Logitech's G series spreads to keyboards

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display.  Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard.  From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches.  The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information.  Read on at motherboards.org to see this ke

Cooling your graphic card's backside

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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We have seen plenty of 3rd party coolers for your VGA, that sit atop your GPU and memory to keep the card cool and maybe let you get a bit more speed out of it.  Hardware Canucks have published a review of a unique cooling add on, that should work with most cooling setups on several different cards.  The Thermalright HR-11 Backside Cooler will keep the heat off of the SMDs on the back of the card, and any radiant heat that might be making it's way th

Plenty of wattage and dual transformers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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The ABS/Tagan ITZ1300 1300w power supply is up for review at [H]ard|OCP today, sporting six 20 amp 12V rails and a pair of 80mm fans for cooling.  The build and looks of this PSU are quite nice, as are the numerous plugs, but [H] found something hiding inside that caused them some dissapointment

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quality cooling on a tight budget

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 01:56 PM |
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Overclockers Club reviews the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64, which offers some fairly impressive cooling for the $20 you need to spend to get one. Many enthusiasts overclock to save a bit of money, but you aren't going to get too far with a stock cooler.  Switch to this heatsink and not only will you get more performance from your PC, you won't need to drop components from your system to afford it.

Distro decision

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming.  Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic.  The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.

Source: PC Mechanic

Akella Announces PT boats: Knights of the Sea DX10 benchmark

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Akella presents the DX10 tech demo-benchmark of the upcoming naval action sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea.

The final game will support both DX10 and DX9, but this demo is a demonstration of what the final game will look like in DirectX 10. The demo features all the visual effects and some of the highly detailed models that will be available in the game.

The main DX10 graphics features of PT boats: Knights of the Sea tech demo-benchmark:

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Weekend projects from the forums

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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Think that you know it all when it comes to protecting your PC and keeping your browser secure?  Test your knowledge through the link in this thread, and see how your score stacks up against other PCPer members.  If you are more interested in the hardware side of things, then weigh in on what you think about AMD's 3-core plans, or your opinion on quad core processors, and if they are worth the premium

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Blackberry or lemon?

Subject: Mobile | September 21, 2007 - 03:37 PM |
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The brand new Blackberry Curve 8300 has been trimmed down in size and weight, as well as missing some features that many might consider necessary.  Neither Wi-Fi nor 3G are supported, your only wireless connection is via EDGE, which is good enough for many people, but has caused some head scratching.  There are some other nice features that may make 8800 users jealous, check them out at Hardware Zone.

abit's P35 quality stands out

Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP broke in their new testing OS, Vista Ultimate 64, on the abit IP35 Pro.  With solid metal capacitors, a good layout and decent cooling, this board shows off what abit can do when they put their minds to it.  It didn't take first place when it came time to overclock, but the overall solid build of this motherboard makes it a good choice to build a system with.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

On the trail for a few benchmarks

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 21, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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Intel's Skulltrail looks like the kind of system that anyone would want to own, badly.  It's too bad that when The Tech Report questioned Intel about the pricing, they replied that it will be priced above 'traditional workstation-class', which you can probably read as super crazy high price plus time and materials and a bit on the side.   They aren't even sure what RAM is in this machine, but supposedly it is CL3 and over 800MHz, nor were they able to benchmark it themselves, so we have to accept Intel's screenshots, for no

High speed DDR2

Subject: Memory | September 20, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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OCZ's FlexXLC offers a lot to overclockers.  The 1150MHz out of the box speed will make sure that it isn't the memory holding back your FSB and 'ready for watercooling' design will give you some great cooling power.  PC Stats managed 5-5-5-15 @ 1220 MHz, and there is probably some room left to speed it up.

Source: PCStats

Getting more from your system with the new CPU prictng

Subject: Systems | September 20, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Tech Report revisits their systems guide in the wake of new pricing from Intel and AMD.  While we may not be able to buy all the fancy new toys we are hearing about at the IDF for quite a while, this price war is a boon on anyone building a new system, or looking to upgrade an existing one.  See what new components you can get without breaking the bank.

Playing in 2048x768 or 2560x1024

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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Matrox who have been making graphics adapters for decades, are most frequently known for their multi-monitor support.   The newest DualHead2Go Digital Edition offers two DVI-I outputs, which can be changed to VGA with the usual adapter.  The real magic is in how much more flexibility you are offered when you compare it to the buit in multiple monitor support that Windows offers, which

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More on Intel's exhibitionist display

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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With the keynote speech over, a lot of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the IDF has faded, but that doesn't mean the news is over.  AnandTech has a chance for a close-up look at a robot car, new laptops and WiMAX as well as wireless power.  You can also get more details on yesterdays Silverthorne and Menlow news.

Source: AnandTech

A whole lotta folding going on

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Folding@Home has a lot to thank Sony for.  Thanks in part to the PS3 being able to participate, F@H has reached 1 PetaFLOP of computational power.  The entire BOINC project has about half that, at 559.444 TeraFLOPS.  Wired has a bit more on just how much power that represents.

Congratulations to Folders everywhere; especially the ones Folding for PC Perspective.

Source: Wired News

Intel to Combine Wimax and Variety of Mobile Devices to Shape Future Wireless Broadband Internet Wor

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation executives today promised that the pending rollout of WiMAX, ongoing innovation to its popular Intel Centrino Duo processor technology for laptop products and a new category of Internet-connected devices will usher in a new era of reliable broadband-connected wireless computing starting next year.

Playing with the phoneless iPhone

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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The iPod touch sports all the cool stuff introduced with the iPhone, barring the cellular service.  The Hardware Zone gave it a good tryout and published their results.  It holds 16GB of data, which seems to be the only drawback to the 8mm thickness of the iPod Touch.  See what tricks they managed to get this new iPod to do in the limited time they were allowed to test it.

Back to school tools

Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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... or in some cases maybe a bribe.  Ars Technica examines the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the HP Pavilion dv6500t , Sony's VAIO VGN-FZ180 and the Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617, all priced between $1,200 to $1,400, if you don't count the Blu-Ray player on the Sony.  They rate the laptops on a number of different areas, focusing more on portability and productivity than gaming, which is a good thing in the case of the Toshiba.

Source: Ars Technica

Giant case found in the centre of The Zone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Tagan CS-Monolith is huge!  Huge as in it has a pair of 250mm fans on the side, five 5.25" bays and seven 3.5" bays.  It will have no troubles fitting a kilowatt PSU, with space leftover to make sure the PSU stays cool.  OCIA is wondering if they can fit a radiator over those two 25cm fans, something that would seriously improve an internal watercooling rig.

Source: OCIA

Crytek creates more questions than answers

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake.  Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game.  Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?

Source: The Inquirer