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Subject: Displays | May 23, 2008 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for a new monitor, and are getting frustrated by the enormous amount of choice you have in native resolutions? Trying to figure out if scrimping enough for a 24" monitor is worth it, or if you are fine with a 22" display? Drop by Techware Labs for an overview of the current standard resolutions, and how they compare to HDTV resolutions and other handy tips.
Subject: Systems | May 23, 2008 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PC is orange, whether they would prefer it be called metallic copper or not, it is as orange as a recent release from Valve. bit-tech did look beyond the finish on the case, to the interior of Acer's PC which features a self contained watercooling setup, SLI'd cards and more. If you are looking for an impressive system, both on the outside and the inside, drop by for a look.
Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new P45 Express chipset, at least the ASUS P5Q and P5Q3 Deluxe, monitor the reductions in you CO2 emissions when you enable their Energy Processing Unit. Now, as a benchmark, that may not catch on for most hardware sites, nor do I know of a single user that has bragged about lowering their PCs carbon footprint, but there must be some out there, somewhere. That is not the high point of The Tech Reports review; Intel and ASUS have both included much more interesting features on their new mid-range platform.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves. It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate. Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.
Subject: Systems | May 22, 2008 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 22 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems.
Subject: Processors | May 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a E8500 and a Custom 2stage Cascade (-100 C!) cooler, MADSHRIMPS set out to see just how far they could push the speed. As it turns out, while they did get a big bump in speed, exotic cooling isn't really necessary for this processor, air-cooling can get you almost to 5GHz. You can pick up some good tips on a motherboard to pair it with if you are going to try.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
t-break stuck three 9800GTXs in two different systems, an Intel system with a QX9770 CPU on an ASUS Striker II Extreme with OCZ DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a Phenom system with an X4 9850 on an MSI 780 chipset based board with Corsair DDR2-1066MHz memory. Although both systems use nVIDIA chipsets, the AMD processor is clocked 800MHz slower and the RAM is slower as well. Read on to see just how much that will affect your gaming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sigma has a new case, which for some reason they decided to call the Unicorn. The case itself has a some good design ideas in it, and OCC has no trouble recommending it
based on it's qualities. If you do pick it up, you will have a case that has Unicorn printed on the front panel, so be warned.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As was mentioned in the recent PC Perspective Podcast, Ryan recently finished a review of an OCZ SSD drive, which offers great performance and a huge price tag. BCC Hardware has also finished looking at one of these drives, the Crucial 32GB 2.5in Solid State Drive. It is half the size of the OCZ model, and only a little cheaper, but the performance is top notch. Even the review
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's.
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked. That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running. Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Super Talents new PSU, the Atomic Juice PS-700 just asks for a bit of ridicule with a name like that, especially as it is the first PSU from Super Talent. As you might expect from a first time PSU, there are some kinks to be worked out, in this unit's case it is a power load about 75% of maximum. In [H]ard|OCP's testing, the PSU did fine as long as the load stayed at 75% or less, once they upped the power in the torture test, there were some instabilities that appeared.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Driver Heaven they have posted a review of a pair of Razer products. The first is the
Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It may seem a little strange for Alienware to produce a system that uses a Radeon HD 2400XT for it's graphics, and has no hope of playing any of the new titles, but that is exactly what the Hangar18 HD
Entertainment Center has. The name really gives it away, Alienware has jumped into the HTPC market and they have done it with all the class you would expect from them. Drop by Think Computers for a look.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... for gaming. But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from. Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of. [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.
Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 09:38 AM | Ryan Shrout
AMD took the time today to announced that it was going to be using GDDR5 memory technology on its upcoming R700 "next-generation ATI Radeon graphics card products." Not much else is detailed in the press release other than they are working with multiple vendors and that it will be faster than GDDR4. Duh.
One interesting quote is this:
Subject: Storage | May 20, 2008 - 06:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
Thecus Technology Partners with Farstone Technology to Provide DriveClone Pro 5.0
Backup is an essential element for computer users and network administrators. There are many possibilities that a user can lose all or part of their files due to computer viruses, accidental deletion or hardware failure.
Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2008 - 06:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
This was interesting - while I was out at the mall today I noticed in the local Cincinnati Bell store (local land line and cell phone provider) was demonstrating their in-home wireless networking with the ASUS Eee PC as the client machines. The setup was meant to show how much faster Cincinnati Bell's DSL service was compared to other options, and they in fact had both a black and a white Eee PC model: