Still the king of cheap storage

Subject: Storage | April 8, 2008 - 03:00 PM |

The JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) used to be one of the easiest ways to set up a large sized storage drive without spending much money.  In the array is a logic chip that allows any two drives, regardless of size, make or manufacturer; to be combined into a single large disk.  With HDD prices dropping quickly and RAID controllers being built into motherboards the JBOD has lost it's previous popularity.  It hasn't disappeared completely, the brand new and bright yellow Eagletech I-Series JBOD Enclosure is up f

P35's new place

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2008 - 02:19 PM |

The once envied P35 chipset has fallen fast, with the X48 and P45 taking it's place of honor.  It isn't completely phased out yet, it is enjoying a lengthened lifestyle on value priced boards, like the

VIA Announces Strategic Open Source Driver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2008 - 01:23 PM |

Austin, Texas, 8 April 2008 - Today at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, announced a new initiative to improve support for the Open Source development community.

Not so Ultra anymore

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2008 - 12:30 PM |

When the 8800 Ultra first appeared, it's MSRP was $829 or more, a hard price for almost anyone to swallow.  That hasn't changed much.  Now it is being equaled by the new 9800GTX and beaten by the new BFG 9800 GTX OCX, a card with a fairly significant overclock on it.  The BFG 9800 series will run under $400 for this version, and just over $300 for the reference clocks.  Take a loo

Behind every pink slip is a silver lining?

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

Dirk Meyer has told the remaining employees at AMD that there is a brighter future waiting for them.  If only that meant something, because AMD is in a pretty dark place right now, although they've had a few glimpses of light recently.  Over at The Inquirer you can read what was said to AMD's employees.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA C7-M ULV Processor Powers New HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 11:33 AM |

Taipei,Taiwan, April 8, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the low power VIA C7-M ULV processor will be used to power the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, a sleek and stylish, small form factor notebook targeted at today's connected student lifestyle, where portability, productivity and affordability are highly prized.

When just typing isn't enough

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 05:25 PM |

If you are in love with multi-functional peripherals for your PC, your keyboard is probably a big let down.  It doesn't have to be that way if you pick up the Razer Lycosa Programmable Gaming Keyboard.  It has USB ports, earphone and microphone jacks, back lighting and plenty of programmable features and keys.  Check out the full review at ExtremeMhz.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Better than your average passive cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 02:39 PM |

The Xigmatek HDT-SD964 will beat out passive CPU coolers, but it's performance isn't going to help you overclock.  The ~20dB of noise that the cooler creates certainly won't intrude on your ears, making this a great cooler for a quiet system.  CPU3D even thinks that with a higher speed 92mm fan, you would see a big improvement on the temps, with little effect on the

Source: CPU3D

An eye for quality

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2008 - 01:32 PM |

High frame rates with all the bells and whistles on in a desperate firefight is processed two different ways.  With high clock speeds and numerous shader pipes, you can get the performance in a first person shooter.  What if you are going for less involvement, and would prefer to watch a movie with intense firefights instead of playing it for your self?  Elite Bastards checks out the quality you can expect from AMD and nVIDIA when watching SD and HD movies. 

Super Talent Launches World's Smallest 8GB USB Drive

Subject: Storage | April 7, 2008 - 12:26 PM |

San Jose, California - April 7, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced three new 8GB USB Flash drives, including the world’s smallest 8GB drive.

How noisy is Thermaltake's new Toughpower?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

Thermaltake's Toughpower QFan 650w PSU is up on the bench at [H]ard|OCP.  650w is a very popular amount right now, being about the perfect spot to run a mid ranged gaming rig, with power to spare.  The four 12v lines combine to a maximum of 52A, which puts SLI or Crossfire well within it's capabilities.  The other feature that this PSU offers is the QFan, a specially designed 140mm fan that is supposed to reduce the n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Ars Technica predicts the future of Windows

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 11:37 AM |

Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future.  Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites.  As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS.  As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen

Source: Ars Technica

Intel and LSI Collaborate to Redefine RAID Deployment on Intel-Based Server and Workstation Platform

Subject: Storage | April 7, 2008 - 10:59 AM |

STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, Orlando, Fla., April 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation and LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced a strategic multi-generation agreement to redefine how advanced RAID data protection is deployed on future Intel Xeon-based server and workstation platforms. This technical collaboration brings together Intel's next-generation RAID technology, codenamed "Treemont," and industry-proven LSI MegaRAID software to deliver a new level of RAID value.

ASUS Eee PC 4G-X with XP - Review and available at Best Buy

Subject: Mobile | April 7, 2008 - 12:20 AM |

The ASUS Eee PC has been a runaway hit with the press and buyers looking for a strong dose of mobility, and the line gets a big boost today with a release of the first Eee PC's with Windows XP pre-installed.  My review covers the hardware, which remains completely unchanged from the original Linux-based system, as well as what you can expect from the system while using Windows XP.  The short of it: more flexibility and usability.

MetaRAM and Nehalem combine for up to 288GB of memory

Subject: Memory | April 5, 2008 - 01:41 PM |

You might remember recently we talked about a new company called MetaRAM, started by former AMD CTO Fred Weber, that is set on expanding the amount of memory a system can access without the dramatic price increases we are used to.  Of course, "expensive" is term that depends on the one using it, but TheInq has some shots of a demo system from IDF that can support up to 288GB of memory using the MetaRAM technology on the upc

Source: The Inquirer

Windows XP lives on!

Subject: Mobile | April 5, 2008 - 01:36 PM |

In case you were worried that your beloved Windows XP was going high-tail it out of here like the Dodo, have no fear: as long as your buying super lower power mobile machines it should continue to be available until June 30, 2010.

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft has announced that it plans to extend its
support of Windows XP, its nearly seven-year-old operating system,
because many computers in the market today are simply unable to run
Windows Vista.

Source: TG Daily

EA decides to not release Madden 09 on PC

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2008 - 01:21 PM |

Last week it was released that EA was not going to be releasing Madden 09 on the PC - while not a hardcore gamer title it is one of those mainstream titles that would give life to the PC gaming market.  Obviously, not having it and other EA sports games will be a big hit for the PC community, graphics card vendors, etc.   Here's what Peter Moore at EA had to say about it:

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Phenom X4 9850 goes on sale

Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

For those of you that caught our initial review of the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor and are interested in picking one up to upgrade your system or build a new one, the folks at now have them in stock for $243.00.

ITunes Overtakes Wal-Mart in Music Sales

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:22 PM |

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.

Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.

Source: Email

Squint your eyes and you can see Saturday from here

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:21 PM |

There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3?  If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced.  There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t