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Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2008 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2008 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Displays | July 18, 2008 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | July 18, 2008 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 09:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer. Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman of AMD and chair of the board of directors.
Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 09:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP would love to share the information they managed to get out of Foxconn about the upcoming X58 chipset from Intel. Drop by for a look at some of the specs you can expect to see on boards with this chipset; unfortunately this is not a final revision nor do they know if the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor will be included, or not.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a 92mm fan, you might not expect too much from Asus' Lion Square CPU Cooler, but don't judge it too fast. It can handle the heat coming off of a Phenom without breaking 50dB, which is a fair accomplishment. It won't beat the Ultra120 in an overclocking contest and isn't the cheapest heatsink going, though [H]ard|OCP does see it being
Subject: Systems | July 17, 2008 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's DH102 Home Theater PC Case offers a front panel that will fit in with any stereo system, thanks to the brushed aluminium, analog dial and
the LCD display. Of course, it had better do it's job well at $500 for an empty case. As long as the price hasn't scared you off, try checking out [OC]ModShop's full review.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all. According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip. Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e
Subject: Memory | July 16, 2008 - 09:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for DDR3, but do not want to pay the price that the top of the line DIMMs demand, you could try Kingston's HyperX 2GB PC3-12800. At 1.9V it will give you a full 1600MHz, but at 2T 9-9-9-27 timings and with a bit of work you can pump it up to 1800MHz, though don't expect the timings to tighten up very much. Drop by ASE Labs for a look at this kit
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 07:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC.
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz. If you have a
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives. There are three SSDs; OCZ's 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent's MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB. See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The official E3 trailer for Fallout 3 is available for your viewing pleasure, boingboing was nice enough to embed it here. Watching it doesn't really explain the mutant blend of turn based and real time that Bethesda claims will be it's main mode of play, but it does give you a very quick glance at the action. It also looks like Bloody Mess will be a very popular trait.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica spoke with nVIDIA about the rumours surrounding the problems with their next generation of G84 and G86's. nVIDIA believes that the increased rate of failure is limited to notebooks only, and a limited number of those. Not only is the problem very limited, but it will only occur in specific configurations and they have already released a software update that will increase the speed of the fans that cool the effected chips; problem solved. On t
Subject: Motherboards | July 15, 2008 - 09:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to set up a great Crossfire system, choosing the graphics cards to put in it is only half the battle. You also have to choose between four different chipsets; the P35, X38, P45 and X48 all support Crossfire. Legion Hardware set out to determine which is the best to use to build your PC on, a task made more difficult because some use PCI Express 1.0 and others the new 2.0.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 08:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched? Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280? $499 for the GTX 260? Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week? Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess. Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player. Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.