Maybe it's best if you don't know what the excitement is about

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 04:13 PM |
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More information about the upcoming Bethesda release of Fallout 3 has appeared; this time from Wired.  While there is not that much information on the VATS system that will be used to incorporate real time and turn based combat into one seamless system, we at least hear that it incorporated canned movies, making one think of the latter games in the Final Fantasy series.  Read on to hear about Wired's take on the dialogue, one of the biggest fears of old time

Source: Wired News

Tell us something we didn't know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 03:51 PM |
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As most were well aware they would, Microsoft took the opportunity that Gamefest offered them to announce DirectX 11.  They talked about the CPU becoming a general purpose GPU, sort of like AMD and nVIDIA have been touting for years now.  The Inquirer even heard them bring up that paradigm word.  About the only thing new that came out of the announcement was a promise to make DX11 run on DX10 equipment, so that you won't have to buy new hardware.  Of course, if you

Source: The Inquirer

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800 GTX+ OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 23, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card.

Backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry, the BFG GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC graphics card is overclocked out of the box and pushes the limit in ultra realistic game play with NVIDIA PhysX technology, offering extreme HD gaming with 3-Way NVIDIA

Western Digital Releases 2.5" VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM HDD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 01:35 PM |
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Western Digital sent out news this morning about the release of a new member of the VelociRaptor hard drive family.  A desktop ready VelociRaptor hard drive came out in April of this year and quickly took its place as the fastest available hard drive on the market; now Western Digital is releasing a 2.5" version of the VelociRaptor for enterprise applications.

Source: 3DCenter

Something to do while waiting in line for the iPhone 3

Subject: Mobile | July 22, 2008 - 09:43 PM |
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Wondering what all the hype about the free games and apps that are available for the new iPhone?  Heard awful things about how the accelerometer handles games like Super Monkey ball, or just how much fun a free game can be?  I4U has spotted a little game called Aurora Feint, and not only did they try it out, they liked it!  If you have recently spent several hours in line in front of a store to get your hot new gadget and activation, check out the review.

Source: I4U News

Terminate your heat problems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2008 - 07:09 PM |
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A company called Danamics has created a liquid metal based CPU cooler that combines liquid metal with an electromagnetic pump.  This is the technology used to keep subs, satellites and some nuclear reactors cool, so it should be able to handle a Phenom.  Check out the details at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

The controller from spaaaaace

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 05:15 PM |
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3D Connexion have released a higher end 3D controller called the SpaceExplorer, which sports some interesting improvements over the SpaceNavigator PE.  You won't really use it for gaming or even normal desktop apps, but CAD designers and Google Earth addicts are not going to want to miss Mektu's review of this nifty little device.

Source: MetkuMods

AMD teaches an old chipset new tricks

Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2008 - 03:51 PM |
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AnandTech has been doing a lot of work on AMD's brand new revision to their SB700 southbridge, the SB750
They've changed the BIOS to allow Advanced Clock Calibration to be included in the AMD Overdrive Utility and that update seems to have changed AnandTech's minds about the usefulness of that utility.  They haven't finished all of their testing yet, but as they managed to get a Phenom 9850BE to 3.0GHz on on stock voltages, you can expect a positive conclusion.

Source: AnandTech

The reason for all those warnings

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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At the beginning of the overclocking portion of a review is usually a disclaimer, not only letting you know that you will be voiding your warranty but also that it is possible for Bad Things to happen.  Hopefully you have never experienced anything awful while overclocking, but it does occasionally happen and when it does it is never pretty.  Take the results of this ill fated memory review over at ExtremeTech for example.

Source: Extremetech

Super Talent MasterDrive SSD Gets a Performance Boost

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 10:03 PM |
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San Jose, California - July 22, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company has dramatically improved the write speeds of its MasterDrive DX, MasterDrive KX and MasterDrive MX solid state drives (SSDs).

These three series of SSDs already boast exceptionally fast read speeds of up to 120 MB/sec. But, fast write speeds are important in applications such as video editing and encoding, image processing, compressing and extracting files, installing applications and copying files to the drive.

