playing a through a long list of games on the Windows 7 beta.  A lot of the features, like Game Explorer will be familiar to Vista users.  One big difference is that just about every game they tested work perfectly, or with a minimum of problems.  They even go fairly far back into the past, resurrecting games you may not have thought about in years, which you can still play on Windows 7.

Source: Extremetech

All the news that's fit to type

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:10 PM |
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It seems amazing that the memory of one bad occurrence
can stick in the memory and be pulled out years later to refute current fact.  You still run into claims that VIA chipsets are horribly unstable and inefficient and that ATI drivers are bad.  In the Processor forum, an old video of Tom's has reared it's head in a thread talking about how AMD chips have a higher failure rate than Intel.  Thankfully, the fellows here on the forums set the record straight. 

A little room for improvements

Subject: Systems | January 23, 2009 - 02:55 PM |
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Building an HTPC can lead to frustration as you realize a mATX board might not offer all of the connections you desire, or when the video card you want to use is a 1/2" inch too long to fit inside the HTPC case you picked.  The nMEDIA HTPC 2000B can solve any spacial difficulties, it will fit a full ATX board in it's 17" x 6.3" x 15.4" casing, though you should still think small for your heatsink.  Think Computers like this casing a lot and recommend that anyone buyig the case should spend the extr

Intel Chairman Craig Barrett to Retire in May

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that Craig Barrett intends to retire from active management and his role as chairman and member of the board of directors in May at the company's annual stockholders' meeting.

Barrett joined Intel in 1974 and has served in many capacities including CEO from 1998 through 2005. In recent years, Barrett has been active in Intel's World Ahead Program bringing information technology to emerging economies and has been active in issues as far ranging as education, health care and U.S. competitiveness.

Free yourself from the leash

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:37 PM |
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Sleek-Audio has released a new W1 Wireless Kit, consisting of a pair of earbud headphones and a receiver at one end and a small transmitter to plug into a portable music device, like an MP3 player or music phone.  It is broadcast using proprietary technology, not Bluetooth and has a throughput of approximately 2.4 Mbps, enough to ensure no degradation in audio quality.  If that interests you at all, check out the full review at techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

An expert panel on LCDs

Subject: Displays | January 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM |
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Displaying off their expertise, X-bit Labs has created a brief overview of the current LCD market.  Having published numerous roundups of various sized monitors over the past year, they have several recommendations for sizes ranging from 17" to 30".  Having monitored the performance of more than a few dozen LCDs, with the ones in this article being their favourites.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Vista's last hope before 7

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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TechARP is all about Vista Service Pack 2; first by reporting on the likely release dates, and now on the features that SP2 will add.  You will see support for 64-bit CPUs from VIA, more Wi-Fi features, even improvements to DirectX.  If Windows 7 releases according to schedule, Vista is in for a very short run; hopefully SP2 will help people remember it in the future with a little less loathing.

Source: Tech ARP

Galaxy Expands Retail Business to Microcenter

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM |
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A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter. 

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 05:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share.

Source: AMD

BFG is trying something new in their PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2009 - 03:33 PM |
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BFG has a pair of new PSUs, the MX Series which comes in 550W and 680W flavours.  Neither one is very expensive for a high end PSU, quite a bargain for a pair of PSUs that came away from [H]ard|OCP's torture testing with a Gold and Silver award respectively, with the Gold going to the 550W model.  They are unique in using Forepoint designs for

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Need to tame your i7?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2009 - 02:23 PM |
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Legit Reviews has just finished a round up of 6 LGA1366 heatsinks, the

If you've got the power ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295.  Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares.  When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t

Source: Bjorn3D