Good things come in micro packages

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2008 - 04:40 PM |
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Checking out the GMC Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case is a great idea if you are looking for a case that doesn't take up much room, and can still manage to show HD content.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an HTPC that can fit normal sized components and heatsinks, you may not want to go this route.  Drop by R&B Mods to see why.

GIGABYTE Introduces Ultra Durable 3 Technology

Subject: Motherboards | September 24, 2008 - 04:26 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, September 24th, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology, the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to feature 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.

GIGABYTE once again leads the motherboard industry

Getting your money's worth

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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Buying a video card is getting quite difficult, especially if you want good value.  There are an incredible amount of choices right now, with tiers running from the $150 value cards to the $500 top of the line models.  [H]ard|OCP takes you through the 48xx series from AMD and the 2xx series from nVIDIA to try to figure out which cards offer you the best value.  Whichever price level you are looking at, this review covers it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Before there was cake

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Portal fans have something to look forward to, apart from importing the portal gun into Half Life 2 and getting stuck in places you were never meant to go.  There is a mod coming out called Portal: Prelude which is set in the Aperture Science labs before the rise of GlaDOS, strangely enough.  Due for release on the first birthday of the Orange Box, October 10th, you can expect 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech. 

AMD and Intel's virtual virtuosity

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Drop by The Inquirer for an overview of the plans that AMD and Intel have for making their platforms the best for virtual computing.  First up is memory management, with the way virtual I/O traffic and devices are handled, then it will be on to getting the heavy lifting of virtualization
from software to hardware.  Servers may never be totally real again.

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Dark Knight Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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I saw over at Fudzilla that ASUS has a new graphics card on their site today under the "Dark Knight" moniker.  While I am not sure if the lawyers at DC Comics know about it yet, the card itself looks pretty cool and is based on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ 55nm G92 GPU.  
Source: Fudzilla

AMD Athlon 6500 2.3 GHz Kuma Reviewed

Subject: Processors | September 24, 2008 - 10:53 AM |
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In what will likely be the last series of dual-core processors to come from AMD's desktop team, the Athlon 6500 is based on the Kuma core and runs at 2.3 GHz.  It is a 65nm CPU with HT3.0 support, it still uses a built-in DDR2 memory controller, shared 2M L3 cache, Cool''n'Quiet 2.0 and adds SSE4A support courtesy of other K10 processors.  Expreview apparently got their hands on one and posted up a review of sorts.  

Source: General

There are house fans smaller that that

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2008 - 06:05 PM |
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400mm, 40cm, 16 inches ... no matter how you measure, the fan on the side of the
Aerocool Hi-Tech 7 Pro
is huge!  The specs say the fan runs at 400 RPM, moves 250 CFM and only produces 12dbA, and techPowerUp's testing does show that it certain keeps things cool.  Add a front LCD display with a few different modes to choose from and you have a rather nice that should fall at about the $100 price range.

Source: techPowerUp!

Lean, green and machined

Subject: Memory | September 23, 2008 - 04:01 PM |
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The 1800MHz DDR3 Extreme Performance kit from Patriot sports their Aluminium Copper Composite heatsinks, which for some reason are painted green.  The run 8-8-8-24 @ 1.9V out of the box, Pro-Clockers pushed them to 2000MHz by relaxing the timings to 9-9-9-24.  The $339 price tag doesn't hurt either!

Digitimes interviews NVIDIA CEO: GPU on CPU 'a waste'

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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In an interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Digitimes asked some probing questions about the company's stance in the GPU market, NVIDIA's plans for surviving in the world of Intel's Larrabee and more.  One interesting comment came when Huang was asked about how both Intel and AMD planning to integrate GPU functionality into their CPUs would affect NVIDIA.

Source: Digitimes

The perfect LAN party keyboard

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Thermaltake's Soprano Aluminum Keyboard offers a feature that wasn't really touched on in Think Computers review, as it is made of aluminium it should be sturdy enough to physically discourage spawn campers at LAN parties.  That certainly isn't it's only feature, it has sturdy keys that will hold up to punishment.  It's shortcut keys are tiny; neither taking up huge amounts of room nor sitting in a place where you will accidentall

Adobe 'Stonehenge' Photoshop CS4 uses the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 02:23 PM |
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GPGPU is getting a big boost today as the latest Adobe's Photoshop, version CS4 previously known as Stonehenge, is announced and will be on sale in Octoboer.  For now the features that use the GPU are a bit limited: image rotation, zooming and panning are all done in real-time with even the largest of source files.

Source: Daily Tech

T-Mobile and Google announce first Android phone: the G1

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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I know as well as anyone that new phones are all the rage in recent months (years) since the release of the first iPhone last summer.  Now that the iPhone 3G is out, Blackberry's touchscreen phone is coming next month and with today's T-Mobile G1 Android announcement, the market is going to get more and more interesting.

Source: engadget

Intel Nehalem cooler and packaging on display

Subject: Processors | September 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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While looking at some pictures of a box, the packaging, the cooler and the CPU inside might not seem that interesting to all of you, it was to me so I thought I would share.  This post over at mobile01.com shows the "unboxing" of a Nehalem core LGA1366 processor, its cooler and then compares it to a current LGA775 and AMD Socket 939 processor.

Source: General

DFI puts the brakes on complexity

Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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If you like BIOSes that go on for miles with more options than you can reasonably keep straight and gleefully spend days tweaking them all, there is a good chance you are a fan of DFI's motherboards.  TweakTown takes a look at their new Auto Boost System, which is sort of a social network for overclockers. 
You can use the ABS to share your overclocks with the world, and use the settings that other tweakers have used.  It is sorted out by processor, so you can

Source: TweakTown

Lian-Li X2000 chassis shows up at Newegg as Canyon 695

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Are you looking for an ultimate gaming chassis that will meet pretty much ALL of your need for space, cooling and just looking awesome?  A fully annodized black all aluminum case that includes different heat zones, sound dampening material and much more, the Canyon 695 is a HUGE chassis that looks as impressive as it sounds.

Source: newegg

Put the PDF down and back away slowly

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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PDFs are everywhere, from game manuals to technical papers on the web to documents sent between businesses.  They are also becoming a very popular attack vector for malware distributors.  You can read more about the types of attacks at Slashdot, and some of the other oftware that is being targeted with similar attacks, but the prevention is fairly easy ... patch early and patch often and use a different PDF viewer that doesn't auto execute scripts.

Source: Slashdot

Not every passing grade is equal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2008 - 06:13 PM |
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While you can easily find the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Ryan's favourite storage company

Subject: Storage | September 22, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Even before Western Digital managed to recover the data from a dead hard drive, Ryan passed out the Editor's Choice Award for their VelociRaptor 300GB SATA drive.  The form factor is a little odd, a 2.5" HDA with a 15mm height drive in a 3.5" heatsink, perhaps the extra cooling is why the warranty has been extended to 5 years.  One of the highlights of the full article is watching a pair of these VelociRaptors in RAID 0 take on OCZ's SSDs, and win.

A tight race for the middle

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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The sub $100 graphics market hasn't been this hot in a long time, if ever.  The two main competitors for your hard earned dollars are the HD4670 and the GeForce 9600 GSO.  Now XFX has made that segment even more interesting with their 9600GSO XXX edition, with core and shader clocks almost 24% faster than the reference mod

Source: bit-tech