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Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone had a chance to look at the PowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme 512MB with clock speeds pushed up to 720MHz and 1800MHz DDR from 670 and 1660, as well as having double the GRAM. You can see how well this does at pushing the performance beyond the 8800GTS and giving the 8800GT a run for it's money. Nice to see AMD back in the running again.
Subject: Storage | November 16, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As X-bit labs points out in their introduction, 250GB HDD offer you a good price per GB, and enough storage that you won't feel cramped. Since there are so many to choose from, they have gathered 30 different makes and models to test out in a huge review. In the end, it turns out that many of the drives will excel in certain applications, while falling behind in others, as well as some interesting findings about Native Command Queuing.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2007 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (November 16, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC2 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card for a suggested retail price of $319 USD.
"Just in time for the launch of the hottest game of the season, the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC2 512MB offers mind-blowing performance at an insane price" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of marketing at BFG Technologies.
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech MX Air Mouse comes equipped with a gyroscope and an accelerometer, which allow you to control your PC with a flick of your wrist. The sleek look is rather unique, the second you see the mouse you know that something is odd with it, apart from the lack of a middle button. DriverHeaven found this mouse to be great for browsing and other applications but almo
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has egg on it's face after they made a peculiar announcement at their Editor's Day, which you can see on the slide over at The Inquirer. With the troubles that all their cards but the new 8800GT have playing back HD content at high resolutions, one might think they would be careful about making that sort of statement.
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - November 15, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled two high-speed, high-capacity memory products designed with hardcore gamers in mind. Itching to experience the incredible graphics and FPS action of EA's highly-anticipated Crysis, gamers across the world will improve their gaming experience from upgrading their PC components and benefit from the optimizations of premium memory.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2007 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although Hellgate:London is made by the same team, and has taken promotion to a new level. I have already seen one of the books in a second hand bookstore, the game it's self has been pimped to us for years, and the demo (with bonus adware!) has been out long enough that most people with even a slight interest have played t
Subject: Systems | November 15, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sonys' VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer gives you the ability to hold 200 DVDs in an enclosure, which you can play on your PC or HTPC. While OCModShop found it far from perfect, if you are looking to tidy up your DVD collection or can't fit anymore HDD into your HTPC, it is a far better solution than rental storage or deleting old movies. Besides, you may like the sound effects.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Xoxide has been relatively quiet, with not many cases up for review on the web, but R&B Mods picked up their X-Purity LCD Edition Case to check out what their designers have been up to. The cooling solutions used in the case have fallen behind the
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2007 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Things are finally heating up in the graphics world at the mid range level, with the introduction of the HD3870 and HD3850. Not only do these cards signify a complete change in the way ATI/AMD names their cards, but they are also a huge change from the release of the HD2900 series. These 2 cards deliver some serious performance for their price range, with the 3850 capable of out performing the 8800GT in some tests. Check out the action at [H]ard|OCP, who test both of these ca
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is help in your quest to find that elusive meeting place, restaurant or just your way home, as long as you carry a GPS near to your heart. Of course, if it is the size and weight of a brick, the chances more likely that it will be used as a doorstop. BCCHardware has a review of 2 GPS units that can solve that problem, the Mio Dig
Subject: Mobile | November 14, 2007 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sony revists the eBook with their Sony Reader, a 7"x5"x.3" e-book reader. In a move from their usual ebooks they have not included only proprietary inputs, this will accept SD cards and will play AAC and MP3 files. If you are even a little tempted, check out the review at Ars Technica to see the other new tricks that are included in this 9oz reader.
Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GA-P31-DS3L is a sub $100 motherboard based on the Intel P31 chipset, and is able to support 45nm processors. As you may guess from the price, it is aimed at those more interested in price than performance. OCC got a surprise when they tried for performance though, this board was quite capable of reaching a 465MHz FSB when they tried overclocking a E6750!
Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the successful launch of the GP Caviar last month, Western Digital has extended their GreenPower lineup with the RE2-GP HDD. It is a one terabyte drive, built for enterprise level storage, so you won't see high burst speeds as this drive is designed to provide reliable constant speeds. It does retain it's lowered power requirements, as you wold expect, and you can see what else WD put in this drive over at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has gathered quite a few links to reviews of the full Crysis game, not just the demo. That's because it has been released in New Zealand and Australia, though still not here. Check out the multiple reviews and see what you missed out on in the demo, even the hacked one.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For lack of anything better to do, Phil Hester climbed on top of a downtown Manhattan building and told the world about AMD's super-secret Spider platform and how it can render the original frames of the first Spiderman movie in real time, a task which the original studios had to do at a blazing fast 1.15740741 x 10-5 frames per second or so. While this does seem to offer some hope as to the power of the Phenom and Quad Crossfire, AMDs other move with the Spider platform s
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 14, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced
the new ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac - a new HDTV
experience for Mac users. ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac integrates
two TV tuners to receive off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts as well as
analog television programming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2007 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250w sports three 20A 12V rails and three 28A 12V rails, which ought to satisfy even Quad CrossFire and triple SLI setups. It also comes with a bottle opener key chain, hopefully for use after you've installed the PSU. [H]ard|OCP found it to be a very quiet, stable and efficient PSU, with one issue that arises when the current dips under 100V AC, though many will never have to worry about that.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ideazon's MERC Stealth Gaming keyboard, if you haven't already seen it, looks like a normal keyboard with a gaming keypad glued to the left side (so sorry lefty gamers). It also sports lighting beneath the keys, presumably so you can game stealthily in the dark. An ergonomics junkie at Techgage tried it out and found it a useful, if a little odd and
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2007 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven has posted a review of the easiest way to get CrossFire up and running, the Visiontek 2600XT Quad. This card is actually two 2600XTs joined at the hip, with the ability to disable the second card if you feel the need. While even a pair of 2600XTs has difficulty keeping up with less expensive nVIDIA cards in gaming, ATI really gets to show off it's superior HD Decoding.