Who needs a top 10 list?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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When FrostyTech can set you up with a list of coolers 132 models long.  Every LGA775 compatible heatsink worth mentioning is included, from the incredible Prometeia Mach2 GT that will keep you 50C below ambient to the dangerous to run Igloo 5058 Light E that ran at over 60C above ambient.  Read through and see where your cooler sits, and which models might be better.  Too bad they may have to start from scratch with the Core i7.

Source: Frosty Tech

Year of the Sequel: Part 2 : The Return

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series?  Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap?  Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely. 

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's not so secret announcement

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.

The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.

Phenom's don't cost a bundle, but they come with one now

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it.  The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom.  If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo

Source: The Inquirer

Divergent species

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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ASUS has two very different schools of thought when it comes to mobile computing.  On the one hand you have the tiny little Eee PC, which pares down everything it can in the name of extended battery life and lower weight.  Then there is the gaming laptop, like the ASUS G50V series.  Built purely for power, with little thought given to overall weight and battery life.  The mode

I'm sorry, your brain's current driver is incompatible with the NIA

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up.  Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer.  They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo

A powerful example of design

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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A lot has been said about Enermax over the years, as the quality of their products have undergone some changes, recently the talk has been about the Enermax Revolution series.  AnandTech's review of the Enermax Revolution 85+ High Efficiency PSU shows that the company is currently on an upswing.  The only times this unit dipped below 85% efficiency were when it was under 1000W of load on 120VAC or less, fed on 230VAC it didn't hit the 85% until almost 1200W load.  Add the ability to provid

Source: AnandTech

Hey! That's no virus

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus.  You really, really want to keep that file.  Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day.  Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming.  In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can

Source: Slashdot

They're here!

Subject: Processors | November 11, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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You can get a little closer to owning an Intel Core i7 processor; some online retailers are selling the three models as a pre-order, according to CNET.  The preorder may ensure that there is stock, but sadly you will still have to wait the six days until the official launch before you can actually lay your hands on it and get it into a system.  It still may be a great idea if you want to be the first kid on your block to have one, we really don't know how much stock will be ava

How hot are these new chips

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has been spending a lot of time with the new Core i7 processors, testing and retesting as new BIOS, motherboards, RAM and overclocking tweaks have surfaced.  One of the biggest hurdles has been cooling these new CPUs, all the previous experience with Core2 no longer applies.  There is a video and chart that shows just what to expect with a Core i7 965 and stock cooling ... it's not pretty.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Having them do the work does come at a premium

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 02:46 PM |
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Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz.  Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Finding the perfect mate

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips.  You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3.  TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations.  See what differences they saw here.

Source: TECHGAGE

Back up that nostalgia

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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When Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic first came out, the requirement of 160 MB available hard disk space was incredibly huge.  Windows 2K or 98SE plus Unreal and a few other programs didn't leave 160MB free on a HDD that was under 1GB total storage.  Fast forward to a more recent machine, and a fully updated, modded and map packed Unreal Tournament 3 installation broke the 10GB mark.  Hard drives have changed a lot in a short amount of time, and

NVIDIA BREAKS VISUAL COMPUTING BARRIERS WITH FIRST 4GB GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.

"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.

Source: NVIDIA

Now that's Vista Ready

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be.  Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist.  The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small.  Engadg

Source: engadget

Keeping the 'U' in Forum

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM |
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The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money.  Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it.  Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets.  To help out, you should always check the

Sounds like Christmas is coming

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM |
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Hoping for a new stereo system this year?  Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system?  Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available.  There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all.  You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.

(Note)Book of the Dead V2.0

Subject: Mobile | November 7, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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If you have seen Evil Dead and various other horror movies, the paint job on the Smoothbook DR will bring back fond memories, as it is a bang on reproduction of the Necronomicon. 
Don't think that the beauty of this machine is only skin deep, there is a Q9500, 4Gb of DDR2-800 and two 8800M GPUs inside, as well as an SSD and a Blu-Ray drive.  Check it out at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Corsair voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer 2008"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA, November 7, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it has been voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer" by the readers of Custom PC Magazine for the second year running.

Corsair was chosen above all other brands by Custom PC's audience of true technology enthusiasts and overclockers in the magazine's annual awards survey.

No goop for you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Now that the heatsink retention clips have changed from the style which required you to push down and in quite strongly to attach the heatsink, or if it goes badly then to drive the screwdriver or knife through the motherboard and tracings, the least favourite part for many is the application of thermal paste.  Trying to get it spread thinly and evenly on the core and then trying not to smear it when placing the heatsink on can be frustrating.  Gelid has a solution, their new Silent Spirit CPU Cooler
comes with thermal paste already on the heatsink. 

Source: techPowerUp!