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

The next year according to AMD

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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If you somehow managed to miss it the first time around, you can catch up on all the slides and information that was shared at AMD's Financial Analyst day at [H]ard|OCP.  Over two dozen slides await you, covering AMD's plans for the near future.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

DICE PUTS FAITH IN NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY FOR MIRROR'S EDGE

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.

Source: NVIDIA

Get your plams on an X58 board

Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2008 - 03:04 PM |
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The odd name of the ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition comes from the OC Palm that is bundled with the motherboard.  It's a small LCD screen for showing widgets, and adds about $40 to the price of the motherboard; there is a non-Palm edition for those with no desire for the small screen.  TECHGAGE's look at the board is very comprehenisive, and gives you

Source: TECHGAGE

Tesla GPUs Enable Cluster Class Performance On The Desktop at 1/10th The Power

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 02:06 PM |
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Today's announcement by NVIDIA is creating a new segment of the PC market dubbed the "personal super computer".  What actually constitutes a PSC?  Why, lots and lots of GPUs of course!  NVIDIA hopes to make the PSC a common purchase for high performance computing areas like research and education. 


Source: NVIDIA

How powerful is a name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2008 - 02:04 PM |
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ASUS is certainly a brand with a lot of recognition, though perhaps not as a PSU maker, which is exactly what the Asus U-75HA is.  It provides 750W of output, at a claimed 85% efficiency; bit-tech didn't do much testing on the efficiency, they focused on the stability instead.  The four 12V rails were solid and the PSU had no problems powering their 240W peltier cooler along with the rest of the system.  The PSU market is fiercely competitive and so is ASUS; keep your

Source: CPU3D

This gold isn't the soundest investment

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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The Gainward

HD 4870 1024MB Golden Sample runs 25MHz over stock at 775MHz on the GPU and 100MHz faster for the memory clock, effectively 4,000MHz when you push the Turbo button.  That is enough speed to notice an improvement over the basic HD4870 and the non-standard cooling solution did help with the heat.  The increase in performance does come at an increase in price, on high enough that bit-tech would not really recommend this card as a good value, especially w

Source: bit-tech

That's a lotta FLOPS

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores.  All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration.  Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party.  Get all the electrifying details at The I

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Launches VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC

Subject: Systems | November 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments.

Lian Li likes them small too

Subject: Systems | November 17, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Lian Li is more well known for the extreme size of their cases, some seem to be able to fit a whole PC's worth of components, with enough space left over to store a small child.  The PC-C36 Muse heads in exactly the opposite direction, being a tiny and well camouflaged
HTPC case.  Many users will appreciate the fact that it comes completely empty, apart from a PSU, it is up to you which mATX board you wish to use.  Drop by Icrontic to see just how well Lian-Li does an HTPC.

Source: Icrontic

EVGA X58 SLI - The Ultimate in SLI Motherboards!

Subject: Motherboards | November 17, 2008 - 03:16 PM |
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11/17/2008 - November 17, 2008 - EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturer, announces the first motherboard based on the next generation Intel X58 Express Chipset platform supporting the Intel Core i7 processors. The EVGA X58 SLI motherboard features 6 DIMMs of triple-channel memory, and a board layout optimized for the enthusiast including 2-way and 3-way SLI support.

Source: EVGA

HP's take on the netbook

Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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HP have always been a big name in the laptop industry and are making a splash with their new HP 2133 Mini-Note, a netbook with an 8.9" screen.  Powering it is a VIA C7-M processor on a VIA VN896 chipset and it runs SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop OS.  InsideHW did like the netbook overall, but are really looking forward to the upcoming Atom version.

Source: InsideHW

6GB or 3GB?

Subject: Memory | November 17, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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Corsair has run a long series of tests on their 1600MHz Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D series, comparing the performance between 3GB and 6GB on the new triple channel X58 based ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, a pair of 1GB Nvidia GeForce 280 GTX in SLI and 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB in RAID 0.  (So, you know, a system just like everyone has) 

Need your space

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2008 - 12:29 PM |
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If you have a hard time working in small ATX enclosures or maybe prefer to have 7 optical drives and 8 HDDs, Lian Li's  PC-V2010 might be just the case you need.  At just 2' tall and a smidge under 2' long, there is a reason this case has castors; even with it's aluminium casing it weighs quite a bit.  Read the full reivew at Bjorn3D to get the whole picture.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hope you didn't buy a GTX260 last week

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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bit-tech noticed a drop in the price of the GTX260 actually hitting retailers, as opposed to just being something we are still waiting for.  In some cases the GTX260s are down to the $230 range, putting them at

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Core i7 CPUs and X58 Motherboards for sale!!

Subject: Processors | November 16, 2008 - 07:04 PM |
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So you have read our Intel Core i7 processor review, our two X58 motherboard reviews and listened to our podcast; now you can get the same products in your hands from Newegg!

This new Nehalem kid is awfully popular

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines. 
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared.  Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas

It sounds like ASUS is up to something

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release.  The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card.  They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.