Backing up your back up

Subject: Storage | September 2, 2008 - 10:03 PM |
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There is a growing business in providing external hard drives as a back up medium.  Many of the solutions by companies you have never heard of offer a terabyte or more of storage, no features and will run you over $1000 dollars.  On the other side are many of the names that enthusiasts love and trust, offering plenty of features and over a terabyte of storage for well under $1000. 

Source: TweakTown

Sounds like food poisoning to me

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2008 - 08:05 PM |
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The new affordable gaming mouse from RAZER has been saddled with a rather unfortunate name, the Salmosa, which sounds like a popular South Asian snack which for some strange reason was filled with funny smelling ground salmon instead of potato, and which might send you to the hospital if you eat it.   That aside, if you are looking for a high quality mouse without a dozen extra buttons and a big price tag, check out Bjorn3D's review.

Source: Bjorn3D

GIGABYTE P45 support native 1333MHz DDR2 memory

Subject: Motherboards | September 2, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, September 1, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce their entire lineup of Intel P45 and P43 chipset based motherboards have just received a DDR2 memory performance upgrade. By upgrading to the latest BIOS, GIGABYTE P45 motherboards are able to support native 1333MHz DDR2 memory, while the GIGABYTE P43 motherboards are able to support 1200MHz DDR2 memory natively.

Watch those elbows!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 2, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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The NZXT Tempest is rather aptly named as it has a total of six 120 and 140mm fans and has enough space inside to accommodate watercooling if you are so inclined.  Either way it will give you a nice quiet case that keeps your temperatures reasonable, and it's other features will keep you happy as well; which is why Lee gave it a PC Perspective Gold Award.  One warning should come with the case ...

A new tuner for your new card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 2, 2008 - 04:10 PM |
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RivaTuner 2.10 has arrived at the Guru of 3D.  The newest version brings much wanted support to all those owners of new nVIDIA 200 series cards as well as the 4800 series from AMD, allowing those who have grabbed the new cards more overclocking options that are available in the drivers. SLI/Crossfire is still giving them some problems though.

Source: Guru of 3D

DirectX gets closer to being a teenager

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2008 - 03:53 PM |
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PAX is the big name in gaming conferences after helping E3 finally pass away, remembered as a good conference gone bad.  It is not the only conference going; there was Gamefest 2008 (aka Microsoft Game Technology Conference) in June and July which had some interesting news come out of it.  Elite Bastards showed up and got an ear-full about DX11 and what it will mean for gamers and future games.  Microsoft describes DX11 as strict superset of DX10(.1) and as backwards compatible, in the sense that DX9 compatible hardware will be able to handle the new instructions, though it see

Only you can prevent hertz addiction

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2008 - 09:56 PM |
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When someone asks a question of our forum members like this one, you know there is another victim of overclocking addiction.  This addiction can be serious, and tends to start with just a few tweaks to your graphics card using the automated process included in the drivers.  Next, someone will give them a little bit of BIOS advice which usually leads to memory tweaking and before you know it they are over volting and decrying the evils of synchronous busses.  Some extreme cases even go so far as to begi

AMD and the 45 nm Question

Subject: Processors | August 29, 2008 - 09:54 PM |
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A few days ago I put up a post that covered some changes that we were going to see shortly from AMD in the channel.  The one thing that stuck out was the lack of any mention of 45 nm parts coming down the pipeline.  Usually the channel knows about these products a month or two in advance of the public, though of course news typically leaks out from these partners to the press fairly quickly in some instances.  45 nm is going to be a big deal for AMD for two reasons; the first is that it is a new, smaller, and more power efficient process as compared to the current 65 nm line, th

The amazing $300 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2008 - 07:06 PM |
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The motherboard market is going a little crazy; and being quite successful at it.  While the days of the $1000 video card have finally passed, the new contender for bizarrely expensive components is the motherboard.  ASUS
is at the head of this movement, thanks to their Republic of Gamers series.  The newest is the Rampage Extreme, which

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Khaos enclosed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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AnandTech was so impressed by the NZXT Khaos case that the CyberPower system they reviewed came inside of they had to write a mini-review of the case it's self.  There are some interesting ideas that went into this case, from integral watercooling fittings to the ability to house a pair of PSUs to it's handle and wheels.  Drop by for a gander.

