Illuminating power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2007 - 05:37 PM |
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Kingwin's Mach 1 800W PSU has 4 12V rails, a pair at 18A, one 20A and a 22A, proving that it is capable of living up to it's SLI Ready status.  OCIA was torn about their favourite part to this PSU, whether the fact that the 12V rail never varied from 12.01, or the plethora of blue LEDs that shine from everywhere.

Source: OCIA

Diamond's back, with the 1GB HD 2900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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This card runs at the stock 742MHz on the GPU, and a nice 2000MHz for the memory.  X-bit Labs picked up a pair for a big SLI versus CrossFire showdown, with both DX9 and DX10 being tested.  The testing reveals some interesting performance characteristics, as well as highlighting serious differences in the way games use nVIDIA versus ATI and dual graphics setups.  The oddest benchmark would have to be Neverwinter Nights 2, where the Radeon performs better at 2560x1600 than it does at 1920x

Source: X-Bit Labs

Revisiting Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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Super Talent's new SSD drive offers 128GB of storage, a significant increase in size from the first SSDs to hit the market, as well as cost.  They estimate ~$4600, though I guess that is cheaper than 128GB of RAM.  When The Tech Report did their testing, they proved that the drives technology has come a long way from the first batch, and it's random access times are awe inspiring.  Unfortunately, the drive cannot perform that well for all of the tests.

NewEgg has a special coming up

Subject: Memory | September 13, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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The special doesn't start until after next week, so we will remind you when it comes up.

Part #: NE2KIT12864BL804

$79 to $89 after rebate
- Limited Supplies only.

Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM - SLI-Ready
High Performance or Gaming Memory
2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency 4,
Timing 4-4-4-12
2.2V

with Heat Spreader

Manufacturer Warranty
Parts Lifetime limited; Labor Lifetime limited

Source: newegg

Sticking to your mod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Madshrimps looks at a pair of products that will help any addicted modder from killing their PC or having to redo the mod several times over the life of their PC.  The adhesive thermal pads perform about the same as other brands of thermally conductive double sided tape, but they stick much better.  No longer do you have to reseat all of your heatsinks if you nudge your PC, these pads will hold up a dangling 500g heatsink.  The protective core rubber cutouts prevent said 500g

Source: Madshrimps

AMD opens up it's silicon

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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As they have been talking about, AMD has released the specs of it's GPUs ... or at least some of them.  The Inquirer has links to where you can find the huge document (over 900 pages in a pdf), so you can get going on figuring out how to get the register to listen to Linux and other open source OSes.  It will probably also cure insomnia in all but the most dedicated creators of Open Source drivers.

Source: The Inquirer

The re-rebirth of the iPod

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 04:46 PM |
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The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch.  The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV.  Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.

Source: Ars Technica

HD ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Lenovo's new ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4" display, which is nothing interesting, but the display goes to 1920x1200, which is.  Driving that is a QuadroFX 570M with 256MB, so you won;t be gaming, but your multimedia will look great.  You should see what other features Digital Trends uncovered in this Santa Rosa based notebook.

"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."

Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:

A little bigger peak at the X38A

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 01:56 PM |
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... but still no benchmarks!   Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport.  The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.

Strap on your parachute

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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The newest Medal of Honor is called Airborne, and Legion Hardware got a pre-release copy.  It departs from the previous games by starting each mission with you jumping out of a plane and picking your own landing spot.  This gives you tremendous flexibility in how you want to approach each mission, instead of placing you on rails.  It shares a lot with Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault in that regard.

One DDoS to go, and a side order of fries

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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It looks like one of the purposes that the ever growing zombie hoards that follow the bidding of the creator of the Storm worm is becoming clear.  Ready to order DDoS attacks.  According to this story on Ars Technica, the current target is SpamNation, but they are not the only ones suffering from attacks.

Source: Ars Technica

A mouse that thinks it's a joystick

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 04:56 PM |
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The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go.  It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse.  There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it.  You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.

Misnamed Memory

Subject: Memory | September 11, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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I am not sure why Kingston named their new 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 kit as ValueRam.  For one thing, it costs over $400, and more importantly when Virtual-Hideout was doing their testing it performed incredibly.  It looks like the comparisons between DDR2 and DDR3 are becoming much closer as DDR3 matures and DDR2 hits the ceiling in terms of speed.

Dumping the fake diamonds for fake platinum

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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Rhodium, the metal, is very similar to platinum, though not in the way cubic zirconium is to diamond.  It is also Revoltec's newest full tower case.  The pair of 120mm fans helps keep the noise down, and there is plenty of space for a big PSU and heatsink.  The only thing that Bjorn3D held against the design is the hex bolts that keep the front panel on, and make it difficult to get off for installation or cleaning.

Source: Bjorn3D

Antec's TruePower grows

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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The new model from Antec adds another 12V line, 200W and racing stripes to the old 650W TruePower Trio.  They have managed to put the performance into the 80+ category, and it offers relatively stable power.  Read the full story at Benchmark Reviews.

The new face of Commodore

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one.  Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers.  They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...

Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Take Time Today to Remember

Subject: Editorial | September 11, 2007 - 11:22 AM |
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I know we have lots of tech news abound today, and we will still be bringing it to you throughout the day.  But, I do ask that every takes a bit of time out of their busy schedule to do some reading and remembering of the events that occurred 6-years ago today.  Be proud of where you live, be proud of our society even if you don't agree with it all the time. 

OQO First to Ship 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2007 - 11:18 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 10 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that OQO Inc. is the first manufacturer to ship the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor in the latest configurations of its award-winning model 02 product line.

The higher-speed processor in this update of the OQO model 02 - the world’s smallest full-featured Windows Vista PC – further increases the device's performance and thus enables mobile professionals to enhance their anytime/anywhere productivity.

Quad-Core AMD OpteronT Processors To Play a Lead Role In Lucasfilm's Datacenter

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
and entertainment.

Source: AMD

AMD Leaks New Graphics Card Models

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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You have to love it when the company itself is responsible for information leak as is the case here.  It appears that AMD put in the names for a few unannounced graphics cards in the driver release files of Catalyst 7.9. 

The latest driver revision, numbered 7.9, includes fixes for all
versions of Windows as well as specific improvements related to Enemy
Territory: Quake Wars, the demo for which is out this week.

Source: The Inquirer