Getting better and better

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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XFX's 8800GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition sports a rather lengthy name, and some rather impressive performance.  In the testing Bjorn3D put the card through, it destroyed the GTX and used less power and produced less heat while it was doing it.  The 8800GT in general, and this card in particular, really do offer great value for the money they cost.

Source: Bjorn3D

Unlikely inspiration

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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Where most of us finished Doom 3 and relegated it to the pile of games that we wouldn't touch again, and others proclaimed it a shiny example of perfection, one fellow went a different path.  MAKE:blog has a link to an insanely detailed case mod, called Doom3: Project Mars City, which looks better than anything the UAD made.  Check out the worklog and detailed pictures of every piece that went into this amazing case.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Get them quick, they'll disappear for over a month soon

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Who needs an official launch date when you can just buy something beforehand?  The Inquirer has a link to an Austrian retailer who will sell you an ASUS Striker II Formula.  Order early and avoid the rush.

Source: The Inquirer

Forum stuffing

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 05:20 PM |
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Part of the lukewarm reception that AMD has received from their introduction of the Phenom processor was the fact that you couldn't buy one.   We all know the other reason.  The good news is that it is slowly starting to appear, so if you do have an AM2(+) system that needs an upgrade,

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Necris-philia

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The wait is over, Unreal Tournament 3 servers are being set up and populated as you are reading this.  Timed perfectly for the US Turkey day holiday, most gamers seem to be fragging each other with one hand while the other holds a drumstick.  The new type of game, Warfare blends Assault and Onslaught very well and the Torlan makes an appearance (in 2 different forms), so don't pine too hard for your favourite Onslaught maps.  New vehicles will shock you the first time they land on your head, or chase you with their persistent beam weapons, and the old vehicle have undergone an o

Source: IGN

Bye bye 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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With what seems like confirmation of the inability of the 680i chipset to support 45nm processors, it's time to take a peek at the 780i.  HardwareXL steps up, and provides us with a look at a pre-retail ASUS P5N-T Deluxe nForce 780i motherboard.  It seems most a refresh of the 680i, with the major difference being PCI Express 2.0 support and Triple-SL

Source: HardwareXL

Silverstone's new HTPC offerings

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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Silverstone has two new HTPC enclosures out the cheaper LC17 which lacks an LCD and the GD01 which does sport a display, as well as some other extras*.   Either choice offers enough space inside to fit a full ATX board, and the cooling will keep your rig cool, which becomes

Slip into a SIP call

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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With the introduction of just one trojan into a corporate network, it is possible to record VOIP calls traveling over that network as a wav file using SIPtap, a proof of concept exploit that you can rad about over at The Inquirer.  Of course even simple encryption will prevent anyone from using the tool, so don't start shutting down your phone system yet.  Even the encryption

Source: The Inquirer

abit Introduces First AMD Phenom Ready Motherboard, the AX78

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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20 November, 2007 - abit today announced their latest AMD 770 chipset-based motherboard, the abit AX78. This is abit's first motherboard with native support for AMD Phenom quad-core processors delivering best performance for true quad-core processors, HyperTransport 3, Dual Channel DDR2 1066 memory, PCI Express 2.0 and CrossFire X.

Source: ABIT

Magnets in a PC case?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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Despite sounding like an incredibly bad idea, the usage of magnets to keep the side door of the Xion Dazl case was one of Hardware Canucks favourite features.  As the full review reveals that turns out to be the main feature of this case.  Aging 80mm fans provide the cooling, and a no-name 500W (peak) PSU is included and even so the price remains about $70.  You certainly get what you pay for, but for a testing case, or a cheap enclosure for a "b

The rumour mill kicks into overdrive

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 02:27 PM |
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Surfing around the net today, you may have run into stories proclaiming that AMD is about to purchase Ageia in a move to counter Intel's purchase of Havok.  As we found out earlier in the week Intel plans to remove Havok from physics on a graphics card research, either to stop the research entirely, or to change their focus to Intel CPUs.  It also makes sense that AMD would purchase Ageia to stop nVIDIA from getting their hands on the physics processor producer, and give them a leg up on physics processing in general.  AMD's purchase of Transmeta certainly helped them with die s

Source: The Inquirer

Lowered latency on DDR3 kits

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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Just in time for your X38 motherboard, Patriot has released their PDC32G1600LLK PC3-12800 low latency memory wich run at 1600MHz, with CAS latencies of 7-7-7-18, and they are only $560.  For that price however, you get fast DIMMs that are capable of breaking 1900MHz if you relax the timings a bit, according to PC Stats' testing.

Source: PCStats

Happy Thanksgiving!

Subject: Editorial | November 22, 2007 - 01:06 PM |
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I just wanted to interject here on Jeremy's news posting to wish all thaose that celebrate it a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday!  To all the others that going through the normal rounds of work today, you have our sympathies.  :)

Perfect power positioning

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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AnandTech has a round up of 8 (10 metric) PSUs that all sit in the sweet spot for powerful SLI/Crossfire rigs, between 730W-850W and run from $115 - $230.  They have all have various strengths and weaknesses, so you can get a feel as to which would suit you best, and their new oscilloscope pictures really give you a good picture as to the noise the various lines on these PSUs produce.

Source: AnandTech

Misunderestimating the target market

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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The Tech Report feels that AMD has totally missed their target with the Spider platform, an opinion that has almost nothing to do with the performance. The problem as they see it is that the Spider platform is powerful with AMD CrossFire X, a AMD quad core CPU and a nice AMD motherboard, all bundled together into a packaged platform to be sold to the enthusiast in one peice. 

See the possible problem with that yet

The lighter side of the Spider?

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2007 - 05:43 PM |
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Over at PenStar Systems there is a lighter look at AMD's Spider, and the components we have heard so much about lately.  A lot of the information you can garner from reading the review may be stuff you have already seen, bu I bet you have not heard the Phenom referred to as "the big girl with attractive friends".

Get your overclock on

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 21, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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The Inquirer has some info that makes AMD's HD3870 (and 3850) even more attractive, it overclocks well.  The bad news is that it requires a BIOS flash to unlock, so this is a little more risky than just tweaking frequencies.  It isn't as scary as it sounds, you will need to get used to flashing cards and motherboards if you want to get the most out of your system.

Source: The Inquirer

The data is perfectly safe until you misplace your finger

Subject: Storage | November 21, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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Biometric security, especially fingerprint readers are becoming very commonplace on electronics.  It was only a matter of time before USB drives started sporting them, and that brings us to CPU3D's review of the 1GB Adata FP1 Fingerprint Flash DriveThey were impressed overall, finding the size unaffected by the inclusion of the swipe type fingerprint reader and the low cost as well.

Source: CPU3D

Ryan's guilty pleasure

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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If you are looking for a new type of game to play, especially if you have a few friends to drop by, then the release of Rock Band is for you.  It comes with a single guitar, drums and a microphone, and according to Ars Technica's testing, the guitar from Guitar Hero 3 is instantly recognized by the game, allowing multiple guitarists in your rock band.  It's single player is described as very lonely, so make sure to grab some friends to play along with you, and maybe a frosty beverage or two for th

Source: Ars Technica

One step forward and a full commute back

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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The new heads of AT&T are continuing their streak of brilliant decisions; this time they are calling back all the teleworkers to cubicles.  The huge telecommunications companies execs apparently has difficulty grasping the concept of workers who use the internet and telephones to communicate with home office.  Slashdot has more on this move which should qualify AT&T's HR department for a stupidest decision of the year award.

Source: Slashdot