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Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen fans in controllers before, on several different styles of mouse, and they all shared 2 common factors. The fans were loud and annoying, and they didn't do squat when it came to cooling off your hand. While I will admit that after several hours, my mousing hand is a little damp, I always thought that the best fix for that was to wrap my hand around a fresh beer for a few seconds. Logitech, who really should know better by now, has just released the
Subject: Processors | January 24, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA has a brand new chip, the Isaiah Processor designed with Centaur, the people responsible for Cyrix. While some stats are lacking in details as of yet, [H]ard|OCP pegs the speed at 1GHz when run below 1v and up to to 2GHz at 1.15v. While they are not going to work on dual core chips yet, having enough power to play Crysis in a 60mm2 (think dime sized) chip is rather impressive.
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who woulda thunk it? Those people offering free phishing kits for download have actually included backdoors in their software, so that they get the same information that the script kiddies get. No phonour amongst phtheives? Next someone will tell me that politicians only look out for themselves and banks are only in business to make money.
Subject: Systems | January 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One laptop, plus one OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner equals the easiest HTPC to set up on the planet. Thanks to it being external and hooking up via USB, the tuner can also be used to update an analogue HTPC to accept digital signals with no fuss, and still retain video capture. See what else ASELabs discovered about this handy little tuner in their review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hopefully this will soon disappear, but every launch AMD has recently tried doesn't seem to have gone as planned. This time around, North American reviewers were instructed not to reveal the new graphics cards performance, but across the pond that message never got across. So we have been seeing the performance of at least one of the cards for about 24 hours now. The rest of the new family has now been revealed, there are many reviews out there, but s
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SilverStone Strider ST400 400w Power Supply won't win any awards for power or efficiency, but it certainly passed all the tests that [H]ard|OCP put it through. The big surprise that it offers is it's price tag, which is around $50. It is worth considering, even with modern systems, if you aren't planning on overclocking or slapping 2 (or more) gra
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EA, and the Battlefield franchise have gone a bit strange in the head. With models that look a bit like Team Fortress, the newly announced Battlefield Heroes will be a free game from EA; with a catch. It will add advertisements. Unlike previous games with ads, these won't actually be in game, but will be on the website, and the 'front-end' of the game. I figure that means every time you start the game, there will be an ad in with the nVIDIA, Intel (etc) screens at the beginning, and maybe one playing in the background of the server browser and probably one to watch whil
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
RUMOUR HAS IT that the launch of Nvidia's 9600 GT has been
pushed back a few days due to a problem in manufacturing.
Subject: Processors | January 22, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the last time you installed a CPU it had pins on the bottom, the ZIF socket was an arm bar only and the cooler weighed less than a small child, chances are you haven't installed a Socket775 processor. Either as a refresher for your memory, or as something new you've never done, check out PC Stats guide on installing Socket775 processors and coolers.
Subject: Storage | January 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thecus N299 isn't exactly a top of the line NAS device, but it certainly has a lot of charm. Aimed at consumers that aren't interested in a top of the line storage server, but something that works simply. Dan gave it a run through, and found that some of the extras included really don't work very well, but those don't detract from the stack of useful extras that it is able to
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech tried out the iTunes Movie Rental service, and wants you to know how their experience with it went. One of the first things that struck them was a negative, for some reason HD movies cost almost twice as much as a non-HD movie. The experience did improve from there, they found the service easy to use and the quality was good, as you would expect. On the other hand, the movie studios did get to slap some restrictions on just how long you have to watch the video.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2008 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to some NDA-breaking benchmarks on a site in China; PCOnline.com.cn, the new AMD 3870X2 pulls ahead of an 8800Ultra in 3DMark06 scoring 14573 to 10676 with 4xAA and 16AF @ 1280x1024. The Crysis scores are rather impressive too, although nVIDIA's card manages to keep top spot.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After the stunning release of Vista (at least Microsoft was stunned), there obviously seems to be a need for something to follow it up with. The home adoption of Vista has not been anywhere near as bad as corporate adoption, as many home users either ended up using Vista because it was bundled with the machine they bought, or the occasional gamer buying it to try out DX10. In the world of big business Vista adoption is incredibly slow; although larger companies are always slow to change, Vista simply doesn't seem to attract them at all.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 12:14 AM | Ryan Shrout
We need your help! We have some hardware that needs to be destroyed in a creative yet decisive way, but we can't quite figure out HOW to do it. That's where you come in: drop by the forums and tell me how YOU would like to destroy some PC hardware.
Let's just say we have some frustrations to vent...so get in there and help me!!!
Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA, January 21, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the launch of their full range of Dynamic Energy Saver motherboards, including X48, X38 and P35-based motherboards, delivering unparalleled power savings of up to 70% and up to 20% improved power efficiency with the simple click of a button.
Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2008 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Make your Eee squeal out it's name and beg for mercy with the help of these tips from Hack a Day. Adding all the functionality will take some time, and a certain amount of skill, but this huge write up gives you a chance to make the Eee all that it can be.
Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Skulltrail will probably beat the pants off of any AMD Spider platform you can build, but on the other hand Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6 will only set you back about $300, half the price of the Skulltrail motherboard. It will also be much easier to find, as it is not limited to 2000, total. [H]ard|OCP checks out this Spider platform board and it'
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have most likely heard of nVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture, their attempt to bring a new level of accuracy to monitor the health of the temperatures and voltages in your system at many different points. We even saw a few ESA compliant parts at CES, so the chances are good we will see at least a trial of this technology. You can see what the first release looks like over at The Tech Report, as they have managed to get their hands on a reference model.