FSP gets an exam

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2008 - 11:50 AM |

Three of FSP's PSUs were reviewed at BCCHardware, the 500W Blue Storm II PSU, 700W FX-Epsilon and 1000W Kingcraft PSUs.  The wattage ranges from the lowest, aimed at an entry level machine to one that could power a three way SLI rig.  Reading through the review gives you a sense of FSP overall, and will help you decide if this

Source: BCCHardware

Now that's what I call March Madness

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 11:37 AM |

According to DigiTimes, AMD has no less than seven new chips coming out in March.  Five are quad-core Phenoms and the other two are extensions to the Black Edition lime up.  Triple cores should be arriving by April, and there are likely more models that we will see in the near future.

Source: Digitimes

Pi is not a lie!

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 06:27 PM |

Much of the internet lies in dangerous wilderness, abounding with beasts ready to turn your computing life into a horror show of frustration.  The best defense is to know your enemy, and you can find a great bestiary in our Networking and Associated Security forum, and in the thread that Jim built, and that Ned fed today.  For a significantly more obscure issue, have you ever properly grounded your equipment, or just

The miracle of the CF to IDE Adapter

Subject: Storage | March 14, 2008 - 02:59 PM |

Solid State Drives, ultra fast, ultra durable and super-duper mega-ultra expensive.  So you could spend close to $20 per Gb, or you can build your own RAID array out of CF memory.  The Guru of 3D did just that, and found that the performance was a bit low, lower than a standard IDE drive in most tests, but it is possible.  Quiet, low power storage for about $2 per Gb

Source: Guru of 3D

The difference a little SLI can make

Subject: Mobile | March 14, 2008 - 02:19 PM |

Gaming notebooks are really benefiting from SLI, perhaps more so than PCs.  Many PC cards can be overclocked, or have an oversized cooler slapped on them, and there is always liquid cooling and other arcane heat management techniques.  With mobile platforms, the tolerances are much tighter and large internal cards are simply not an option.   With SLI, there is a way to get more graphics power inside a small(ish) laptop, and let users have a good gaming experience.  AnandTech has reviewed the

Source: AnandTech

Ear poison from Sapphire

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2008 - 12:04 PM |

Sapphire's HD 3870 Toxic has Vapor-X cooling technology, which translates to "I can fully cool the card in a one slot form factor, but I will deafen you and your neighbours."  46.3dB is going to be noticeable, although it does work very well for a single slot cooler.  The full review at techPowerUp! will let you see how it performs in your favourite games.

Source: techPowerUp!

Another reason to learn Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 11:46 AM |

... or switch to Vista.

Source: Ars Technica

A matched set from OCZ

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2008 - 03:00 PM |

The new hotness in cooling is selling your own thermal goop as well as heatsinks, as we have seen coolers like the Tuniq Tower and their bundled goop.  OCZ is also getting in on the act, offering Freeze thermal compound along with the Vendetta CPU cooler.  DriverHeaven tried them both out, and found one to be quite good;


Finding the sweet spot for DDR3

Subject: Memory | March 13, 2008 - 02:17 PM |

Going with the highest speed DDR3 you can find is an expensive proposal.  Kingston's HyperX DDR3-1625 2GB Memory Kit isn't cheap by any means, but it does provide you with 1625MHz RAM and a low latency for a DDR3 module.  Think Computers did find some issues when using this memory at full speed on X38 and P35 m

ROG on with ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula.  One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board.  When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP.  There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PCPer Interview: Carmackian wisdom

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 11:44 AM |

If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away.  John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics.  They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.

OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II Solid State Drive to their High-Performance Mobile Solu

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 06:24 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled ultra-fast OCZ SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives, a lightweight and efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives. The OCZ SATA II drive is designed to stay abreast of the performance features of high-end notebooks, and is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing.

Giving USB a voice

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 05:50 PM |

The Audiotrak Maya EX5 CE External 5.1 USB Surround Audio Solution seems odd at first, an external USB device built of see through plastic that can provide up to 7.1 channels of sound.  It is all software controlled, which does mean there are less things to break on the device, but also makes it seem very plain.  Digit Life has all the specs on this device, see if it sounds like something you could use.

Source: Digit Life

Round up of Tera!!!

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 04:18 PM |

Terabyte harddrives are becoming more common, or else ExtremeTech would never be able to do a seven drive round up.  Five of the drives have been reviewed previously, but they are adding two new drives.  Read on to learn who the king of high capacity storage is!  The review covers more than just speed, in today's world noise and power consumption are also very important.

Source: Extremetech

Yoo hoo ... Hula for you

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 02:28 PM |

Hulu, which has been in beta for a while, is now available to the public.  Currently it only works for the USA, but even with that limit, the ability to watch streaming movies and TV over the net is rather nice; they've even got some HD content.  They've made it very similar to watching TV, as you can expect commercial interruptions during your viewing.  Give it a try, you may find that the service they offer is free enough for you to enjoy using it.

Intel to ship 160GB solid-state drive in Q2

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 02:24 PM |

It turns out that Intel is indeed going to be manufacturing and selling solid-state hard drives.  The notebook drives (the article says "notebook and laptop drives" but I don't know the difference) will start at 80GB and go up to 160GB and should be available in Q2 of this year.  No prices or anything on them yet.

AMD ships TLB-fixed B3 Opterons

Subject: Processors | March 12, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

The first B3 steppings of AMD's Opteron processors have finally made their way out into the hand of customers according to this report at Dailytech.  There still isn't any word on when these will start shipping in volume or when the consumers will begin seeing B3 stepping Phenom processors or when we'll get clock speeds to ramp up competitiveness to Intel's parts. 

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA answering AMD with their own 55nm GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM |

According to this report on VR-Zone their is a good chance that NVIDIA's next generation chip will be a die-shrunk version of the G92 architecture.  The current G92 runs on a 65nm process as the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512MB cards and a 55nm revision would likely bring higher clocks and lower power - always a plus. 

Source: VR-Zone

Haven't we seen this before?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM |

It's deja vu all over again, nVIDIA is releasing a 'two cards in one' graphics card, and the initial results aren't encouraging.  The performance isn't that much better, and the price is much higher.  As The Inquirer points out, the price is actually in the same ball park as a 3870X2 AND a 3870.  Three-way CrossfireX for the same price as single card SLI ... which would you go with?

Source: The Inquirer

Could a dual-GPU Radeon HD 3850 X2 be around the corner?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:15 PM |

Could a new graphics card from AMD that uses two HD 3850 GPUs instead of two HD 3870 GPUs be ready for Computex?  That is one rumor that is circulating though the prospect is not as odd as it might first sound.  Remember, the HD 3870 and HD 3850 are essentially the same GPU with different clock speeds and different memory configurations in most cases.  It would be very easy for AMD to simply use two lower clocked GPUs and cut the memory in half to offer a po