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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The cries are familiar to anyone who remembers the schoolyard back in the primary grades; screams of "No fair, you cheated" echo and messages are passed via third parties, "I won't talk to him unless he talks to me first" and "Oh ya, well he better apologize first or I won't ever speak to him".
Unfortunately, this bitching and moaning is not emanating
from small children, though you could be forgiven for thinking so, that whine you hear is coming from people who should have gotten over that type of behaviour years ago.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of NoScript are accustomed to seeing a message telling them that they need to install Flash player to view a web page properly, and since they specifically installed that add on for that purpose it doesn't bother them. Users of 64-bit OSes on the other hand are not quite so happy, seeing as how Adobe has yet to create a 64-bit version. [OC]ModShop can offer some help to those who haven't found a work around that they like.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2008 - 11:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 26, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced new ATI Catalyst drivers with major performance enhancements to ATI FireGL professional graphics cards.
Subject: Memory | June 26, 2008 - 11:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 24, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, is pleased to announce the availability of its hardware solutions through the popular online segment of Sam's Club, a major player in the U.S. consumer variety stores.
By partnering with high-profile and reputable resellers like Sam's Club that offer a wide range of consumer electronics and computer accessories, OCZ's performance hardware will become more accessible to a greater breadth of customers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ EliteXStream 800W sits at a good price point and provides enough power to keep most systems happy without straying into the overkill of a kilowatt PSU. Phoronix prefers having one powerful 12V line as opposed to several lower powered rails, and with 62A on it's single 12V line this PSU fits the bill and the 82% claimed efficiency doesn't hurt either.
Subject: Storage | June 25, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lite-On's EZ DUB offers an incredibly easy way to burn disks. It's an external 16x burner that can handle just about any format but Blu-ray and HD-DVD. There are two buttons on the device; pressing Dub will make a copy of whatever disk you have in the drive, file will pop a window up and prompt you to drag whatever files you want copied and then makes your disk.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has finished reviewing the HD4850 and 4870 and he is quite happy with the results. The HD4870 can beat the dual GPU HD 3870 X2 1GB and has 7.1 channel HD audio decoding to boot. The HD4850 can also compete with the X2, although not beat it, at an MSRP of $199. Read on to get an idea of what has changed in the architecture and technology and then carry on into the benchmarks.
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it. Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb. Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7. This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons. Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot. With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard. As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?
Subject: Memory | June 24, 2008 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Winchip's DDR2 667 may not be blazing fast compared to other DIMMs but the size is impressive. 16GB in four 4Gb DIMMs does stand out in the crowd though. techPowerUp! couldn't get the DIMMs to overclock at all, but they did set up a RAM drive and used VMWare to set up a virtual Windows machine with good results.
Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip. The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB. Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a
Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena has compiled a huge list of all UMPCs that have a C7-M at their hearts. Some you probably have not heard of, but other like the OQO and Gigabyte's M700 are a little more famous. Their first page gives you an overview and thumbnail of the UMPCs, the second page provides you with specs.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium. The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach. If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.
With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card. While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality. TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.
Subject: Displays | June 23, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs have been doing a yeoman's job at trying to compile a huge list of monitors for you to compare. They are continually expanding the number of round-ups they have for monitors of various sizes, the newest of which is the sixth installment of their look at 20" monitors. This installment comes with some rather serious warnings about the models from NEC and ViewSonic.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rememer Dr. Who? What? Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers? Are they also fans of Dr. Who? If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley. ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3. The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem. Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."