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Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Does your home resemble an Italian kitchen? Are there spaghetti-like wires travelling everywhere you use your computer? Is the reason that you haven't gone wireless based on a feeling of insecurity? Fear not, a lot of what you may be worrying about may be unfounded, though not all. The wireless connectivity may come in very handy if you find yourself needing to build a clandestine Folding@Home machine!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master ATCS 840 does have a lot to recommend it's self; a pair of 230mm fans on the top and one on the front as well as a 120mm exhaust in the back. The fans need to be that large as there is a huge amount of space inside the case, so to get the air moving requires either fast and noisy fans or large and not quite as loud fans, which seems the better choice. Find out how the ATCS stacks up against other Cooler Master models when tested by bit-tech.
Subject: Systems | October 31, 2008 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The All In Wonder is back for the HD revolution. It supports NTSC, SECAM and PAL, up to 125 channels on a TV tuner with stereo audio and has plenty of connectors like DVI, HDMI connectors and a Coax input for cable or antenna. Legit Reviews was also glad to see the power of an HD 3650 for those who might want to do a little gaming as well. Get one, your HTPC will love you for it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review. That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings. If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.
Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Stuck staring at an orange spherical gourd without a clue as to where to stick the knife? Drop by Wired for some inspirational works, ranging from extremely geeky and easy to much more l33t 'kin carving. In fact, you could completely dump the knife all together and go with power tools. Much quicker to do and far more fun, if you can find one, is
Subject: Mobile | October 30, 2008 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a 15" laptop to weigh 7.3 pounds and be 1.6 inches thick is to make a statement in today's mobile world where every other model is emulating the heroin chic look you usually see sported by runway models. The C2D 2.26GHz processor, 4GB of PC-5300 DDR2 RAM and a 320GB HDD, partnered with a 512Mb 9800M GS mean that this laptop offers more than just a sturdy exterior. Digital Trends got 45 minutes of battery time going full out, and enabling all the power savings tricks and limiting themsel
Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2008 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based around a P45 northbridge and ICH10R south bridge the Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme is definitely aimed at the higher end of the market. Considering that [H]ard|OCP discovered that "Bar none this is the most overclockable motherboard I have ever worked with." you can safely assume they have positioned it correctly. Really, it's on
Subject: Memory | October 30, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
4Gb of DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12 faces off against 4Gb clocked to DDR2-1,066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 at bit-tech. Many of us still haven't made the plunge into DDR3, especially with Nehalem looming in the near future and it's triple channel capabilities. If you are looking for extra speed in your DDR2 system, it's worth revisiting the differences you get in changing timing and overall speed.
Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rumours about various manufacturers have been flying around lately, the newest rumour being Foxconns' imminent cessation of making branded motherboards. DigiTimes has spotted several things that peaked their curiosity, and seem to think that while Foxconn may continue to make motherboards or at least components, but they would not be sold under the Foxconn brand. Of course, Foxconn says that they had never heard of any of this.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2008 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Aerocool AeroRacer Pro is so special it has a "start engine" button, not a power button. It does have a 40cm fan taking up an entire side panel, so overcompensation is the dominate theme with this case. Don't discard it out of hand however, in Tweaknews's testing the system ran cooler in this case than it did in the open air. If you do find the look and cooling interesting,
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2008 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan's review of the KFA2 Galaxy GTX 260+ shows off the work nVIDIA and it's partners are doing with the current lineup of cards. The first big change is the use of the new Big Bang 2 drivers from nVIDIA, the second is the card it's self. The clocks on this card are bumped up by more that 10% across the board; 656 MHz core, 1405 MHz shader and 1130 MHZ memory. Support for 3 wa
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA EPIA-P710Taipei, Taiwan, October 29 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P710, the world's first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), providing a more rational approach to system design.
Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules, the VIA EPIA-P710 Pico-ITXe enables a highly flexible and affordable implementation of serial connectivity options.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All you fans of squad based FPS mulitplayer games in general and CoD in particular will be glad to know the demo of Call of Duty: World at War is now availalbe to everyone. The Tech Report has the link to a demo that features three maps, all you need is to download it and grab a beta key by signing up at the CoD website. Otherwise you will have to wait until November 11th.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are having performance troubles with Radeon cards and FarCry 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, AMD has a hot fix out for you. It is a beta driver and is unsupported by AMD, so you may find it causes other problems for you. Be warned before you try.
- Improves performance for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD finally has a relatively public Developers Forum to call their very own, the Technical Forum and Exposition. Though in it's 4th year, this is likely the first you have heard of it, it has been a very quiet and exclusive event. Seeing as how The Inquirer made it into the TFE this year, the standards for attendance have been significantly lowered. The event differs from the IDF in it's philosophy and purpose, read on to see what AMD thinks is the proper way to get developer
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HONG KONG - Oct. 29, 2008 - ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its latest mini-ITX form factor motherboard -- the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - a new high-performance platform that occupies minimal space.
Subject: Storage | October 28, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital has changed their GreenPower terabyte HDD from using four 250GB platters to three 333GB platters and doubled the cache size. The Tech Report loved the first version, which not only delivered on the energy savings promised, but also performed as well or better than some 7200rpm HDDs. Check out what the modifications have done to this drive.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you head over to engadget you can get a preview of Windows 7's features and overall look. Some interesting tidbits came up about the systems that Windows 7 will run on. At the PDC the audience was shown a netbook with a 1GHz processor and a single gigabyte of RAM, half of which was unused. It will also support up to 256 CPUs (or maybe they mean cores?), giving you lots of room to expand or to use Larrabee perhaps. The information is still coming
Subject: Displays | October 28, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Probably the hardest thing about reviewing a 3D monitor is that it is impossible to show in screenshots what the experience is actually like. Other monitor reviews can contrast the colour levels, saturation, bleed and other easily measurable and displayed data, you can't really do that for the biggest feature in 3D monitors. X-bit Labs didn't let that stop them from doing a review of the iZ3D Stereoscopic LCD monitor. The monitor does have advantages o