The 9600 GT is still hard at work

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:00 PM |

Not convinced that nVIDIA's new 9600GT is one of the best budget cards around?  Check out the Tech Report's review, where they overclock it to the point that it is beating the 8800 GT, never mind the HD3850.  It's one Achilles heel is it shaders, but we probably won't be seeing games with shaders that are so complex that the card starts to slow down for a while.

Sitting naked on the dock

Subject: Storage | February 26, 2008 - 03:59 PM |

Ryan has finished his review of a very handy little product, the Thermaltake BlacX SATA USB docking station.  This dock is a little different than ones we have seen before, it is designed to let you stick in uncovered drives into the slot at it's top.  No screws, no buttons or clips, you just slide it in and away you go.  Keep reading to find out more.

Meet the future of games

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:38 PM |

Ars Technica spent some time at this years GDC, which had a lot of new independently
created titles on show.  Ranging from customized controllers to games for all the consoles as well as the PC, there is a lot happening this year in gaming.  Microsoft will have a huge impact on what makes it big, if you are designing a game for the PC or the XBox, you are already working with Microsoft.  Check out the big hits from the GDC here.

Source: Ars Technica

Not coming soon to a store near you

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:23 PM |

According to DigiTimes, it will not be easy to get our hands on a triple-core Phenom.  All of their stock is going to OEMs to go inside full systems.  This move is not unprecedented, but it is worrying when you think about the rumours of low yields with the B2 stepping.

Source: Digitimes


Subject: Systems | February 26, 2008 - 03:05 PM |

With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance with the latest technology and innovative features, all in sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.

Gamers won't outgrow the XPS 630 as since it's based on a standard ATX chassis, making future upgrades easy. It's ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI-ready, and will support Corsair memory and Intel Extreme processors. Gamers can tweak performance by overclocking processor and memory through the control panel.

Source: Dell

Low carb computing

Subject: Systems | February 25, 2008 - 06:40 PM |

Ars Technica has put together a green system guide, for those energy conscious PC users out there.  They cover a lot of the basics and also offer a pair of systems builds.  The first is for the gamer, and while it doesn't have Crossfire or SLI, it should still be able to handle almost anything you throw at it.  The second is a more extreme system built around an EPIA processor, but with a draw of 58.4-97.3W, it certainly won't add onto your power bill, or your carbon footprint.

Source: Ars Technica

Joysticks on a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 02:45 PM |

The next step in the eternal search for the perfect input device comes to us from Sandio, with their 3D O2 Gaming Mouse.  It promises keyboard free gaming, as well as better control over 3D programs like Google Earth and Sketchup.  BCCHardware was brave enough to try it out, even risking their reputation with some online gaming. 

Source: BCCHardware

Soyo and Honeywell join in a display of force

Subject: Displays | February 25, 2008 - 02:30 PM |

Soyo used to be a major motherboard manufacturer, although they have moved on many have fond memories of their Dragon series.  Now, in a venture with Honeywell, they have released the Soyo Topaz S 24" LCD, a 1920x1200 TFT display with a 6ms refresh.   ASE Labs tried it out and found it to have no problems gaming or playing DVDs, or with Linux as the used Ubuntu to test it.

Source: Aselabs

Good looking, and talented too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 25, 2008 - 12:18 PM |

The Lian Li PC-A17 and the B model (which is black), is the new case from this popular manufacturer, and OCIA has only one thing bad to say about it, no tool-less construction.  Fortunately, not all of the luxury features have been removed; there is a removable motherboard tray and plugs for watercooling setups.  The case itself carries on the look of the previous model<

Source: OCIA

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive canned - but you can buy it cheap!

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive.  Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted.  Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away.  Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.

Virtually unknown

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

If you are not familiar with application virtualization,
you are not alone.  As with many IT solutions that are offered by multiple vendors, the definition changes depending on who you are talking to.  At it's very core, the idea is to be able to distribute complete programs in such a way that they are self contained and need no installation, as well as ensuring the program runs with an isolation layer between it and the OS preventing any opportunity the program might have to damage the OS.  AnandTech can

Source: AnandTech

Former AMD CTO Promises 4x the memory for you

Subject: Memory | February 25, 2008 - 11:53 AM |

If you were curious what Fred Weber is up to these days, as the former CTO of AMD, look no further than to a company called MetaRam that is promising 4x the current capacity of memory modules with little to no price hike or performance penalty.  According to this engadget post, MetaRam "uses a specialized "MetaSDRAM" chipset that effectively bonds and
addresses four cheap 1Gb DRAM chips as one, tricking any machine's
memory controller into using it as a 4x capacity DIMM."

Source: engadget

Intel Hexa-core Processors coming soon

Subject: Processors | February 25, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

Information has hit the web courtesy of some clumsy IT at Sun Microsystems that shows Intel's plans for a 6-core (or Hexa-core) processors based on the existing Penryn core.  Codenamed the "Dunnington", perhaps in a nod to what they are hoping AMD will be after its release (get it, "done"-ington?), the CPU will feature three seperate dies each with their own dual-core setup and each with their own 3MB of L2 cache.  All six cores will then share in a 16MB portion of L3 cache, setting up a cache hierarchy much like that of AMD's Barcelona CPUs. 

Source: Daily Tech

TGIF - Thready goodness in forums

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 05:39 PM |

Comcast has picked up a bad rep recently, due to their nice habit of package inspection and throttling back Bittorrent traffic ... on the other hand, look at the speeds you can get from their connections!  If you are a Folder then drop by this thread, one of our members has done a lot of research on how to get the most out of his machine. 


Double trouble for your G94

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2008 - 04:05 PM |

MVKTECH.NET has two ways for you to make or break your brand new 9600GT.  The first, and possibly slightly less dangerous is the new version of the nVIDIA BIOS Editor, which will let you tweak any possible setting.  The second tool is nVIDIA's nvFlash, which will let you update firmware, as well as backing up your current BIOS, just in case your tweaking goes a bit too far.


Laptop Luge

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2008 - 02:00 PM |

When Phoronix spends a day in the snow sledding on the Otterbox 7030, and the ThinkPad R52 that was inside it, and the thing still works in the evening, you know they've got a good product.  Head on over to watch the videos of this protective case in action, and some of you can marvel at the ground being covered in the white stuff.

Source: Phoronix

Surrounded by sound

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM |

Tritton Technologies TRITTON AX51 5.1 headphones came very close to deafening a reviewer at  The sound they produce is proper 5.1 surround, assuming you plug it into a sound card that can send the proper signal, and there is no problem with the sound being weak or of bad quality.  If you like watching movies, playing games or listening to music, and have someone around that doesn't always appreciate your preferred

Not as forgetful as you might think

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 11:52 AM |

boingboing linked to a story about an interesting property of DRAM, and what it means for your security.  With some ingenuity and quick reflexes it is possible to beat disk encryption, and not just on Windows.  There are several links to videos and papers covering this attack process.

Source: boingboing

Cooler Master Unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2008 - 11:16 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan - February 22, 2008 - Since its introduction, Cooler Master's COSMOS PC Chassis has garnering numerous awards and accolades around the world. Today, the best just got better as Cooler Master unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis, featuring a new racing design, a touch-sensitive panel, and a gamut of user-friendly features, the COSMOS S is the evolution of the ultimate PC enclosure.

OCZ Technology Announces New DDR3-1333 Kits in the Award-Winning Reaper HPC Series

Subject: Memory | February 22, 2008 - 11:12 AM |

Sunnyvale, CA - February 21, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new Reaper HPC solutions for enthusiasts upgrading to next generation of cutting-edge platforms.