The controller from spaaaaace

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 01:15 PM |
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3D Connexion have released a higher end 3D controller called the SpaceExplorer, which sports some interesting improvements over the SpaceNavigator PE.  You won't really use it for gaming or even normal desktop apps, but CAD designers and Google Earth addicts are not going to want to miss Mektu's review of this nifty little device.

Source: MetkuMods

AMD teaches an old chipset new tricks

Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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AnandTech has been doing a lot of work on AMD's brand new revision to their SB700 southbridge, the SB750
They've changed the BIOS to allow Advanced Clock Calibration to be included in the AMD Overdrive Utility and that update seems to have changed AnandTech's minds about the usefulness of that utility.  They haven't finished all of their testing yet, but as they managed to get a Phenom 9850BE to 3.0GHz on on stock voltages, you can expect a positive conclusion.

Source: AnandTech

The reason for all those warnings

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 11:29 AM |
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At the beginning of the overclocking portion of a review is usually a disclaimer, not only letting you know that you will be voiding your warranty but also that it is possible for Bad Things to happen.  Hopefully you have never experienced anything awful while overclocking, but it does occasionally happen and when it does it is never pretty.  Take the results of this ill fated memory review over at ExtremeTech for example.

Source: Extremetech

Super Talent MasterDrive SSD Gets a Performance Boost

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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San Jose, California - July 22, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company has dramatically improved the write speeds of its MasterDrive DX, MasterDrive KX and MasterDrive MX solid state drives (SSDs).

These three series of SSDs already boast exceptionally fast read speeds of up to 120 MB/sec. But, fast write speeds are important in applications such as video editing and encoding, image processing, compressing and extracting files, installing applications and copying files to the drive.

Waiting for Nehalem?

Subject: Memory | July 21, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Patriot is helping to keep DDR2 alive, most recently with their PVS22G9200ELK 2GB DDR2 PC2-9200 memory kit.  DDR2's tight timings do give it an edge, until the higher clock speed of DDR3 leaves it in the dusty like some obsolete piece of enthusiast tech.  Ramping up the speeds, in this case to 1142Mhz on some boards should keep you happy until triple channel DDR3 appears. 

Catalyst 8.7 for Windows Vista, Windows XP AND Linux

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Singing in the shower

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 02:17 PM |
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It is easy to figure out what the H2O Waterproof Headphones are for and from [OC]ModShop's testing, they do actually work.  Of course, it is recommended that you purchase a waterproof case for your MP3 player, but the choice is up to you.  Pick up a pair and you can listen to your favourite music, and our Podcast, while swimming, boating or just taking a shower.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Cool down; you'll live longer.

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 01:18 PM |
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Hard disks are not terribly fond of heat; especially the new Raptor which is a 2.5" HDD surrounded by a 3.5" heatsink.  While most users will never experience the wonderful smell of well cooked HDD, it is more common for the heat to accelerate the general failure of HDDs.  Drop by Madshrimps for a look at several passive HDD coolers that may extend the life of your drives, two that will bump your HDD up to a 5.25" slot and one that will let you keep the HDD in the 3.5" slots.

Source: Madshrimps

AKA less jaggies

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP compares AMD's new(ish) Edge Detect CFAA to nVIDIA's MSAA and CSAA.  AMD's previous cards had Narrow or Wide-Tent CFAA, which no one was really a huge fan of, but this new generation has some interesting tricks.  The article covers a bit on how Adaptive AA works to choose the best way to render textures, and has a lot of screenshots comparing the ways that nVIDIA and AMD's AA differ.  They also look at the performance impact and mention a few titles in which you w

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PhysiX is all in the software

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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nVIDIA is getting one up on AMD, without having to even lift a finger.  NGOHQ has received support from nVIDIA to get PhysX working on AMD graphics cards.  AMD, a little late to the race has now started to also help coders try to get PhysX to run, but The Inquirer makes it sound as if the NGOHQ guys are having great success.  It does make one wonder how specialized Ageia's hardware in the original release of the PhysiX card, if AMD's cards can support it with the help of

Source: The Inquirer

Sigma's sweet spot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2008 - 01:40 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP found a 700W PSU from Sigma which proved to be far superior to the unit they reviewed just a little while back.  At 700W it can handle most hardcore gaming systems needs, and [H] has no problems recommending this particuar PSU.  Give them a visit and see what you think of it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Widen your horizons

Subject: Displays | July 18, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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Are you still stuck on an old CRT or regular ratio LCD screen?  Does the price, quality or just the sheer amount of choice of widescreen monitors
have you holding off on your upgrade?  Check out X-Bit Labs, who have gathered together ten 19" widescreen LCDs from seven different manufacturers.  See if one of these might convince you to take the step and widen your world.

Source: X-Bit Labs

$5000? Seriously?

Subject: Mobile | July 18, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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It is hard to place all of the blame on Alienware or on Dell who bought them, but the high powered gaming laptop seems to be going extinct very quickly.  Even with the high end components in the Area-51 m15x, it can't keep up with a desktop system of less than half the price.  Trying to display 1920x1200 on a 15.4" screen is a bad idea, there is no way to keep the components reasonably cool, and don't even think of using the battery, it will be flat in half an hour.  ThinkComputers recently reviewed model was a bit less expensive, though still prohibitive. 

Source: Tech Spot

Dirk the Daring

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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In a somewhat surprising and very big move for AMD, Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO and Dirk Meyer, former president and COO has stepped in to fill that role.  The Inquirer got a chance to listen in on his first conference call, and you can read what they learned about the short term future of AMD and a bit on what his focus will be on.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Board of Directors Elects Dirk Meyer President and CEO

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer. Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman of AMD and chair of the board of directors.

Source: AMD

The coming Renaissance

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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TechARP would love to share the information they managed to get out of Foxconn about the upcoming X58 chipset from Intel.  Drop by for a look at some of the specs you can expect to see on boards with this chipset; unfortunately this is not a final revision nor do they know if the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor will be included, or not.

Source: Tech ARP

Cool to be square?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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With a 92mm fan, you might not expect too much from Asus' Lion Square CPU Cooler, but don't judge it too fast.  It can handle the heat coming off of a Phenom without breaking 50dB, which is a fair accomplishment.  It won't beat the Ultra120 in an overclocking contest and isn't the cheapest heatsink going, though [H]ard|OCP does see it being

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Classy chameleon acoustic chassis

Subject: Systems | July 17, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Thermaltake's DH102 Home Theater PC Case offers a front panel that will fit in with any stereo system, thanks to the brushed aluminium, analog dial and
the LCD display.  Of course, it had better do it's job well at $500 for an empty case.  As long as the price hasn't scared you off, try checking out [OC]ModShop's full review.

Source: OCMODSHOP

AMD's new sandwich

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all.  According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip.  Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e

Affordable DDR3?

Subject: Memory | July 16, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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If you are looking for DDR3, but do not want to pay the price that the top of the line DIMMs demand, you could try Kingston's HyperX 2GB PC3-12800.   At 1.9V it will give you a full 1600MHz, but at 2T 9-9-9-27 timings and with a bit of work you can pump it up to 1800MHz, though don't expect the timings to tighten up very much.  Drop by ASE Labs for a look at this kit

Source: Aselabs