State C7 - your brain, half an hour before quitting time on Friday

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 5, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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During the recent PC Perspective Podcast, you may have heard us mention the evolution of C-states in the CPU while we were discussing the Nehalem's ability to shut off power to certain cores while cranking up the speed of those remaining powered.  If you were scratching your head about how that applied, or just need some reminding about what what each of states represents, drop by Hardware Secrets for a refresher.

Googling the crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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Google's release of the Chrome browser has sparked a huge amount of prognostication from the tech community, much like Android when it was first announced.  Tie that in with their win in the broadcast spectrum wars, ensuring that they, and other ISPs, have access to the C-block portion of the spectrum.  Things are happening for Larry and Sergei, there is no doubt about that, but what the plan looks like in it's entirety is.  The Tech Lounge has one plausible theory you can re

Old card, new driver and BIOS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 06:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP held off on their review of the HD4870 X2 until it's driver and BIOS had time to mature.  They also pitted it against a pair of GeForce GTX 260 in SLI, just to make it fair for nVIDIA.  How did it fare?  If you are 2560x1600 widescreen gamer, you will want to see the benchmarks.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ECS Ships 9800 GTX+ Hydra - Water Cooler SLI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 04:46 PM |
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A couple of weeks ago a rather large package arrived at our door with the tagline of "graphics card" attached.  Hmm, usually they aren't THIS big I thought...

Notice the BFG GeForce GTX 280 card in front of the ECS Hydra GeForce 9800 GTX+ box; that should give you some kind of sense of scale. 

Power in your pocket

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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If you don't have an Altoids tin handy to make a MintyBoost, or just aren't that into creating your own homebrew projects, you may find you really like a company called Ecosol.  Their Powerstick, a USB powered portable charger with a big pile of connectors that will let you hook up to and recharge just about anything.  Check it out at AnandTech.

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Memory with an entrance requirement

Subject: Memory | September 4, 2008 - 02:17 PM |
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If you pick up Corsair's DDR3-2133 kit, you had better make sure you have some experience overclocking, as you won't be able to find a motherboard that supports that speed straight out of the box.  AnandTech did make it happen, using a DFI X48 board.  Take a look at what they had to go through to get a stable system running these modules.

Source: AnandTech

One motherboard, hold the extras

Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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When Extremetech reviewed the

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Show me the way to go Toliman

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Thanks to CHW's sharp eye, or stealthy skills, we have an idea what AMDs processor roadmap for the end of this year looks like.  There aren't any huge surprises but it is nice to have the timings confirmed.  Let's hope the end of this year has them narrowing the performance gap between Intel's and AMD's chips.

 


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The power that you paid for

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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The first ever Xigmatek power supply to hit [H]ard|OCP's test bench is the NRP-HC1001' a 1000W PSU with 4 12V rails.  Unfortunately, it seems that Xigmatek spent more time and effort on the promotional material than they did on the PSU it's self.  It did pass all of the tests that were thrown at it, but came in at the bottom when compared to

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tight pixels

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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The ViewSonic VX1962wm 19-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is perfect for someone without enough desk space to fit a 22" or larger LCD, but want the higher resolution that the larger monitors offer.  With a 1680x1050 resolution and 2ms response time, it looks good on paper, and Think Computers testing proves that it does well in t

55nm and NVIDIA and AMD's Dual Core Phenom

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 01:59 PM |
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AMD's graphics division has certainly been on the ball as of late.  The 4000 series of Radeons have catapulted them back into the running, and there are certainly few weaknesses to these parts unlike the 2000 and 3000 series.  AMD has also been quite aggressive in going after 55 nm production, and all of their major parts right now use that process node to great success.  The HD 3000 series started the kickoff, then their integrated graphics parts quickly followed suit, and finally the 4000 series became the culmination of AMD's 55 nm design experience.  NVIDIA has taken a

Let someone else do the work

Subject: Systems | September 3, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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The Cyberpower Gaming Infinity Quad Elite system offers you a lot of power without much work, though it will take a good chunk of your money.  You do get what you pay for from Cyberpower; the full review at DriverHeaven certainly proves that.  The list of components read like most gamers wish list and the Anubis case is the icing on the cake.  Go take a look, but be prepared to feel envious.

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A scenic view

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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PAX has been offering hands on time with a several games that fans are waiting with baited breath for.  StarCraft 2 was not among them, but Fallout 3 was and AnandTech has posted an HD video of the first glimpses of the world beyond the vault doors.  Drop by for a look at what Bethesda has done to one of the best post-apocolyptic games series around.

Source: AnandTech

Ohhh ... shiny

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Google's plans to grab ultimate rule the web were moved ahead with the release of Chrome, their new browser.  Multiple threads, memory management improvements and various other new features are included in this 'reinvention' of the browser.  You can pick up a copy yourself and give it a try yourself, or you could read a bit about it before you jump right in.   TECHGAGE is a good place to start if you are going to

Source: TECHGAGE

SiSoftware Sandra 2009 Released: Graphics and GPGPU Support

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 11:11 AM |
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London, UK, September 1st 2008 - We are pleased to launch SiSoftware Sandra 2009, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers and networks.

At SiSoftware from version to version we focus four key areas of software development to make sure we give our users the best software experience. Quite simply our four drivers are:

Source: SiSoftware

GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship -- GO OC 2008

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 11:05 AM |
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City of Industry, CA, August 29, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to today announce the first annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) - to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday, September 25th, 2008.

The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship promises to be the industry's largest global overclocking competition in history with overclockers from 23 countries including Australia, China, France Germany, Greece, HK, India, Indonesia, Iran,

Backing up your back up

Subject: Storage | September 2, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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There is a growing business in providing external hard drives as a back up medium.  Many of the solutions by companies you have never heard of offer a terabyte or more of storage, no features and will run you over $1000 dollars.  On the other side are many of the names that enthusiasts love and trust, offering plenty of features and over a terabyte of storage for well under $1000. 

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Sounds like food poisoning to me

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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The new affordable gaming mouse from RAZER has been saddled with a rather unfortunate name, the Salmosa, which sounds like a popular South Asian snack which for some strange reason was filled with funny smelling ground salmon instead of potato, and which might send you to the hospital if you eat it.   That aside, if you are looking for a high quality mouse without a dozen extra buttons and a big price tag, check out Bjorn3D's review.

Source: Bjorn3D

GIGABYTE P45 support native 1333MHz DDR2 memory

Subject: Motherboards | September 2, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, September 1, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce their entire lineup of Intel P45 and P43 chipset based motherboards have just received a DDR2 memory performance upgrade. By upgrading to the latest BIOS, GIGABYTE P45 motherboards are able to support native 1333MHz DDR2 memory, while the GIGABYTE P43 motherboards are able to support 1200MHz DDR2 memory natively.

Watch those elbows!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 2, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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The NZXT Tempest is rather aptly named as it has a total of six 120 and 140mm fans and has enough space inside to accommodate watercooling if you are so inclined.  Either way it will give you a nice quiet case that keeps your temperatures reasonable, and it's other features will keep you happy as well; which is why Lee gave it a PC Perspective Gold Award.  One warning should come with the case ...