Peddie Research details GPU market increases

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2008 - 09:57 AM |
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Peddie Research seems to have evidence that the world of the GPU grew rather strongly in 2007, despite early months of lagging. 

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Microsoft and Yahoo! get official

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 09:52 AM |
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Want to know today's big news before your friends?  Its the formal announcement of an acquisition ATTEMPT from Microsoft on Yahoo for $44+ billion dollars.

Source: engadget

Extensomatic PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2008 - 06:15 PM |
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Nesteq is a fairly new PSU supplier and their ECS7001 PSU offers an interesting take on modular cabling.  It has something called an EECS, Enhanced Easy Connecting System, which allows you to add a cable directly to the end of another, as opposed to going back to the PSU to plug it in.  Driver Heaven tested it out under load, and were quite impressed with the stability of it's power, until they hit exactly 600W, when this 700W PSU gave them a bit of a surprise.

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Getting more from your gaming notebook

Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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NZXT's Cryo LX Notebook Cooler is built like a tank, has four USB ports and three adjustable 120mm fans.  It is designed for 17" to 19" laptops, and thanks to NZXT putting some thought into how the airflow would behave it should cool any notebook that fits on it.  Although their ears weren't too happy with teh cooler, even at low speed, Big Bruin did find that this cooler works as advertised, and the one place they could find it for sale was onl

Source: Big Bruin

My god! It's full of stars

Subject: Storage | January 31, 2008 - 01:59 PM |
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Eat your heart out Apple, PCs can get stylish add ons too.  This particular case is an external hard drive case with a resemblance to a certain unfathomable monolith.  The LaCie Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton will look at home near any system that you put some work into looking attractive, and beats most of the other styles that external HDDs sport.  Digital Trends review

A second look at a second graphics card

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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With a few new driver revisions and a brand new chipset, the 780i, Elite Bastards has revisited SLI performance, this time with a pair of GeForce 8800 GT 512MB cards.  When SLI first started to be introduced, there were many cases where you needed to squint pretty hard to spot a performance between single and dual card rigs.  Now, they are happy to report that the numbers speak for themselves.

You've got to ask yourself a question; do I feel lucky?

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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If you are one of the few, the brave, the masochistic ... the Vista user; then next week you will need to make a decision.  TechARP has heard that Vista Service Pack 1 will be released next week.  Should you install it right away, or wait until the moon is right, and your dominant star is in the cool part of the sky, and you have sacrificed a few XP disks and EULAs to the great Gates?

Only you can decide.

Source: Tech ARP

That's just teasing

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime.   Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage.  There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.

Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.

Source: FUTUREMARK

3DMark Vantage screenshots are impressive

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 31, 2008 - 10:14 AM |
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Now, we're not going to try to make an article out of a mound, or something like that, but these screen shots are pretty impressive.  I've included one below but you should check out the teaser page for the upcoming 3DMark Vantage for a couple more.


Intel is in a race against it's self

Subject: Motherboards | January 30, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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Surprisingly, they are winning.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Small and sturdy wins the race

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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The Tech Report is quite fond of the new Sansa Clip MP3 Player.  It offers more flash storage than the Zen Nano they used previously, 15hrs of battery life, a small OLED display and weighs in at 26g.  Read the full article on this MP3 player that puts the iPod Shuffle to shame.

It had better do more than just beat the Q6600

Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below.  For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor.  This chip, if paired with the right mot

Source: TECHGAGE

Does that make Crysis EA's foray into benchmarking?

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio.  Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests.  The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works. 

Source: AnandTech

Oh, those crazy Germans

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register.  They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched.  They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th

Source: The Register

Asustek announces Eee family product lines

Subject: Systems | January 30, 2008 - 09:47 AM |
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It should come as no surprise that Asus wants to capitalize on the Eee PC branding that has been so damn popular.  Would you be interested in an E-DT (desktop computer), an E-TV or an E-Monitor?

Source: Digitimes

The secret thirsts of sleeping electronics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2008 - 07:10 PM |
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Hardware Secrets, armed with a digital power meter checked out the draw that electronic equipment pulls when in standby mode.  They split the results into four groups: zero consumption, negligible (consumption below 0.5 W), significant (between 0.5 W and 10 W) and huge (above 10W).  You might be surprised how much the huge category drinks up when supposedly sleeping.

Roll your own keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 03:03 PM |
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If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like.  Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.

Source: Hack a Day

Just in case you have too much money

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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The Thermaltake SwordM VD5000BNA Super Tower Chassis deserves the title super, although the $500 price tag is debatable.  The first picture you will see of it in Big Bruin's review is the open configuration, and this case opens in ways you have not seen previously.  There are so many unique features to this case, from the faux-heatsink exterior to the pop up top that you should read the full rev

Source: Big Bruin

AMD loses major Asian super computing deal

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips.  Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems.  Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.

Source: The Inquirer

Prehensile Power

Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviewed the Powermonkey, a very handy device if you are on the road and find yourself with a gadget that is running low on power.  It has a wall socket adapter that can handle around 130 different countries plugs, and can charge a huge amount of phones, PDAs and other mobile devices.  There is also a Powergorilla for your laptop.

Source: [H]ard|OCP