Waiting for Nehalem?

Subject: Memory | July 21, 2008 - 09:35 PM |
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Patriot is helping to keep DDR2 alive, most recently with their PVS22G9200ELK 2GB DDR2 PC2-9200 memory kit.  DDR2's tight timings do give it an edge, until the higher clock speed of DDR3 leaves it in the dusty like some obsolete piece of enthusiast tech.  Ramping up the speeds, in this case to 1142Mhz on some boards should keep you happy until triple channel DDR3 appears. 

Catalyst 8.7 for Windows Vista, Windows XP AND Linux

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 07:10 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Singing in the shower

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 06:17 PM |
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It is easy to figure out what the H2O Waterproof Headphones are for and from [OC]ModShop's testing, they do actually work.  Of course, it is recommended that you purchase a waterproof case for your MP3 player, but the choice is up to you.  Pick up a pair and you can listen to your favourite music, and our Podcast, while swimming, boating or just taking a shower.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Cool down; you'll live longer.

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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Hard disks are not terribly fond of heat; especially the new Raptor which is a 2.5" HDD surrounded by a 3.5" heatsink.  While most users will never experience the wonderful smell of well cooked HDD, it is more common for the heat to accelerate the general failure of HDDs.  Drop by Madshrimps for a look at several passive HDD coolers that may extend the life of your drives, two that will bump your HDD up to a 5.25" slot and one that will let you keep the HDD in the 3.5" slots.

Source: Madshrimps

AKA less jaggies

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 04:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP compares AMD's new(ish) Edge Detect CFAA to nVIDIA's MSAA and CSAA.  AMD's previous cards had Narrow or Wide-Tent CFAA, which no one was really a huge fan of, but this new generation has some interesting tricks.  The article covers a bit on how Adaptive AA works to choose the best way to render textures, and has a lot of screenshots comparing the ways that nVIDIA and AMD's AA differ.  They also look at the performance impact and mention a few titles in which you w

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PhysiX is all in the software

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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nVIDIA is getting one up on AMD, without having to even lift a finger.  NGOHQ has received support from nVIDIA to get PhysX working on AMD graphics cards.  AMD, a little late to the race has now started to also help coders try to get PhysX to run, but The Inquirer makes it sound as if the NGOHQ guys are having great success.  It does make one wonder how specialized Ageia's hardware in the original release of the PhysiX card, if AMD's cards can support it with the help of

Source: The Inquirer

Sigma's sweet spot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2008 - 05:40 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP found a 700W PSU from Sigma which proved to be far superior to the unit they reviewed just a little while back.  At 700W it can handle most hardcore gaming systems needs, and [H] has no problems recommending this particuar PSU.  Give them a visit and see what you think of it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Widen your horizons

Subject: Displays | July 18, 2008 - 04:11 PM |
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Are you still stuck on an old CRT or regular ratio LCD screen?  Does the price, quality or just the sheer amount of choice of widescreen monitors
have you holding off on your upgrade?  Check out X-Bit Labs, who have gathered together ten 19" widescreen LCDs from seven different manufacturers.  See if one of these might convince you to take the step and widen your world.

Source: X-Bit Labs

$5000? Seriously?

Subject: Mobile | July 18, 2008 - 03:57 PM |
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It is hard to place all of the blame on Alienware or on Dell who bought them, but the high powered gaming laptop seems to be going extinct very quickly.  Even with the high end components in the Area-51 m15x, it can't keep up with a desktop system of less than half the price.  Trying to display 1920x1200 on a 15.4" screen is a bad idea, there is no way to keep the components reasonably cool, and don't even think of using the battery, it will be flat in half an hour.  ThinkComputers recently reviewed model was a bit less expensive, though still prohibitive. 

Source: Tech Spot

Dirk the Daring

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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In a somewhat surprising and very big move for AMD, Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO and Dirk Meyer, former president and COO has stepped in to fill that role.  The Inquirer got a chance to listen in on his first conference call, and you can read what they learned about the short term future of AMD and a bit on what his focus will be on.

Source: The Inquirer