Alienware strikes back

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Seeing as how Dell and other names not previously associated with heaping gobs of power in notebooks are busily gaining a reputation for spewing performance all over the laps of mobile gamers, Alienware has responded.  Of course it's not exactly a competition, it's really just Dell versus Dell.

Anyways, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is not quite worth it's own weight in gold, but DriverHeaven's review does show that it is worth a lot when it comes to bragging rights.

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Apple to add enterprise features and SDK to iPhone in June

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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A little off topic perhaps, but after sitting through some live blogs of the Apple SDK announcement there are some interesting bits of news coming out.  First up, Apple announced a move toward the enterprise customer by adding in features like native ActiveSync Exchange support, push email, push calendar, push contact, remote device wiping, Cisco VPN, WEP2 support and certificates and identities to name the majority.  There weren't any direct mentions but I assume that push email will be available to users that do not have access to an Exchange server, but since Apple didn't mention

Compact power from Shuttle

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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Shuttle is famous for it's SFF PCs, although not man of their previous boxes have the power of the XPC

Prima SX38P2 Pro.  Built around an X38 board, this PC supports Crossfire, the new 1333MHz 45nm Intel processors, PCIe 2.0, Dolby DTS Connect, Intel's Turbo Memory and up to 8Gb of DDR2-800.  Add BIOS tweaking for overclocking and overvolting, and you have some serious power.  See how well it held up to Hardware Zone's testing.

ASUS to officially offer Eee PC with Windows XP

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 01:25 PM |
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For those of you that were interested in the ASUS Eee PC that we reviewed last year, but were hesitant based on the custom-built Linux OS that ASUS made you use with it, there is good news across the wire today.  Details are still slim, such as price changes or model number differences, but ASUS is now officially saying that getting an Eee PC with Windows XP is right around the corner.

Source: 3DCenter

CeBit 2008: ASUS Eee PC gets competition from ECS

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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While not the first competitor to the ASUS Eee PC, the ECS G20IL (umm...) looks pretty sexy and offers some impressive specs.  The price is set to be sub-$500 and will offer three USB ports, WiFi, HSDPA, webcam and more.  No info yet on the other hardware specs.  Check out Engadget for more info.

Source: engadget

Double the pleasure ...

Subject: Memory | March 6, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Crucial, and other memory manufacturers, are doing a great job of keeping DDR2 alive as DDR3 matures.  Speed increases are continuing, and the prices just keep getting better, which has prompted 4GB kits like the Crucial Ballistix Tracer

DDR2-800 4Gb kit.  CPU3D tried the kit and it's blinking LEDs out and found that not only is this kit a cheap date, it enjoys going all the way. 

Source: CPU3D

Microsoft is feeling a bit more compliant

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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The first public beta of IE8 has appeared, boasting the ability to pass the Acid2 browser test.  In previous flavours of IE, Microsoft took the position of authority claiming that they new better than a bunch of actual web programmers as to what standards should be on the web.  This has led to a lot of broken websites that render OK in IE, and awfully in everything else.  Firefox's popularity may have lead to Microsoft's about face, but for what ever reason, Microsoft's new browser is it's most standard compliant ever. 

Source: Ars Technica

CeBit 2008: AMD Shanghai quad-core on display, working

Subject: Processors | March 6, 2008 - 11:08 AM |
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Despite reports to the contrary, AMD did in fact have their 45nm Shanghai quad-core parts up and running at the show, though there was no information on the clock speeds being divulged. 

CeBit 2008: Hiper shows off hinged chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2008 - 11:05 AM |
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Another interesting post from The Inq shows that Hiper is working on a new case called the Osiris that great cable management and air flow enhancements as well as hinged doors on both sides.

Source: The Inquirer

CeBit 2008: Thermaltake shows off lightbulbs and 2000 watt PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2008 - 10:57 AM |
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The Inq is showing off some various booths at CeBit including the Thermaltake booth.  They were showing off LED lightbulbs, a new CPU heatsink and a new HTPC case, but the most interesting is the 2 kW power supply that is shown powering TWO complete systems including a Quad-CrossFire system and an SLI system.  I don't think we could have demonstrated the "overkill factor" any better myself.

