Double the pleasure ...

Subject: Memory | March 6, 2008 - 11:47 AM |

Crucial, and other memory manufacturers, are doing a great job of keeping DDR2 alive as DDR3 matures.  Speed increases are continuing, and the prices just keep getting better, which has prompted 4GB kits like the Crucial Ballistix Tracer

DDR2-800 4Gb kit.  CPU3D tried the kit and it's blinking LEDs out and found that not only is this kit a cheap date, it enjoys going all the way. 

Source: CPU3D

Microsoft is feeling a bit more compliant

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM |

The first public beta of IE8 has appeared, boasting the ability to pass the Acid2 browser test.  In previous flavours of IE, Microsoft took the position of authority claiming that they new better than a bunch of actual web programmers as to what standards should be on the web.  This has led to a lot of broken websites that render OK in IE, and awfully in everything else.  Firefox's popularity may have lead to Microsoft's about face, but for what ever reason, Microsoft's new browser is it's most standard compliant ever. 

Source: Ars Technica

CeBit 2008: AMD Shanghai quad-core on display, working

Subject: Processors | March 6, 2008 - 11:08 AM |

Despite reports to the contrary, AMD did in fact have their 45nm Shanghai quad-core parts up and running at the show, though there was no information on the clock speeds being divulged. 

CeBit 2008: Hiper shows off hinged chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2008 - 11:05 AM |

Another interesting post from The Inq shows that Hiper is working on a new case called the Osiris that great cable management and air flow enhancements as well as hinged doors on both sides.

Source: The Inquirer

CeBit 2008: Thermaltake shows off lightbulbs and 2000 watt PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2008 - 10:57 AM |

The Inq is showing off some various booths at CeBit including the Thermaltake booth.  They were showing off LED lightbulbs, a new CPU heatsink and a new HTPC case, but the most interesting is the 2 kW power supply that is shown powering TWO complete systems including a Quad-CrossFire system and an SLI system.  I don't think we could have demonstrated the "overkill factor" any better myself.

Source: The Inquirer

Enermax quietly takes center stage

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2008 - 05:53 PM |

Enermax's Modu82+ 625 Power Supply does offer three 25A 12V rails with a maximum of 600W, but that's not the what the real draw is with this PSU.  What really gave SPCR a charge when they were reviewing this PSU is the fact that it is the quietest fan cooled PSU they have ever encountered.  It also has an impressively high efficiency rating, check out the full review.

Source: Short Media

AMD Catalyst 8.3 Drivers drop - CrossFireX now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 04:15 PM |

Thanks goes to Aaron for letting me know that the AMD Catalyst 8.3 drivers have dropped on the official AMD websites and  These drivers add support for Quad-CrossFireX, Hybrid CrossFire with the 780G chipset, DirectX 10.1 support among many others features and fixes. 

Source: 3DCenter

NVIDIA 9800 GTX images show up, bore us

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:59 PM |

Some images have surfaced of the NVIDIA 9800 GTX and according to the notes on the page with them, the 9800 GTX will be a G92-based product and will basically be a higher clocked 8800 GT/GTS card.  Not a whole lot more data, but if you wanna see what a video card looks like, I guess you can look here; not much to see.

Source: General

4 cores galore

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2008 - 03:04 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has put together a beast to test out CrossfireX.  Four CPU cores thanks to the QX9650, 4 graphics cores thanks to a pair of HD 3870 X2s and even 4Gb of RAM.  All of that power is pitted against Crysis, as well as some other popular games.  Read on to see what [H] thinks about CrossfireX, and AMDs chances of being picked by the power gamer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Free FPS

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 02:03 PM |

If you have never heard of Nexuiz, you are not alone, but you are missing out.  The original release was back in 2005, and they are now up to version 2.4 which is much more highly polished than the original.  Phoronix has a bevy of screenshots as well as links to the Alientrap website where you can download the game for Windows, Linux and OSX.

