Three by eight

Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Foxconn has taught the P25 chipset a new trick by adding an additional IDT controller for the PCI Express bus.  That gives you full x16 on a single card and full x8 for setups with 2 or 3 graphics cards.  They've also moved the northbridge and rotated the CPU socket by 90 degrees.  Read on at X-bit Labs to see why their positive impressions dissipated the second they stopped looking at the board and tried using it.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Powered by Intel?

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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Unless you are an insect living in a hive, diversification is preferable to specialization, as long as you don't completely botch projects outside of your original focus.  This is most likely the driving reason behind the ex-chief of Intel, Andy Grove, is recommending that Intel starts widening their focus.  Batteries for electric cars does seem to be a little far fetched, but according to The Inquirer's article, Intel is already investing in battery comp

Source: The Inquirer

Rumours of nVIDIA's next cards

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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There are a pair of cards appearing on the internets representing nVIDIA's next enthusiast level offerings, following the GTX280.  They will be the new top end of their lineup, directly aimed at the 1GB HD4870 and the 4870X2 as opposed to being the first cards we see from a completely new line.

Source: Expreview

Cool and quiet in Vancouver

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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If you are looking for a quiet PC, Canadian retailer Anitec has a system for sale that is certified by SPCR as conforming to their acoustic requirements.  At it's heart is a Core 2 Duo E7300 and 2GB of Kingson DDR2 800MHz, along with a 9400GT 512MB, so it isn't a gaming powerhouse.  It is a quiet and cool running PC perfect for environments where those are the major requirements.  If you aren't in Vancouver and cannot visit their brick and mortar store, you can easily find them on the web for delivery.

The Ghost with the most

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 01:18 PM |
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GIGABYTE has a new mouse, the GM-M8000 GHOST with all the features you would expect from a high end gaming mouse.  It has removable weights, a 4000DPI sensor and on the fly sensitivity changes with an accompanying LED to indicate which setting you are on as well as a colour changing logo that lets you know which of your saved profiles is active.  It even comes with a mouse pad.  Read the review and see if you agree with Tweaktown.

Source: TweakTown

Function over form

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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There are many large differences between home system builders, one of the biggest being the aesthetics of the PC being built.  Some will spend hours and hours agonizing over the perfect enclosure to show off all of their components and the pretty cleavage on their video card's cover, others will custom build an incredible work of art in which to house their creation. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

You can never stop at just one

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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WordPad and Internet Explorer are both going to see an increase as vectors for attack.  A new exploit, that requires you to have XP SP2 or earlier and to open an attachment should be coming your way soon.  Make sure to avoid any files with a .wri extension, as that is a way being used to circumvent Word from opening the file.  The exploit is only in a specific function of WordPad. 

Source: Slashdot

Gaming on a 10.2" screen

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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What do you get when you cross an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
with a GeForce 9300M GS 256MB DDR2?  The ASUS N10Jc-A1, which seeks to become a gaming netbook, and succeeds as long as you stick with UT2K4 or FarCry, newer titles tend to be stutterific.   The Tech Report was able to use the HDMI out to play 1080p movies without a problem though it did monopolize the CPU to the point where you can't expect to be able to run anything apart from the movie.

Learning new tricks with the Core i7

Subject: Processors | December 10, 2008 - 03:28 PM |
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A new processor family means that a whole new bag of tricks needs to be invented to push the CPUs as far as they can go without toasting them.  Legit Reviews is focusing on the memory, specifically trying to figure out the best speed combinations to get the new Triple Channel memory running at peak bandwidth.  See what they discovered in their full review.

Brand new 8.12 drivers from AMD

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2008 - 02:52 PM |
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ATI Stream support:

  • With the release of ATI Catalyst 8.12 users can unlock the potential of accelerated applications enabling ATI Stream technology for millions of ATI Radeon graphics processors worldwide

  • ATI Stream harnesses the tremendous processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for high-performance, data-intensive computations over a wide range of scientific, business and consumer applications.
Source: AMD

Viva la revolucion

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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Palit's new Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 stands out among other X2s thanks to it's 3 slot design.  They have thrown a large overclock on this already hot card and kept the temperatures within reason by adding a huge cooler to the card.  They didn't waste that extra space on the back, in addition to a pair of exhaust vents there is a VGA connector, Display Port, HDMI and a single DVI.  Check out the performance at Overclockers Online, who never broke 72 degrees Celsius in their testing with

A big win for DX10

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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FarCry 2 is a showcase for DX10 and what it can bring to gaming if used properly.  From their previous testing, [H]ard|OCP showed that the performance in DX10 does not bog down as it has in previous titles.  Now they set off to display the visual differences you will see between ultra high settings in DX9 and ultra high DX10.  Lighting effects, shadows and antialiasing all show the biggest differences, and though they may be hard to spot during intense action, they certainly

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Which kind of tape works the best?

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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With a just a piece of paper and some tape, doctors maybe be able to make a diagnosis for many diseases.  While you might not be terribly impressed if House was to pull that trick on prime time TV, it might be more impressive in the middle of a tropical country that doesn't have all those nice modern medical devices, especially if you happen to be visiting there. 
There is even a link to the original article in the Slashdot comments if you want to learn more about the processing power of a pie

Source: Slashdot

If you have to take it all with you

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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If you are a data pack rat, and can't imagine reducing the size of your absolutely needed data to a mere 64GB so that it will fit on a thumb drive then Seagate has your answer.  The

It's only a dirty word if you don't know what you are doing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 9, 2008 - 03:37 PM |
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Audiophiles are really getting a bad name thanks to the influx of buyers with a lot of dollars and almost no sense.  For instance, there is a company that sells magic rocks for your amp, audiophile grade wall warts and $7000 cable that claims to have stabilizing technology analogous to the shocks on your car.  For those who are simply looking for the best a

Source: AnandTech

Exactly what you would expect from Lian Li

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 9, 2008 - 02:54 PM |
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Lian Li has entered the PSU market, with one of their flagship models being the Maxima 750W Power Supply.  From the results of the tests at Overclockers Online, Lian Li provides PSUs at a level of quality equal to their enclosures.  Thanks to that attention to quality, you can also expect to pay a premium for the PSU just as you do for their enclosures.  It is nice to see that you do get what you paid for.

6GB of triple channel RAM is within your reach

Subject: Memory | December 9, 2008 - 12:44 PM |
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G.Skill is really pushing it's new PC3-12800 CL9 6GB kit, you can get it on Newegg for just over $200.  Straight out of the box you will be running 1600MHz @ CAS9-9-9-24, or run it at 1333 and tighten the timings to 8 or tighter if you reduce the speed even more.  Check out this triple channel kit at Legion Hardware.

The next big thing in digital cameras?

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Digital SLRs have dropped in price over the past few years, but still remain a big investment.  The trade off is ability to use a selection of lenses for different pictures, something that is especially attractive to someone who has a large collection of lenses from a non-digital SLR.  A company called Micro Four Thirds System might just have a solution that falls in between compact digicams and the SLRs, giving you the size and technology used in the compact cameras and providing you with the ability to swap lenses.  Digital Trends tried out their first offering and were quite

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).

OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.

Source: AMD

22" widescreens are the new entry level monitor

Subject: Displays | December 8, 2008 - 03:57 PM |
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Envision isn't a big name in monitor, but that didn't stop OCIA from trying out their Envision G218a1 22" professional monitor.  The stats look good, 1680 x 1050, a response time of 5ms, brightness of 300 nit and the contrast ratio is 700:1.  In testing, it did offer enough quality that it would pass for most gamers wanting more screen for less money, but make sure you find it at the $160 price that OCIA did.

Source: OCIA