Aerogel for your lap

Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2008 - 02:51 PM |

LapLogic Aerogel Extreme LapDesks are handy little pads filled with Aerogel that protect your lap from the heat coming off of your laptop.  They won't help cool the notebook, and might even make it warmer, but you will be protected.  I4U were also impressed by the surface, which did not let the laptop slide around at all, and it's made with Aerogel!

Source: I4U News

Grab some extra real estate

Subject: Displays | May 2, 2008 - 01:58 PM |

If you are looking for a nice big monitor, then AnandTech is the place to visit.  They've gather five 24" widescreen LCDs, three are TN panels aimed at consumers and two are S-PVA panels which will appeal more to graphical designers.  None of these panels are cheap, either in construction or in price, but gaming at 1920x1200 has some other steep entry requirements.

Source: AnandTech

Only 500MHz? What a gyp!

Subject: Processors | May 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Well, it turns out there is a major design flaw in the Intel Q9300 ... it can only hit a 500MHz FSB.  Horribly disappointing, isn't it? 

Head on over to see the final answer to the equation Q9300 + nVentiv Mach2 Phase-Change cooler + MADSHRIMPS = ...

Source: Madshrimps

VIA's lost initiative

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

It has almost been a month since VIA announced their Strategic Open Source Driver initiative and Phoronix is unimpressed.  So far there is a binary-only Chrome 9 driver for two distros ... and the webpage it's self.  The forums aren't working and VIA seems to be planning to design it's own bug tracker, as opposed to using existing ones as AMD chose to do.  Seems like they weren't quite ready to go live when they made the announcement.

Source: Phoronix

Thermaltake: Armor+ MX Unleashed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM |

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2008 - After the success of "Armor+ Series" engineers at Thermaltake has worked around the clock to improve and innovate another and better chassis. Armor+ Series was launched at Computex 2007 a super tower allowing consumer to fully utilize the advance graphic technology. Today Thermaltake announced a new member of the Armo+, "Armor+ MX" a middle tower chassis with countless advance features.

Source: Thermaltake

Speak up!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM |

Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226.  Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well.  None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses.  Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.

Source: Extremetech

Apples to slightly different apples

Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2008 - 02:48 PM |

The Asus Rampage Formula and Intel DX48BT2 are up for review at The Tech Report.  Both are x48 chipset based, with the Rampage Formula using DDR2 and the Intel using the newer DDR3, offering a chance to compare the performance of RAM on similar chipsets. 

Flask drive

Subject: Storage | May 1, 2008 - 01:46 PM |

The GStor Wave bears a strong resemblance to a hip flask, and serves a similar purpose; to keep something important, but hard to carry around both close to you and safe.  In this case, it stores bits, not booze; it still keeps your data safe from accidental droppage
or spillage.  Hardware Zone's review takes a quick look at the 4 sizes and 5 colours th

Cool bubbles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2008 - 12:41 PM |

There have been a number of attempts to bring something new into the cooling business, like fans in PCI slots or on a flexible arm.  Some sound great, but have yet to make an appearance, like carbon black thermal paste or nano-forests.  The next contender is the Noise Limit SilentFlux CPU Cooler which uses a bubble pump to move liquid around in a self contained radiator and fan setup.  [H]ard|OCP gave it a f

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dell XPS 730 H2C Quadruples the Power

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2008 - 12:03 PM |

Dell has raised
the performance bar yet again with the launch of the XPS 730 H2C edition, a
premier gaming desktop that is one of the most advanced gaming platforms on the

support for optional quad-core processors, quad GPU graphics solutions and up
to four hard drives, the XPS 730 is more than ready to deliver an immersive
experience and ensure gamers pwn their opponents in the most demanding PC games available today.

Source: Dell

Mayday! Mayday! This is the S.S. Blockbuster ... we are in trouble!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM |

The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release.  If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS M50S Multimedia Notebook First Look

Subject: Mobile | April 30, 2008 - 05:30 PM |

ASUS was kind enough to send over one of the soon-to-be-released M50S notebooks for our perusal - and this is a hell of a machine at first glance.  While not as powerful as notebooks like the Dell XPS M1730 or the Alienware M9750, it's also not nearly as heavy and should actually be considered PORTABLE to most people. 

We'll have a review up of the system pretty soon but for now I just thought you all would like to see some shots of the sexy M50S beforehand.

Overall GPU Market dropped 5.6% from Q4'2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2008 - 05:15 PM |

TIBURON, CA-April 30, 2008-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the
industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia,
today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market
share for the first calendar quarter of 2008.

Traditionally, the first quarter has flat to negative growth
for the computer industry as retailers and OEMs sell what's left from
the holiday season; and this year was no different, in fact the
quarter saw the biggest drop since 2005.


Spring Cleaning, enthusiast style

Subject: Systems | April 30, 2008 - 05:00 PM |

Spring is here, time to toss out that old system and get a fresh new one, or at least to cherry pick some prime new components to put in your system.  To help you with that, The Tech Report has updated their System Guide, with 4 updated systems including a totally reworked HTPC system. 

The technical term would be gobs of memory

Subject: Memory | April 30, 2008 - 02:39 PM |

8Gb kits are uncommon, but you can find kits for sale like the OCZ Quad 2Gb that Madshrimps tested.  They start out by looking at the rumours surrounding the usage of 8Gbs of RAM in a system, and then dispel them.  They felt the only sticking point was the price, but at $200, 2Gb of DDR3 will cost almost as much. 

Source: Madshrimps

It's classy 'cause you play an Eastern European

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM |

Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived.  Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City.  The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now.   Check out the full review.


Spread out for better ventilation

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2008 - 12:32 PM |

EVGA's e-GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO incorporates two features that will be very attractive to overclockers, three phase power and a dual slot cooler.  While Gamepyre's testing did not include maximum overclocking abilities, they did find that nVIDIA's claims of a 20C temperature difference from the reference model were fairy accurate.  That leaves you

Source: Gamepyre

It's the quiet ones you have to watch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM |

While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist.  bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview.  They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA.  They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies. 

Source: bit-tech

OCZ Technology Introduces Special Ops Edition DDR3 Series

Subject: Memory | April 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |

Sunnyvale, CA - April 29, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the Special Ops Edition DDR3 Series, available in both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 kits featuring the high densities and stability gamers demand. These DDR3 kits are ideal for users advancing to the next generation of memory platforms, offering the speeds, density, and reliability required for the latest DirectX 10 PC titles.

Budget laptop with a lot of features

Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2008 - 05:40 PM |

ASUS has put a lot of extras into their M51S laptop, without pricing it beyond the value market.  With four USB ports, support for both DVI/VGA and TV-Out, webcam and a lot more, keeping the price of this 15" notebook at the $1000 is no easy task.  The laptop is billed as being mostly a multi-media machine, but TECHGAGE fired up Crysis at 1280x800 and it was playable, as were other newer titles.  All that power does have a price; you won't see the battery make it to the 2 hour mark, even with light