Source: The Inquirer

Enermax quietly takes center stage

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2008 - 05:53 PM |
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Enermax's Modu82+ 625 Power Supply does offer three 25A 12V rails with a maximum of 600W, but that's not the what the real draw is with this PSU.  What really gave SPCR a charge when they were reviewing this PSU is the fact that it is the quietest fan cooled PSU they have ever encountered.  It also has an impressively high efficiency rating, check out the full review.

Source: Short Media

AMD Catalyst 8.3 Drivers drop - CrossFireX now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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Thanks goes to Aaron for letting me know that the AMD Catalyst 8.3 drivers have dropped on the official AMD websites and Game.AMD.com.  These drivers add support for Quad-CrossFireX, Hybrid CrossFire with the 780G chipset, DirectX 10.1 support among many others features and fixes. 

Source: 3DCenter

NVIDIA 9800 GTX images show up, bore us

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:59 PM |
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Some images have surfaced of the NVIDIA 9800 GTX and according to the notes on the page with them, the 9800 GTX will be a G92-based product and will basically be a higher clocked 8800 GT/GTS card.  Not a whole lot more data, but if you wanna see what a video card looks like, I guess you can look here; not much to see.

Source: General

4 cores galore

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:04 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has put together a beast to test out CrossfireX.  Four CPU cores thanks to the QX9650, 4 graphics cores thanks to a pair of HD 3870 X2s and even 4Gb of RAM.  All of that power is pitted against Crysis, as well as some other popular games.  Read on to see what [H] thinks about CrossfireX, and AMDs chances of being picked by the power gamer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Free FPS

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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If you have never heard of Nexuiz, you are not alone, but you are missing out.  The original release was back in 2005, and they are now up to version 2.4 which is much more highly polished than the original.  Phoronix has a bevy of screenshots as well as links to the Alientrap website where you can download the game for Windows, Linux and OSX.

Give it a try, it's free and easy to set up, who knows you might even like it.

Source: Phoronix

A case you can keep your beer in

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 5, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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Thermaltake is showing off a very interesting case at CeBIT.  Running copper pipes all throughout the case and using a simple compressor and expansion chamber, they've created a refrigerated case!  Sure there are some problems with implementing the design, but I am very glad that they showed it to HEXUS.

Source: Hexus

A cranky, but effective security guard

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico is a little USB device, about the size of a flash drive, that protects your PC from attacks coming over the network.  With it's software installed it works it's way into Windows' networking stack and convinces it to send all network traffic through the Pico, where it is scanned for anything nasty.  Think Computers did find it to be effective, but there were also some features of the Pico that they took issue with.

Sketchy marketing

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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Sound Blaster's new X-Fi Xtreme card is an Audigy in disguise, though it does use the PCI-E bus.  The card isn't a complete waste though, the Guru of 3D found that the new chip does offer some improvements to the Audigys of old, but it is a far cry from a X-Fi.  As a bonus, the card even gives a good reason to upgrade to Vista.

Source: Guru of 3D

A very sad day for gamers everywhere

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 04:26 PM |
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Gary Gygax passed away today in his home in Lake Geneva.

Some of you may have never encountered the name before, but Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are hailed as the Fathers of Roleplaying.  Anything you might have played that had Armour Class, Hit Points, THACO or even just used dice to determine the outcome of a characters actions; all of them are based off of Gary's imagination.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Shows off 45 nm Shanghai at CeBIT

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 03:58 PM |
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We knew near the end of 2007 that AMD was expecting the arrival of the first 45 nm Shanghai samples around the first of the year.  It now seems that those initial samples were fairly successful as AMD is showing off working 45 nm silicon at CeBIT.  The chips in question are apparently Shanghai based and they are running a variety of OSs and applications.  AMD is of course not talking about things such as clockspeed, but we can assume that the products being shown are likely the first major respin from the original samples that showed up early in January.

Source: AMD