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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has a look at the new Linux driver for ATI, the xf86-video-avivo. They take you through the build process, and discuss the limitations that currently affect it. Take a look at what the replacement for the fglrx binary blob can do, and what still needs some ironing out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the NZXT Sentry Temperature Controller MFD up for review over at OCC. Along with the clock display and fan controllers you would expect, there are also 3 thermocouples. These allow you to take temperature readings from 3 separate areas in your system, your choice which ones. As well there are 3 separate programmable temperature alarms, so you can adjust for the components you are monitoring.
Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - June 18, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum Vista Performance Edition 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kit.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft Direct X 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience.
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2007 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems easy to spot a P35 based motherboard from afar, just look for the board with the copper roller coaster on it. In the case of the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, look for the heatpipes that embrace the LGA775 socket, which are low profile enough not to interfere with any of the monstrous heatsinks needed to cool the C2Quads or C2DExtreme chips. Join [H]ard|OCP as they put this motherboard thr
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MIAMI - June 19, 2007 - Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - is now giving
PC enthusiasts a limited-time opportunity to purchase an Alienware barebones
kit featuring the company's highly popular P2 desktop chassis.
Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Reaper line of heatpipe cooled memory from OCZ continues to expand, and HotHardware grabbed the 2 from the middle of the pack. The Reaper HPC PC2-8500 is rated for 1066MHz, @ 5-5-5-15, and theSource: HotHardware
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
More than that though, you want to work at a place you like. To that end, Slashdot has linked to an annual survey done by Computerworld on the best I.T. departments in the USA to work at. Check it out to see if there's one would apply at. Be forewarned though, the workers that completed this survey may have done so under the vengeful eye of a representative from the H.R. department.
Subject: Storage | June 18, 2007 - 05:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With half again the storage of it's predecessor, the 750GB Caviar SE16 has switched to perpendicular storage which also increases the speed of it's internal transfer rates while leaving the SATA interface unchanged at 300MB/s. This increase places it in a league that used to be the exclusive domain of the 10,000 RPM Raptors, which have less than 1/2 the storage capacity. The Tech Report has more, give th
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The news on the mobile front from AMD is their Puma platform, based around their upcoming socket AM3 Griffin CPU , the RS780 northbridge, and the SB700 southbridge. It will still utilize DDR2 on a HyperTransport 3.0 bus, offering 2.6GHz 16-bit scalable link. Sticking with their main game plan in 2007, we will see significantly reduced power consumption, including the ability to separate the voltages supplied to each core in the CPU. Read the full art
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2007 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At [H]ard|OCP, they compare the new HD 2900XT to the 320MB version of the 8800GTS and use it to exemplify the disappointment many people felt with the release of the new card from AMD. Although both cards performance falls mostly within the same speed, a certain card does pull ahead noticeably in some of the benchmarked games. Unfortunately, it is not the $400ish AMD card that pulls ahead, but rather the $250ish nVIDIA card.
"See how the 320 MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS compar
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 18, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex '07 may have closed it's doors, but there is plenty more to be seen. Even Ryan is holding out on some additional pictures he took while he was there. In the meantime, drop by HotHardware for a look at their newest pics, including MSI's Luxium, which will bring external PCIe 16x to laptops. They also spotted a few new audio products from ASUS before getting sucked into VIAs UMPCs.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2007 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Video iPods and similar devices have made long trips a little more bearable, allowing you your own entertainment choices and freedom from depending on scenery or inflight movies. At the same time, how many of us are vigorously rubbing the back of our necks trying to get the kinks out after having it bent for hours at a time? Ars Technica reviews a pair of wearable video displays that sit over your eyes to display videos, so you don't have to crane your neck. No guarantees that they make you look stylish.
Subject: Editorial | June 15, 2007 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a lot of choice when it comes to web browsers nowadays, and not simply a decision between IE and Firefox. If you are looking for something different, you can get Opera on the PC now, or at least a beta version of it. If you do try it, drop by the General Forum and let people know what you thought. As well, our inflatable moderator noticed that the free version AdAware 2007 has appeared, so thank him, and let us know how it works.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa. The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square. The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture. ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Intel's V8 system is not going to be used for much in the way of gaming, those who spend there time at the PC creating various multimedia content will probably pony up the money required to purchase one. HotHardware puts the system to the test, focusing on programs that benefit from the V8's multi-threading capabilities, which is where this system really shines.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rosewill RCX-Z2 Heatsink has a very odd overall shape with fasteners that look a bit like landing gear as well as a glowing blue fan. If it is run on a motherboard without PWM, the full 59dBA adds to the overall impression of some sort of alien craft landing. Frosty Tech gave it a try on their test bench, and you can find out how well it did here.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again. Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name. Time to start making decoder rings! DigiTimes has a bit more info here.
Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Big Bruin reviews the lengthily named nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case. They found that it's ample ventilation keeps the temperatures very reasonable with essentially silent operation. The VFD on the front adds a nice touch, even if it does need drivers, and the awkwardness of PSU and HDD cage installation is to expected in an attractive HTPC case. Read on to see what else this case has to offer.