Overwhelmed by choices

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards.  There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide.  Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150?  Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can?  Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38? 

We're not dumping them; we'll just treat them like crap until they go away

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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nVIDIA is flat out denying that they will be dumping all but six of their resellers, at least when asked by The Inquirer.  That isn't really going to change ECS and the other companies bottom line much however.  nVIDIA cards are sitting on store shelves, but are not being purchased.  Their high end cards are faster, but also more expensive than AMD's offerings and the huge glut of sub-$200 and even sub-$100 cards available means that their market share is falling there

Source: The Inquirer

Far Cry 2 & XFX Exclusive 9 Series Game Bundle

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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Journey deep into a war-torn African state to complete an impossible mission: to find the Jackal. Armed only with a copy of Far Cry 2 and an XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics card, you emerge victorious. Don't you just love a happy ending? We do.

Engineered to generate a mind-blowing gaming experience, XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics cards offer such industry-leading features as PhysX, Cuda, PureVideo and Hybrid Power technology. XFX's 9 Series cards deliver the highest data transfer speeds that generate a more realistic game experience.

Source: XFX

Sending a clear signal

Subject: Systems | October 22, 2008 - 06:13 PM |
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Snbeamtech's UFO case will give you a very unique looking system, the clear acrylic lets people see every component you chose in clear detail.  They've expanded their lineup with an HTPC model, keeping the clear acrylic but reducing the size to fit in with stereo components.  Four 80mm fans keep the air moving and your components cool, though you should not expect too much, the acrylic sides do not radiate any heat as metal would.  See right through it in the review on Hardware Secrets.

It's a new beginning for nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 02:46 PM |
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The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2.  The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart.  There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance.  You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.

The Hush has quietly grown up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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NZXT's Hush is a mid-sized tower with a fair bit of cooling ability and some serious noise reduction features.  That made it a good case for those able to fit their systems into a mid-tower, but leaves those looking for the extra space provided by a full tower.  Enter the Whisper, a full tower E-ATX version with the sam

Source: OCIA

BFG SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM |
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All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
off
, and all BFG power supplies (including Scratch and Dent!) are 30% off!

On top of the instant savings, there is an additional $20
off via mail in rebate on the GTX 280 OC, GTX 260 OC MAXCORE, and
the GTX 260 OC - so be sure to view the product page to download the
rebate form.

 

Can I play FarCry 2?

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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How much power you will need to play FarCry 2 is a question asked by a lot of gamers, who have not received a good answer until now.  [H]ard|OCP has posted a quick look at the performance of nVIDIA and AMD's top graphics cards to see what you can expect from your system.  The simple answer; if you can play Crysis you can play FarCry2 better.  More specifically at 2560x1600, with all settings at maximum and 16X AF and no anti-aliasing, the sub-$200 HD4850 can average 31fps.&n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

RAID 5 is dead? Oh noes!!!

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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If you are some insane masochistic systems admin who loves rebuilding RAID 5 arrays from the ground up every time HDD sizes increase, pay attention; by 2009 you could have a 7 disk RAID5 array built of 2TB drives.  If you connect that 12TB to plain old SATA connections on a discount RAID card and never back-up the drives to any other medium, when one disk on the RAID fails there is a very good chance that a disk read error will travel up the chain of drives and take the whole RAID out.

Source: Slashdot

Thinking big with Seagate

Subject: Storage | October 21, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB runs about $190, or roughly 13 cents per gigabyte.  It has four 375GB platters and a 32MB cache which offers some strange results.  The 7200.11 series have never been the fastest drives, especially writing, and the extra size of the platters has slowed the seek times down.  It is the cheapest way to get a huge amount of storage in a standard drive, which will mean a lot to some who are far more concerned by size than speed

What's up Mac?

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 02:15 PM |
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Ars Technica has put together a large, as in two parts, review of the new Apple MacBook Pro.  The first part deals with the aesthetics, the packaging and the extras that come with it.  The second part delves into it's capabilities, general benchmarks as well as Windows gaming performance.  See how well it stacks up to the hype.

