Give Corsair a moment of your time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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Corsair is running a quick survey about the features most important to you in a PSU, as well as some rough details on your next build.  It might take a few more clicks than the Valve Hardware Survey to complete, but not many.  Share your opinions on what is important to you in a power supply and maybe Corsair's next line of PSUs will focus on what you would prefer.

Memory comes in six packs now

Subject: Memory | December 1, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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DDR3 has had two big effects on the PC market; the first is famliar, higher timings compared to the latest generation of DDR2.  The second has only become apparent with the advent of the Core i7 and X58 chipset, triple channel memory.  Guru3D takes the OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel kit for a spin, at one point hitting 1800 MHz.  If you are setting up a new Core i7 system,

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The return of the battle of the servers

Subject: Processors | December 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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In the one corner you have Intel's new Xeon lineup, and in the other corner you have AMD's Opteron refresh.  Neither of these parts will make a big impact on home computing, but anyone running a server will be more than a little interested. The L3 cache and new memory subsytem are the stars here, with the decreased energy consumption getting second billing.  Read more about the Shanghai Opterons at The Tech Report.

We have a runner up

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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If you can't afford Intel's fancy new SLC X25-M SSD, Patriot's 128G Warp MLC SSD may be a nice substitution.  The use of multi level cells does mean your write speed will suffer compared to an SLC drive, but from Beyond3D's testing, this Patriot drive tends to beat out G.Skill's SSD as well as the WD Raptor.  Maybe this is the gift for you?

Source: Bjorn3D

If the HD4850 is just a bit too much ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The HD4830 is receiving a lot of positive reviews, but at ~$120, it may not fit the bill as a stocking stuffer for an builder of HTPCs or a part time gamer.

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It'll be a busy first quarter for AMD

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Thanks to DigiTimes, Phenom fans will know when to plan their shopping trips.  January 8th is the first big date, then February follows with six processors.  The semi-lobotomized quad and triple core Athlons, missing the L3 cache won't be around until the spring and the dual cores won't appear until June.

Source: Digitimes

In this week's podcast is hidden the answer

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 04:54 PM |
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In between football games and feasts, you may have some free time this weekend, so why not see if you can increase the power of your PC with a little overclocking.  Sure, it does tend to void your warranty; the risks must be weighed against the benefits, so it never hurts to have a little help.  The Overclocking Forum can help you out in that respect.  On the other hand, maybe you have a motherboard you are rather proud of and wo

If you don't believe in overkill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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Higher end rigs with multiple GPUs may not be completely stable on a 500W PSU and some people just might not want to buy a full kilowatt PSU.  If you are looking in that 700-800W range, you will not go wrong with the SilverStone Decathlon 700W model.  Hardware Secrets' testing shows it to provide solid power, and the inclusion of four 6-pin connectors and a single 8-pin, plus some unique modular cabling jsut sweetens the deal.

You may call me TIM

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Once upon a time there was only one Thermal Interface Material to use, and it was called Arctic Silver.  Now, many higher end heatsinks come with a tube of their own TIM to use and there is a lot of competition in the market.  X-bit Labs gathered together as many different kinds as they could find to test.  It's hard to pick a clear front runner but the ones to avoid are easy to spot.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Take the day off and go shopping

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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If you are having problems finding deals online with our Pricegrabber engine, and no one is offering exactly what you are looking for at The Trading Post, head over to TechReviewSource.  They assembled a list of those little tech goodies that everyone could use to help you find the best deals.

A quick repositioning

Subject: Motherboards | November 27, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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As quite a few retailers and manufacturers are going to be stuck with P45 boards, there is an attempt to recover as much money as possible by making P45 based motherboards more attractive.  GIGABYTE has released their GA-EP45-DS5 Energy Saver Motherboard, who's target market seems fairly obvious.  The two biggest features are Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced, which reduces power usage at idle and Green Ethernet, that changes power consumption based on cable length.  Futurelook

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Decorate the inside of your ear

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Sleek-Audio's new Custom Earphones have a different focus than their previous SA6s.  The SA6s also involved the use of a mold created from your ear canal, though their particular speciality was to allow you to adjust it's ranges after you have them.  The new customs still require the molding, but it is the aesthetics that can be personalized.  Everything from the colour of the earbuds to the length of the cabling, plus you can have custom logos added.  techPowerUp!

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A woman this fine needs to be romanced first

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The Tech Report has five different builds, not including the alternate they offer, to get up and running on a new system.  There are even a few Core i7 systems like the Crushinator to keep you at the top of your game.  At the very end they also offer ideas on cooling, displays and even keyboards and mice.  If you don't want to go quite that far, remember that Ryan has recently updated our Hardware Leaderboard, which you can use to help assemble a new Core i7 based system

They always cancel the popular ones

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The Q6600 is on it's way out, Intel will be giving it the kiss of death in the first quarter of 2009.

Source: Digitimes

Check out the new guy

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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There is a good chance you have never heard of Ace, at least as a company that designs and sells PC mice, as opposed to the hardware store chain.  Red & Blackness Mods tried out their MLUC100 Laser 1600DPI gaming mouse which has been at least partially inspired by the Logitech MX Revolution.  There are three big differences, the first two are positive and the third isn't so great.  Read this quick review to see what they were.

Looking for a little extra mobility this Christmas?

Subject: Mobile | November 26, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are thinking about picking up a laptop or netbook this Christmas, let The Tech Report help you out a bit.  On display are about a half dozen laptops that range from an Apple to a low cost HP model to a giant 17" gaming laptop from OCZ.  It's not just about the stats on the laptops themselves, there is also a look at the philosophy of shopping for a laptop.  Read on and see if some of the confusion surrounding the mobile market disappears.

Antec's new all inclusive HTPC case

Subject: Systems | November 26, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Not only is the Antec Fusion Max a very attractive and well built case, with an interesting triple chambered design to help with wiring and heat management, it comes with some nice extras.  There is a 56-button remote control, HDD brackets with rubber noise reducers and an adaptor to allow you to add another 120mm fan on top of the one it already has along with another, larger 140mm fan. 

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Therapeutic gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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If lack of socializing is getting you down, pick up Left 4 Dead, which will have you bonding with 3 other people in a much deeper way than you will on Team Fortress 2.  The anti-social loner won't last too long in Valve's new cooperative multiplayer game.  Don't worry about not having top of the line hardware either, [H]ard|OCP's testing shows that every new card can support the highest in game options with full anti-aliasing and anisotropic filters at ~40fps at a resolution of 2560x1600.  If you are using a lower resolution, even the low end cards should allow you to max out ev

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, no you're not

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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There has an new treatment focus at a European addiction clinic for the last little while; video game addiction.  Well, apparently 90% of their patients are not addicted in any way, they just don't get out much, according to people who would truly know.  Using video games as an outlet probably isn't anything but a criteria that the clinic has selected for, successful treatments were not focused on treating an addiction so much as improving social skills, using a similar treatment to the ones used

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Intel's new unchallenged speed record

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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AMD's new CPUs may give the Core i7 a run for their money in certain applications, but Intel has a new undisputed top rank when it comes to storage.  We have heard a lot of good things about their new SLC SSD HDD, the X25-E Extreme and it would seem that if anything, the speed has been underestimated.  While it may only hold 32GB, it uses almost no power and is a class of it's own when it comes to speed for reading or for writing.  Head to The Tech Report and prepare to be amazed.