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

790i chipset costs 90% more than X48

Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2008 - 12:17 PM |

Interesting information has filtered out about NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset recently on the subject of cost and how NVIDIA's pricing scheme is forcing board vendors to charge extremely high prices for 790i solutions.  According some reports NVIDIA is charging as much as $115 per chipset for the 790i Ultra SLI - for comparison Intel apparently charges about $60 for their super-end product, the X48 chipset.  That is a HUGE difference of more than 90% and we

Move along; nothing to see here

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

HP has a problem on their hands after selling HP USB Floppy Drive Keys with an infection already on them, target at the very ProLiant servers that the Drive Keys were for.  Plug in the drive and you will have a worm spreading to every networked drive and beyond.  This hybrid floppy/flash drive is not exactly common hardware, so the premise that this is a targeted attack seems to be the simplest explanation.  Read more about the report on Slashdot, and if you have HP ProLiant servers that you fee

Source: Slashdot

RV770 could be ready by June

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM |

It looks like the RV770 chip is coming along pretty well and at least according to this report could be out in time for Computex in June.

We learned that the RV770 GPU already went to production and
there is a big chance to see R700 generation much earlier than anyone has
expected. TSMC is already in pilot production and the chips are, as we
reported earlier, developed in 55nm machitecture.

ASUS shows triple HD 3850 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |

Fudzilla is showing pictures of the upcoming ASUS Triple Radeon HD 3850 card - that's three GPUs on a single card.  With 1.5GB of memory, ASUS is actually using mobility-based MXM cards for the design and is using water-cooling to keep the GPUs in line. 

Source: fastlanehw

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Widely Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |

The widespread availability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor marks a new era in the server processor market in terms of performance, virtualization, energy-efficiency and investment protection. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor sets a new pace for meeting the needs of today's most demanding datacenters. Conceived from its inception with a close eye on customer needs, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor design and architecture gives server customers cutting-edge computing performance in an energy-efficient design.

Source: AMD

First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:15 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 9, 2008 --Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.

Source: AMD

Futuremark online only benchmark launches

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2008 - 06:42 PM |

The gang at TG Daily has a good article that looks at a new benchmark being launched by Futuremark that is fast, and online only.  No need to download a several hundred MB installer here - just allow the plugin to load and off you go.  Obviously the detail you get from this kind of report is VERY basic and Futuremark uses the results page to litter you with advertisments and purchasing recommedations on how to "increase your score".  G

Source: TG Daily

Games for Windows closes print mag, moves online only

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 06:38 PM |

In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the website to cover PC games there.  I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well.  This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though

Source: Shacknews