The perfect PSU for the Spider Platform

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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It's the b-Tarantula 650 Watt PSU of course!  It has a pair of 20 amp 12V rails, an oversized cooling fan and a different take on modular cabling.  When Modders-Inc threw a pair of XFX 8800GTS 320MB cards in; the system was drinking up to 410W and the rails stayed nice and level.  The biggest drawback to this PSU that I can see is that I can't find it for sale anywhere.

Source: Modders-Inc

O HTPC, where art thou?

Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM |
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Techware Labs takes on the mystery of the HTPC, and why it hasn't caught on.  Sidestepping the Linux issue, as learning even the small but of Linux needed to set up an HTPC can be daunting, they focus on the 4 flavours of Windows Media Center Edition.  One the biggest mysteries that they touch on, and that has always bothered myself, is the cost.  To buy a DVD player, DVR and cable box costs far more than building a pre assembled HTPC.  See what light they can shed on the mystery in the full article

nVIDIAs chipset refresh

Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 02:02 PM |
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780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet.  [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier.  This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture.  Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Three's company too?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:42 PM |
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These raw stats are probably the most telling.  Crysis on high quality @ 1920*1200 with a pair of 8800 Ultras is 34.5 fps, with the third in it goes all the way up to 35.0fps.  The story for very high quality and 4XAA @ 1920*1200 is 19.0fps to 27.0fps, which is almost playable.  Check out The Tech Report for a full look at how games play on a PC with over $2000 of graphics power.

You've got to be kidding!

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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If you can tell a lot about what someone thinks of you by the gifts they give you, then what do these tell you about what Microsoft thinks of PC users?  Seriously, follow the link at Slashdot!  Find out what these sub-par Lego people (minifigs) consider their favourite foods and music. 

Do you feel more appreciated now?

Source: Slashdot

WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY LEADERS LAUNCH INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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I share Ars Technica's concerns about this group.  Made up of hardware manufacturers and resellers with two huge, borg like gaming companies and Microsoft, who treats their gaming division as a hobby; praising Walmart and Best Buy for their contributions to PC gaming.

Does anyone besides me remember the locally owned gaming store, or play games from more obscure companies that don't get shelf space in the electronics chain stores?

Source: Email

Lots of NVIDIA 9600 GT rumors and information

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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There are a lot of rumblings about the NVIDIA 9600 GT today, and not all of it from NVIDIA and its partners.  First up, AMD has apparently been on the war trail talking about how the company is "not fazed by impending Nvidia 9600 launch" and that it has "had cards offering similar, if not better, features on the market for the past three months."  This all comes from Digitimes, that also points out that the 9600 GT will lack features like DX10.1 support, integrated DVI-to-HDMI supp

Creation of the the PC Gaming Alliance leaves questions

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:03 AM |
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If you are curious about this new "PC Gaming Alliance" that was announced at GDC as a partnership between Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, Epic, AMD, Acer, Activision, Razer, and Dell.  What is it going to DO exactly?  They are looking to give the PC its single-voice champion to communicate to the gamer, to help in communicating requirements and also....well we aren't quite sure.  And Ben at Ars Technica seems to have the same inquisitive reaction.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Delivers 'Hard-Core' Eight-Core Platform for PC Performance Aficionados

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 - For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform.

Leaving your chipset in the dust

Subject: Memory | February 19, 2008 - 02:56 PM |
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The Patriot Viper Extreme 2GB PC3-15000 kit run at 1866MHz and timings of 8-8-8-24 and while it hasn't appeared on Pricegrabber or NewEgg, some smaller retailers seem to be selling the kit for over $500.  Overclockers Online pushed the voltage up to 2.06V and managed several overclocks, some with tighter timings and some with higher frequencies, which they compare performance wise.  Along the way they made some interesting discoveries about XMP on the ASUS Maximus Extrem

An IBM by any other name

Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Lenovo's T-Series ThinkPads have arrived at Think Computers.  The widescreen T61p is 1.1-inches thick, weighs only 5lbs and comes in both 14.1" and 15.4".  Apart from the screen size, the two biggest differences are that the 15.4" model comes with a C2D T7700
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570, while the 14.1 has a C2D T7300 and Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M.  Check out the full review for more.

Guaranteed overclock for less

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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Uberclok is a relatively new PC builder, who offers prebuilt overclocked PCs for a fair amount less than what you pay at other suppliers.  AnandTech did the math, and there is only a $400 difference between building one of these rigs yourself.  The premiums Uberclok offer are a 3 year warranty, 30 day guarantee and a tech support line, so it's up to you to decide your preference.  Take a look at the full review of the Ion to see how well it performs.

Source: AnandTech

It's only 2 days away

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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In the mood to pick up a mid-range nVIDIA card?  Well, don't!  At least not until the 21st, when we see the debut of the 9600GT, and a drop in the price of the 8600GTS.  Unless the rumoured delays we heard about yesterday turn out to be true.  Wen it does arrive, a 64 pipe 500MHz GPU with 512MB of 2000MHz RAM for under $200 seems to be a challenge to AMD's lower priced cards.

Source: Digitimes

Signal taps: HD-DVD is out!

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 10:34 AM |
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If could embed the song here, I would...

Source: Daily Tech

Who needs Fatal1ty when you have ASUS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2008 - 06:07 PM |
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ASUS is getting into everything nowadays.  They are not content with holding a huge portion of the motherboard market, they also do graphics cards and are now getting into coolers.  [H]ard|OCP reviews three ASUS heatsinks, the Silent Knight, Triton 77 and Silent Square EVO.  The design of these heatsinks are very unique and their performance might be better than you think.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

30% overclock beats a 30% discount any day!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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The EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS 384 MB offers a nice challenge to the HD3850, and even the 3870 in some cases.  With a 550MHz GPU and 800MHz RAM, it can keep up with most of it's competitors, the cutbacks happened in the bus width which has been throttled back to 192 bit.  With a bit of work, TechPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Budget upgrade for Penryn processors

Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2008 - 02:51 PM |
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The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises.  The 650i chipset isn't usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in.  Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers.  Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.

Source: AnandTech

Has the GeForce 9600 GT been delayed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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It would appear that its possible the 9600 GT is seeing FURTHER delays and a possible recall, at least according to this story at The Inquirer.  There is no reason given for the delay.

Source: The Inquirer

Younger, bigger, faster

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2008 - 12:26 PM |
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If you have wondered why hard drives always seem to have a revision number in their names, (i.e.

Source: Tech ARP

9800 GX2 clocks revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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It looks like the debate on what the final clock speeds of the NVIDIA 9800 GX2 might be settled; and we posed this question just yesterday in our latest podcast episode

Here's the rumored data: