A real reason to head to the MSDN

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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It's official, there will be a Windows 7 Beta disk for those attending the MSDN.  Follow the links from [H]ard|OCP to read the official story, as the DVD won't actually be in the bag.  According to one source, the DVD won't quite be ready in time, but Microsoft promises to ship to attendees it as soon as it is ready.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just enough to do what you have to

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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The new HP Compaq 6735s runs an AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 @ 1,9 GHz on a 790G mobile chipset, sporting a Radeon HD3200 and it has 2GB DDR2.  With 250Gb of storage and a DVD-R drive, being able to take a lot on the road with you is quite easy. Check out the laptop that InsideHW calls a workhorse here.

Source: InsideHW

Think of it as a compact castle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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The SilverStone Fortress FT01 Mid-Tower Case is a Temjin on a serious reducing diet.  No longer supporting eATX boards, suddenly the wide open spaces that the TJ series has in most builds are gone, with just the right amount of space for even a high end system.  It does have a lot of air cooling, with 180mm fans being used and can support external water cooling setups thanks to the rubber grommets at the back of the case.  Read the fu

Three of a kind

Subject: Motherboards | December 2, 2008 - 12:31 PM |
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Three top X58 models are on display at Hardware Zone, the ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme, the MSI Eclipse SLI and the Gigabyte EX58-EXTREME.  Of the three, it is the

Was there something wrong with the Atom?

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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There will be a new Eee Box from ASUS available, using a Celeron 220 CPU as opposed to an Atom CPU.  The main drive behind this seems to be increasing sales by knocking $50 off the price of the Eee Box.  That may not sound like a huge deal, unless you are trying to put together a system on the cheap, in which case the difference between $240 and $290 is a little more important.  According to the story on DigiTimes, tossing in an extra $110 will net you a 19" monitor to go with your Eee Box.

Source: Digitimes

S3 Graphics Unleashes Full OpenGL 3.0 API Support with Beta Driver for Chrome 500 Series GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Fremont, California, December 2, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released Beta drivers for the latest version of the OpenGL 3.0 API to take advantage of the Khronos Group's open, cross-platform 3D standard on the newly released Chrome 500 Series programmable GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics

Give Corsair a moment of your time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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Corsair is running a quick survey about the features most important to you in a PSU, as well as some rough details on your next build.  It might take a few more clicks than the Valve Hardware Survey to complete, but not many.  Share your opinions on what is important to you in a power supply and maybe Corsair's next line of PSUs will focus on what you would prefer.

Memory comes in six packs now

Subject: Memory | December 1, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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DDR3 has had two big effects on the PC market; the first is famliar, higher timings compared to the latest generation of DDR2.  The second has only become apparent with the advent of the Core i7 and X58 chipset, triple channel memory.  Guru3D takes the OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel kit for a spin, at one point hitting 1800 MHz.  If you are setting up a new Core i7 system,

Source: Guru of 3D

The return of the battle of the servers

Subject: Processors | December 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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In the one corner you have Intel's new Xeon lineup, and in the other corner you have AMD's Opteron refresh.  Neither of these parts will make a big impact on home computing, but anyone running a server will be more than a little interested. The L3 cache and new memory subsytem are the stars here, with the decreased energy consumption getting second billing.  Read more about the Shanghai Opterons at The Tech Report.

We have a runner up

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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If you can't afford Intel's fancy new SLC X25-M SSD, Patriot's 128G Warp MLC SSD may be a nice substitution.  The use of multi level cells does mean your write speed will suffer compared to an SLC drive, but from Beyond3D's testing, this Patriot drive tends to beat out G.Skill's SSD as well as the WD Raptor.  Maybe this is the gift for you?

Source: Bjorn3D

If the HD4850 is just a bit too much ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The HD4830 is receiving a lot of positive reviews, but at ~$120, it may not fit the bill as a stocking stuffer for an builder of HTPCs or a part time gamer.

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It'll be a busy first quarter for AMD

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Thanks to DigiTimes, Phenom fans will know when to plan their shopping trips.  January 8th is the first big date, then February follows with six processors.  The semi-lobotomized quad and triple core Athlons, missing the L3 cache won't be around until the spring and the dual cores won't appear until June.

Source: Digitimes

In this week's podcast is hidden the answer

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 04:54 PM |
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In between football games and feasts, you may have some free time this weekend, so why not see if you can increase the power of your PC with a little overclocking.  Sure, it does tend to void your warranty; the risks must be weighed against the benefits, so it never hurts to have a little help.  The Overclocking Forum can help you out in that respect.  On the other hand, maybe you have a motherboard you are rather proud of and wo

If you don't believe in overkill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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Higher end rigs with multiple GPUs may not be completely stable on a 500W PSU and some people just might not want to buy a full kilowatt PSU.  If you are looking in that 700-800W range, you will not go wrong with the SilverStone Decathlon 700W model.  Hardware Secrets' testing shows it to provide solid power, and the inclusion of four 6-pin connectors and a single 8-pin, plus some unique modular cabling jsut sweetens the deal.

You may call me TIM

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Once upon a time there was only one Thermal Interface Material to use, and it was called Arctic Silver.  Now, many higher end heatsinks come with a tube of their own TIM to use and there is a lot of competition in the market.  X-bit Labs gathered together as many different kinds as they could find to test.  It's hard to pick a clear front runner but the ones to avoid are easy to spot.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Take the day off and go shopping

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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If you are having problems finding deals online with our Pricegrabber engine, and no one is offering exactly what you are looking for at The Trading Post, head over to TechReviewSource.  They assembled a list of those little tech goodies that everyone could use to help you find the best deals.

A quick repositioning

Subject: Motherboards | November 27, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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As quite a few retailers and manufacturers are going to be stuck with P45 boards, there is an attempt to recover as much money as possible by making P45 based motherboards more attractive.  GIGABYTE has released their GA-EP45-DS5 Energy Saver Motherboard, who's target market seems fairly obvious.  The two biggest features are Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced, which reduces power usage at idle and Green Ethernet, that changes power consumption based on cable length.  Futurelook

Source: futurelooks

Decorate the inside of your ear

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Sleek-Audio's new Custom Earphones have a different focus than their previous SA6s.  The SA6s also involved the use of a mold created from your ear canal, though their particular speciality was to allow you to adjust it's ranges after you have them.  The new customs still require the molding, but it is the aesthetics that can be personalized.  Everything from the colour of the earbuds to the length of the cabling, plus you can have custom logos added.  techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

A woman this fine needs to be romanced first

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The Tech Report has five different builds, not including the alternate they offer, to get up and running on a new system.  There are even a few Core i7 systems like the Crushinator to keep you at the top of your game.  At the very end they also offer ideas on cooling, displays and even keyboards and mice.  If you don't want to go quite that far, remember that Ryan has recently updated our Hardware Leaderboard, which you can use to help assemble a new Core i7 based system