Kingston HyperX DDR3 Achieves NVIDIA SLI Certification

Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 04:59 PM |

"Collaborating with the world's best of class chipset
manufacturers and industry alliance partners, Kingston
is proud to launch a new family of auto-overclocked
memory designed, tested, and certified to meet
NVIDIA's standards," said Mark Tekunoff, senior
technology manager, Kingston.

Look what just came crawling back

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 03:08 PM |

When is the last time you clapped eyes on a keyboard with a trackball?  Thanks to the Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard with Trackball, now you can relive those golden days of yore.  It's not certainly not all old features, this keyboard has a lot of extra multimedia keys though it lacks USB ports.  BCCHardware did the full review

Source: BCCHardware

Corsair Announces 2GHz High-Speed DDR3 Memory for NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI Gaming Platform

Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 02:50 PM |

Fremont, CA, March 18, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today their NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI high-performance DDR3 partner memory offerings, including a record-breaking 2GHz module.

After extensive partnership efforts between NVIDIA and Corsair, the NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI platform was found to exhibit extreme overclocking capabilities with the latest in DDR3 memory architectures.

nVIDIA's big day

Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM |

Paired with the launch of the 9800 GX2 is the 790i SLI chipset.  Unlike the update from the 680i to the 780i, we actually have a new northbridge.  The southbridge is still the 570 MCP, although it has learned a new trick.  The brand new northbridge brings DDR3 support, up to 2000MHz and support for Intel's new 1600Mhz FSB.  Lowered memory latencies and 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 have helped this board unseat the X48 as the top chipset for performance.  See what else is new over at The Tech Report.

Two and a half pounds of screaming graphics power

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

The GeForce 9800 GX2 has arrived, with XFX supplying the card that Ryan tested.  The big news for nVIDIA is performance; Crysis at 1024X768 with 4xAA ran with a higher average frame rate than any previous cards maximum.  This card doesn't beat the competition by a small margin, it is far in the lead.  The performance does come with a price, and I don't mean the $600 it goes for on NewEgg.  The ca

AMD's response to Intel's big news

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 11:50 AM |

Drop by The Inquirer to see what AMD's response to Nehalem, Dunnington and Larabee.  They sound quite confident, pointing out that AMD has been doing all the new features of Nehalem, and that Larrabee may pose huge problems for programmers.  Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see how AMD's Shanghai will perform.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA and VIA in talks of acquisition

Subject: Chipsets | March 18, 2008 - 09:24 AM |

Apparently NVIDIA and VIA are in talks to merge, with the larger NVIDIA obviously doing the buying and the aging, struggling VIA looking to sell.  We recently talked with VIA about their upcoming processor line and can't help but think that NVIDIA still desperately wants to get into the general purpose processor world to have a snowball's chance of competing with Intel in the long run.

Source: Digitimes

Intel reveals a few of their cards

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2008 - 05:52 PM |

The details are still a little sketchy from Intel about Tukwilla, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee, but we do know a bit more than we did.  Ryan gathered the slides and info from the preview to the IDF and has posted them for your enjoyment.  Check out what we do know about Intel's upcoming projects.

Super Talent Launches The Memory Challenge

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 05:38 PM |

San Jose, California – March 18, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched The Memory Challenge, a fun, interactive web 2.0 game that educates visitors on memory technology while testing the limits of their knowledge.

Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James commented "The Memory Challenge is a fun learning tool, kind of a reverse-FAQ where we ask the questions and you give the answers. It will challenge even the sharpest tech gurus."

Intel Corporation's Multicore Architecture Briefing

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 03:50 PM |

March 17, 2008 -- Intel Corporation today discussed upcoming leading edge microprocessors and technologies. Intel's 45nm high-k metal gate leading manufacturing technology is enabling the industry to move to multicore processors in all market segments, and Intel discussed future products with four, six, eight and many computing cores coming to the market.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group:

A new revision; a new review

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2008 - 03:07 PM |

The Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev. 2 is a great deal, and you can look at it in two ways.  If you want to play it safe, the cooler temperatures you can reach on your GPU with this cooler ought to extend it's life; or you can use it to overclock the bejesus out of the card.  Either way, there is a good chance you will like this cooler as much as [H]ard|OCP does.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Antec means business with their new P190

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2008 - 01:30 PM |

Antec's P190 is one serious mid-sized tower.  With a 200mm side fan and a pair of 140mm on the top and a 120mm fan in the back, you can get some good air cooling.  Otherwise, as they have included rubberized outlets on the back, you could go with watercooling.  Power is also not going to be an issue, this case ships with two PSUs installed.  Check ou

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;