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Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct. For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply. You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology. If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le
Subject: Storage | July 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thecus N5200PRO is extremely well-received by users and IT media worldwide. It is regard as the best of its category. Huge storage capacity under high level of data protection, outstanding performance and numerous functions are the reasons why it is recognized as one of the most desirable digital storage solution for offices and homes to store valuable data.
Since N5200PRO usually operates at long period of time, power consumption is a major concern for users. With its energy saving design, N5200PRO requires limited power to execute tasks.
Subject: Processors | July 1, 2008 - 09:44 PM | Josh Walrath
Today is the launch of the 9150e and 9350e Phenom processors, as well as the new Black Edition 9950. The "e" series of chips are rated at a nice 65 watts, and are aimed at productivity boxes as well as HTPCs. The high end 9950 chip is unlocked and ready for some overclocking action. It also sets a new record for power at 140 watts TDP. The 9150e is clocked at 1.8 GHz, the 9350e is at 2 GHz, and the 9950 is sitting pretty at 2.6 GHz (a full 9 months after the infamous Tahoe launch event).
Subject: Storage | June 30, 2008 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets can tell you all you want to know about Serial ATA, it's different flavours and speeds. It's more that just a quick picture of a SATA cable and a PATA cable, they delve into NCQ, port multipliers and even pinout diagrams. Drop by for a look into the newest way to cut cable clutter and speed up your data transfers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 30, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.
Backed with 24/7/365 free technical support and a lifetime warranty, the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX versions are factory overclocked graphics cards that go through extensive testing to find the right mix of speeds for the core, memory, and shader clocks that will produce
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2008 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SilenX's IXTREMA Pro IXC-120HA2 features exposed heatpipes and the ability to support a pair of 120mm fans for some extra cooling power on those systems which require it. Bjorn3D was quite impressed with the cooling it could provide as well as it's relatively quiet operation. They did feel the inclusion of a fan controller would have been a good idea though.
Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn BlackOps X48 Express has a lot of features bearing the name Quantum for some reason, but don't let the cheesy naming fool you, this board is rather impressive. It will support DDR3-1600, 8 phase power, and has a rather interesting cooling design which will support cooling with dry ice. That may not be the most useful feature, but it is certainly unique. Drop by TechARP for a closer look.
Subject: Mobile | June 30, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has more information on the upcoming Toshiba Qosmio, the x305 model in this case which has some rather nice sounding components. Built around a 3GHz Intel C2D, supporting up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and with a pair of 200GB 7200rpm drives, the raw performance should be impressive. Add a 17" 1680x1050 screen powered by a mysterious nVIDIA Geforce 9800M GTX graphics with 1GB RAM and you have one impressive laptop.
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition. nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well. These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips. We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHATSWORTH, CA - June 27, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today along with boutique system builder Smoothcreations, and Water cooling mavens, Danger Den the ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition graphics card. This card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.
The HD 4870 is a smoking gun dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 512MB of DDR5 memory and a clock speed of 800 MHz. The memory speed is 1100 MHz and is designed with 800 stream processors.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction. Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po
Subject: Processors | June 27, 2008 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps takes a look at the overclocking performance of Intel's new Wolfdale processor on all of the major chipsets currently on the market. Most of their time is spent on the Intel chipsets, for as they put it (nVIDIA's) "680i = 780i = 790i". There really isn't that much difference, whereas the Intel chipsets have had some significant changes in their updates.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a graphics card update, and you budget just cannot stretch beyond $150, then the 9600 GTS is perfect for you. Ryan tried three different models, the $130 ASUS EN9600GT Silent and ASUS EN9600GT TOP and the $150 XFX 9600 GT XXX Edition. Read through the review and see if you want to spend the extra $20 for the overclocked version.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Serious multi-threaded processing power and a tight race between Intel and AMD in the server market. AnandTech, with a little help, tested quad socket, quad core server setups to see if AMD can climb back into what used to be their strongest market. Take a look at how the server market is right now, just before the release of Dunnington.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Hey, look at this! The GeForce GTX 260 896MB cards are finally showing up in stock! You can read our review of both the GTX 260 and GTX 280 here and then head over to Newegg to pick one up!
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion. As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic. This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling. Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 11:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 27 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an easy way to play your iPod in your car or anywhere else you are having difficulty connecting it, try the Belkin TuneCast Auto. It is an FM transmitter that will broadcast whatever your iPod is playing to an FM channel that you pick, it is as easy as that. circuitREMIX were a little dissapointed with the Clearscan feature, but didn
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2008 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zerotherm's Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler is about the same size and shape of the Ultra 120 from Thermalright,
and has similar performance. SPCR did like the amount of heat this cooler can deal with, but they did find that the fan hurt their sensitive ears at 12V. Take a read through the review and see if you are willing to sacrifice a little quiet fo