Two takes on a 1000W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 03:14 PM |
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SilverStone has two different PSUs that can produce 1000W, the Decathlon DA1000 and Olympia OP1000-E.  The Olympia OP1000 is probably the smallest 1000W PSU available and doesn't sacrifice too much to get there.  It might not be as good as previous Olympia models that [H]ard|OCP has tested in the past, though it can still happily pass their torture tests, as can the Decathlon.  See them both here.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Two boards with two different ways of doing things

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 02:05 PM |
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Up for review today at The Tech Report are a pair of X58 boards, the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 and MSI's X58 Eclipse.  Gigabyte's offering is the less expensive of the two, but will still cost you almost $300, the MSI closer to $350.  With the X58 chipset, most manufacturers are going all out to stick as many features and extras on their boards and these two are no exception. 

BFG Gives Free Upgrade to PCI Express for BFG AGP card holders

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 12:53 PM |
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The PCI Express bus type for graphics cards is
the standard going forward for all systems and motherboards. In fact,
AGP is no longer being supported.

If
you were to upgrade your system or motherboard now or in the future,
you would need a PCI Express graphics card to support that new system,
which would improve your overall performance in 3D games and video
processing.

Touch of inconsistency

Subject: Displays | November 24, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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Samsung's new Touch of Colour series of LCD displays received a mixed review from X-bit Labs.  Even though these monitors are all part of the same series, the differences between the models are quite extreme.  The 19" and 22" models received top marks, with X-Bit Labs describing them as leaders in their classes.  On the other hand, the 20" and 26" suffered various problems, including the need for a lot of work to be done on the colours to get proper reproduction.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Moving down a step

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Intel is starting to produce 34nm MLC NAND storage with the help of Micron, well ahead of schedule.  They're so far ahead that it looks like about half of their production will be on the 34nm process by the end of the year.  Expect to see higher capacity SSDs arriving thanks to this, as well as increased storage in cameras and MP3 players.  More at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Still time for a few practice feasts before the big day

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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Buying music online is a great way to experience new bands and to keep up with your favourties, but you must be careful of the presence of DRM.  If you want to keep the music forever, you have to be aware of how your license works and if there is a chance that sometime down the line the licensing server might be turned off, taking your license to listen to the music with it.  Well, that's not a problem for these fellows in the general forum, there is a way to pick up DRM music cheaply and reliably.&nb

Who doesn't want a musical pebble

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM |
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Shopping for an MP3 player that isn't an iPod?  Then drop by Digital Trends for a look at ten different MP3 players.  They range from small and inexpensive to those with features rich enough to beat the iPod.  Even the Sony Walkman has gone through enough changes to appear on the list.

Acrobatc netbook launch

Subject: Mobile | November 21, 2008 - 04:22 PM |
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Toshiba's new lineup of netbooks was witnessed by Hardware Zone.  The Toshiba Portege R series was updated with the R600 and a new series was introduced, with the Toshiba Portege A600.  Bigger and heavier that the R series, it also doesn't cost nearly as much.  Finally there was the 8.9-inch Toshiba NB100, that manages to hide a 120GB drive in it's tiny body.

Now that's a misleading title

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2008 - 03:40 PM |
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FrostyTech's Top 5 heatsink list for November now contains four top ten heatsink lists.  There are ten coolers in the temperature list for Intel as well as another 10 in the list for the quietest; then there are a pair of lists covering the top AMD coolers.  There is some overlap in the lists as those heatsinks compatible with both Intel and AMD sockets tend to remain at the top of the list.  There are some new faces, as well as some old standbys to check out.

Source: Frosty Tech

LongRun; winding road

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more.  Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world.  Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors.   You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Time for nVIDIA to switch drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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nVIDIA's new driver revision, 180, offers some nice benefits to those who install it.  SLI on multiple monitors is much easier now, with the software allowing you to choose which display gets the SLI, as opposed to completely disabling monitors and playing with plugs.  PhsyX support is also made a little easier, so you can easily choose which nVIDIA card will run your graphics and which will handle the physics processing. AnandTech walks you through all of it here.

Source: AnandTech

Microsoft takes another shot at the gaming mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again.  Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up.  It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features.  In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d

Source: futurelooks

5 GHZ+ Phenom II Overclock on LN2

Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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Today AMD was showing off its upcoming desktop Phenom II processor to a handful of journalists, and one of the main topics of the presentation is the "headroom" that AMD is building into the Phenom II processor.


Source: AMD

Peering deep within Nehalem

Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 02:20 PM |
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In the third instalment of their series on the architecture of Nehalem, AnandTech explores the cache size, specifically the itsy-bitsy L2 cache.  There is a big trade off in size and latency, much like in any other part and any way to cut latency inside the processor it's self will give some nice returns.  They also talk to Intel about the next process, 32nm so head over for bit of prognostication about the near future.

Source: AnandTech

All the cool kids are doing it

Subject: Storage | November 20, 2008 - 12:26 PM |
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Chaintech has been very quiet for quite a while, they've yet to start on DDR3 or newer generations of nVIDIA cards and it has been forever sinve they put out a motherboard; instead they've focused on storage.  Any company that has dealt with memory seems to be putting out an SSD drive, and Chintech is no different.  Head to TweakTown to meet the 64GB Apogee 2.5" SSD, an MLC drive with a lot of speed uder the hood.  The 64GB limit may make you feel a little

Source: TweakTown

It's not just Chrome, it's Chromotion

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT.  They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0.  There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance.  Fin

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Collaborates with OpenChrome on Open Source Video Driver

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 20 November 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the next step in its ongoing cooperation with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community.

Building on the recent release of the VIA graphics driver available on the VIA Linux Portal, VIA is actively collaborating with the OpenChrome development team on their Open Source graphics driver - initially assisting with multi-head support and RandR function.

So much for the argument about 2GB or 4GB of system RAM

Subject: Memory | November 19, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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If you are looking for triple channel memory, consider Corsair's Dominator Tri-Channel DDR3-1600 6Gb kit, with timings of 8-8-8-24.  They sport the now familiar DHX (dual-path heat eXchange) cooling system and as they run at 1.65V so heat will not be much of an issue with these DIMMs.  CPU3D managed a fairly good overclock and recommend turning on XMP in your BIOS as it really changed the amount of throughput for these DIMMs.  They didn't leave the c

Source: CPU3D

Nehalem hits the Hardware Leaderboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2008 - 03:09 PM |
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Sure it's almost $4000, but the dream system is supposed to be something you dream about, right?  The Core i7-965 Extreme Edition processor is a quarter of the total price and 6GB of DDR3 doesn't come cheap, but who can really put a price on playing Crysis with all the settings at maximum.  Check out Ryan's new take on the High End, Mid Range and Budget systems as well.

This isn't Rock Band

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends.  Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game.  From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go.  Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie. 

Source: Ars Technica