The Killer NIC's little brother

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC.  They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth.  A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper.  Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.

Source: Extremetech

Keeping old skool, graphically

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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Can't be bothered to deal with all this newfangled PCIe stuff?  Maybe you can't justify replacing your entire system just to get a new graphics card, but still want to run some of the newer games?  This review at Hardware Upgrade may be perfect for you, the X1950Pro in AGP!

OCZ gets into mind reading

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future.  Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well.  Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.

Source: Madshrimps

The fans are big, but what else can they do?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2007 - 01:26 PM |
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AeroCool's AeroEngine JR, AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T, and AeroCool Zero are all up for review at X-bit Labs.  Although all 3 sport very large fans to help with the cooling, there were some issues discovered during installation and usage.  Drop by to find out if one of these cases is right for you, or if you are better off looking elsewhere.

Source: X-Bit Labs

[H]ard|OCP does SXSW

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 19, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP went South by South West to get a look at some of the new and cool coming up in the entertainment industry.  The pairing of mobile phones and video games was a big topic, as was HD DVDs and the X-box.  Drop by for a look at what is new when it comes to entertaining yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

5 fixes for "known issues"

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces.  They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.

Source: Extremetech

Interview with Moderator Niner

Subject: Editorial | March 17, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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Well, it's Saturday morning. I've waited to publish another interview because, frankly, we are running out of interviews!

I may have to beg you interested readers to cajole, bother, harass and just plain threaten your favorite Mod to step up to the booth and be interviewed! I currently have a few more in the can, but not more than 3!!

I may just start a poll in here to help Mods realize they need to be interviewed.

Friday forum fun

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM |
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A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer.  Help him out in this thread.  In this year the old Intel vs.

A budget professional monitor

Subject: Displays | March 16, 2007 - 01:15 PM |
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The Samsung SyncMaster XL20 undergoes the scrutiny of The Tech Zone, as they find out how well LED technology works as a light source in an LCD monitor.  With much better colour reproduction than is found in most monitors and good brightness, this is less an expensive gaming LCD and more a cheap way to get a professional quality monitor.  It even comes with a hood to let you work w

Peeking into Bearlake

Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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DigiTimes now has Part 1 and Part 2 of their look at the upcoming chipset family from Intel, Bearlake.  In Part 1 they look at the main chipset, the P35 which supports DDR3 memory up to 1333MHz and will be the chipset for the soon to appear 45nm CPUs, Wolfdale (C2D) and Yorkfield who will be the quad core version.  In part 2 they look at the G33, similar to the P35 but with DX9 onboard graphics, the X38 which will replace the
Source: Digitimes

A more flexible architecture

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan.  By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one.  There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.

Source: The Inquirer

This one is strong in the Force

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to.  With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Cooler Master- PWM Fan Hub, the best of the both worlds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2007 - 10:47 AM |
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All this begins from the desire to control the temperature in our computers with minimum effort. You are probably familiar with the topic of PWM technology from Intel and AMD, of which the motherboard consists of 1 PWM header to auto-adjust CPU cooler fan speed according to CPU loading and temperature variation. However, the only one is not enough at all.

An easy tablet to swallow

Subject: Mobile | March 15, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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XYZ Computing reviews the Toshiba Portege M400-S4032, a tiny tablet PC.  At 11.6" x 9.80" x 1.53"
and weighing 4.5 lbs it won't stretch your arm out of the socket, and 1GB of DDR2-667 and a C3D T2400 1.83 puts a bit of power in that tiny shell.  Read on if you are looking for a well built tablet that won't set you back much more than a laptop.

Latent performance

Subject: Memory | March 15, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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 Legion Hardware sets out to solve a mystery in this article about low latency RAM.  The cost difference between a lower latency DIMM and a higher can be enormous, so they test RAM at 5 different speeds and 4 different timings.  Can a high frequency overcome a low latency?

Corsair's powerful PSU takes on [H]'s torture tests

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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The Corsair HX620 is the second PSU you undergo [H]ard|OCP's new testing method.  At 620W, this PSU is tough, keeping it's efficiency over 80% under 120V loads, and functioning for 8 hours in a 45C room it isn' t likely to die in most systems.  With 3 12V rails running at 18 amps, a combined amperage of 50, it is not likely to run out of power either.

"What happens when

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA DEFINES NEW CLASS OF MOTHERBOARD GPUS AT CEBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) defines new class of GPUs called Motherboard GPUs (mGPUs).
In 2006, NVIDIA became the only independent supplier of GPUs. With the launch of this new category, mGPUs, NVIDIA is transforming mainstream PC graphics performance. Requirements for the mGPU include:

  • DX9.0 (ShaderModel 2.0) and above API support
  • At least one digital connector (DVI/HDMI 1.2) with HDCP
  • Multi-display support
  • Dedicated video processing engine, (minimum HQV score of 80)
  • Windows Experience Index 3.0 and above

Source: NVIDIA

R600 coming soon to a store near you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:17 AM |
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Tweaktown has managed to sneak some info regarding the upcoming R600 series of cards from AMD.  Perhaps the biggest news is the targeted sales date, which is about 2 weeks away, on March 30th.  4 cards in total are listed, 2 flavours of XTX due on the 30th and 2 flavours of XL, due sometime in April.

Source: TweakTown

A peek behind the curatins at CeBIT

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening.  VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake.  They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.

Source: VR-Zone

More solid state drives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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DigiTimes has a quick look at Intel's newly announced solid state drives.  They come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities and read at 28MB/s and write speeds at 20 MB/s.  Finally we are seeing some movement in larger sized SS drives.

"Intel has announced its entry into solid state drives with the Intel Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive featuring NAND flash

memory with industry standard USB interfaces.