New Corsair TX850W PSU gets released, reviewed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 19, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Yesterday Corsair sent out word that a new power supply with the TX branding was being announced, the TX850W.  Try and guess how many watts its rated at?  650?  No, you're fired.

The TX850W offers 850 watts of power and a dedicated 70A on a single +12V rail.  Both CrossFire and SLI are supported with four 6+2-pin PCIe cables and the unit offers more than 80% energy efficiency.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

First tests of Intel Lynnfield creep up

Subject: Processors | December 18, 2008 - 07:19 PM |
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Intel's upcoming Lynnfield core is based on the Nehalem architecture but adds in an integrated PCI Express 2.0 hub thereby officially nixing the north bridge from the world of PCs going forward.  The PCIe configuration can be setup as a single x16 connection or a pair of x8 ports for SLI and CrossFire solutions.  Lynnfield will still feature quad-cores running with HyperThreading to support eight total threads but the memory controller will be limited to dual-channel DDR3 rather than the triple-channel control we know of on the Core i7 parts. 

Source: 3DCenter

NVIDIA answers questions about notebook driver announcement

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 06:17 PM |
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Though we already posted about NVIDIA's announcement to start supporting drivers for notebook computers, I pinged NVIDIA for some more information and they provided us with the following document that provides quite a bit more information on the topic.  Read on if you have or are thinking about buying that gaming notebook.



NVIDIA Notebook Driver Release

Q:  What are you announcing today?

Laptop dream come true: NVIDIA direct drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:42 PM |
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Long the bane of mobile gaming's existence, NVIDIA has taken the first step in allowing all users of notebook computers that want to the best possible gaming performance access to NVIDIA updated drivers.  Why is this news?  Since the beginning of time, users that wanted an updated graphics driver for their laptop had to wait for their hardware vendor to update it on its own support site.  This happened fairly infrequently and often times not at all.

VIA Trinity Platform merges Nano, VX800 and S3 graphics

Subject: Processors | December 18, 2008 - 05:26 PM |
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Today VIA is promoting a new platform of their own design with the hope of targeting budget desktop, netbook and embedded markets with an ALL-VIA solution.  Included in the mix is the VIA Nano processor, which we have discussed a few times here, the VIA VX800 chipset and S3 on-board graphics that includes DX10.1 support, HDMI output and HD content decode acceleration. 

A fancy new logo graces the platform as well:

BFG Full System Rumors Persist

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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Kyle over at HardOCP has posted a couple of different spy shots of what looks to be a new custom-built PC and PC brand from BFG Tech.  Today, the screenshot depicts a touch screen on the front of the machine and what appears to be the optical drive slot on the TOP of the machine. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Previews the GTX 295 dual-GPU graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2008 - 05:03 PM |
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Today NVIDIA let loose some preview information for the upcoming GTX 295 graphics card - the dual-GPU 55nm GT200-based part that takes back the performance crown from AMD's Radeon HD 4870 X2. 

You can read my preview here that includes some pictures, performance numbers and analysis.

SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry Coming this month!

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2008 - 12:40 AM |
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Good news for anyone with a SlingBox and a Blackberry - a public beta of the SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for download on December 30th.  Since CES in January of 2008, SlingMedia has promised a SlingPlayer for the Blackberry "this year"; looks like they will JUST BARELY be making that deadline!

Get your transcoding engines started

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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Ryan has spent a lot of time working with the new version of Badaboom from nVIDIA, the more expensive and higher quality video transcoder to compete with AMD's offering.  It is not professional level software and can easily be used my anyone but the depth is there in the controls to get exactly what you want.  Read on to get a feel for what may be your best choice in making your videos and DVDs play on anything.

No optimization complaints for GTA IV

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 04:03 PM |
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Neither AMD nor nVIDIA can claim favouritism
when it comes to graphical performance in GTA IV, neither card does as well as it should.  For a DX9 game that lacks antialiasing and anisotropic filtering the performance you will get from a top of the line card may disappoint you.  You can see the performance and some of the differences in graphical settings at [H]ard|OCP, not that the quality will matter too much in a high speed pursuit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Patch 'em if you got 'em

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 03:30 PM |
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Regardless of whether you are into Internet Explorer or Firefox, you have some patching to do today.  Microsoft has just pushed out an emergency patch to deal with the recent highly publicized
flaw that IE7 suffers from instead of waiting until January.  As Trend Micro has identified over 10,000 sites that are actively exploiting that flaw, you might want to apply it right now.

