Case modders kit bag

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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Look through this list of case modding tools over at PC Apex.  You should be pleasantly surprised that you can get a nice set of the basic tools for a lot less than you may think.  It is dangerous though, one quick look at the knockout punch or some of the other tools and you may find that you are sprouting all sorts of creative ideas, and a serious desire to head to the hardware store.

Source: PCApex

Comparing your chemical assistants

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking.  The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence.  See which one might become your little helper.

Source: Gideon Tech

ASUS Unleashes the World's First EN8800GT Graphics Card with 1GB of Qimonda GDDR3 On-Board Memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (December 6, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first EN8800GT graphics card with 1GB of Qimonda memory: The EN8800GT/HTDP/1G. Rocking NVIDIA'S latest generation Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and an unparalleled amount of memory, this card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience at ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Source: ASUS

Time to refresh your system

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM |
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Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system.  Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.

Turn any PC into an HTPC with one little stick

Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products. 
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna.  You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t

Gaming to the Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 5, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The newest member of the Republic of Gamers is the ASUS Maximus Formula, based on the X38 chipset with an ICH9R southbridge.  With the new Intel chipset comes support for 1600MHz FSB and 45nm process chips.  [H]ard|OCP picked one up and their testing shows it to be a great board for overclockers, new or experienced, and they thought the choice t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Human Inferno sounds like fun

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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There is a patch out for Bioshock, offering some bug fixes as well as new plasmids and the option to turn off Vita-Chambers ...

Source: Slashdot

Don't go buying that third 8800 Ultra just yet

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a development with nVIDIA that may distract from the various issues AMD is suffering through, like their errata problems killing Quad FX and slowing down the Phenom.  While AMD has demonstrated (but not let anyone test) 4 way CrossFire,  the 780i chipset is having difficulties getting that third card to work with SLI.

Source: The Inquirer

Open faced cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
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With all of the news surrounding AMD's release of ATI chip specifications, and the growth of open ATI drivers, you might think that nVIDIA cards are lagging behind.  This is not the case, as you can read about on Phoronix as they look at the newest beta driver for Linux released by nVIDIA.  Check out their results from XRender.

Source: Phoronix

Brother against brother

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has pitted the Corsair VX550W against the Corsair HX520W, both of which are just over 500W and just over $100.  The big difference is in the guts, with one being a more premium model and theoretically having much better components on the inside. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Solid State Drives, good as gold

Subject: Storage | December 4, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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The bad news is that the MTRON SSD Pro will run about $2000 when it becomes available, and only hold about 64Gb.  The good news is that it blows the Raptor out of the water when it comes to read speed and there is no burst speed, it heads to 110MB/s and stays there.  See just how impressive it is at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

The other Rock Band game

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM |
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If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music.  ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse.  Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.

Microsoft is abandoning everyone's favourite Vista feature

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1.  I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now .  Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD HD 3850 Cards Continue to Show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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After a very turbulent month of November, we are just now getting time to sit and relax and take it all in.  What the hell actually happened last month??!? 

Spider ate the Quad FX

Subject: Processors | December 3, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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After a talk with an rep from AMD, The Tech Report got an update on dual Quad cores and Quad FX ... it isn't happening, at least not soon.  It looks like Phenom will not support this feature, so anyone who picked up a platform that was supposed to support Quad FX won't have anything to stick in that second socket.  Instead AMD has focused on projects like Spider, and we are left wondering what Intel's plans will be, and if Skulltrail will die as well.

A different kind of gaming keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently.  Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops.  The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off. 

Source: Extremetech

Fixing a big oops

Subject: Mobile | December 3, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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Madshrimps have a very specfic review, covering some surgery on a Gateway laptop, but their experiences can be carried over into other laptops.  Opening up and upgrading a laptop is a bit more time consuming and frustrating than a full sized PC, so if you have never tried it before this article will give you a good idea what is involved.

Source: Madshrimps

Gimme a Temjin, but hold the extras

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 3, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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SilverStone's Temjin enclosures rank up there with a very few others at the high end of quality features and especially price.   Many enthusiasts just are not willing to drop more than $200 on their case, especially if they have no plans to use the extras that raise the price so much.  SilverStone's answer is the Kublai KL01, which shares the look of the Temjin, but with some of the extras trimmed down. 

Source: t-break

Happy Birthday Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Vista has turned one, and over it's first year it has had some difficulties.  With many of the channels dumping Vista for XP, or at least offering a choice between the two, driver nightmare issues, and the lack of a service back, home user adoption is slow.  Not even Crysis and other DX10 games are spurring sales.  On the business side it is even more bleak with incredibly low adoption numbers, and now the news that many corporations that were considering a 07-08 change-over have pushed that back to a 08-09 switch. 

Source: The Register

Providing tools to help you navigate the wild waters of high tech

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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When we are doing benchmarking at PC Perspective, an easy way to see how a program responds to additional CPU cores is to disable 1 or more cores and run the benchmarks again.  All hardware and speeds stay the same, but with less cores available, making any scaling that occurs easy to spot.  As an enthusiast trying to use a new dual/quad core CPU, having a disabled core isn't exactly what you want and it can be quite frustrating when that happens.  There is also a thread in that forum that can help out

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