Thermal conquistador

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2008 - 09:17 PM |
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The Tech Report, having just finished a review of the Osiris case took a look at the similar Conqueror from Rosewill.  The case has a  rather sparse design, with a lot of space for installing your components and to fit in fans.  In the configuration TR tried, they had a pair of 120mm intake fans in front of the HDD bays and a single 120mm exhaust fan.  For only $80 you can pick up a case whose cooling performance beats the Osirus.

Install once, run anywhere

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2008 - 06:37 PM |
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Slightly smaller than a stack of 3 DVDs, the Seagate FreeAgent Go 120GB Portable Hard Drive will hold a lot more of your data while you are travelling.  It connects via USB, which also supplies it's power, so this drive really won't add much weight or bulk to your laptop bag.  Perhaps Think Computers' favourite feature of this drive i

Taking the high road and the low road

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 05:27 PM |
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The mid ranged ATI Radeon HD 4670 has arrived at Newegg.  If you have $80 and want to be able to play most games at very high image quality settings @ 1280x1024 and have enhanced HD video playback, this card is perfect for you.  It also has some interesting new power states, ensuring that the card is only pulling the power that it needs at the time. 

Source: Guru of 3D

Danger, danger, Will Wright!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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Spore, a game in development as long as DN:F, has arrived to mixed reviews.  Those that have played it, like Ars Technica, offer good reviews with some caveats.  The main concern is the future pay for expansion packs, which may explain the shallowness many reviewers felt was the games weakness.  Ars, for one, worries that future expansion packs will be released for each of the stages, finally giving the depth to the game that should have been there in the first place. 

Source: Ars Technica

Out, damn heat; out I say!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money;  but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens.  Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse.  [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 03:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, mainstream graphics offerings that deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance while consuming less power than a standard light bulb.

Source: AMD

The affordable HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2008 - 11:07 PM |
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Many of the higher end enclosures for HTPCs come with bucket loads of extras and a price tag around the $500 range, which is great if the aesthetics are your top priority.  For those who want to spend most of the money on the parts that actually do the work, the choices are limited.  A normal PC case will stick out like a sore thumb and modding can be a very daunting proposal for those without the required tools, or the practice.  There is hope in the form of the

It's so tiny it's almost cute

Subject: Mobile | September 9, 2008 - 07:41 PM |
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The new Eee from ASUS PC 901 netbook is tiny, 8.86" wide by 6.9", just over twice the size of a CD case.  Powered by an Atom N230 running at 1.6GHz and with 1GB of 533MHz DDR2, the tiny size doesn't mean you will be lacking in power. You can also keep using it on long flights, it is rated 7.8 hours of run time thanks to some interesting power savings tweaks.  Check out the new face of ultra mobile at The Tech Report.

It's not easy being the greenest

Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2008 - 07:14 PM |
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Three different motherboard companies, three different solutions to making their motherboards greener.  Tweaktown tests out how these different energy management systems effect overclocking, as well as the difference in system power consumption when their energy saver technology is turned on. 

Source: TweakTown

Quiet and efficient; only slightly temperamental

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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The latest PSU to come across Lee's desk is the 450W fan-less SilverStone Nightjar. 
With a pair of PCI-e power connectors, you can build yourself a silent PC with a higher end graphics card, assuming that everything is passively cooled and you picked up an SSD for your storage.  You do need to keep the ambient temps fairly low for this to work however, and find a 240V plug to get this PSU up to it's full 450W.  Read the full review at the top of the page.

Google is gone to swim with the fish

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 03:48 PM |
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The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres.  Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters.  Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig.  Drop by The R

Source: The Register

X-Fi Titanium, now available on Vista

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 09:18 PM |
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Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty  and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them.  No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio.  This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot.  Testing audio devices really does boi

A win for the new guy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 8, 2008 - 07:03 PM |
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It is very unlikely thay you've heard of Titan Cool; they are a company in Germany that produces heatsinks and their newest, the Idol TTC-NK75TZ(RB) CPU Cooler blew Think Computers minds.  It handily beat out Thermaltake and SilentX, giving some of the best cooling performance they have seen.  They did notice one odd thing about the model they were sent; though it worked perfectly well, the cooler was not lined up with the motherboard.

Adult only graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2008 - 05:45 PM |
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XFX brands their overclocked graphics cards as XXX; but if EVGA can use FTW, then I guess it isn't too inappropriate.  Both the 260 and the 280 models are available, and [H]ard|OCP benchmarked them on a system with a QX9770 overclocked to 3.6GHz.  They even managed to get a bit of an overclock out of these factory overclocked cards, which may put a sparkle in the eyes of some enthusiasts.  Drop by to see how they stack up against the HD4870 and HD4780 X2.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It might be justified; but they were still bragging

Subject: Storage | September 8, 2008 - 04:10 PM |
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As it turns out, Intel's newly developed SSD speed superiority complex was based on solid facts; they've pulled off a C2D like coup in the storage market with their new X25-M 80GB SSD.  Looking at Ryan's testing, you can see that this drive pulls off a win in almost every test except the sustained write tests, which have always been the Achillies heel of SSD drives.  With the 0.1ms random access time, that problem is forgivable, and as the main storage of a web server it would be in a class all it's own.  Too ba

Big Blue rears it's head

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 03:53 PM |
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Since IBM changed the focus of their business toward providing 'solutions' rather than hardware, they have slipped into a quiet role providing data centres with their expertise, while the regular user hears nothing about them.  While that will most likely remain the case, you will probably be seeing a lot more advertising from IBM in the near future.  You can read this article on The Inquirer to learn a bit more about "the Internet of things", silos and the New Enterprise

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Introduces Solid-State Drives for Notebook and Desktop Computers

Subject: Storage | September 8, 2008 - 03:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2008 - Intel Corporation announced today it has begun shipping Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs) based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology for laptop and desktop computers.

Troubles getting started first thing?

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 10:20 PM |
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When it is your brain that has trouble starting up in the morning it is usually fairly easy to fix, with a massive influx of caffeine.  When it is the PC that has trouble starting up, things can be a little more complicated, but is usually fixable with a little help from your friends.   While you are fiddling around with your BIOS, and happen to hav

Speed and space

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2008 - 08:48 PM |
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As you might expect, the Western Digital VelociRapter 300 GB HDD is focused on speed, though you might not expect it to out pace the 150GB model.  That is exactly what happened in Techware Lab's testing however, with this being pretty much the fastest platter drive you can get your hands on.  Sure, it will set you back at it's current pricing of a dollar per gigabyte, but

Can't you just do one thing really well anymore

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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Computer mice are getting population density that would make one think there was silo full of grain in every PC store.  It seems that every company even slightly related to PCs have to release a mouse, keyboard or high quality mat.  The newest is NZXT with their NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse.  The stats certain match up with other gaming mice, 6469 FPS, 650-2600 DPI, 5.8 Megapixels/second and up to 1000 USB reports/second, as well as claiming to be ambidextrous.  Check out the rev