Source: Ars Technica

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory modules for Intel Core i7 processors

Subject: Memory | October 21, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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Fremont, CA, October 21st, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is launching a full line of DDR3 performance memory products designed for Intel Core i7 processor.

Designed to take advantage of the Core i7 processor's triple-channel memory controller, Corsair will offer memory solutions supporting three different DDR3 memory speeds in triple memory packs: 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 1866MHz. The 1866MHz Corsair DDR3 modules will be the world's fastest Intel Core i7 solution.

Is Microsoft on track?

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2008 - 12:48 PM |
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BlueTrack is the new tracking technology on their
Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse; not to be confused with their IntelliMouse Explorer line.  The new way to track movement should be able to handle wood, marble, granite, carpet and other such surfaces that tend to cause problems for mice.  ExtremeTech tested it out on a variety of surfaces, and while it doesn't have the precision of high DPI gaming mice on normal mousing surfaces, it completely shames those gaming mice on the non-standard surfaces. 

Source: Extremetech

NIT picking

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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Mozilla seems to be in a snit with Google for some reason, possibly Chrome, possibly not.  Whatever the reason, Mozilla isn't working on getting Firefox to work on the Android phone anymore.  Since The Jobs considers any attempt to get Firefox working on the iPhone a breach of it's SDK, that leaves Linux for the upcoming Nokia Internet Tablet.  The Inquirer doesn't leave much hope for fans of the open source browser who want it on their mobile devices.

Source: The Inquirer

Toshiba Turns to NVIDIA to take Gaming Notebooks to New Heights

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today released the Qosmio X305-Q708 gaming laptop, the latest iteration from its flagship gaming line.

Source: Toshiba

Humor in tech: Mac gets all excited about H.264 decoding

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:12 PM |
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Want to see one of the many reasons PC nerds and Mac nerds don't get along?  Check out this story that discusses the supposedly "newly added" H.264 decode acceleration on the MacOS X platform that is "mysterious".  The author questions whether support for the technology will be added to previous Mac computers rather than be a secret feature on current MacBooks

Source: Ars Technica

The Earth is falling on NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM |
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We have been seeing these rumors for some time, and now information is supposedly posted on Fudzilla that only six of NVIDIA's current partners are going to survive "the culling".  The apparent reason for the removal of some partners is to keep competition from over flooding the market. 

Source: General

Own the galaxy, for free!

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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That's right you can own the entire Galaxy9600GT for the cost of a single post.  Just head to this thread and post something out of this world* and you can call yourself the ruler of the Galaxy9600GT

As PC Perspective is absolutely enormous, we can afford to give away three entire galaxies, this being the second contest in the series.  Head over and post or you may find someone else in possession of the galaxy you had your eyes on.

Integrated capablities continue to grow

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2008 - 03:08 PM |
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The newest Intel mATX board is the DG45ID, built for s775 processors and sporting a single x16 PCI-E slot; the big feature is the x4500HD graphics featuring HDMI and DVI-I output ports. 
As far as CPU usage goes, you are far better off with NVIDIA's PureVideo HD or AMD's ATI Avivo HD.  If you aren't too concerned about CPU usage, for instance if you are building a dedicated Blu-ray player that will never do anything else, then the G45 is a good choice, especially when you discover it is capable of sending a 1920x1080 analog signal to CRTs and LCDs that are not technically HD display

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Low profile, high performance

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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Thermalright's new T-Rad2 is a really nice step in the right direction for users looking to use 3rd party cooling and have a dual card setup.  It is thin enough that even with a fan attached Crossfire or SLI is still easily possible, whether you choose a pair of 92mm fans or a single 120mm fan.  When Hardware Canucks attached this cooler to an HD4870, the temps dropped by a mere 30C under full load and by a smidgen more when it was overclocked.