Give it a try, it's free and easy to set up, who knows you might even like it.

Source: Phoronix

A case you can keep your beer in

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 5, 2008 - 12:09 PM |

Thermaltake is showing off a very interesting case at CeBIT.  Running copper pipes all throughout the case and using a simple compressor and expansion chamber, they've created a refrigerated case!  Sure there are some problems with implementing the design, but I am very glad that they showed it to HEXUS.

Source: Hexus

A cranky, but effective security guard

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 11:53 AM |

The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico is a little USB device, about the size of a flash drive, that protects your PC from attacks coming over the network.  With it's software installed it works it's way into Windows' networking stack and convinces it to send all network traffic through the Pico, where it is scanned for anything nasty.  Think Computers did find it to be effective, but there were also some features of the Pico that they took issue with.

Sketchy marketing

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 06:16 PM |

Sound Blaster's new X-Fi Xtreme card is an Audigy in disguise, though it does use the PCI-E bus.  The card isn't a complete waste though, the Guru of 3D found that the new chip does offer some improvements to the Audigys of old, but it is a far cry from a X-Fi.  As a bonus, the card even gives a good reason to upgrade to Vista.

Source: Guru of 3D

A very sad day for gamers everywhere

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 04:26 PM |

Gary Gygax passed away today in his home in Lake Geneva.

Some of you may have never encountered the name before, but Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are hailed as the Fathers of Roleplaying.  Anything you might have played that had Armour Class, Hit Points, THACO or even just used dice to determine the outcome of a characters actions; all of them are based off of Gary's imagination.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Shows off 45 nm Shanghai at CeBIT

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 03:58 PM |

We knew near the end of 2007 that AMD was expecting the arrival of the first 45 nm Shanghai samples around the first of the year.  It now seems that those initial samples were fairly successful as AMD is showing off working 45 nm silicon at CeBIT.  The chips in question are apparently Shanghai based and they are running a variety of OSs and applications.  AMD is of course not talking about things such as clockspeed, but we can assume that the products being shown are likely the first major respin from the original samples that showed up early in January.

Source: AMD

Multitalented Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 03:40 PM |

It's a Bluetooth mouse, a wireless mouse, a wired mouse and a 1Gb USB drive, all at the same time.  The wired talent is for recharging it for wireless use again, you never end up with a mouse you can't use.  With Bluetooth enabled laptops, you don't even need the dongle.  Check out this handy little mobile sized mouse at the Hardware Zone.

Would you like a free AMD 780G chipset?

Subject: Chipsets | March 4, 2008 - 02:46 PM |

Are you interested in getting a new, AMD 780G chipset, for FREE??  If so, we have a contest for you...that's right we have two AMD 780Gs to give away to our loyal readers and forum members

This HTPC brought to you by Alienware

Subject: Systems | March 4, 2008 - 02:38 PM |

When one thinks of Alienware, one cannot help but think of overkill; both in price and in performance.  They've decided to create an HTPC, the Alienware HD Media Server which will set you back between $5000 - $7000 depending on the parts you choose.  Legit Reviews tried out this media server, with it's C2Quad, X38 motherboard, 4TB of storage in RAID5 and even a built in Blu-ray player.  They've also hired a professional installer to incorporate it into their home entertainment centre, and they will do an update

CeBit 2008: Watch AMD's Presentations at CeBit

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 12:21 PM |

If you are curious to hear about AMD's 780G chipset, Puma and other CeBit announcements, then you can get it straight from AMD's own streaming press event. When its over, it will still be looping throughout the day.

The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts

Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

AMD has come through in a big way with the 790G chipset, although not by taking a performance crown as many enthusiasts would have preferred.  Instead, they have totally destroyed the competition in integrated graphics.  Currently available(ish) at $100, the board's price will drop and setting up an HTPC or just a general PC for $300 or less is easy with this board, and it will perform well enough that you d