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Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are one of the few, the brave, the masochistic ... the Vista user; then next week you will need to make a decision. TechARP has heard that Vista Service Pack 1 will be released next week. Should you install it right away, or wait until the moon is right, and your dominant star is in the cool part of the sky, and you have sacrificed a few XP disks and EULAs to the great Gates?
Only you can decide.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime. Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage. There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.
Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 31, 2008 - 10:14 AM | Ryan Shrout
Now, we're not going to try to make an article out of a mound, or something like that, but these screen shots are pretty impressive. I've included one below but you should check out the teaser page for the upcoming 3DMark Vantage for a couple more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2008 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is quite fond of the new Sansa Clip MP3 Player. It offers more flash storage than the Zen Nano they used previously, 15hrs of battery life, a small OLED display and weighs in at 26g. Read the full article on this MP3 player that puts the iPod Shuffle to shame.
Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below. For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor. This chip, if paired with the right mot
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio. Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests. The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register. They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched. They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th
Subject: Systems | January 30, 2008 - 09:47 AM | Ryan Shrout
It should come as no surprise that Asus wants to capitalize on the Eee PC branding that has been so damn popular. Would you be interested in an E-DT (desktop computer), an E-TV or an E-Monitor?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2008 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets, armed with a digital power meter checked out the draw that electronic equipment pulls when in standby mode. They split the results into four groups: zero consumption, negligible (consumption below 0.5 W), significant (between 0.5 W and 10 W) and huge (above 10W). You might be surprised how much the huge category drinks up when supposedly sleeping.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like. Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2008 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake SwordM VD5000BNA Super Tower Chassis deserves the title super, although the $500 price tag is debatable. The first picture you will see of it in Big Bruin's review is the open configuration, and this case opens in ways you have not seen previously. There are so many unique features to this case, from the faux-heatsink exterior to the pop up top that you should read the full rev
Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips. Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems. Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.
Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviewed the Powermonkey, a very handy device if you are on the road and find yourself with a gadget that is running low on power. It has a wall socket adapter that can handle around 130 different countries plugs, and can charge a huge amount of phones, PDAs and other mobile devices. There is also a Powergorilla for your laptop.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire! If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire. Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.
Subject: Chipsets | January 29, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes has some more details on NVIDIA's nForce 790i chipset that is due out next quarter. The chipset adds DDR3 memory support to the 700-series mix and is a completely new chip design because of it.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 11:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market. The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.
Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 11:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to Engadget MSI is working on an Eee PC competitor using Intel's Diamondville, ultra-low power processing platform.
Subject: Displays | January 28, 2008 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW sports a hefty price, over $350 on PriceGrabber, but you do get a lot out of it. It sports 2ms grey to grey response, a 1680x1050 native resolution and colours that Think Computers found to be quite impressive. It is simple compared to some other monitors, having only 3 plugs, power, VGA and DVI, no audio, USB or iPod Docks, just the basics.&nbs
Subject: Motherboards | January 28, 2008 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extreme they have reversed their opinion of the X48 chipset completely. Apart from the performance, there were several features that caught Anandtechs eye. The first is the space on the board, watercooling 2 cards in CrossFire won't be a tight squeeze, nor will adding cooling to the chipset itself, and even better this board ran cooler that the X38 equivalent. What really sold the board for them was the inclusion in the BIOS of a way to contro