Source: The Inquirer

Available at the Leftorium

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 05:27 PM |
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A lot of gamers are perfectly happy with the dominant style of gaming mice available, at least those with a fair sized right hand.  Lefties with smaller hands have been left out in the cold, forced to use mice without on the fly DPI changes or a half dozen programmable buttons.  Now thanks to the NZXT Avatar you will suffer no longerThink Computers is quite

A different way to think about your display

Subject: Displays | December 16, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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As much as you may want a 100" high def display, the space it takes up can really put a damper on your plans.  That doesn't mean you have to stop dreaming, you just have to dream of a different box.  For $1000 you can get your hands on a 720p projector, or for $2000 you can get 1080p quality.  If that sounds like something you could use in your life drop by Digital Trends to see all 10 models.

Doing the math so you don't have to; unless you want to

Subject: Memory | December 16, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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TechSpot is looking to define the relationship between memory and the Core i7 processor with four simple tests.  The first and second offer a baseline, with their triple channel kit running default timings at 800, 1066, 1333 and 1600MHz; followed by the same test with all latencies set to the same values.  The next two involve tightening the timings and a variety of channel set ups.  Read through this rather long article for a serious amount of hard performance data.

Source: Tech Spot

Flip top head

Subject: Mobile | December 16, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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No matter how many "t"s you put in it, the next evolution in useful ultramobility will be a net enabled tablet PC, like Gigabyte's new M192.  For just under $900 you get a netbook looking device with an 8.9" LCD running at 1280x768 that can flip back to be completely level with the keyboard, thus earning it the tablet moniker.  A 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB DDR2-533 and Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950 provide the power and a 5,400-RPM 160GB platter drive give you plenty of storage space and keeps the price down.  The T

How much does the thought count for?

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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There are now two choices for those who want to transcode video, be it for back up purposes or so that you can watch a favourite DVD on your iPod.  nVIDIA's Badaboom can be purchased for $29.99 and with the help of a Geforce graphics card you can encode to your heart's delight.  AMD's Stream comes for free with the new 8.12 Catalyst.  Once you begin to compare the quality of the two encoding processes, the obvious choice by price proves not to be the obvious choice for watchability.  Take a look at

Source: AnandTech

XFX adds AMD Graphics to its product line

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 15, 2008 - 11:23 PM |
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The rumors were true!  XFX has officially announced that they are going green - the other kind of green, with a bit or red in it.  Gross.

Anyway, XFX, well known for their line of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, has on their website news to expect AMD-based parts in early 2009, which is only a couple of short weeks away. 

Big cooling in small places

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2008 - 03:58 PM |
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The CNPS9300 AT is the little brother of the CNPS9700, allowing it's use in systems where larger coolers simply cannot fit.  It won't win any prizes as the best cooler in it's class, but you won't be disappointed by it's performance when you consider how much surface area has been lost.  BCCHardware is quite confident of recommendi

Source: BCCHardware

Enermax gets the gold again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has tested 4 Enermax PSUs, the most recent being the Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W, and every single one has come off of their test bench with a Gold Award.  This model is for the extremely power hungry, retaining an 85% or greater efficiency at full load even with a less than optimal power source.  If you have a need for a kilowatt or more of power, the Revolution is a good choice.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lynnfield is coming

Subject: Processors | December 15, 2008 - 03:15 PM |
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AMD isn't the only one sharing silicon today, the new Core i5 Lynnfield series is making headlines as well.  There are no direct comparisons
as of yet, but the pictures at Expreview show some interesting hints at the performance of the new chip.  It uses a different socket, LGA 1160, and will be priced below $200, so do not imagine a direct competitor to the Core i7 especially if Intel does wait until Q3 2009 to start selling these chips.

Source: Expreview