USB Gamepad and 8800GTX, quite a bundle

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 4, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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The Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX is up for review at HotHardware.  Along with an included bundle that has some interesting and useful additions, you get one of the fastest cards on the planet.  It runs at 575MHz Core and 1.8GHz memory out of the box, and HotHardware managed to push it to 625MHz core and 1.9GHz memory, just shy of the XXX version.  Drop by to see what else they liked abou

Source: HotHardware

More of what you want

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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The hallmark of the Command & Conquer series is the scads of full motion video throughout the game.  GDI and Nod are still fighting it out, but the arrival of the alien Scrin adds to the variety of the missions you will find in the single player game.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look a several other new surprises in the newest C&C installment.

Source: Gamepyre

Not yet ready for Prime Time?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse.  After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience.  They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ViewSonic's quick responder

Subject: Displays | April 3, 2007 - 07:05 PM |
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The ViewSonic VX2235wm 22-inch HD Widescreen LCD offers DVI, VGA, and audio connections, with cable management on it's back.  The controls are hidden on the base, which trims up the look of the casing around the monitor, but also means the base is fixed.  Get a better look at this monitor at Think Computers.

X6800 + LN = Crazy Crustaceans

Subject: Processors | April 3, 2007 - 04:18 PM |
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How does SuperPi 1M in 9.844 seconds sound?  At -145.4°C MADSHRIMPS managed to get the x6800 hit 5200Mhz, and earned them 31st in the World Ranking at HWBot.org!  Carrying on to the point of instability, but still being able to boot, they pushed it to 378.9 Bus with a 14x multiplier.  That gave them a FSB of 1515.7MHz and a core of 5305MHz.  Gives you something to aim for, eh?

Source: Madshrimps

A summer treat for your RAM

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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3dGameMan takes a look at CoolIT Systems RAM Fan.  An aluminium housing clips onto the same notches that the RAM clips attach to, with one 60mm fan rated at 17.74 CFM
@ 4200 RPM and 31.6dBA.  While it does help keep the RAM cooler than it would be without the extra airflow, the performance doesn't blow 3dGameMan away.  As well, the instructions are a bit vague, and if you don't install it properly, you can damage your RAM, as you can see in the article.

Source: 3dGameMan

His future's so bright ... he's gotta ray trace shade

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works.  Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4.  As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level. 

Source: The Inquirer

Turns out the green is mostly envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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The Ultra X-Pro 600W EE is the next PSU to face [H]ard|OCP's electrical obstacle course.  With an 85% efficiency sticker (at 300W load), and a 135mm fan it does fit the bill as an energy efficient PSU.  It's 600W total may be why it has an odd classification at SLIZone when it comes to powering an SLI setup.  Find out what happened when [H] stressed it out (though it's not as nifty as what Lee did to the Miller Electric).

"This Ultra PSU falls into a category that is drawing more

Source: [H]ard|OCP

How many processes can a processor process if a processor processed with 80 cores?

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor.  Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors.  Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM.  Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf

Source: Ars Technica

You got Intel on my AMD!

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2007 - 06:39 PM |
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The DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200 is first AMD RD600 based motherboard around, and it is for Core 2 Duos!  Strange as it sounds, this is an AMD chipset running an Intel processor and it does it fairly well.  It offers 3 PCI3 16x slots, allowing Crossfire and a PPU to run at the same time.  The major downfall is the lack of overclocking ability, but it is a solid performer with a lot of other good features.

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year.

Very accomodating keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads.  They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,

Source: OCIA

Format War 2

Subject: Storage | April 2, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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Betamax is dead, VHS victorious.  Now we have a new battle begin fought between Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at their recent battles, and tries to figure out who loses and why.  Blu-ray holds more on a disk, but 50GBs isn't really much space for HD programming, but it does beat the 30GB of a dual sided HD-DVD.  They carry on to look at which format studios are supporting, as that will probably the largest influence.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI brings out the bacon

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2007 - 01:07 PM |
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More non-April Fools related bizarreness from ATI, the X1650 Pro Year of the Pig Edition.  Overclockers Online has posted pictures, as well as appending it to their original review of the X1650 Pro, in case you've forgotten how it benchmarks.  They are a limited edition so get a move on if you really want a large golden pig on your graphics card.

Stranger than fiction

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 12:55 PM |
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Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke.  If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here.  It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past.  Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.

"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."

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If you squint, you can see the weekend from here

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM |
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Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity.  It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention.  The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of

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Trimming the fat, but leaving the meat

Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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Drop by motherboards.org for another look at the newly released 680i LT based motherboard from EVGA.  It is a good implementation of simplicity, offering a solid board with great overclocking potential.  Even for those who don't want to delve into the intricacies of OCing can get good results, Doc managed 14% with the bundled nTune software.

RAMing speed!

Subject: Memory | March 30, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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HotHardware has posted a review of Corsair's newest Dominator, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF.  It is a pair of 1GB DIMMs running at PC2-10000 DIMMs with timings of 5-5-5-18-2T at 1250MHz, and sports the Dominator cooling fans and shroud.   Because this is pretty much the fastest RAM going, there isn't much room for OCing, but it does come out king in

Source: HotHardware

Cinegames must mean they are longer, right?

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil.  They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games.  Read on at Wired.

Source: Wired News

ReadyBoost tested

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost.  As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs.  As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then.  It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.

Source: ExtremeMhz