Trying out the 750i chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 11, 2008 - 02:33 PM |

MSI's P7N SLI Platinum motherboard is based on nVIDIA's 750i SLI chipset, with a 430i SPP.  [H]ard|OCP found that overclocking this board was a little tricky, it is rather choosy about the combinations it will run stably with, but it is rewarding with a 1900MHz FSB being reachable as well as the memory being able to hit 1275MHz.  This

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The grand piano of HTPC cases

Subject: Systems | April 11, 2008 - 01:14 PM |

CPU3D has been working with the Thermaltake Mozart VC4001SNS HTPC Chassis, the newest version in the Mozart line.  With the same style that you would expect from previous members of this line, the case will easily blend into a component cabinet, and the quality is in line with Thermaltake's other offerings.  It is big enough to fit full ATX boards, so the sky is the limit when you are picking up the parts to build an HTPC machine.  Pick up the Media Lab model and you will get a VFD front display, remote con

Source: CPU3D

Phil Hester of AMD Resigns

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2008 - 01:09 PM |

Phil Hester joined AMD in its heyday in 2005.  Three years later he has now resigned.  Hester was the CTO of AMD, and the company is claiming that they will not be replacing him with anyone.  While a company such as this really can't survive without a CTO, likely his duties will be given over to another current management member.  Who that member will be?  Hard to say, as guys like Dirk are rather busy.

Source: AMD

264" of TN displays

Subject: Displays | April 11, 2008 - 12:08 PM |

A full dozen 22" TN monitors are up for review in the second installment of X-Bit Labs 22" LCD round up.  Prices for a decent 22" wide screen gaming LCD have hit the $300 mark, a far cry from what they were a year ago.  It also helps that you can pick up a graphics card that can handle 1680x1050 in most games for about the same price.  Read on to get an idea of the state of the market for those looking to game on a wide screen LCD.

Source: X-Bit Labs

"We're going to open a can of whoop ass"

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

nVIDIA's CEO Jen-sun Huang came out gunning after Intel yesterday in an impassioned speech aimed at Intel's claims that rasterization is not scalable and that nVIDIA's future products will not be able to complete with Larrabee.  That isn't all that was announced by nVIDIA, they have plans for a system on a chip as well as partnering with VIA to create a sub $45 platform to take on Intel's Atom processor.  You can read a lot about what Jen-sun said at AnandTech and hear even more about it and our take on

Source: AnandTech

VIA's Isaiah not up to Intel Atom in thermal powers

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2008 - 10:40 PM |

According a friend of a friend of a friend, or rather The Inquirer reporting on a subscription-based article from Microprocessor Report, Intel's Atom processor is going to better than VIA's Isaiah processor in terms of power dissipation.  Nothing is mentioned in terms of performance, but in UMPCs that fit in your pocket the power consumption is really more important we think.

Source: The Inquirer

PSU vendor Ultra sues just about everyone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2008 - 07:01 PM |

Ah, the legal I loath it...and the patent system too I guess.  Apparently Ultra has a patent on using modular cables in a consumer computer - not on modular cables, though, just on USING them in this application.  Sigh.  And so, the lawyers come out flying suing:

Source: Daily Tech

AMD Phenom X4 9850 and motherboard issues

Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2008 - 06:56 PM |

It would seem that not all is well in the world of AMD's newest processors, the Phenom X4 9850Apparently quite a few people are finding that their motherboards based on the 780G and 770 chipsets, also from AMD, might not support the power levels that the X4 9850 and Athlon X2 6400+ require.

Source: General

No macro too long

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 06:28 PM |

It's a keypad, joystick, mouse and gamepad all in one, with a huge ability to handle macros.  You might not be able to program in an entire round of TF2 into the Saitek Cyborg you can have an ungodly amount of pre-programmed macros.  Just trying to figure out how many were possible came close to breaking the reviewer at TECHGAGE.  If funky input devices with glowing lights are your thing, check it out.


OCZ Technology Announces World's Fastest 4GB Kit, the Innovative PC2-9200 Flex II DDR2 Series

Subject: Memory | April 10, 2008 - 04:06 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA - April 10, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the Flex II memory series, designed for blazing speeds demanded by enthusiasts. These premium modules run at incredibly fast DDR2-1150 speeds for high-performance systems with integrated water-cooling.

