For the Star Wars nerd in us all

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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This is something you really have to see: an R2-D2 HD projector with matching Millenium Falcon remote control.  No, seriously.  A new site from some people we know, tkArena, has the beef:

Intel Penryn mobile chips delayed

Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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This has got to be one of the weakest news "sources" I have ever seen: a report from a guy that got a message from resellers from a Lenovo rep.  But hey, it sounds good, right?  The rumor speaks that Intel's 45nm Penryn-based chips are seeing some delays - and this is not the first time we've heard of this - and that notebook vendors worldwide are in for a swift kick in the ass from customers. 

Source: engadget

Wonder where your Santa Rosa refresh is?

Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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If you have been curious about the lack of Santa Rosa-based platform notebooks recently, part of it might be the upcoming Montevina platform's fault.  According to this story, with the launch of Montevina, and the updated Intel processors for it, coming in in May, some vendors are planning on by-passing the refresh launched just this January.

There are a TON of CPUs set to be unveiled for Montevina including some that go as low as 10 watts TDP! 

Source: Digitimes

Ambidextrous monitor

Subject: Displays | January 14, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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Dell's UltraSharp 3008WFP-HC will accept just about any possible signal, with ports on the back for Analog VGA, DVI-D (2, w/HDCP), HDMI, DisplayPort, S-Video, Composite and Component.  The 8ms gray-to-gray can show some issues in FPS games, but ExtremeTech found the display perfect for watching HD video.  Another consideration for gamers is that it doesn't handle 1680x1050 which some find to be a sweet spot for Crysis.


Source: Extremetech

Pimp my Coolermaster

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 14, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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You will be familiar with the actual cases in the new CSX line from Coolermaster, as they will let you order any of the Coolermaster line before they CSX it.  What that entails is shipping the case off to Smooth Creations for a full paint job, and adding several extra hundred dollars to the total price.



See what the examples at CES 2008 looked like in the gallery at Hardware Secrets
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I don't think the lower temperature is the selling point they were going for

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB looks good to begin with, for only $20 you get double the memory of a regular 8800GT.  Unfortunately we have been disappointed in the past with cards sporting 1 GB of memory, and [H]ard|OCP discovered that this card is no different, 1 GB of RAM on a card of this speed doesn't do anything.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

That's a wrap folks!

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 14, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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CES 2008 may be over, but the news is still rolling in.  Check out these pictures and brief reviews from the floor of CES, as well as a look at how well the show is doing at a time when we are seeing long running tech conferences dying.  If you stop by Techgage, you can get a look at the new improved version of the neatest trick pulled off on a motherboard in a long while ...

Source: TECHGAGE

WW06

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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aka February 4-9, 2008 ...

Source: Tech ARP

Our forums, yours to discover

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 05:59 PM |
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Earlier this week, a way to infect a PC using the Master Boot Record was reported on, which has got a few of our members wondering if there is a way to prevent that from happening, along with easy to follow instructions on how to fix it after you have been infected.  Any ideas out there on preventative measures

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New Asus notebooks at CES impress, cripple

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 04:52 PM |
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Asus had a large presence at CES this year, though they didn't have the booth size to handle it.  With all the press the Asus Eee PC has been getting, you'd have thought they'd splurge on fancy stands and booth babes! 

The products did make quite the impression though; two models in particular stood out to me.

CoolIt shows off new GPU, CPU cooling at CES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2008 - 04:39 PM |
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A small company compared to some of the cooling giants out there, CoolIt is making a name for themselves by making high quality products and the work as advertised.  Some larger system integrators are using their products in their high end systems as well.

First up from CoolIt are two new, complete system GPU water coolers.


That curved Alienware monitor you keep hearing about

Subject: Displays | January 11, 2008 - 04:27 PM |
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A lot of people have been talking about the Alienware monitor that was on display at CES this week.  You know the one: 2880x900 resolution, LED lit DLP technology, due out in the second half of the year.

Here's a couple of images to remind you:


OCZ, PC Power and Cooling showcase at CES 2008

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 04:17 PM |
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CES 2008 might officially be over as of today, but we are still catching up on reporting about everything we saw at the show.  OCZ and the newly acquired PC Power and Cooling companies had plenty of new and interesting things on display.


Breathing life back into DDR2

Subject: Memory | January 11, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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PC2 9384 translates into DDR2-1173, or an actual speed of 586MHz.  If your board can handle that FSB, the fairly low timings of 5-5-5-15 will help to speed up your system, and as the warranty will still cover you at 2.2V, you should be able to get some overclocking out of these DIMMs.  TweakTown had difficulties finding a board that could keep up with

Source: TweakTown

Microsoft keeping an eye on Logitech

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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One of the rumors circulating in the post-CES discussion is about Microsoft looking at purchasing peripheral maker Logitech.  At one point these two companies were #1 and #2 in the world for keyboards and mice and the combination of the two could make for some interesting innovations.

Source: engadget

Intel Launches New Modular Server Building Blocks for Worldwide System Builder Channel

Subject: Systems | January 11, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced the launch of its first modular server building block products that support a server specification announced last July by the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) organization.

Extreme keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Already dropped $10,000 on a maxed out Alienware gaming rig, and have several 30" monitors set up as multiple displays?   Having trouble figuring out what the next purchase should be to ensure your bragging rights?  Check out the Optimus Maximus keyboard, at around $1,500 you be almost guaranteed to be the only one who has one in your neighbourhood once it becomes available in about a month.   Just why is it so expensive?  Chec

Source: Ars Technica

More from CES 2008

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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ASE Labs made the trip through the desert to make it to CES, and they've posted their pictures from Day 3.  One of the most impressive is a 150" plasma TV from Panasonic, but they also peek at Soyo who have switched from motherboards to displays, with a little help from Honeywell.  Take a peek at their other shots here.

Source: Aselabs

AMD steps up

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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There is some good news for fans of AMD via Elite Bastards who talked with AMD about the rumours that the new B3 stepping on Phenoms will be TLB error free.  The B3 Phenom will probably not show huge improvements in speed initially, except for those users who applied the patch instead of coping with the slight possibility of random crashes.  On the other hand, if the speculation that the TLB errata error is what held the clock speeds down on the new Pheno

More Unfortunate News for AMD

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2008 - 08:58 PM |
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Since the original Lake Tahoe event where AMD first showed off Phenom based systems for the press, we have had essentially nothing but bad news concerning the new processor architecture.  The first news was that the 2.4 and 2.6 GHz versions would be launched sometime late Q1 2008, then we had the TLB errata issue, then the pushing back of the tri-core Phenoms, then the pushing back of the revision B3 Phenoms hitting the market, and it seemingly has gone on ad nauseum.