Drama! Leaflets of Doom Passed Out at NVISION!

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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It seems there are some cranky people just waiting to get the attention of attendee's to NVIDIA's NVISION 08 conference!  We are not sure who is passing these leaflets out, but Ryan was accosted by them and forced to take pictures of their propaganda!  Ok, maybe he wasn't forced, but Ryan does appreciate a bit of drama now and then!


There is inexpensive, and then there is cheap

Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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mCubed has just released an HFX Mini HTPC case, which promises a cheap alternative to other passively cooled HTPC cases.  Unfortunately, from bit-tech's testing it looks like they managed to get both meanings of the word cheap to apply.  While certainly less expensive that other similar cases, the use of riser cards and the inconveniently tight design mean you should read through the article carefully before running out and buying one.

Source: bit-tech

Showing off nVIDIA's pair

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, you can catch two reviews of nVIDIA's best offerings, the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP and ASUS ENGTX260 TOP.  The GTX280 will set you back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Ryan heads to nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 04:09 PM |
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With his notebook in hand, to liveblog a second conference, this time NVISION08.  The conference isn't due to start until 1pm PDT, so there is still a bit of a wait for it to begin.  Don't forget about it, they're announcing a 3D 22" LCD, and have guests like Buzz Aldrin, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose.  Even better is the always inflammatory Jen-Hsun Huang, who will be opening up the conference.  If you miss the liveblog, you can always read the full text after the fact, and talk about it in

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2, 4870, 4850 H2O Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

DIVE INTO THE GAME WITH 3D STEREO AT NVISION

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 03:31 PM |
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Source: NVIDIA

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Sets New Benchmark for Virtualization Performance

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 03:14 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -  August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.

Source: AMD

This Week in Tech to Showcase their UGM at NVISION08

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 09:28 AM |
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I might be a little biased since I was involved in the project, but I thought I would post one of the first shots of the appropriately named Ultimate Gaming Machine from the fine folks at TWiT, This Week in Tech! 

Colleen / DigitalKitty of the TWiT team has been hard at work on the system build, overclocking and then case modding it for the first day of NVISION08 on Monday the 25th of August.

It's Storm's one year anniversary

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 09:38 PM |
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iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers.  The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but

It sounded like a good idea at first

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 06:53 PM |
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The Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor seems like a good idea.  It has a microphone that you can set to allow some outside noise into earphones that isolate you.  It can show just how many dB you are inflicting on your eardrums and incorporates an equalizer.  Unfortunately, when TechPowerUp tried it out it lacked the power to stand out among the crowd.

Source: techPowerUp!

So smooth they're almost frictionless

Subject: Systems | August 22, 2008 - 06:05 PM |
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Smooth Creations is making a huge splash in the enthusiast market, and an equally large dent in the wallets of those that pick them up.  It's not just the stellar job they do in setting up extremely powerful systems; it is the incredible paint jobs on the cases.  Every one is a unique airbrushing, with a finish that would not look out of place on a high end car.  Neoseeker were lucky enough to get a hold of the Neptune, a water-cooled system with a very appropriate paint job.

Source: Neoseeker

A nice surprise

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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The Kingwin ABT-1220MA1S Mach 1 Power Supply surprised [H]ard|OCP, in a good way.  The 800W version that they reviewed recently had positive features, especially in the quality and placement of the wiring, but it also had a lot of problems when it came to testing it's power quality.  The 1220W version kept

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Can we please have a new letter

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 03:49 PM |
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Nehalem has
joined the swollen ranks of the "i" crowd, thanks to the marketing wonks renaming it i7.  If you don't feel that you have heard enough about Intel's new up and comer over these past three days, AnandTech has a treat in store for you.  Fifteen pages of information on everything from Loop Stream Detection to the cache hierarchy and even the return of Turbo Mode in a slightly different form.  It's all yours to discover.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Pico-ITX at the Heart of Modern Robots

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 03:28 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 22 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS), being held on 21-24 August at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA's commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component fo

Long term storage

Subject: Storage | August 21, 2008 - 10:52 PM |
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Silicon Power's new 32 GB Solid State Disk comes with a 2 year warranty, but is likely to last 20 years or more before you can expect to see some drives die.  Guru 3D's review was of the SLC version, a faster, more reliable and more expensive type of flash, there is also an MLC version that is cheaper, but you will sacrifice both speed and reliability.  Read on to see how well SSDs have been improving.

Source: Guru of 3D

Overkill for gamers

Subject: Displays | August 21, 2008 - 07:12 PM |
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Samsung's $4000 SyncMaster XL30 LED Backlit LCDis a little much for your average gamer, as not too many people care to ensure that the blood flying from their opponents is a perfectly accurate shade of red.  On the other hand, those who make their living through graphical design have to have accurate colour depiction.  That is exactly what the XL30 provide,

Source: bit-tech

BioStar tries to reinvent themselves

Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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It is not that BioStar has been guilty of making bad motherboards, it is more that they have tended to focus on motherboards with minimal features and low prices.  The

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Not just a case, it's a WTF generator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2008 - 04:25 PM |
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Drop by bit-tech for a look at one of the most inventive recent case mods.  Instead of starting with a readily identifiable theme or reproduction of something famous, Cheapskate chose to go abstract ... and very colourful.  Take a look at the creation of this unique case, but you might want to turn your brightness down, it really is very colourful.

Source: bit-tech

Staying live

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2008 - 03:59 PM |
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Ryan's live coverage of this years IDF continues into it's third day.  Starting at 12 EDT (about 10 minutes from the time of this post), he will be covering the keynote speech of Justin Rattner from Intel Research and Development.  This is a chance to see what Intel has up it's sleeves for the coming years.  Don't miss it!

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