Source: AnandTech

Building a better battery

Subject: Mobile | August 29, 2008 - 04:19 PM |
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Tech Knowledge Arena takes a look at the current state of laptop batteries and the new types we can expect to see in the not too distant future.  Currently
Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium batteries are the main players, each with different benefits and drawbacks.  Soon we may see fuel cell and virus powered laptops.

nVIDIA and ATI get kinky

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2008 - 03:47 PM |
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If what The Inquirer reports on is true and not a Photoshopped image,
someone has managed to get cards from the two different companies to work together.  In this case, the nVIDIA card was handling the graphics while the Radeon was dealing with Physx.  More proof that Physx can run on ATI products is good to see, but getting cards from the two different manufacturers puts to shame the news about the X58 chipset supporting SLI and the Hydra Engine.

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech Grabs a New Partner

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 09:37 PM |
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As Creative learned many years ago, a company can not live by selling sound cards alone.  While Auzentech made a pretty big splash by offering pretty nice C-Media based cards (four years ago I would have laughed at that sentiment), it is a market that is not exactly growing, and has competition from the likes of Creative and other seasoned players.  While I have enjoyed testing Auzentech cards down the years, I have been worried about how long they could sustain their business model.  Designing, manufacturing, and distributing sound cards is not the way to make untold millions.&

The GPUs are great; now lets see a CPU resurgence

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2008 - 08:23 PM |
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For just over $200 you can be the proud owner of a new AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core processor, about the same price you could expect to pay for a Q6600.  Not only are the prices similar, both operate at 2.4GHz, but unfortunately for AMD the performance doesn't match up well.  On the positive side, H

Head of the pack

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 06:40 PM |
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The Wolfking Trooper MVP mouse will give you several advantages over other players with lesser mice.  Not only can you change the DPI on the fly, the mouse will tell you which setting you are currently at and there is a button that lets you chose your rate of fire.  If you want four clicks for every time you hit the fire button, this mouse will let you do it.  There were a few dissapointments from the mouse, as far as Overclockers

Size and speed come together with WD's newest Caviar

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2008 - 05:20 PM |
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If you are looking for storage in an extra large size, checking out Western Digital's Caviar Black 1TB makes a lot of sense.  For reliability, it uses NoTouch drive head technology, meaning that the head is lifted from the platter while the drive idles, reducing the chance of a head crash and increasing the longevity.  To others, the most important feature is it's full 7200 RPM speed, a first from WD in terabyte drives.  Not onl

nVIDIA's hat head

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 28, 2008 - 03:13 PM |
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Ryan published a summary of NVISION08 yesterday, covering the highlights of the show and going into much more depth that he had time to do while experimenting with liveblogging.   There was one big announcement that didn't make it into that article, because nVIDIA had been keeping it under their hats, ready to be pulled out when everyone was getting ready to leave.

Intel's X58 chipset will natively support SLI, no special logic chips required.

Not the most graceful of exits

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 02:52 PM |
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Premature rumours of Universal abit's demise, as far as their motherboard business was concerned, were flying around earlier this year, and firmly denied by abit.  The rumours turned out to be a dire warning, as this morning HEXUS has confirmed that abit is shutting down it's motherboard production at the end of the year.  They will still support existing products, but all new production will cease at the close of 2008.  You can still expect to see a mobile Internet device from them in the near fu

Source: Hexus

Going heavy on the memory, again

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2008 - 08:07 PM |
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nVIDIA has displayed a fondness for odd memory buses and sizes recently.  It started with the 640Mb 8800GTS and now continues with the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW, with a 448 bit memory bus.  In the testing over at The Tech Lounge, they decided that this is their preferred card over the GTX 280, thanks to reduced power consumption, noise and heat as well as price. 

First time is the charm

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2008 - 06:18 PM |
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If you have never heard of Topower, you are not alone.  That didn't stop Overclockers Online from reviewing the PowerBird 900W.  Buying a PSU, especially a high wattage model, from a company you've never heard of is not usually a good idea, but you can feel safe with Topower from the test results in the review.  Six 12V lines of 20A each,