Finding the perfect mate

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips.  You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3.  TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations.  See what differences they saw here.

Source: TECHGAGE

Back up that nostalgia

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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When Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic first came out, the requirement of 160 MB available hard disk space was incredibly huge.  Windows 2K or 98SE plus Unreal and a few other programs didn't leave 160MB free on a HDD that was under 1GB total storage.  Fast forward to a more recent machine, and a fully updated, modded and map packed Unreal Tournament 3 installation broke the 10GB mark.  Hard drives have changed a lot in a short amount of time, and

NVIDIA BREAKS VISUAL COMPUTING BARRIERS WITH FIRST 4GB GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.

"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.

Source: NVIDIA

Now that's Vista Ready

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be.  Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist.  The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small.  Engadg

Source: engadget

Keeping the 'U' in Forum

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM |
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The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money.  Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it.  Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets.  To help out, you should always check the

Sounds like Christmas is coming

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM |
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Hoping for a new stereo system this year?  Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system?  Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available.  There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all.  You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.

(Note)Book of the Dead V2.0

Subject: Mobile | November 7, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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If you have seen Evil Dead and various other horror movies, the paint job on the Smoothbook DR will bring back fond memories, as it is a bang on reproduction of the Necronomicon. 
Don't think that the beauty of this machine is only skin deep, there is a Q9500, 4Gb of DDR2-800 and two 8800M GPUs inside, as well as an SSD and a Blu-Ray drive.  Check it out at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Corsair voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer 2008"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Fremont, CA, November 7, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it has been voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer" by the readers of Custom PC Magazine for the second year running.

Corsair was chosen above all other brands by Custom PC's audience of true technology enthusiasts and overclockers in the magazine's annual awards survey.

No goop for you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Now that the heatsink retention clips have changed from the style which required you to push down and in quite strongly to attach the heatsink, or if it goes badly then to drive the screwdriver or knife through the motherboard and tracings, the least favourite part for many is the application of thermal paste.  Trying to get it spread thinly and evenly on the core and then trying not to smear it when placing the heatsink on can be frustrating.  Gelid has a solution, their new Silent Spirit CPU Cooler
comes with thermal paste already on the heatsink. 

Source: techPowerUp!

It's about time

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense.  With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers.  It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time.  Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. 

Source: Phoronix

So, about that second HD 4850 X2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown.  They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging.  There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded.  There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m

Source: TweakTown

Voyeuristic overclocking

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Since the closest you can get to an i7 system is to read a review until Intel finally releases it in the not too distant future, you just can't overclock them yet.  That hasn't stopped reviewers from pushing these chips as hard as they can manage.  To get an idea what you can expect when you can finally buy one for yourself, drop by bit-tech and see how they made out.

Source: bit-tech

NVIDIA's 3D Glasses technology ready, monitors not so much

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:08 PM |
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We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year.  At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate.  According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.&nbsp

Source: Digitimes

Windows 7 to ditch Hybrid CrossFire and SLI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance?  Yeah, me too.  Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology.  According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab

Source: engadget

Windows 7 will add performance for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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At the WinHEC conference going on right now Microsoft is beginning to shed details on the features and improvements coming with Windows 7 sometime in late 2009.  Dailytech is reporting that Microsoft has been putting a new emphasis on the world of hardware for the OS by including a new "Device Stage" section of the OS that will allow users to easily access manuals, features and information about any piece of hardware attached to their system. 

NVIDIA and VIA put partnership on hold

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel.  The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform.  However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the

Source: Digitimes

TOSHIBA INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST LAPTOPS WITH THREE NVIDIA GPUS

Subject: Mobile | November 6, 2008 - 01:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008 - When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

The new ASUS X58 board is a Marvell

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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The list of features on the ASUS P6T Deluxe are incredible, official support for triple channel DDR3 up to 1333MHz and 3 PCI-Express x16 slots which will allow either SLI or Crossfire, your choice.  The new Marvell controller is also impressive, with a pair of gigabit NICs, 1 e-SATA and a pair of SAS capable SATA ports, on top of the 6 SATA ports from the Intel controller.  Once [H]ard|OCP got the new BIOS, the features were nearly overshadowed by the overclocking potential of th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The second round of cuts

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD announced in April that they would be reducing their workforce by 10%, or 1650 jobs.  Yesterday saw the second round of job cuts, with 500 people being let go from all but AMD's brand new 'The Foundry Company' in Dubai.  The Foundry Company's 3000 employees are supposedly safe, as they represent the fruition of the Asset Light program of AMDs.  One engineer will apparently missing being picked on by The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not just for gaming and databases

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support.  Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote.  That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of.  techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi

Source: techPowerUp!