Chacun a son gout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 12, 2008 - 02:39 PM |

Icrontic has published a review of two heatsinks, the Noctua NH-U12P and the SilverStone Nitrogon NT06-Lite.  These are two very different coolers, the Noctua is designed for heavier usage, while teh SilverStone is intended for lighter duty, as the name might imply.  Each fills their targeted roll quite well, as you can read in the full review.

Source: Icrontic

The talented new Crossfire

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2008 - 01:32 PM |

A little experiment over at CPU3D has turned up some very interesting information, you can link an HD3870 and an HD3850 together in Crossfire, with no extra work!  They could only test the single core version of the HD3870, so it

Source: CPU3D

AMD Sharpens Focus On Latest Multimedia Technologies To Create Immersive Mobile Entertainment Experi

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 01:17 PM |

BARCELONA, SPAIN - Feb. 12, 2008 - Today at the GSMA Mobile World
Congress, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an expanded portfolio of products
and technologies to enable such popular, media-rich applications as
mobile TV, 3D games and high-fidelity audio, delivering immersive
entertainment to tomorrow's mobile phones and handheld devices.
AMD has enhanced its established line of innovative, open-standard
handheld device technologies with upcoming AMD Imageon processors,
as well as next-generation 3D and vector graphics cores available for

Source: AMD

A tight squeeze

Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

The MSI K9A2 Platinum seems to have displayed a split personality when it underwent testing at [H]ard|OCP.  It is designed to support Crossfire-X, but the slots are so close together you wouldn't manage to fit 4 double height cards.  The chipset heatsinks are small, but they are positioned so close to the CPU that it is very hard to fit a large cool

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The kids these days get the best toys

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

VIA Arena reports on a very neat use for students, the ALMASpace Ground Station which has an EPIA mainboard at it's heart, letting students video conference with the International Space Station.  It also allows data transfer, to upload data that the students want the ISS cameras to focus on and calculate orbital patterns, as well as letting them download the data once it has been collected.  Check out the specs of this learning aid in the full article.

Source: VIA Arena

When 4 SATA channels can't handle your collection

Subject: Storage | February 11, 2008 - 05:45 PM |

The HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI-E SATA not only gives you something to do with that 1x PCI-E slot, but it will add 4 SATA channels to your PC.  It comes as a half height PCI-E card, betraying it's primary usage in rack servers and is based around a HighPoint 601 RAID management chip.  TweakTown's testing proves that this card is mos

Source: TweakTown

A free way to buy more speed

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 03:11 PM |

The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts.  It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  The price stays exactly the same, $266.  The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

Can you hear me now?

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 01:35 PM |


Source: BCCHardware

Mobile HTPC made easy

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

The AutumnWave OnAir GT can turn your laptop into an HDTV and PVR with just a few simple steps.  It's USB connection makes it very handy to base an HTPC system around your laptop without having to give up lugging it around with you.  A few plugs and you are free to go, offering an alternative to people who want a PVR but aren't interested in buying and building a purpose built system.  See how easy it is over at Overclockers Online.

Yahoo plays hard to get; looks for a threesome

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 12:01 PM |

Yahoo has decided that it wants Microsoft to show that it truly loves them, by upping their desired price by $9.00 a share, taking the total price per share to $40.00, all told they want about $58 billion.  The Inquirer has quotes as to exactly how Yahoo announced this to their shareholders.  Microsoft has the option to go directly to the shareholders, to try a buyout that way and to perhaps gain extra leverage to finish the deal.  Just in case they press their suit

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA 9600 GT to be offered with 1GB of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2008 - 11:00 AM |

If this news from Fudzilla is true, then some partners of NVIDIA are going to offer 1GB versions of the 9600 GT.  Let me say that again - 1GB of frame buffer on a card with mid-range performance.  If this is true, and performance differences between the 512MB and 1GB versions are what I am guessing they will be (~0-1%), this could be the worst idea I've heard in a long time.

Source: fastlanehw

PC Perspective forums can help you beat the February blues

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 05:35 PM |

Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration.  Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues. 

The liquid makes it go faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 03:27 PM |

The WC in BFGTech's 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition stands for water cooling.  This card isn't one of those self contained coolers either, this is built to be added into an existing water cooling loop, so those with powerful custom built cooling systems might see better performance than the 700 MHz GPU, 1.94 GHz RAM and 1728 MHz stream processors.  [H]ard|OCP managed to push it to 800 MHz for the GPU and the RAM to 2.22 GHz, and kept it BELOW 50C!  See what gains they got fro

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bend it, shape it, anyway you want it

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 01:50 PM |

At last we have something new in the way of input devices.  The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped.  Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable.  Made witha  centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want.  Wrists of the world rejoice!.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

Could the end be nigh?  Is the apocalypse
just around the corner?  Is the bacon soaring high above my plate? 

Could this be the year?

I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?

Source: Hexus

Welcome to the club nVIDIA fans

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM |

It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38.  The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were.  The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently.  There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD CrossFire X to allow you to pair 3850s and 3870s

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 10:29 AM |

According to Fudzilla CrossFire X will be allow users to combine Radeon HD 3850s, 3870s and even 3870 X2s for up to four GPUs in a single system.  That means that you can pair your shiny new 3870 X2 with your previous HD 3850 and get SOME KIND of benefit out of it.  How much is still unknown, but we'll be testing it soon enough.

Source: fastlanehw

Dell to drop AMD from online sales

Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 10:24 AM |

News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store.  They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.

Source: Daily Tech

ASUS takes on ... itself?

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2008 - 06:03 PM |

The ASUS F5R Notebook uses the ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset with a which supports 667MHz DDR2.  The different flavours are Intel's Celeron M (Merom core), Pentium Dual-Core and Core2Duo.  As far as features go, you may not need 16 levels of screen brightness but it does make sure you can't complain about choices, and the touchpad can be used as a simple calculator.  Head to X-bit Labs to see how this office oriented laptop fares against the ASUS X51R.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Samsung's new display

Subject: Displays | February 7, 2008 - 03:21 PM |

Samsung's new 245T 24" LCD monitor takes advantage of a newish display type, called Super Patterned Vertical Alignment, and for now it seems to be only Samsung that provides it.  The biggest surprise you may run into is the price, it is a $700 monitor, although Pricegrabber may get you a bit better price.  Bearing that in mind, the bar that this monitor has to reach is fairly high.  The response time of 5 ms gray-to-gray was enough for AnandTech's eyes,

Source: AnandTech