That's refreshingly mobile

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2008 - 02:56 PM |

The one absolute success that AMD has had lately is the onboard graphics of the 790 chipset and the upcoming RV770 chip.  nVIDIA was slow to the game, but is recovering with a nice refresh of their mobile line, which VR-Zone has listed here.  We are still waiting to hear from Intel, who are rather quiet about their onboard graphics; as Ars Technica named it, Laterbe

Source: VR-Zone

Corsair Receives 80 PLUS "Green" Certification on All Power Supply Units

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2008 - 02:05 PM |

Fremont, CA, April 10, 2008 Corsair, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today that it has been awarded 80 PLUS Certification across the entire Corsair line of Power Supply Units (PSUs), including the award winning modular HX Series, powerful TX Series and value-performance VX Series. 

More Efficient, Same Performance

Learning from the best

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2008 - 01:55 PM |

The OCZ's EliteXStream 1000w PSU does manage to distinguish it's self from the GameXStream series, with it's immaculate 12V line.  80A worth of rock solid 12V on 4 different connectors, with an above 80 efficiency in most cases.  [H]ard|OCP gave this one the gold, as it is obvious that PC Power and Cooling's devotion to quality is rubbing off on OCZ.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The cause of all this racket

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 12:18 PM |

ASUS and Creative just can't get along nicely right now, and need to spend some time in the corner thinking about what they've done.  Creative's new tactic of attacking anyone that even looks at one of their cards a little funny started about the time people started using Vista and it's new audio processing stack.&nbsp

Can you guess who they will blame any crashes on?

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

Clearflow is a new online service at that is supposed to help you avoid traffic jams.  Right now they cover 72 US cities, including the side streets.  The improvement that brings is that instead of blindly switching your route to side streets, and hoping the traffic isn't as bad, Clearflow will know.  That may lead to some routes that keep you on heavily backed up main streets, while others are trapped unmoving in a side street packed with those who bailed from the highway.  Read on

Source: Slashdot

Zaphod's heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2008 - 05:57 PM |

Thermaltake's DuOrb takes the adage that two heads are better than one literally.  Instead of one oversized fan cooling the CPU, you get a pair of 80mm fans, one that glows red and one that glows blue.  At only 202mm x 106mm x 86mm, it is much smaller than the average high powered cooler available on the market, and Legit Reviews proves that it has the performance to

Getting close to beating low latency DDR3

Subject: Memory | April 9, 2008 - 02:56 PM |

 Kingston's PC2-9600 DDR2 (1200MHz) kit runs 5-5-5-15 timings at 2.3V and is just begging to be pushed farther.  Big Bruin had no troubles using this RAM to push an E6850 to 400Mhz with a FSB:DRAM ratio of 5:8.  Considering how cheap these modules are, if you even suspect your RAM is holding back a better overclock, you might want to invest in this kit.

Source: Big Bruin

Kingston Unveils 1600MHz DDR3 Mid-Range Modules

Subject: Memory | April 9, 2008 - 01:59 PM |

Fountain Valley, CA 4/9/08--Kingston Technology
Company, Inc., the independent world leader in
memory products, today announced the launch
of 1600MHz HyperXR DDR3 mid-range memory
for gamers and mainstream users alike.

Sub $300 quad core battle

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 01:44 PM |

We know the stats, the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition running 2.5GHz (12.5x) with a 200MHz bus and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5GHz (7.5x) with a 333MHz.  The cache sizes differ greatly as does the process used to manufacture them.  ExtremeTech tested them both to see what the difference in performance is; unfortunately for AMD, there is a great difference there as well.

Source: Extremetech

I still don't see it

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2008 - 12:21 PM |

Much like William Black in a certain Kevin Smith movie, I just can't see the DX10 sailboat, even if I squint.  Sure, if you take hundreds of screenshots and go over them with a light meter and pantone pallet, you might find some lighting differences.  You won't notice it in a crisis, while aliens are trying to eat you and freeze your planet.  You will notice the frame rate hit easily, especially on AMD's cards.  Don't believe it?  Read what [H]ard|OCP found when testin

Source: [H]ard|OCP